Alphabetically by correspondent or subject. A file of "rare" letters is at the beginning of the series. Series
Includes letters, memoranda, lists, reports, forms, statements, printed materials, and photographs. The series is made up of two different types of material. One is largely administrative and concerns policies and procedures, instructions, special activities relating to World War II, housekeeping matters, and so forth. The other material is largely curatorial in nature and concerns accessions, loans, exhibits, and special projects and programs. Selected folder titles include accession routine, art textiles committee, Buffalo Museum of Science, Catlin paintings, Civil Works Administration, Deinard collection, docents program, Victor J. Evans collection, National Committee on Folk Arts of the United States,
Museum of the Plains Indian, Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Exposition, Dache M. Reeves collection, Seville exhibit, Herbert Ward collection, and Hugo Worch collection.
Many of the outgoing letters are those of William Henry Holmes, Walter Hough, and Frank M. Setzler. Other writers include John Leonard Baer (regarding the Marsh Darien Expedition), Howard W. Bible, James Henry Breasted, Harry S. Bryan, Henry Bascom Collins, Leonard Carmichael, John Canfield Ewers filed Catlin paintings and Museum of the Plains Indian); C. E. Cummings, Chauncey J. Hamlin, and Herbert Maier (Buffalo Museum of Science); Ephraim Deinard, Frances Densmore, J. E. Graf, Ella F. Hubby, Mrs. R. G. Hoes, Mrs. R. R. Hoes, Mrs. Julian James, Mary Lois Kissell, Remington Kellogg, Edward S. Morse, A. P. Price, W. deC. Ravenal (some regarding Holmes), Ellen P. Richardson, A. C. Smith, and Gertrude B. Warren.
The rare correspondence includes material of Matthew Williams Stirling (regarding his 1926 work on the middle Rouffaer River in New Guinea), William Henry Holmes, Thomas Wilson (concerning difficulties with the catalog of anthropological collections), Walter Hough, S. K. Lothrop, Gerard Fowke, Ales Hrdlicka, Joseph Kossuth Dixon, William Gates (regarding the 1926 meeting of the International Congress of Americanists), Henry C. Shetrone, F. S. Dellenbaugh, Thomas S. Dawson (regarding information about John Moss), John Merriam, Warren King Moorehead (concerning Cahokia Mound), Nels C. Nelson, and Max Uhle. There are also letters of 1920 by Holmes and Frederick Webb Hodge concerning problems within the American Anthropological Association.
Subject file, 1828-1963, Records of the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland