Letter in response to Dwight's request for a copy of the Proof-sheets of a bibliography of the languages of the North American Indians. Pilling states that only 100 copies were printed and they were intended for students of the languages who might help him correct and expand it. The letter bears a stamp of the Library of the Department of State.
NAA MS 7511
Typescript letter signed
Manuscript 7511, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
States that several of the manuscripts listed in Pilling's Bibliography of the Iroquoian Languages without references to their whereabouts, are ? to be found in St Mary's College archives. Also that other manuscripts in unknown Indian languages are to be found there.
NAA MS 3948
Manuscript 3948, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Report on exploration of caves containing ceremonial paraphernalia, and request for assistance in further exploration and collecting. Refers to map and drawings which are not present with this copy. Map is in "Bureau of American Ethnology Correspondence-Letters Received 1/25/81" KTB, 1/30/85. [copy negative #83-112]. Added cover page carries title, "The Zunis." Pencil notation on cover in J.C. Pilling's hand reads, "Duplicate with drawings given Cushing, Oct. 25, '84."
Recorded in "Vocabulary" form, printed for the use of the Department of War to collect vocabularies from Indians of the Pacific Coast for publication by Smithsonian Institution. Form sent to Cooper by George Gibbs. First page includes brief notes in the handwriting of Gibbs, J. C. Pilling, and A. S. Gatschet.
Also handwritten copy of list. 3 leaves. Marked "Orig. sent to Matthews July 6, '82." Annotated in red by Washington Matthews, page [1-2]. Interlinear additions on page  in hand of Matthew W. Stirling.
Also letter to James C. Pilling, Washington, D.C. commenting on Packard's list of Navajo clans.
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Acknowledges safe receipt of "the valuable report and his (Pilling's) "autograph letter." Also, an enclosure to the above, two page letter in Choctaw, originally from W. William, Levering, L.S. Wetumka, Indian Territory, February 7, 1886, with interlinear translation by Robertson. 2 pages.
Volume I contains: Story of the horned snake, with interlinear translation; notes on the word "Potomac"; Extracts from Pilling's Bibliography; copy of Lt Whipple's vocabulary, published in Pacific R. R. Report, Volume III, pages 56-61 corrected in 1892 by Thomas Dougherty; vocabulary from the Rideout Letters; Shawnee language collected at Quapaw Agency, Indian Territory, 1885; Historical extracts relating to the Shawnee; Story, "God and the Devil," 1892; vocables from Charles Du Chesne, 1892; miscellaneous linguistic notes; "A story of olden times; list of 22 dances; texts from Thomas Dougherty; grammatic, lexic, and explanatory notes. The moccasin game, by Stephen Bluejacket; texts by Rev Charles Bluejacket; texts from William Greyfeather; Lord's Prayer; notes on noises; legend by Thomas Dougherty; one by William Dougherty; various historical and other notes from S. S. Clover. "The material in these volumes is confused and not arranged." (note by ?)
Also "Remarks to my Shawnee Texts and Notes, annotations to three manuscripts." A.S.G. 20 pages attached to paper cover. And Index to Shawnee material, 4 pages in addition to bound volume devoted to Index.
Folder 1: Powell to Whitney, July 17, 1877 (Copy) Whiteney to Powell, July 25, 1877 (Draft) Powell to Whitney, July 31, 1877 (Draft) List of vowel and consonant symbols, with definitions, from Whitney (so identified in George Gibb's hand--MCB); undated copy of draft of Whitneyʹs manuscript which is also in the Yale manuscripts. It was subsequently published, slightly revised and attributed to Whitney as "On the alphabet," page 306 of Powellʹs Introduction . . ., 1877. 11 pages.
Folder 2: Photographic copies of all Powell-Whitney correspondence in Yale University Library, secured by W. C. Sturtevant after visit of November 4, 1960 (Stirling Memorial Library, Yale University, Historical Manuscripts Collections, W. D. Whitney (1827-1894) collection): Powell to Whitney, July 17, 1877, 15 pages. Enclosure in above : untitled manuscript by W. D. W., describing alphabet for Indian languages. 22 pages. Powell to Whitney, July 31, 1877, 6 pages letter and 6 pages tables of symbols. Powell to Whitney, August 27, 1877, 2 pages (transmitting 2 copies of printed alphabet, not present).
Folder 3: 3 drafts of Powellʹs alphabet with introduction, undated. "Suggestions from I. (?) Porter", May 12, (no year) re Whitneyʹs orthographic proposals. 2 pages. O. T. Masonʹs note on Powellʹs and Whitneyʹs orthography, 2 pages. 2 unsigned copies of letter to William Dwight Whitney, May 7th, 1877, labelled "O. T. Mason," on US Geographic & Geologic Survey Rocky Mountains letterhead paper--written in phonetic orthography, one (marked "q") in Whitneyʹs orthography, and the other (marked "r" in Masonʹs modification, 2 pages each.
Folder 4: Several sheets on orthography, unsigned, undated, marked "Gibbs," "Pilling," "Gatschet," etc. and apparently received from them. The manuscript copy in Gibbsʹ hand marked "Pickeringʹs alphabet" is summarized from pages 35-36 of "An essay on a uniform orthography for the Indian languages of North America," by John Pickering, Cambridge, University Press, 1820 (reprint from Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences volume 4, art.22)(BAE Library PM 211.P5). The Dakota alphabet in Gibb's hand is a copy from Riggs, Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, 4, 1852.
Folder 5: Printed materials: Clipping, definition of symbols "from the manual or circular sent out by Gibbs, George . . . . 1863" two copies printed sheet "The Origin of our alphabet," copyright 1877 by J. Enthoffer Newspaper clipping re Melville Bellʹs "Universal Alphabet," March 17, 1876.
Folder 6: McGee to Boas, May 27, 1903 (Copy); Boas to McGee, May 28, 1903; McGee to Boas, June 16, 1903; J. P. Harrington to F. W. Hodge, January 11, 1910; J. P. Harrington to F. W. Hodge, January 16, 1910 (two letters, this date); Hodge to Harrington, January 20, 1910; Harrington to Hodge, September 30, 1911; Hewitt to Hodge, October 16, 1911 re Harringtonʹs proposals; Hodge to Harrington, October 18, 1911.
Bibliography of printed and manuscript works on language; on cards 4 1/2 x 6 1/2", alphabetically arranged. Prepared by Mr. Pilling for a general survey of Amerindian languages, to supplement and expand his printed bibliographies on American Indian languages.
Includes some entries (handwritten) apparently not published either in the Proof Sheets or in the bibliographies of the individual linguistic stocks published as BAE Bulletins. The bulk of the material, however, consists of entries cut from one of the above printed sources and mounted on cards, plus some incomplete handwritten entries preceded by numbers from the Proof Sheets and there given in full.