Most of the material is filed alphabetically by name of correspondent, institution, or project. The filing is not consistent and material received from one individual may be filed under all three types of possibilities. Moreover, some letters have been filed by their subject rather than by writer. There is a separate subseries at the end of the file that includes some of the correspondence with federal agencies. Series
This record is a duplicate of record number 25153. It has been added to allow the selected list of correspodents to be continued.
Many of the incoming letters are reports of field work from BAE employees and collaborators. Somewhat similar materials were received from non-Smithsonian researchers in universities, museums, state historical and archeological societies, and other organizations. There is also similar material from well-informed amateurs interested in ethnology or archeology, and, to a much less degree, from photographers of Indian subjects. In addition, there are letters from those more casually interested in anthropology who offered information about the locations of archeological sites (especially mounds and pictographs), the existence of collections of artifacts, and observations about American Indians.
General correspondence, 1909-1949, Records of the Bureau of American Ethnology, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland