Includes printed exhibit labels, some drafts of labels, and proof copies of labels. Also includes catalog cards, lists, notes, letters, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and other material.
There are several different styles of labels included. Many of them incorporate such data as the name of an object, tribe, collecto, date of collection, and catalog number. Some include relatively long descriptions concerning the manufacture, use, or history of the item. Some were apparently collected as samples of labels ordered by William Henry Holmes. Otherwise, there is little information about the provenience of the labels.
Other material includes catalogs of cooper's tools connected with whaling that were collected by J. T. Brown, in 1882; to material collected by Divie Bethune McCartee; to Romyn Hitchcock's collection of Japanese clothing; to Melanesian collections received from Felix Flugel; to Zuni praher plumes collected by Matilda Coxe Stevenson; to material collected by J. Mott Smith for the New Orleans Exposition; and to Japanese sketches collected by Gustavus Goward. There are also descriptions of individual specimens, including a Japanese fire engine, Turkish jugs exhibited at the Centennial Exposition, a Japanese fan collected by Hitchcock, a Dyak tool for projecting stones collected by William Louis Abbott; and a basket made by a Galla woman living
on the Seychelles. Still other documents include biographical sketches and obituaries of Otis tufton Mason and material relating to a memoria service for him; Mason's statements on the deaths of William J. Rhees and Crosby S. Noyes; Mason's "Comparative Grammaer of North American Indians" (notes); and Walter Hough's notes on beds, foods of Latin America, and Baluba plant uses. Many of the catalog cards concern musical instruments.
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