Correspondence on Professor Thomas' Mexican and Mayan Researches.
Contents: Three letters from Dr Daniel G. Brinton re. various articles by Thomas, including criticisms and corrections, 1884 and 1885. Draft of a letter to Dr Brinton from Thomas, no date. Letter from Dr J. A. Dacus to Spencer F. Baird (forwarded to Thomas) re. inscribed tablet found in Zacatecas, Mexico, 1885. Letter from Antonio Penafiel re. consignment of Mexican Manuscripts for study, 1886. Letter from Leon de Rosny (in French with attached translation) re. article on Codex Cortesiano by Thomas, 1884. Article on the "Sacrificial Stone of San Juan Teotihuacan" sent by the author, Amos W. Butler, 1885. Note and clipping entitled, "Key to Aztec Literature" sent to Thomas by J. Stevenson, 1884.
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Scope and Contents:
Contents: Copies of Science and other publications including a poem entitled "The Scientific Scrap, or the Battle of the Bone Hunter (after Bret Harte): "The Atakapa Language," Lake Charles (Louisiana) Echo, February 14, 1885, by Gatschet; form and instructions by F.W. Putnam and Franz Boas for collecting physical anthropological data for the World's Columbian Exposition. Also includes notes on Central American languages and dialects, a map of Central America annotated with the locations of linguistic groups, and notes on rules and notes for preparing subvouchers for the Bureau of American Ethnology.
NAA MS 7011
The Scientific Scrap, or the Battle of the Bone Hunter
Drawings of antique objects found in mounds, tombs, and ancient cities of America, arranged, classified and described by Dr. Davis. Material also includes typed list of drawings and notes - 10 pages. Five deteriorating acetate negatives that originally came with the collection have been discarded. Four were copy negatives of some of the drawings. The fifth negative, which has been digitized, is a photograph of an artifact, not found among the drawings. The image is a side view of a pipe carved in the shape of a frog crouched to spring. A print made from the digital image has been placed with the collection.
Both volumes are bound notebooks with strips of paper pasted to each page, in the form of a scrapbook. It is a collection of Indian place names of Central America. A biographical sketch of Dr Padilla, published after his death, and a newspaper article concerning his work are also included in the first volume.
Subject: 1. "Tobacco," "pipe," and occasionally "maize" in a variety of Indian languages, by language family. Approximately 600 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 2630. 2. "History of Tobacco." Draft. 74 pages. Footnotes, 18 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 1927. 3. "Tobacco and its Mixtures." Draft. 50 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 2630. 4. "Sacrificial Offerings." Draft. 14 pages. Originally from Manuscript 2630. 5. "Kinnikinnick." Draft. 9 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 2630. 6. "Pipe-stems." Draft. 9 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 2630. 7. "Tobacco bag, box etc." Draft. 2 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 2630. 8. "Examples of some Indian words." Draft. 2 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 2630. 9. "Tomahawk." Draft. 15 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 2630. 10. "Material smoked." Draft. 23 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 1927. 11. "Tobacco, foreign." Draft. 14 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 1927. 12. "Maize" and notes on its distribution. 9 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 1927. 13. Miscellaneous short notes on history of tobacco. 10 pages. Originally from Manuscript Number 1927. 14. Extracts from vocabularies and historical narratives relating to tobacco, pipes and a few to maize. Approximately 1775 cards. 500 cards from Manuscript 1927, 1225 cards from Manuscript 1967.
Photographs depicting archeological artifacts, particularly reliefs and sculptures in stone, from Mexico, Peru, and Central America.
Edwin Porter Upham (1845-1918) was a museum assistant who worked with the Smithsonian Institution's archeology collections for forty years. Born in Massachusetts, he received a public education there before joining the army during the American Civil War. In 1878, he was hired as an assistant to Dr. Charles Rau, an archeologist at the Smithsonian. After Rau's death, Upham worked with Dr. Thomas Wilson, with whom he cowrote a book entitled Prehistoric Art; Or, The Origin of Art as Manifested in the Works of Prehistoric Man (1898). In 1906, Upham was appointed aid in the division of prehistoric archeology, a position he held until his death.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 73-43C, USNM ACC 51818
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional photographs donated by Edwin P. Upham in accession 51818 are held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 97.
Photographs of Upham are held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 33, Photo Lot 39, and the BAE historical negatives.
Notes relating to Upham's work are held in National Anthropological Archives MS 7574 and in the records of the Department of Anthropology.
Additional artifacts and specimens donated by Upham are held in the anthropology collections of the National Museum of Natural History.
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Photo Lot 73-43C, Edwin P. Upham photograph collection of Latin American antiquities, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.