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MS 4807 Collections of the United States South Sea Surveying and Exploring Expedition 1838, 9, 40, 41 & 42. By T. R. Peale, U. S. Patent Office, 1846
Peale, Titian R. (Titian Ramsay), 1780-1798 Search this
United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842) Search this
Scope and Contents:
Catalogue of 2516 ethnological specimens, numbered 1-2487.
Some original accession data concerning anthropological specimens collected on the Wilkes Expedition are also included in section C, in the Manuscript volume catalogued in the Smithsonian Institution Library as follows: MSS c Case U58 eori U. S. Exploring Expedition Original invoices and other official papers. Estimated 73 full pages FF. Section C, "Original Invoices of Miscellaneous Specimens" (1839-41) includes "Catalogue of Boxes Barrels &c Shipped on board the American Ship Lausanne [from ?] Oahu," no date, 4 pages and other untitled lists that include some anthropological entries. Also in Section C is a 1-page "List of articles...[belonging to the] Philological Dept." signed by H[oratio ] Hale; these are mostly printed articles, but there is one reference to a Quichua and Moxa grammar, presumably a Manuscript.
Biographical / Historical:
Note on title page states: The collections made by the Exploring Expedition under Capt. Wilkes were brought to Washington and unpacked at the U. S. Patent Office, where they were on exhibition for several years. About 1851 they were transferred to the Smithsonian Building. This catalogue was presented to the Nat. Museum in January 1877 by Mr Peale in person. Accompanying letter of A. H. Clark to [G. B.] Goode, March 24, 1887 transmits catalogue to Goode, stating that it was found "Among the National Institute papers several months ago." Title page refers to catalogue(s) of 134 mammal specimens and 150 ornithological species which are not included in this volume. Note with Smithsonian Institution Library card catalogue entry for a 46 page typescript of this volume states that the original Manuscript catalogs of birds and mammals are in the American Museum of Natural History, and xerox copies of both are in the MNH, Division of Mammals (Dr D. H. Johnson).
NAA MS 4807
Expeditions -- United States South Sea and Exploring Expedition Search this
Printed text on verso reads: "Burkina Faso / Banfora, province de la Comoé / Le rôhnier (Borassus aethiopum) est l'un des arbres très répandu en cette région. Il est très utile et fait partie intégrante de la culture des habitants. Son tronc sert à faire les solives des plafonds. Sa sève est bue comme du vin et accompagne fête, funérailles, rites sacrificiels, reconciliation; ses feuilles entre dans la fabrication des nattes et des paniers; les hampes des feuilles sont utilisées pour battre le riz et les fibres des hampes sont employées pour récurer marmites et calebasses: elles sont, ici, vendues au marché."
Translated postcard caption reads: "Burkina Faso / Banfora, Comoé province. / The ronier (Borassus aethiopum) is a very common tree in this region. It is very useful and an integral part of the culture of the inhabitants. Its trunk is used to make ceiling joists. Its sap is drunk as wine and accompanies festivities, funerals, sacrificial rites, reconciliation; its leaves are used in making mats and baskets; the stems of the leaves are used to thresh rice stalks and fibers are used to scrub pots and calabashes: they are, here, sold at the market."
Printed text on verso reads "Haute-Volta / Prés de FADA N'GOURMA, / LANTAOGO. / Ce canari de bière de mil et ces petites calebasses ne constituent pas une nature morte; ils sont le symbole de la vie et de la joie partagée, de la réconciliation et des relations communielles avec l'invisible."
Translated postcard caption reads: "Upper Volta / Near Fada N'Gourma, Lantaogo. / This canari of millet beer and those small calabash are not a still life, they are the symbol of life and shared joy, reconciliation and communing with the unseen."
Additional printed text on verso reads: "Photo DIAVOLTA - Reproduction Interdite - 83/737 / Imprimerie Pierron." Stamp box reads: "Couleurs Naturelles."
Title source: Postcard caption.
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