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W. Langdon Kihn papers

Creator:
Kihn, W. Langdon  Search this
Names:
National Geographic Society (U.S.)  Search this
Artzybasheff, Boris, 1899-1965  Search this
Barbeau, Marius, 1883-1969  Search this
Dale, Chester, b. 1883  Search this
Dale, Maud, 1875-1953  Search this
Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946  Search this
Downs, Olin  Search this
Fisher, Franklin L.  Search this
Kihn, Alfred  Search this
Kihn, Helen Butler  Search this
Laubin, Gladys  Search this
Laubin, Reginald  Search this
Lecomte du Noüy, Marie  Search this
Lecomte du Noüy, Pierre, 1883-1947  Search this
Oakley, Thorton, 1881-1953  Search this
Skinner, Constance Lindsay, 1882-1939  Search this
Stirling, Matthew Williams, 1896-1975  Search this
Wellcome, Henry S., Sir (Henry Solomon), 1853-1936  Search this
Wiggins, Guy C. (Guy Carleton), 1883-1962  Search this
Extent:
8.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Sketches
Photographs
Poetry
Writings
Date:
1904-1990
bulk 1904-1957
Summary:
The papers of painter and illustrator W. Langdon Kihn measure approximately 8.5 linear feet and date from 1904-1990, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1904-1957. Papers document Kihn's career and travels associated with his interests in documenting the native American tribal nations of the United States and Canada in portraiture and writings. Found here are biographical materials, voluminous correspondence, memoirs and writings, one travel diary, printed material, financial records, three sketchbooks, sketches, and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter and illustrator W. Langdon Kihn measure approximately 8.5 linear feet and date from 1904-1990, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1904-1957. Papers document Kihn's career and travels associated with his interests in documenting the native American tribal nations of the United States and Canada in portraiture and writings. Found here are biographical material, voluminous correspondence, memoirs and writings, one travel diary, printed material, financial records, three sketchbooks, sketches, and photographs.

Biographical materials include address books, membership cards, exhibition and price lists, legal and travel documents, as well as biographical notes. Additional biographical sketches are found in the Writings and Notes series.

Correspondence is the largest series in the collection, almost half of the papers. In addition to letters to W. Langdon Kihn, this series include both originals and drafts of his outgoing letters; letters to his wife Helen from friends; third party business correspondence between his father, Alfred Kihn, and various parties undertaken on his son's behalf; and third party correspondence addressed to his friend and colleague, the Canadian ethnographer, Marius Barbeau. In addition to Barbeau, significant correspondents include Constance Lindsay Skinner, Chester and Maud Dale, Sir Henry Wellcome, Pierre and Marie "May" Lecompte du Noüy, and Reginald and Gladys Laubin. Although there is little correspondence with other artists, those represented with cards and letters in this collection include Boris Artzybasheff, Maynard Dixon, Olin Dows, Thornton Oakley, and Kihn's summer art school partner, Gus Wiggins. Correspondence with Franklin L. Fisher, Chief of National Geographic Magazine's Illustrated Division and Matthew W. Striling, Chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution dominate the period spanning from 1935 - 1952, the years of Kihn's close association with the National Geographic Society.

Writings and notes includes manuscripts and typescripts of articles, poems, lectures, memoirs, and other writings by Kihn and others. There is one travel diary dated circa 1924-1925, and numerous writings about Kihn's travels and documentation of native American Indians.

Printed materials include exhibition catalogs, travel brochures, and magazine and newspaper clippings. Also found here are copies of Kihn's illustrations for books by other authors, including Beaver, Kings and Cabins, by Constance Lindsay Skinner, as well as proofs from the National Geographic series on American Indians arranged by geographic location. Financial records consist of invoices and receipts related to Kihn's artwork, traveling, and exhibitions.

Three sketchbooks and loose sketches include illustrated field notes and other drawings that document Kihn's travels and of native Americans. Photographs are of Kihn, and of Kihn at work. There are also photographs of Kihn's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1916-1957 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1904-1959 (Boxes 1-5; 4.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1920-1990 (Box 5-6; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1920-1957 (Boxes 6-8, OV 10; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Financial Records, 1920-1955 (Box 8; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 6: Sketchbooks and Sketches, circa 1922-1955 (Boxes 8-9, OV 10; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1920-1955 (Box 9; 5 folders)
Biographical Note:
Born in Brooklyn, New York, W. (Wilfred) Langdon Kihn (1898-1959) is best known for his portraits of American Indians and illustrations of their history, culture and rapidly disappearing way of life. In 1919, Kihn joined his art teacher Winold Reiss on a trip to the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana where he completed his first series of portraits. This marked the beginning of his lifelong career of documenting the tribal nations of the United States and Canada. Through commissions from Canadian and American Railroad companies, Kihn spent much of the 1920s traversing both the United States and Northwest Canada where he had the opportunity to record the members and lives of various tribes. During this period, his paintings also traveled the country in a one man exhibition of his American Indian portraits, which was arranged by the Brooklyn Museum, and traveled to about 40 institutions in the United States. However his largest and best known commission was a project to research and paint North American Indians for serial publication in National Geographic. Kihn received the commission in 1935 and his association with the organization spanned two decades, culminating in the 1955 exhibition of his work at the National Geographic Museum, Washington, D.C, and the publication Indians of the Americas, with copius illustrations derived from Kihn's paintings and drawings.

In addition to his travels and work in North America, Kihn enjoyed a brief stint between 1929-1932 painting in France and Spain. Upon his return he focused upon obtaining commercial work and enjoyed success as an illustrator, whose work was featured in Beaver, Kings and Cabins (1933) and Flat Tail (1935), among other books. Kihn also wrote articles about his travels; amateur painters, whom he specialized in teaching; and American Indian legends and tribal cultures. Between 1948-1951 he was a partner in the Guy Wiggins-W. Langdon Kihn Art School in Essex, Connecticut. He married Helen Butler in 1920 and in between their travels the couple eventually settled in East Haddam, Connecticut. W. Langdon Kihn died in 1957.
Provenance:
Helen Kihn, W. Langdon Kihn's widow, donated the bulk of the collection in 1959. In 1994 Phyllis Kihn, the artist's daughter, donated pages 1-8 of Kihn's original manuscript of his memoirs and a transcript of the complete memoirs.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Connecticut  Search this
Topic:
Book illustrators -- Connecticut  Search this
Indians of North America -- Pictorial works  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Sketches
Photographs
Poetry
Writings
Citation:
W. Langdon Kihn papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1904-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kihnwlan
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W. Langdon Kihn papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kihnwlan

Photograph of Oxford University Diploma in Anthropology Class

Names:
University of Oxford. Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology  Search this
Balfour, Henry, 1863-1939  Search this
Barbeau, Marius, 1883-1969  Search this
Jenness, Diamond, 1886-1969  Search this
Marett, R. R. (Robert Ranulph), 1866-1943  Search this
Thomson, Arthur, 1858-1935  Search this
Wallis, Wilson D. (Wilson Dallam), 1886-1970  Search this
Extent:
1 Copy print
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Copy prints
Photographs
Date:
1910-1911
Scope and Contents note:
Group portrait of recipients and dons of Oxford University Diploma in Anthropology Class, made in June 1910. The anthropologists depicted are Wilson Dallam Wallis, Diamond Jenness, Charles Marius Barbeau, Henry Balfour, Arthur Thompson, and Robert R. Marett.
Biographical/Historical note:
Oxford University's Diploma in Anthropology was introduced in 1906. Wilson Dallam Wallis and Charles Marius Barbeau were Rhodes Scholars who graduated with diplomas in 1910. Diamond Jenness attended Oxford on a Balliol scholarship and received his diploma in 1911. Balfour, Thomson, and Marett were the three most influential dons in the early period of the Anthropology Diploma. Balfour served as curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford, Thomson lectured on human anatomy and physical anthropology, and Marett served as Secretary of the Committee of Anthropology.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 76-130
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University holds the papers of Henry Balfour, Arthur Thomson, and Robert Marett, as well as the original of this photograph.
The University of Minnesota Archives holds the Wilson Dallam Wallis papers.
The Canadian Museum of Civilization holds the papers of Charles Marius Barbeau.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 76-130, Photograph of 1910-1911 Diploma in Anthropology Class, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.76-130
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-76-130

The downfall of Temlaham / by Marius Barbeau

Author:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 253 pages, [13] leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Type:
Fiction
Folklore
Place:
British Columbia
Skeena River Region
Date:
1973
1973, ©1928
Topic:
Gitxsan Indians  Search this
Gitxsan mythology  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Call number:
PS8503.A7 D6 1928
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1060421

The tradition continues : monumental sculpture in the Gitanyow and Gitxsan territories 1986-1996 / Harold J.T. Demetzer, Simogyet Delgamuukw - Earl Muldon, Simogyet Yoopx - Elmer Derrick

Title:
Monumental sculpture in the Gitanyow and Gitxsan territories 1986-1996
Author:
Demetzer, Harold J. T. 1950-  Search this
Muldon, Earl 1936-  Search this
Derrick, Elmer 1947-  Search this
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969 Totem poles of the Gitksan, Upper Skeena River, British Columbia  Search this
Physical description:
213 p., [2] leaves of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), map, ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
British Columbia
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Totem poles  Search this
Gitxsan Indians  Search this
Call number:
E98.T65 D45 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_824275

J. Lajournade photographs of the International Congress of Americanists in Paris

Creator:
J. Lajournade studio  Search this
Depicted:
Barbeau, Marius, 1883-1969  Search this
Chard, Chester S.  Search this
Evans, Clifford, 1920-1981  Search this
Meggers, Betty Jane  Search this
Collector:
Collins, Henry B. (Henry Bascom), 1899-1987  Search this
Extent:
6 Prints (silver gelatin)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Photographs
Date:
1960
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs of attendees at a meeting of the International Congress of Americanists in Paris, 1960. The photographs are of Henry B. Collins and his wife, Betty J. Meggers, Clifford Evans, Chester S. Chard and his wife, and Marius Barbeau.
Biographical/Historical note:
The International Congress of Americanists was organized in Paris in 1874 as an outgrowth of the Societe Americaine de France. Its purpose was "to contribute to the progress of ethnographic, linguistic and historic studies relative to North and South America, especially for the period before Christopher Columbus, and to report to those who are interested in these studies." The congress' official meeting for 1960 was held in Vienna.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 134C
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives holds material relating to the International Congress of Americanists (MS 7068, Photo Lot R76-139, Photo Lot 77-48, and MS 4372).
The National Anthropological Archives also holds the Henry Bascom Collins, Jr. Papers.
Provenance:
Probably donated by Henry B. Collins and his wife.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo Lot 134C, J. Lajournade photographs of International Congress of Americanists in Paris, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.134C
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-134c

MS 3655 Review of C.M. Barbeau's "Iroquoian Clans and Phratries"

Collector:
Hewitt, J. N. B. (John Napoleon Brinton), 1859-1937  Search this
Creator:
Barbeau, Marius, 1883-1969  Search this
Extent:
10 Pages
Culture:
Iroquois  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
A review of this paper as it appeared in American Anthropologist, Volume XIX, Number 3, 1917. Page 392. Also carbon copy.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 3655
Topic:
Social organization -- Iroquois  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 3655, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS3655
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms3655

Tsimshian narratives / collected by Marius Barbeau and William Beynon ; edited by John J. Cove and George F. MacDonald

Author:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Beynon, William 1888-1958  Search this
Cove, John J  Search this
MacDonald, George F  Search this
Canadian Museum of Civilization  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Folklore
Place:
British Columbia
Pacific Coast
Date:
1987
Call number:
E99.T8 T87 1987
E99.T8T87 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_353011

Canadian-Indian folk-lore [sound recording] : an autobiography / by Dr. Marius C. Barbeau

Title:
My life in recording: Canadian-Indian folk-lore
Commentator:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
French-Canadians  Search this
Canadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Music
Place:
Canada
Date:
1957
Topic:
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America--Folklore  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Ethnomusicology  Search this
Local number:
FW03502
Folkways 3502
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231671
Online Media:

Songs of French Canada [sound recording] / recorded by Laura Boulton

Recordist:
Boulton, Laura 1899-1980  Search this
Gesser, Sam 1930-2008  Search this
Roy, Carmen  Search this
Asch, Moses  Search this
Commentator:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
French-Canadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Québec (Province)
Date:
1957
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Folk songs, French  Search this
Folk dance music  Search this
Local number:
FW04482
Folkways 4482
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_232248

French Canadian Tales [sound recording]

Performer:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Producer:
Gesser, Sam 1930-2008  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 10 in
Culture:
Canadians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Canada
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-10RR-3496
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_336347

Adventure with French Canada [sound recording]

Performer:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 10 in
Culture:
Canadians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Canada
Local number:
FW-ASCH-10RR-3507
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_336358

French Canadian Stories (1) [sound recording]

Performer:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 10 in
Culture:
Canadians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Canada
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-10RR-3568
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_336418

French Canadian Stories (2) [sound recording]

Performer:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 10 in
Culture:
Canadians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Canada
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-10RR-3569
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_336419

French Canadian Stories (3) [sound recording]

Performer:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 10 in
Culture:
Canadians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Canada
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-10RR-3570
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_336420

Canadian- Indian Stories [sound recording]

Performer:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 10 in
Culture:
Canadians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Canada
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-10RR-3584
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_336434

The modern growth of the totem pole on the northwest coast / by Marius Barbeau

Author:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
p. 491-498, [5] leaves of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Northwest Coast of North America
Date:
1940
1939
Topic:
Totem poles  Search this
Indian art  Search this
Call number:
E98.T65 B37 1940
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_715334

Medicine-men of the North Pacific coast / by Marius Barbeau

Author:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
v, 95 : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Northwest Coast of North America
North America
Date:
1973
1958
1973, 1958
Topic:
Shamans  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Indian art  Search this
Call number:
QH1 .C13 no.152, 1973
E98.M4 B23 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_727325

Canadian-Indian folk-lore [sound recording] : an autobiography / by Dr. Marius C. Barbeau

Title:
My life recording Canadian Indian folklore
Author:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Music
Folklore
Place:
Canada
Date:
200u
1957
[200-?], c1957
Call number:
disc 000446
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_747393

Classification of Iroquoian radicals with subjective pronominal prefixes / by C.M. Barbeau

Author:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. ℓ., 30 p. incl. tables ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1915
Topic:
Languages--Grammar  Search this
Iroquoian languages  Search this
Call number:
PM1382 .B37 1915
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_798203

Tsimsyan myths / by Marius Barbeau

Author:
Barbeau, Marius 1883-1969  Search this
Physical description:
v, 97 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1961
Topic:
Religion  Search this
Mythology  Search this
Haida art  Search this
Call number:
E99.T8 B37 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_628440

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