Collins, Henry B. (Henry Bascom), 1899-1987 Search this
2 Items (ca. inch ca. 2 inch)
Scope and Contents:
The material relates to two events: a dinner in honor of Collins, December 5, 1980, and a memorial service, November 5, 1987. Included are announcements, a guest book for the memorial, xerox copies of photographs of and writings by Collins, messages from many prominent anthropologists and archeologists, and an album of photographs and other memorabilia presented to Collins at the dinner in 1980. Particularly lengthy messages are from Moreau Browne Congleton Chambers, Frederica de Laguna, William G. Haag, Clifford Evans and Betty Jane Meggers, James Bennett Griffin, Stephen Williams, Helge Larsen, James B. Griffin, and William S. Laughlin. The photographs show Henry Bascom Collins (some by Sabra K. McCracken), Douglas H. Ubelaker, James B. Griffin, David Challinor, Richard Fiske, Regina Flannery Herzfeld, Waldo R. Wedel, John C. Ewers, Clifford Evans, Stephen Williams, Margaret Lantis, William W. Fitzhugh, Helge Larsen. Also included are photographs of St. Lawrence Island, 1959 taken by Robert E. Ackerman.
Recording of the memorial service for John C. Ewers, held at the Carmichael Auditorium in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History
Biographical / Historical:
John Canfield Ewers (1909-1997) earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1931 and an M.A. in Anthropology from Yale University in 1934. Ewers began his career in museums as a Field Curator for the National Park Service. He helped design exhibits at Vicksburg National Battlefield and Ocmulgee National Monument among others. In 1941, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hired Ewers to design and establish the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, Montana. After a short stint in the Navy during World War II, Ewers joined the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution. He worked at the Smithsonian for over fifty years in numerous capacities including Director of the National Museum of History and Technology (now called the National Museum of American History). Ewers' research dealt with the Plains Indians and the Blackfoot tribe in particular. Ewers wrote several books on a wide variety of topics including White artists depictions of Native Americans, Plains Indian sculpture, and the horse in Blackfoot Indian culture.