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John Canfield Ewers Papers

Correspondent:
Hanson, James A.  Search this
Conner, Stuart W.  Search this
Dempsey, Hugh A.  Search this
Brasser, Ted J.  Search this
DeMallie, Raymond  Search this
Schaeffer, Claude E.  Search this
Taylor, Colin F.  Search this
Creator:
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997  Search this
Names:
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
United States. National Park Service  Search this
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Denig, Edwin Thompson, 1812-1858  Search this
Taylor, James E. ((Artist))  Search this
Extent:
97 Linear feet
Culture:
Chippewa  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northeast  Search this
Cree Indians  Search this
Ojibwa Indians  Search this
Assiniboine Indians  Search this
Kiowa Indians  Search this
Indians of North America -- Subarctic  Search this
Blackfoot  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1945-1993
Scope and Contents:
The John Canfield Ewers Papers document his wide ranging anthropological interests from early White depictions of Native Americans to the material culture of the Plains tribes through correspondence, exhibit catalogs, field notes, illustrations, lectures, maps, photocopies of archival materials, photographs, and writings. The collection includes materials relating to his numerous research projects and publications such as his books on plains sculpture and Jean Louis Berlandier as well as his field research among the Assiniboin and Blackfoot tribes. Ewers' career as an ethnologist based in a museum is amply documented through correspondence, exhibit plans and scripts, notes, and reports showcasing his work for the National Park Service and his fifty plus years at the Smithsonian. The voluminous correspondence file highlights his close collaboration with individuals such as Stu Conner, Hugh Dempsey, Claude Schaeffer, and Colin Taylor. Ewers' graduate studies and his family are featured in Series XI. One special category of materials in this collection is Series XIV, the card files. Ewers pulled information from his field notes and other sources, classified them, and typed or wrote them up on 3x5 or 5x7 inch index cards. He then organized these files alphabetically by subject within large categories such as "Collecting Alpha by Collectors Name" or "Fur Trade and Trade Goods." The card files include correspondence and photographs and closely relate to materials throughout the rest of the collection. Though Ewers' papers are primarily textual in nature, there are graphic materials throughout his files. Series XIII features the graphic materials that Ewers kept separate from his files such as the contents of his slide cabinets. There is overlap within this series as Ewers kept multiple copies of his slides in various locations. This series also includes audiotapes of conferences and symposia at which Ewers spoke and three scrapbooks. Of note are original pencil and ink drawings from his book, The Horse in Blackfoot Culture, in Series XV. Transcripts of oral history interviews with John Canfield Ewers are also available at the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Arrangement note:
This collection was organized into 15 series - Correspondence, Research & Subject Files, Research Projects, Trips and Presentations, Artists of the Old West, North American Indian Art, Plains Sculpture Book, Berlandier Project, Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, Personal, Writings by Ewers, Audiovisual Materials, Card Files, and Art Work.
Biographical/Historical note:
John Canfield Ewers (1909-1997) earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1931 and an M.A. in Anthropology from Yale University in 1934. Ewers began his career in museums as a Field Curator for the National Park Service. He helped design exhibits at Vicksburg National Battlefield and Ocmulgee National Monument among others. In 1941, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hired Ewers to design and establish the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, Montana. After a short stint in the Navy during World War II, Ewers joined the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution. He worked at the Smithsonian for over fifty years in numerous capacities including Director of the National Museum of History and Technology (now called the National Museum of American History). Ewers' research dealt with the Plains Indians and the Blackfoot tribe in particular. Ewers wrote several books on a wide variety of topics including White artists depictions of Native Americans, Plains Indian sculpture, and the horse in Blackfoot Indian culture.
Restrictions:
The John Canfield Ewers papers are open for research.
Rights:
Contact repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Ethnohistory  Search this
Carving  Search this
American Indians -- Plains  Search this
Artists -- United States -- West -- Biography  Search this
American Indians -- Clothing  Search this
American Indians -- arts and crafts  Search this
Museums -- History -- Exhibitions  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Repatriation  Search this
Artists  Search this
Citation:
John Canfield Ewers papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.1998-35
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John Canfield Ewers Papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-1998-35

Crow Indian medicine bundles / by William Wildschut ; edited by John C. Ewers

Author:
Wildschut, William  Search this
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 178 p., iv leaves of plates : ill. (some col.), port. ; 26 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1960
Topic:
Religion  Search this
Charms  Search this
Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric  Search this
Crow mythology  Search this
Call number:
E99.C92 W67
E99.C92 W67
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_451431

Photographs of John Canfield Ewers' retirement party

Names:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997  Search this
Fitzhugh, William W., 1943-  Search this
Extent:
2 Prints (silver gelatin)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Prints
Photographs
Date:
1979
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs made by a Smithsonian photographer at John Canfield Ewers party on March 8, 1979. Pictured are attendees William Fitzhugh, Dr. John Canfield Ewers, Margaret Dumville Ewers, and possibly Jane Ewers.
Biographical/Historical note:
John Canfield Ewers (1909-1997) joined the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology as the Associate Curator of Ethnology in 1946. He then worked at the Smithsonian in varous capacities, including as Director of the National Museum of History and Technology (now called the National Museum of American History). At the time of his retirement in 1979, Ewers was named Ethnologist Emeritus. Ewers wrote several books on a wide variety of topics including artists' depictions of Native Americans, Plains Indian sculpture, and the significance of horses in Blackfoot Indian culture.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 79-44
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives holds the papers of John Canfield Ewers.
Additional photographs of Ewers can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 86-68 (7) and Negative MNH 1530.
Oral history interviews with John C. Ewers can be found in the Smithsonian Institution Archives in SIA RU009505.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 79-44, Photographs of John Canfield Ewers' retirement party, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.79-44
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-79-44

A half century of change in the study of Plains Indian art and material culture / John C. Ewers

Author:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
University of Oklahoma Department of Anthropology  Search this
Physical description:
p. 97-112 ; 28 cm
Type:
Art
Place:
Great Plains
Date:
1983
1983]
Topic:
Material culture  Search this
Call number:
E98.A7 E93 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_658753

Gustavus Sohon's portraits of Flathead and Pend d'Oreille Indians, 1854 (with 22 plates) / by John C. Ewers ..

