The index is to letters in the Bureau of American Ethnology correspondence files and in the files of the Smithsonian's central administration that report sites mostly in the United States and a few in other American countries.
NAA MS 7191
Manuscript 7191, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Both letters include ink sketches in the body of the letter; letter of June 26 includes ink sketches colored with crayons. Letters offer Stirling "The Blue Smoke of Friendship." The sketches are of a pipe and an ideograph for Chief Bull, Sanderville's Indian name.
Encloses photographs of the outside of the Cueva de las Letras, Mitla, Oaxaca, where pictographs have been found.
NAA MS 4340-b
Other correspondence from Walter S. Miller in Bureau of American Ethnology correspondence files includes letter of May 31, 1948 in which he refers to photographs he transmitted showing the pictographs. These photographs are not with the correspondence.
Includes Autograph letter signed from Matthew W. Stirling to John P. Harrington. No date, 1 slip. Typescript letter signed from Harrington to Stirling. No date, 1 slip. Correspondence includes the meaning of the Dakota inscription "Okodakiciye Wakan Oceti Xakowin," Church of the Seven Council Fires [the Dakota]. The medallion was formerly in the possession of J. Owen Dorsey. See also photo of medallion, filed Dak. negative number 48,408.
NAA MS 4815
OPPS NEG 48408
Manuscript 4815, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Songs sung by Philip Sanchez, translated by Wilbert Hunt, and recorded by Anthony Wilding for M. W. Stirling, Washington, D. C., October, 1928. Songs numbered 1A-24A. Three copies of list, as follows: original, in handwriting of M. W. Stirling, Anthony Wilding, and ; typescript, annotated by Leslie A. White; typescript carbon, edited in writing of M. W. Stirling.
Willey, Gordon R. (Gordon Randolph), 1913-2002 Search this
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Includes separate folders with letters received while on field trips, carbon copies of requests for detail and various personnel matters, for the following: Philip Drucker, William N. Fenton, John Peabody Harrington, Matthew William Stirling, John Reed Swanton, Gordon R. Willey.
NAA MS 4621
Manuscript 4621, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
National Geographic- Smithsonian archeological expedition to Costa Rica, 1964 Search this
February 23-May, 15, 1964
Scope and Contents:
Includes report (56 pages); list of plates (56 pages); electrostatic copy of field journal (42 pages); field notebook (38 pages) sketch maps, "Archeological areas worked by the expedition" and "Rough sketch map of Williamsburg area" (2 pages); and 164 photos with 2 pages of notes. Concerns Williamsburg, Palmar (Diquis Delta), La Peninsula, and Bagares areas.
Contains Swanton's revisions of texts found in MS 4800 James O. Dorsey papers, and related materials. Contents:
1. George Bushotter's first story, the myth of Miwakan yuhala. . Autograph Document Signed. 10 pages. Copy of Lakota text, with interlinear translation in Swanton's hand; revised with "information provided by Joseph Estes [a Yankton]."
2. English translations of George Bushotter's Lakota texts 1 and 3-17. [1889-1900]. 64 pages.
3. "Dakota notes made in 1899." Approximately 55 pages in small notebook. Linguistic and ethnologic notes, mainly concerning the George Bushotter texts.
4. Note on the history of the Bushotter texts. 1903-1905. Typescript and autograph document. 1 page.
5. Letter to M. W. Stirling, concerning the Bushotter texts. Newton, Massachusetts. March 16, 1956. Typescript letter signed. 2 pages. 3 related letters by Stirling. March-April 1956. carbon copy Typescript letter. 4 pages.
Indians of North America -- Southern States Search this
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MS 2733 originally contained Uchean linguistic notes and the legend of how the South Wind lost his ears, collected by Truman Michelson (11 pages). In January 1929, these materials were sent by Matthew W. Stirling, chief of the Smithsonian's Bureau of American Ethnology, to Gunter Wagner. The present location of the Uchean notes and text is unknown, and MS 2733 now only contains a copy of Stirling's letter of transmittal to Wagner.
The artifacts were collected in the Oriente de Ecuador. The inventory includes a brief preface by Beatty and two lists compiled by Carmichael under Beatty's supervision and depending reportedly in part on Beatty's memory. One list is arranged by type of artifact and the descriptions are very brief. The second list is arranged by photograph number and includes sketches and dimensions of the items. It also includes for some objects a Jivaro term and brief notes on use, manufacture, and damage. In addition, there are references to Matthew W. Stirling's Historical and Ethnological Material on the Jivaro Indians, BAE Bulletin 117, 1938. Stirling was a member of the expedition, which is referred to as the Latin American Expedition in the BAE correspondence files. See NAA Acc. 80-16 for photographs of a reception for Beatty in the Director's office NMNH.
Added 1/5/80, catalog of exhibit of Beatty collection, Birmingham Festival of Arts, 1975, received from Processing Lab.
NAA MS 7124
Manuscript 7124, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution