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MS 4800 James O. Dorsey papers

Creator:
Dorsey, James Owen, 1848-1895  Search this
Names:
Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology  Search this
Bushotter, George, 1864-1892  Search this
Gatschet, Albert S. (Albert Samuel), 1832-1907  Search this
Hewitt, J. N. B. (John Napoleon Brinton), 1859-1937  Search this
Mooney, James, 1861-1921  Search this
Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902  Search this
Riggs, Stephen Return, 1812-1883  Search this
Extent:
30 Linear feet (70 boxes, 1 oversized box, 20 manuscript envelopes, 4 rolled maps, and 23 map folders)
Culture:
Indians of North America -- Subarctic  Search this
Athapascan Indians  Search this
Minitari (Hidatsa)  Search this
Numakiki (Mandan)  Search this
Biloxi Indians  Search this
Tutelo Indians  Search this
Iowa  Search this
Chiwere  Search this
Winnebago Indians  Search this
Oto  Search this
Quapaw Indians  Search this
Osage  Search this
Sioux  Search this
Teton Indians  Search this
Dhegiha Indians  Search this
Assiniboine (Stoney)  Search this
Ponca  Search this
Omaha  Search this
Tututni Indians  Search this
Kaw (Kansa)  Search this
Siletz  Search this
Coos (Kusan)  Search this
Yakonan Indians  Search this
Arctic peoples  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northeast  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southeast  Search this
Takelma Indians  Search this
Klikitat  Search this
Chasta Costa (Chastacosta)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Field notes
Drawings
Vocabulary
Folklore
Sermons
Manuscripts
Obituaries
Correspondence
Newspaper clippings
Place:
Siletz Indian Reservation (Or.)
Date:
circa 1870-1956
bulk 1870-1895
Summary:
Reverend James Owen Dorsey (1848-1895) was a missionary and Bureau of American Ethnology ethnologist who conducted extensive research on Siouan tribes and languages.The papers of James Owen Dorsey comprise mostly ethnographic and linguistic materials on various tribes of the Siouan language family as well as tribes from Siletz Reservation in Oregon. These materials include texts and letters with interlineal translations; grammar notes; dictionaries; drawings; and his manuscripts. In addition, the collection contains Dorsey's correspondence, newspaper clippings, his obituaries, and reprints.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains James O. Dorsey's research and writings as a BAE ethnologist, as well as his earlier work as a missionary among the Ponca. The vast majority of the collection pertains to his research on Siouan-Catawban languages, including the Dakota and Dhegiha languages, Chiwere, Winnebago, Mandan, Hidatsa, Tutelo, Biloxi, and Catawba. His research on Athapascan, Kusan, Takilman, and Yakonan languages from his field work at Siletz Reservation are also present, as well as some notes on the Caddoan languages. Dorsey's research files include linguistic and ethnological field notes, reading notes, stories and myths, vocabularies, drawings, and unpublished and published manuscripts. The collection also contains Omaha, Ponca, Quapaw, and Biloxi dictionaries that he compiled and materials relating to his work editing Steven Riggs' Dakota-English Dictionary. Additional noteworthy materials in the collection are Teton texts and drawings from George Bushotter and drawings by Stephen Stubbs (Kansa), Pahaule-gagli (Kansa), and George Miller (Omaha). The collection also contains Dorsey's correspondence, newspaper clippings, obituaries, and his collection of reprints.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into 6 series: 1) Siouan; 2) Siletz Reservation; 3) Caddoan; 4) General Correspondence; 5) Personal Papers; 6) Miscellaneous & Reprints.
Biographical Note:
Reverend James Owen Dorsey (1848-1895) was a missionary and Bureau of American Ethnology ethnologist who conducted extensive research on Siouan tribes and languages.

Dorsey was born on October 31, 1848 in Baltimore, Maryland. He exhibited a talent for languages at an early age. At age 6 he learned the Hebrew alphabet and was able to read the language at age 10. In 1867 Dorsey attended the Theological Seminary of Virginia and was ordained a deacon of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1871. In May of that year, Dorsey traveled to the Dakota Territory to serve as a missionary among the Ponca. Plagued by ill health, Dorsey was forced to end his missionary work in August 1873. By that time, however, he had learned the Ponca language well enough to converse with members of the tribe without an interpreter.

Dorsey returned to Maryland and engaged in parish work while continuing his studies of Siouan languages. His linguistic talents and knowledge of these languages attracted the attention of Major John Wesley Powell. Powell arranged for Dorsey to work among the Omaha in Nebraska from 1878 to 1880 to collect linguistic and ethnological notes. When the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) was established in 1879, Powell recruited Dorsey to join the staff.

As an ethnologist for the BAE, Dorsey continued his research on Siouan tribes. His studies focused on languages but also included Siouan personal names, folklore, social organization, religion, beliefs, and customs. He conducted fieldwork among the Tutelo at Six Nations on Grand River in Upper Canada (1882); the Kansa, Osage, and Quapaw in Indian Territory (1883-1884); the Biloxi at Lecompte, Rapides Parish, Louisiana (1892); and again with the Quapaw at the Quapaw Mission (1894). He also worked with Native Americans that visited DC, including George Bushotter (Teton), Philip Longtail (Winnebago), Samuel Fremont (Omaha), and Little Standing Buffalo (Ponca). He also spent time at Siletz Reservation in 1884 to collect linguistic notes on the Athapascan, Kusan, Takilman, and Yakonan stocks.

In addition to his research, Dorsey helped found the American Folklore Society and served as the first vice-president of the association. He also served as vice-president of Section H of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

At the age of 47, Dorsey died of typhoid fever on February 4, 1895.

Sources Consulted

1st-16th Annual Reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology. 1881-1897.

Hewitt, J.N.B. 1895. "James Owen Dorsey" American Anthropologist A8, 180-183.

McGee, W.J. 1895. "In Memoriam." Journal of American Folklore 8(28): 79-80.

1848 -- Born on October 31 in Baltimore, Maryland.

1871 -- Ordained a deacon of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

1871-1873 -- Served as a missionary among the Ponca in Dakota Territory.

1878-1880 -- Conducted fieldwork among the Omaha in Nebraska.

1879 -- Joined the staff of the Bureau of American Ethnology.

1882 -- Conducted fieldwork among the Tutelo at Six Nations on Grand River in Upper Canada.

1883-1884 -- Conducted fieldwork among the Kansa, Osage, and Quapaw in Indian Territory.

1887 -- Worked with George Bushotter to record information regarding the language and culture of the Dakota.

1884 -- Conducted fieldwork at Siletz Reservation.

1892 -- Conducted fieldwork among the Biloxi at Lecompte, Rapides Parish, Louisiana.

1894 -- Conducted fieldwork among the Quapaw at the Quapaw Mission in Indian Territory.

1895 -- Died of typhoid fever on February 4th at the age of 47.
Restrictions:
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Topic:
Catawba Indians  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Social structure  Search this
Kinship  Search this
Manners and customs  Search this
Shahaptian languages  Search this
Yakonan languages  Search this
Athapascan languages  Search this
Kusan languages  Search this
Linguistics  Search this
Siouan languages  Search this
Dhegiha language  Search this
Siuslaw Indians  Search this
Hidatsa language  Search this
Omaha language  Search this
Dakota language  Search this
Catawba language  Search this
Biloxi language  Search this
Caddoan languages  Search this
Osage language  Search this
Alsea language  Search this
Kansa language  Search this
Mandan language  Search this
Chastacosta language  Search this
Coquille language  Search this
Tutelo language  Search this
Winnebago language  Search this
Siuslaw language  Search this
Takelma language  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field notes
Drawings
Vocabulary
Folklore
Sermons
Manuscripts
Obituaries
Correspondence
Newspaper clippings
Citation:
Manuscript 4800 James O. Dorsey papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4800
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National Anthropological Archives
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MS 123 Concordance of the Athapascan languages, with an appendix

Creator:
Anderson, Alexander Caulfield, 1814-1884  Search this
Extent:
20 Pages
Culture:
Athapascan Indians  Search this
Athapaskan  Search this
Arctic peoples  Search this
Indians of North America -- Subarctic  Search this
Denésoliné (Chipewyan)  Search this
Montagnais Innu  Search this
Kwalhioqua  Search this
Clatskanie  Search this
Applegate Creek  Search this
Tututni Indians  Search this
Umpqua Indians  Search this
Hupa  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Dakelh (Carrier)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Summary:
This manuscript is a set of comparative data containing materials in several Athabascan/Athapascan languages. The language names as they appear in the ms. with alternative spellings in parenthesis. Chipwyan (Chipewyan, Montagnais, Dene Suline, Sluacus-tinneh, Dene Soun'line), Tacully (Tâh-killy, Tâ-cully ), Klatskani [Kwalhioqua ?] (Kwalhioqua-Tlatskanai Kwalhioqua- Clatskanie, Kwalhioqua-Tlatskanie), Willopah (Willapa, Willoopah) Upper Umpqua, Tootooten, Applegate Creek, Hopah, Haynarger with notes in English.
Scope and Contents:
Consists of Comparative vocabulary, 4 double leaves; Appendix, 8 pages.
Place and date of record not on manuscript; recorded at Cathlamet, Washington Territory, February 24, 1858, according to Pilling, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 14.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 123
Topic:
Chipewyan language  Search this
Hupa language  Search this
Athapascan languages  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Athabaskan  Search this
Dene Suline  Search this
Carrier language  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 123, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS123
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms123
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MS 121 Mimbreno Apache vocabulary in Smithsonian Institution Comparative Vocabulary schedule