Author:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Subject:
Sohon, Gustav 1825-1903  Search this
Physical description:
68 pages illustrations (plates), map, portraits 24 cm
Type:
Portraits
Date:
1948
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_428918

Presentation of Awards

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Blitzer, Charles  Search this
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Event
Date:
1976
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Murphy, James F  Search this
Field, William D  Search this
Girolami, Andrew J  Search this
Green, William H  Search this
Olds, Tony  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Rewards (Prizes, etc.)  Search this
Awards  Search this
Medals  Search this
Standard number:
76-984-3A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8567

John Ewers

Author:
Sandved, Kjell Bloch 1922-  Search this
Subject:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color ; Size: 1"w X 1 3.7"h ; Type of Image: Person, candid; Exhibit Medium: Slide
Type:
Person, candid
Exhibit
Slide
Place:
Northwest Territories
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1975
Topic:
Animals  Search this
Anthropologists  Search this
Anthropology  Search this
Arctic peoples  Search this
Artifacts  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Dioramas  Search this
Dogs  Search this
Eskimos  Search this
Ethnologists  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Hunting  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Seals (Animals)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2013-03917
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14286

John Ewers

Author:
Clark, Chip  Search this
Subject:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1978
Topic:
Anthropologists  Search this
Anthropology  Search this
Artifacts  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Standard number:
92-1794
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8240

Blackfeet crafts / John C. Ewers

Author:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
United States Bureau of Indian Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
66 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1945
Topic:
Siksika art  Search this
Clothing  Search this
Industries  Search this
Call number:
E98.I5 E94b 1945
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_262769

The Indians of Texas in 1830, by Jean Louis Berlandier. Edited and introduced by John C. Ewers. Translated by Patricia Reading Leclercq

Author:
Berlandier, Jean Louis d. 1851  Search this
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 209 p. illus. (part col.) maps, plan, ports. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Texas
Date:
1969
Call number:
E78.T4 B514 E1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_408

The use of artifacts and pictures in the study of Plains Indian history, art, and religion / John C. Ewers

Title:
Plains Indian history, art, and religion
Author:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Physical description:
p. 247-266 : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Plains
Date:
1981
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
E78.G73 E94 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_808671

Hair pipes in plains Indian adornment : a study in Indian and white ingenuity / by John C. Ewers

Author:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Physical description:
29-85 p., [25] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Plains
Date:
1957
Topic:
Clothing  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Call number:
E78.G73 E94 1957
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_820187

Crow Indian beadwork : a descriptive and historical study / by William Wildschut, John C. Ewers

Author:
Wildschut, William  Search this
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 55 p. [40] p. of plates : ill., (some col.) ports ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Plains
Date:
1985
1959
Topic:
Crow beadwork  Search this
Industries  Search this
Beadwork  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_820545

Of the Crow Nation / by Edwin Thompson Denig ; edited, with biographical sketch and footnotes, by John C. Ewers

Author:
Denig, Edwin Thompson 1812-1858  Search this
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Physical description:
74 p., [3] leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
North America
Date:
1953
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Call number:
E99.C92 D46 1953
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_714698

The people of the buffalo : essays in honor of John C. Ewers / coordinated and edited by Colin F. Taylor and Hugh A. Dempsey

Author:
Taylor, Colin F  Search this
Dempsey, Hugh Aylmer 1929-  Search this
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Subject:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Plains
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
E78.G73 P43 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_746834

A century of American Indian exhibits in the Smithsonian Institution / by John C. Ewers

Author:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution History  Search this
Physical description:
p. 513-525, [4] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1959
Topic:
Museums  Search this
Call number:
E56 .E94 1959
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_789740

Changing military patterns of the Great Plains Indians (17th century through early 19th century) / Frank Raymond Secoy ; introduction to the Bison book edition by John C. Ewers

Author:
Secoy, Frank Raymond 1922-  Search this
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 112 p. : maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Plains
Date:
1993
1953
C1992
Topic:
Wars  Search this
Warfare  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_600649

Catalogues of the Plains Indian collections : Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh / John Canfield Ewers

Author:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Carnegie Institute  Search this
Subject:
Carnegie Institute Collections  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (various pagings) ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Great Plains
Date:
1935
[1935?]
Topic:
Indian arts  Search this
Material culture  Search this
Call number:
E98.A73 E94 1935
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_627385

"Chiefs from the Missouri and Mississippi" and Peale's silhouettes of 1806 / by John C. Ewers

Title:
Peale's silhouettes of 1806
Author:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Subject:
Peale, Charles Willson 1741-1827  Search this
Physical description:
26 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Portraits
Date:
1966
1789-1869
Topic:
Silhouettes  Search this
Government relations  Search this
Call number:
E89 .E89 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_628993

Collected publications : John C. Ewers / John C. Ewers

Author:
Ewers, John Canfield  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 21-30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
North America
Date:
1938
1938-
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Call number:
E75 .E94 1938
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_658847

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