The collection consists of studio portraits and expedition photographs of anthropologists, administrators, scholars, and others. It includes some photographs of an Native American demonstrating sign language, possibly made during W J McGee's Seriland expedition.
Photographers represented in the collection are Charles Milton Bell, A. E. Dumbie; De Lancey W. Gill, Mme de Hermann, of Paris; Holland, of Trenton, New Jersey; Charles Lainer, J. Notman; Parker, George Prince, Macnabb, of New York; Moses P. Rice; Napolean Sarony; S. S. Teel; and A. Yasvoin, of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 70
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional photograph collections of anthropologists held in the National Anthropological Archives are Photo Lot 4822, Photo Lot 33, Photo Lot 39, and Photo Lot 77-80.
See others in:
Department of Anthropology photograph collection of anthropologists, circa 1864-1921
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Photo lot 70, Department of Anthropology collection of photographs of anthropologists, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Photographs depicting Roman, Greek, Assyrian, and Egyptian sculpture in European museums. Most of the images were made in the British Museum, but others were made at the Vatican, the Louvre, and in Florence.
Adolphe Braun (1811-1877) was a French photographer and pioneer of photographic reproduction techniques at his studios in Paris and Dornach. Mostly created after 1866, his photographs of famous works of art helped advance the field of art history; this was his most successful photographic project.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 79-34, USNM ACC 57117
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Photographs and drawings of paleolithic sites, previously filed in 79-34, have been relocated to National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 157.
Material found in Gus Van Beek's office can also be found in the National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 79-38.
Additional photographs donated by Lucy Hunter Baird as part of accession 57117 can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 24 and Photo Lot 97.
Lucy Hunter Baird also donated artifacts to the anthropology collections of the National Museum of Natural History in accession 57117.
Most of Stevenson's scientific notes are included as separate items in the series of numbered manuscript and the papers of John Peabody Harrington. This particular set of materials is made up of papers that passed into the hands of the executor of her estate. It consists of a miscellany of letters, notes, legal documents, cartographic materials, genealogical materials, photographs, newspaper clippsing, other printed material, and other types of documents. Although tehc ollection largely concerns Stevenson, it also includes some material of her husband, James Stevenson, and members of her family, especially her father, Alexander H. Evans, a Washington, D.C. attorney.
Many of the documents concern Stevenson's field work among the Pueblo Indians and other official duties with the Smithsonian. some material relates to her activities with the World's Columbian Exposition and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. A few items concern her membership in scientific organizations. Still other documents are of a personal nature, and some are mementoes, especially of James Stevenson. A significant group of documents concern Matilda CoxeStevenson's friendly and, later, very difficult relationship with Clara True.
The photographs include some items of ethnographic interest but it consists largely of portraits of James andMatilda Stevensonand Mrs. Stevenson's relatives. Also included are images in albums apparently gathered by Stevenson as a collector of photographs. They include images of Kit Carson, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and William Tecumseh Shermn. In the albums are also a nubmer of photographic portraits with unidentified subjects, many of whom appear to be actors and actresses.
Report on exploration of caves containing ceremonial paraphernalia, and request for assistance in further exploration and collecting. Refers to map and drawings which are not present with this copy. Map is in "Bureau of American Ethnology Correspondence-Letters Received 1/25/81" KTB, 1/30/85. [copy negative #83-112]. Added cover page carries title, "The Zunis." Pencil notation on cover in J.C. Pilling's hand reads, "Duplicate with drawings given Cushing, Oct. 25, '84."
Concerns archaeological field work in the area of the Monte Alban ruins in Oaxaca. Letter written by Ayme in Oaxaca describes his excavations in three areas. The first at an hacienda called Nazarene, at the foot of Monte Alban; a second along a river bank, one mile west of the hacienda, and a third just north of the Oaxaca road, a mile east of Nazarene. The report describes the tombs he encountered and includes rough sketches of these structures and a few of the artifacts. At the close of the letter, Ayme asks for additional funds to continue his work, so as to "put...into your hands a superb, unequalled collection of Mexican antiquities."
NAA MS 1201
The United States National Museum has a fairly large collection of Zapotec funerary urns and assorted ceramic objects donated by Ayme. For details, see list in Anthropology Processing Lab, United States National Museum.
