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Leonard Mason papers

Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Linear feet
Culture:
Anishinaabe (Chippewa/Ojibwa)  Search this
Saulteaux  Search this
Dunne-za (Beaver)  Search this
Swampy Cree  Search this
Cree  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
North America
Date:
1938-1943
Summary:
The Leonard Mason papers mainly include material on the Swampy Cree and the Dunne-za (Beaver) from Mason's early anthropological research. Mason's research during the late 1930s to early 1940s among these communities is primarily focused on acculturation and material culture, but also includes a thorough bibliography of research on Swampy Cree culture. This collection consists of prints, slides, negatives, fieldnotes, manuscripts, receipts, and correspondence.
Scope and Contents:
The Leonard Mason papers reflect a portion of Mason's early anthropological work among the Swampy Cree and the Dunne-za (Beaver). From 1938 to 1940, while studying at the University of Minnesota, Mason researched among the Swampy Cree at the Hudson Bay Company's Oxford House in Manitoba, Canada. Following this research, Mason studied the Dunne-za of Alberta, Canada, while earning his PhD from Yale University. Most of this collection relates to Mason's research concerning his work among the Swampy Cree in the late 1930s. Mason's research is documented in this collection through prints, slides, negatives, fieldnotes, manuscripts, receipts, and correspondence.

Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Biographical note:
Leonard Edward Mason (1913-2005) was an anthropologist who was active from the mid to late 20th century, best known for his research among the Swampy Cree and the peoples of Micronesia. Mason received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1935 and 1941 respectively. During his time at the University of Minnesota, Mason researched the Swampy Cree at the Hudson Bay Company's Oxford House in Manitoba, Canada. Before earning his PhD in Anthropology from Yale University in 1950, Mason held multiple governmental positions including the resident analyst at the Office of Residence and Intelligence at the United States State Department. While a graduate student at Yale University, Mason began his research in Micronesia among the Marshallese of the Marshall Islands.

After leaving Yale University, Leonard Mason became a faculty member at the University of Hawaii as first associate professor and later, professor. While there, Mason studied Pacific Island ethnology, with special interests in social and cultural change, resettled populations, and applied anthropology and research in Micronesia. Mason became an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii in 1969.
Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0207
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3cb2d043f-a5b3-4c1f-ac7f-0a965cf5e43c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-xxxx-0207

The Beaver: A research program. Yale 1943

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3de40a805-2cfa-499a-9e2f-83f1fdffc24f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref514

Correspondence regarding Beaver research 1943

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw37404a3cb-8645-45b1-9849-b1f4454416e0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref515

Oxford House genealogies 1940

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3a21b5437-92db-4c48-87c8-e11257b49614
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref516

Vital statistics, Oxford House 1940 recording

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw38cc249e6-9e70-4e66-8db4-e88dc3dfc5c7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref517

Hudson Bay fur receipts, Oxford House 1940

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3aadec39b-3d86-41ea-b1a4-c3d02d53695a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref518

Fieldnotes

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3a0845dd2-f7ec-496f-bfee-c753bb5876da
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref519

Original negative sleeves

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw35d567d70-4872-489a-8e0b-df88d5c02a9e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref520

[Safety negatives, August 6, 1940 - August 16, 1940]

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw30c57f118-3f2b-4a24-a433-6dde6216fd5e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref509

[Safety negatives, August 17, 1940 - August 20, 1940]

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw37b6e0d07-db28-4ff0-926d-17123a2b705a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref510

[Safety negatives, August 22, 1940 - August 23, 1940]

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw37e6fdf1f-71e9-46e4-8dcc-4fab3ad19a92
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref511

[Safety negatives, August 1940 - May 1941]

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw34d7dff02-092d-4e00-b2b3-10f2e799f492
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref512

[Slides, July 1940 - August 1940]

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3f8e99f23-1dd4-40ff-a365-dc9d73da1cc9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref513

[Safety negatives, July 1938 - July 6, 1940]

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw39d5866ef-6a69-41f0-b713-fee79e80f5dd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref505

[Safety negatives, July 7, 1940 – July 10, 1940]

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw30bdd55a2-5d07-41fd-8e41-b64e3ea2773d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref506

[Safety negatives, July 18, 1940 - July 27, 1940]

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3686e07d9-a089-4e91-b598-a81c1bafce53
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref507

[Safety negatives, July 28, 1940 - August 5, 1940]

Collection Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
The Leonard Mason papers are open for research.

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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Leomard Mason papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Leonard Mason papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3ff053277-6154-46b3-9082-4e6843e73dd1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0207-ref508

Arno Atoll films

Creator:
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
National Science Foundation (U.S.)  Search this
United States. Navy  Search this
Extent:
Film reels (color silent; 3600 feet, 16mm)
Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Silent films
Place:
Oceania
Arno Atoll (Marshall Islands)
Date:
circa 1950
Scope and Contents:
Footage shot of Arno Atoll, Marshall Islands, as part of the Coral Atoll Project sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the United States Navy. Scenes include aerial shots of the atoll; harvesting and processing fronds of coconut and pandanus trees for weaving mats, baskets, and clothing and for roofing; women's dances; preparing and roasting breadfruit; butchering and roasting pig; making sennit; fishing activities; and dancing.