Creator:
Bartlett, John Russell, 1805-1886  Search this
Gibbs, George, 1815-1873  Search this
Informant:
Mangas Coloradas  Search this
Extent:
6 Pages
Culture:
Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache (New Mexico)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Apache  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
July 1851
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 121
General:
Previously titled "Membrino Apache Vocabulary."
Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Mimbres  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 121, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS121
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms121

MS 136 Comparative vocabulary of eleven Athapascan languages, compiled from other sources

Creator:
Turner, William W. (William Wadden), 1810-1859  Search this
Extent:
22 Pages
Culture:
Athapascan Indians  Search this
Tlatskanai  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Apache  Search this
Hupa  Search this
Athapaskan  Search this
Dakelh (Carrier)  Search this
Umpqua Indians  Search this
Arctic peoples  Search this
Indians of North America -- Subarctic  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Indians of North America -- Plateau  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Indians of North America -- California  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Columns headed as follows: Tacully or Carrier (Harmon, page 403); Tahkali (Hale, page 569); Tlatskanai (Hale, page 569); Umkwa (Hale, page 569); Umpqua (Tolmie, [Royal] Geog. Soc. Jour. XI, 2); Apache (Bartlett [in Whipple]); Pinal Lleno (Whipple); Jicorillas (Simpson, page 141); Navajo (Simpson, page 141); Navajo ([Eaton in] Schoolcraft, IV, 416); Hoopah ([from Gibbs in] Schoolcraft, III, 440).
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 136
Local Note:
Listed in Pilling, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 14, 1892, page 102; bracketed references in source contents are from Pilling.
Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Navaho  Search this
Athabaskan  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 136, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS136
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms136

MS 115 Comparative vocabulary of the Jicarilla Apaches

Creator:
Simpson, J. H. (James Hervey), 1813-1883  Search this
Gibbs, George, 1815-1873  Search this
Extent:
2 Pages
Culture:
Jicarilla Apache  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1849
Scope and Contents:
Copied from Reports of Secretary of Warar, Senate ex. document No. 64, 31st Cong., 1st sess., 1850. Simpsonʹs contribution to this report included "35 words of the Ticorilla [sic], a branch of the Apaches (no. 8), obtained by Lieutenant Simpson from an Apache Indian, a prisoner in the guard-house at Santa Fe."-- Information from Pilling, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 14, page 94.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 115
Related Materials:
Gibbs copied 9 Simpson vocabularies; the title page for the whole group is filed with Manuscript No. 104-a. (Note added by SJB 12/1969.)
Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 115, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS115
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms115

Proud heritage [sound recording] : a celebration of traditional American Indian music

Author:
Mauchahty-Ware, Tom  Search this
Locke, Kevin  Search this
Carnegie Roadrunners  Search this
Southern Thunder (Musical group)  Search this
Ironwood Singers  Search this
Badland Singers  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc (71 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Music
Date:
1996
1967
P1996
Topic:
Pipe music  Search this
Call number:
disc 000775
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1000208

Working papers in Athabaskan languages 2011 / compiled and edited by James A. Crippen ; papers by Christopher Cox ... [et al.]

Author:
Athabaskan Languages Conference (2011 : Whitehorse, Yukon)  Search this
Crippen, James A  Search this
Alaska Native Language Center  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 112 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Texts
Place:
Alaska
Date:
2012
C2012
Topic:
Athapascan languages--Congresses  Search this
Athapascan languages--Revival  Search this
Athapascan Indians--Languages  Search this
Languages  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1033427

Working papers in Athabaskan (Dene) languages 2012 / edited by Sharon Hargus, Edward Vajda, and Daniel W. Hieber ; series editor, Siri Tuttle ; papers by Sharon Hargus ... [et al.]

Author:
Athabaskan Languages Conference (2012 : Bellingham, Wash.)  Search this
Hargus, Sharon  Search this
Vajda, Edward J  Search this
Hieber, Daniel W  Search this
Tuttle, Siri  Search this
Alaska Native Language Center  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 92 p. : ill., maps, charts ; 28 cm
Type:
Texts
Place:
Alaska
Date:
2013
C2013
Topic:
Athapascan languages--Congresses  Search this
Athapascan languages--Revival  Search this
Athapascan Indians--Languages  Search this
Languages  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1033428

Kiowa [sound recording]

Author:
Thornton, J. Gordon  Search this
Sylverne, Althea H  Search this
Scott, Newt  Search this
Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + program notes (4 p. : ill. 28 cm.)
Type:
Sound recordings
Music
Date:
1999
1964
[between 1983 and 1999]
Topic:
Indian dance  Search this
Call number:
disc 000423
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_737649