The Manuscript bears a stamp which reads, "Bureau of American Ethnology. Manuscript Vault. April, 1926."
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.
Copies of correspondence between George J. Gibbs and others on a variety of topics, especially anthropological, ornithological, and geneological. Included is corresponsence with Spencer Baird and Joseph Henry of the Smithsonian Institution; John Evans; Joseph Hutchings; W.R. Inglis, "late" president of the Turks and Caicos Islands; J.H. Lefroy, "fomer" governor of Bermuda; Sir Anthony Musgrage, governor of Jamaica; and Joseph Hutchings. Also included are photographs of Baird, Evans, Hutchings, Inglis, Lefroy, and Musgrave; a copy of James Smithson's will; sketches of artifacts; geneological information regarding the original colonists of the Bermudas, and excerpts from other sources.
Biographical / Historical:
Virtually no biographical information is available. From the text, a birthdate for George J. Gibbs of ca. 1833 has been deduced. In the manuscript, Gibbs states that his father was the Honorable George Gibbs "of these islands" and that his uncle was William H. Gibbs who died ca. 1876. G.J. Gibbs lived on Grand Turk Island of the British West Indies, at that time a Jamaican dependency, was married, and had children (number unknown). According to the text, he became an invalid due to an illness ca. 1875.
Date of birth determined by extrapolation from text: on page 286, 1878, Gibbs says that for 42 years he knew no illness, but "three years ago"  he became ill from exposure on a hunting trip and has ever since been an invalid. [1875 - 42 years = 1833, hypothetical birth date.]
"A correspondence relative to Ancient Stone Implements etc., etc. between George J. Gibbs of Grand Turk and Caicos Islands, W.I. and John Evans Esquire F.R.S. & F.S.A., Honorary Secretary of the Geological and Numismatic Societies of London etc., etc. (the author of a work established in London in the year 1872 entitled ʻAncient Stone Implements, etc. of Great Britainʼ) also with Joseph Henry Esquire Secretary and Diretor of the Smithsonian Intitute and of the National Museum of the United States of America at Washington, D.C. and with other partners on various subjects."
B.G.E. St.Aubyn, Windsor House, Cayman Islands, British West Indies gift July, 1973 74-1
Encloses a "circular" which he has prepared, consisting of a series of 94 questions, for the purpose of facilitating the collection of material for a study of native North American music. Letters of comment by O. T. Mason and Professor Baird, indicating they feel the circular too elaborate for use by the Smithsonian Institution. Also letter of transmission, 1 page.
Indians of North America -- Southern States Search this
Scope and Contents:
It is taken from Chahta immatahah, and written by Dr. Gideon Lincecum in 1822 or 1823, and to his earlier correspondence with Professor Baird and Major Powell, regarding the same Manuscript. Reading. Pennsylvania. May 12, 1879. Filed with the above Manuscript is a typescript copy of Powell's cover letter, returning a Choctaw manuscript, to Mrs. S.L. Doran (Dr. Lincecum's daughter.) Washington. June 25, 1889.
Biographical / Historical:
Supplied information is from Doran's letter to Powell, February 21, 1889, and to Professor J. Henry, April 17, 1889 (Reference: Bureau of American Ethnology Letters Received, 1889, Doran file). No record of Berlin's earlier correspondence with Baird and Powell is found in Bureau of American Ethnology correspondence files, 11/71.
NAA MS 4056
Annotated letter signed
Manuscript 4056, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Letter "relative to the deposits of Indian relics and mineral localities of the State...." Includes descriptions of aboriginal quartz found on Almonds Creek below Richmond, and Indian camps and burial sites and mines on the James River from Richmond to Lynchburg. Also sketches of six steatite bowls and one yoke-shaped article of steatite found at Thomas Tumes Quarry, Goochland County, Virginia.
Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology Search this
1 Item (sheaf )
1 Item (letter-press copy book )
Scope and Contents:
The copies on loose sheets apparently cover correspondence with Cushing only. Direct copies made from some of these same letters also appear in the copy book, which has, in addition, many copies of Baird-Powell correspondence about B.A.E. matters.
NAA MS 4677
Manuscript 4677, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution