Related Manuscript entitled, "Native Isleta Paintings, which, with paintings by an anonymous Isleta artist, is in the Smithsonian Editor's office, December 1958, and scheduled for eventual publication. Materials in Bureau of American Ethnology Archives are as follows: 4540-a Glossary of Isleta terms. 74 cards, typed with identifications and translations by George L. Trager. Also letter of Trager to Parsons, October 31, 1940, commenting on his notes. (Negative microfilm also on file.) 4540-b Notes on the native words in the typescript of Parsons Manuscript, by George L. Trager. Spring, 1959. 5 pages. (autostat copy; original is in the Editor's office.) Author's note: (Some are based on George L. Trager's identifications sent to Elsie Clews Parsons on October 1, 1940; others are new, from George L. Trager's 1957 Isleta recording, or are new extrapolations from Taos. The 1940 cards belong to Bureau of American Ethnology- used on loan. The Elsie Clews Parsons ts. belongs to Esther Goldfrank-- used on loan.)
Transparencies of water-color drawings by an Isleta Indian, made ca. 1936-41 for Elsie Clews Parsons. (See Bureau of American Ethnology Manuscript Catalog Number 4540-a, -b.) 141 2" x 2" slides, made in Smithsonian photographic laboratory, May, 1960.
Arabic numbers represent order of appearance in Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 181, where most are reproduced in black and white only. See Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 181 for captions. The Roman numerals are the numbers originally assigned by the author, E. C. Parsons, before the manuscript was edited for publication by the Bureau of American Ethnology.
The collection consists of photographs of Joe B. Lente's ink and watercolor paintings of Isleta ceremonies and a small sketch of the artist on Lente's letter to Elsie Clews Parsons from September 16, 1938.
Joe Bartolo Lente was a Tewa Indian from the Isleta pueblo of New Mexico. He corresponded with anthropologist Elsie Worthington Clews Parsons and sold over 140 paintings of Isleta social life and ceremonies to her.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 12A
Copy negatives made from material in an exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service, 1957.
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Facsimiles of Joe B. Lente letters are in the National Anthropological Archives in the papers of Esther S. Goldfrank.
The collection is open for research.
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Reproductions of material held by the American Philosophical Society require permission from APS.
The records of the American Ethnological Society (AES) document its activities from its founding in 1842 through the mid-1960s. The American Ethnological Society is the oldest anthropological association in America. It has been interested in publishing and promoting study of different cultures in the Americas from its founding in 1842 to the present. Materials include correspondence, reports, and financial records relating to the administrative functions of the organization.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the American Ethnological Society (AES) document its activities from its founding in 1842 through the mid-1960s.
The early years of the AES (1840s to 1880) are documented through correspondence, newspaper clippings, and proceedings. The bulk of the collection relates to the administrative functions of the AES from its reorganization in 1906 through 1965 including changes to the constitution and the elections of officers. The offices of Secretary-Treasurer and Editor are well documented through correspondence and reports. There is also a significant amount of correspondence to and from members, financial records, and information on the AES‟ interactions with other organizations such as the American Anthropological Association and the New York Academy of Sciences.
The material is arranged in the following series: (1) Early records, 1834-1886; (2) AES Meetings, 1910-1964; (3) Reports of the officers, 1925-1964; (4) Election records: Officer lists, constitutions, and amendments, 1917-1959; (5) Office correspondence, 1924-1956; (6) Membership records, 1862-1960; (6) Publication records, 1934-1962; (7) Financial records, 1902-1962; (8) Miscellany, 1860-1957.
History of the American Ethnological Society:
The American Ethnological Society is the oldest anthropological association in America. It has
been interested in publishing and promoting study of different cultures in the Americas from its
founding in 1842 to the present.
The American Ethnological Society was founded in 1842 by Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson and founder of New York University. Early members were doctors, lawyers, businessmen and included Henry Schoolcraft, William Prescott and Theodore Dwight. Meetings were usually held at the home of the President and accounts of missionaries and explorers, who were "corresponding" members, were read. Local papers frequently covered these meetings. The Society published three periodicals in its early years including Transactions which first appeared in 1845. Interest in the Society declined after the Civil War. In 1906 a group of professional anthropologists led by Franz Boas joined the Society and reorganized it, adding the Office of Editor. Since then, the Society has been very active and has had a strong publications program, beginning with a linguistic series begun by Franz Boas. The Society holds annual meetings, usually in the spring at which prominent anthropologists present their findings. In addition to Franz Boas, the Society has included among its members such famous anthropologists as Ruth Benedict, E. Adamson Hoebel, Margaret Mead and Ward Goodenough.
The treasurer's records dating from 1916 to 1924 were transferred to the archives by the American Museum of Natural History. All other records came to the archives from the American Ethnological Society.
This collection is stored off-site. Advance notice must be given to view the collection.
The American Ethnological Society records are open for research.
Access to the American Ethnological Society records requires an appointment.