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MS 7173 George J. Gibbs Letterbook

Creator:
Gibbs, George J. (George Judson), approximately 1833-  Search this
Correspondent:
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887  Search this
Evans, John  Search this
Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878  Search this
Hutchings  Search this
Inglis, W.R.  Search this
Lefroy, J.H.  Search this
Musgrave, Sir Anthony  Search this
Names:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Smithson, James, 1765-1829  Search this
Depicted:
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887  Search this
Evans, John  Search this
Hutchings, Joseph F.  Search this
Inglis, W.R.  Search this
Lefroy, J.H.  Search this
Musgrave, Sir Anthony  Search this
Extent:
1 Book
300 Pages
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Pages
Letters
Date:
1874-1878
Scope and Contents:
Copies of correspondence between George J. Gibbs and others on a variety of topics, especially anthropological, ornithological, and geneological. Included is corresponsence with Spencer Baird and Joseph Henry of the Smithsonian Institution; John Evans; Joseph Hutchings; W.R. Inglis, "late" president of the Turks and Caicos Islands; J.H. Lefroy, "fomer" governor of Bermuda; Sir Anthony Musgrage, governor of Jamaica; and Joseph Hutchings. Also included are photographs of Baird, Evans, Hutchings, Inglis, Lefroy, and Musgrave; a copy of James Smithson's will; sketches of artifacts; geneological information regarding the original colonists of the Bermudas, and excerpts from other sources.
Arrangement:
chronological
Biographical / Historical:
Virtually no biographical information is available. From the text, a birthdate for George J. Gibbs of ca. 1833 has been deduced. In the manuscript, Gibbs states that his father was the Honorable George Gibbs "of these islands" and that his uncle was William H. Gibbs who died ca. 1876. G.J. Gibbs lived on Grand Turk Island of the British West Indies, at that time a Jamaican dependency, was married, and had children (number unknown). According to the text, he became an invalid due to an illness ca. 1875.
Local Note:
Date of birth determined by extrapolation from text: on page 286, 1878, Gibbs says that for 42 years he knew no illness, but "three years ago" [1875] he became ill from exposure on a hunting trip and has ever since been an invalid. [1875 - 42 years = 1833, hypothetical birth date.]
Other Title:
"A correspondence relative to Ancient Stone Implements etc., etc. between George J. Gibbs of Grand Turk and Caicos Islands, W.I. and John Evans Esquire F.R.S. & F.S.A., Honorary Secretary of the Geological and Numismatic Societies of London etc., etc. (the author of a work established in London in the year 1872 entitled ╩╗Ancient Stone Implements, etc. of Great Britain╩╝) also with Joseph Henry Esquire Secretary and Diretor of the Smithsonian Intitute and of the National Museum of the United States of America at Washington, D.C. and with other partners on various subjects."
Provenance:
B.G.E. St.Aubyn, Windsor House, Cayman Islands, British West Indies gift July, 1973 74-1
Topic:
Archaeology -- Stone tools -- West Indies  Search this
Anthropology -- Indians -- Americas -- West Indies  Search this
Natural history -- Ornithology -- West Indies  Search this
Social history -- geneology -- Bermuda -- West Indies -- England  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Letters
Citation:
Manuscript 7173, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7173
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7173

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