Wade, Gerald: cameraman ; Davenport, William: researcher ; Emery, Kenneth: photographer ; Milne, James: translator. University of Hawaii.

The collection also includes scripts and shot notes used by Dr. Mason to prepare an edited film.

Outrigger canoe ; Grass skirts ; Sennit making ; Cookery ; Breadfruit preservation bwirn ma beljij ; Coconut copra sennit ; Pandanus tree thatch fruit mat clothing ; Dance stick secret ; Aerial view Arno Atoll ; Pig food preparation ; Ship AKL U.S. Naval vessel ; Tools shell ; Weaving basket ; Festival games gunny sack race tug of war ; Fire drills ; Jekkaro coconut tree sap

Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Local Number:
HSFA 1983.3.1
Provenance:
Received from Leonard Mason in 1983.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Marshallese  Search this
Genre/Form:
silent films
Citation:
Arno Atoll films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
HSFA.1983.03
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc96c8c02c8-bdac-4526-8471-dd4d24701f4d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-1983-03

MS 7369 Margaret Lantis correspondence concerning "The U.S.A. as Anthropologists See It" (American Anthropologist, Vol. 57, No. 6 December 1955)

Topic:
American Anthropologist
Creator:
Lantis, Margaret, 1906-2006  Search this
American Anthropological Association  Search this
Correspondent:
Vogt, Evon Z. (Evon Zartman), 1918-2004  Search this
Henry, Jules, 1904-1969  Search this
Harrington, J. C. (Jean Carl), 1901-1998  Search this
Schneider, David Murray, 1918-  Search this
Harding, Charles F., III  Search this
Gillin, John, 1907-1973  Search this
Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978  Search this
Spiro, Melford E., 1920-2014  Search this
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Merriam, Alan P. (Alan Parkhurst), 1923-1980  Search this
Kluckhohn, Clyde, 1905-1960  Search this
Goldschmidt, Walter, 1913-2010  Search this
Landes, Ruth, 1908-1991  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (ca. 3/4 in. )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Letters
Date:
1953-1954
Scope and Contents:
Consists mainly of correspondence with Sol Tax, editor of the American Anthropologist at the time. Also includes correspondence with contributors and prospective contributors to the volume and participants in a related symposium, including Jules Henry, Evon Zartmann Vogt, Jean C. Harrington, David M. Schneider, Charles F. Harding, III, John Gillin, Margaret Mead, Melford Spiro, Leonard Mason, Alan P. Merriam, Clyde Kluckhohn, Marvin Kaufmann Opler, Walter Rochs Goldschmidt, and Ruth Landes.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 7369
Genre/Form:
Letters
Citation:
Manuscript 7369, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7369
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3506ecaea-121c-480e-8e2d-54b73385f5c0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7369

MS 7516 Documents relating to scientific investigations in Micronesia

Creator:
Fisher, John Lyle  Search this
Fischer, Ann K.  Search this
Squires, Donald Fleming  Search this
Mason, Leonard, 1913-2005  Search this
Hiatt, Robert W.  Search this
Stone, Earl L.  Search this
Cox, Doak C.  Search this
Wells, John W.  Search this
Fisher, W. K.  Search this
Clark, A.H.  Search this
Deichmann, Elisabeth  Search this
Laubenfels, M.W. de  Search this
Names:
National Research Council (U.S.). Pacific Science Board  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (ca. in. ca. 2 in.)
Culture:
Caroline Islands -- Eastern  Search this
Marshall Islands -- Arno Atoll  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Marshall Islands -- Arno Atoll -- Zoology
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes John L. and Anne M. Fischer's East Caroline Handbook (1954); Donald F. Squires, The Coral Reefs of Arno Atoll, Marshall Islands (1950); Leonard Mason, Anthropology-Geography Study of Arno Atoll, Marshall Islands; Robert W. Hiatt, Marine Zoology Study of Arno Atoll, Marshall Islands (1950); Earl L. Stone, The soils and agriculture of Arno Atoll, Marshall Islands, I, Soils (1951); Doak C. Cox, The hydrology of Arno Atoll, Marshall Islands (1951); John W. Wells, The coral reefs of Arno Atoll, Marshall Islands (1951); W.K. Fisher, Identification of Echiuroid and Sipunculoid Worms collected by Pacific Science Board Expeditions (1953); A.H. Clark and Elisabeth Deichmann, Identification of Echinoderms collected by Pacific Science Board Expeditions (1953); Laubenfels, Identification of sponges collected by Pacific Science Board Expeditions (1953).
Biographical / Historical:
Collected by Joe T. Marshall while he was working on the Marshall Idlans and Ponape. Marshall in a research assocation of the National Museum of Natural History's Department of Vertebrate Zoology.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 7516
Local Note:
Thermofax and mimeograph copies
Topic:
Coral reefs -- Arno Atoll  Search this
Marine zoology -- Arno Atoll  Search this
Agriculture -- Arno Atoll  Search this
Soils -- Arno Atoll  Search this
Hydrology -- Arno Atoll  Search this
Worms, echiuroid and sipunculoid -- Pacific Science Board collection  Search this
Echinoderms -- Pacific Science Board collection  Search this
Sponges -- Pacific Science Board collections  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 7516, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7516
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3c8f5677b-b294-4ebf-868f-e313e6f50482
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7516

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