[Miscellaneous papers relating to American Indian languages]

Title:
Miscellaneous publications
Author:
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology  Search this
Pilling, James Constantine 1846-1895  Search this
Mooney, James 1861-1921  Search this
Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Maps
Bibliography
Date:
1892
1892-1907
Topic:
Languages  Search this
Chinookan languages  Search this
Athapascan languages  Search this
Missions  Search this
Call number:
PM206 .S65 1892
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_743611
Online Media:

A selection from the Book of common prayer according to the use of the United Church of England and Ireland / translated into Tudukh by R. McDonald

Author:
United Church of England and Ireland  Search this
McDonald Archdeacon 1829-1913  Search this
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain)  Search this
Physical description:
123 p. ; 15 cm
Type:
Texts
Date:
1873
Topic:
Gwich'in language  Search this
Call number:
PM2496.Z77 U55 1873
PM2496.Z77U55 1873
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_419858

The New Testament / translated into the Chipewyan language by the Ven. Archdeacon Kirkby

Author:
Kirkby, William West 1827-  Search this
British and Foreign Bible Society  Search this
Physical description:
396 p. ; 19 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1881
1881l
Topic:
Chipewyan language--Texts  Search this
Call number:
BS345.C55 B58 1881
BS345.C55B58 1881
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_419878

Molitvy i piesnopienīia na kvikhpaksko-kuskokvimskom nariechīi

Issuing body:
Orthodox Eastern Church Liturgy and ritual Kwikpagmiut  Search this
Author:
Nikolaĭ Archbishop of Warsaw 1851-1915  Search this
Translator:
Netsvietov, IAkov 1804-1864  Search this
Bielʹkov, Zakhariĭ  Search this
Subject:
Orthodox Eastern Church  Search this
Physical description:
88 pages ; 17 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Prayers and devotions
Texts
Place:
Alaska
Date:
1896
Topic:
Athapascan languages--Texts  Search this
Athapascan Indians  Search this
Call number:
BX360.A6 A44 1896
PM64.O77 1896
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_330353

The Gospel according to St. Mark, tr. into the Beaver Indian language by the Rev. A.C. Garrioch..

Physical description:
79 p. 16 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1886
Call number:
PM2493.Z7B52 1886
PM2493.Z7B52 1886
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_342396

The Gospel of St. John translated into the Slavé language for Indians of North-west America : in the syllabic character / [by Wm. Carpenter Bompas and W.D. Reeve]

Physical description:
67 p. ; 18 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1890
Call number:
PM2365 .B58 1890
PM2365.B58 1890
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_343269

The Acts of the apostles : translated into the Teni (or Slavé) language of the Indians of the MacKenzie River, Northwest Canada / by the Right Rev. the Bishop of MacKenzie River

Author:
Bompas, William Carpenter 1834-1906  Search this
Physical description:
84 p. ; 17 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1890
Topic:
Slave language--Texts  Search this
Call number:
PM2365.B55 1890
PM2365.B55 1890
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_345023

Carrier reading-book, by Rev. A.G. Morice ..

Author:
Morice, Adrian Gabriel 1859-1938  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. illus. 15 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1894
Topic:
Carrier language--Texts  Search this
Call number:
PM2411.M6 1894X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_266790

Katolik deneya ʻtiye dittlisse. Livre de prières en langue montagnaise par le Rév. père Legoff ..

Author:
Legoff, Laurent  Search this
Subject:
Catholic Church Prayer-books and devotions Chipewyan  Search this
Physical description:
404 p. illus., music. 17 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1890
Topic:
Chipewyan language--Texts  Search this
Call number:
PM850.C2Z5 1890X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_267060

Livre des prières en langue montagnaise ... par le rév. père Legoff, O.M.I. ..

Author:
Legoff, Laurent  Search this
Catholic Church Catechismus Ecclesiae Catholicae Chipewyan  Search this
Subject:
Catholic Church Prayer-books and devotions Chipewyan  Search this
Physical description:
440 p. 17 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1890
Topic:
Chipewyan language--Texts  Search this
Hymns, Chipewyan  Search this
Call number:
PM850.C2L46X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_267061

Prières, cantiques et catechisme en langue montagnaise ou chipeweyan ..

Author:
Perrault, Charles Ovide  Search this
Catholic Church Catechismus Ecclesiae Catholicae Chipewyan  Search this
Subject:
Catholic Church Prayer-books and devotions Chipewyan  Search this
Catholic Church Chipewyan  Search this
Catholic Church Chipewyan  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. illus. 14 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Catechisms
Creeds
Date:
1857
Topic:
Chipewyan language--Texts  Search this
Hymns, Chipewyan  Search this
Call number:
PM850.C2 P4 1857Z
PM850.C2P4 1857Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_267062

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