Letter from C.L. Hequembourg to Joseph Henry enclosing manuscript in hand of a scribe: words and phrases in the Paiute language, which "have been read over to the Indians for correction." Also letter of F. L. O. Roehrig, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., April 24, 1873, 2 pages commenting on Hequembourg's data.
Includes notes; abstracts from letters of Commodore Jesse D. Elliott to the National Institute; Admiral A. Harwood to Joseph Henry; andH. D. Gregory to William J. Rhees; and a letter probably from Casanowicz to William Henry Holmes, March 27, 1916.
Biographical / Historical:
The sarcophagus was obtained in 1839 at Beirut by Commander J. D. Elliott (whose flag ship was the Constitution). It was the container for the remains of the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus. It was intended for the remains of Andrew Jackson, but he declined its use.
Materials from various persons used by O. T. Mason in Smithsonian Annual Reports, 1874 - 1879 & 1881 - 1883.
1) Most have been published (although not necessarily verbatim). unpublished letters and maps include: Mitchell, Augustus to Joseph Henry, August 24, 1873. "Crude Thoughts on American Indians." Discusses visit of P. Pitchlynn to author at Portland, Me., 1846. 2) Bruff. J. Goldsborough to Joseph Henry, February 10, 1873. concerning human face carved on rock near Chain Bridge, Potomac River. 3) Trowbridge, David, December 14, 1876 "Ancient Fort and Burial Ground". with map (area of Waterburgh, New York).
Vocabulary recorded in Smithsonian Institution Comparative Vocabulary by Arny. Also J. Hammond Trumbull (and William Dwight Whitney). Letter to Joseph Henry, regarding the "phonetic notation" used in Arny's Navaho vocabulary. Hartford, Connecticut. December 26, 1874. Manuscript copy of letter signed. 2 pages.
NAA MS 95
"Assisted by Prof. Valentine Friese and Rev'd W. B. Truax"
Notations in pencil appear to be in J. Hammond Trumbull's handwriting.
Listed in Pilling, Bureau of American Ethnology-B 14, page 4.
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
Higgins to Joseph Henry. New York City, April 21, 1866. Ethnographic notes and vocabulary (pages 23-29) of Apache tribes of Arizona Territory ...collected from captives belonging to the Chiricahua, Sierra Blanca, Pinal and Coyotero tribes... (according to letter to Gibbs, May 2, 1866 -- see Manuscript No. 171). 30 pages.
Henry to Gibbs. April 24, 1866. Transmitting Higgins Manuscript for comment. 1 page.
Gibbs to Henry. April 25, 1866. Rough draft of letter commenting on Higgins Manuscript 2 pages.
Gibbs to Higgins. April 25, 1866. Rough draft of letter about Manuscript and Higginsʹ future work. 3 pages.
Includes transmittal correspondence. 1865. 16 pages: f.2 Henry B. Bristol to Brig. Gen. James H. Carleton, Commanding Department of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, enclosing Navaho vocabulary and letters to be forwarded to Joseph Henry. Fort Sumner, New Mexico. May 8, 1865. Autograph letter signed. 2 pages. Endorsement on reverse by Carleton to Henry. July 4, 1865. 1 page. Enclosures: f.3. Henry B. Bristol to Joseph Henry, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., transmitting Navajo vocabulary and remarks on Navaho customs. Fort Sumner, New Mexico May 7, 1865. Autograph letter signed. 10 pages. [Old Number 184] f.4 Joseph Henry to Brig Gen James H. Carleton, Commanding Dept of New Mexico. [Santa Fe, New Mexico], requesting vocabularies, "particularly of the Pueblo Indians," and others. Washington, D. C. March 10, 1865. Manuscript letter signed. 2 pages. Endorsement on reverse by Carleton to Bristol. April 23, 1865. 1 page. Enclosure: List in handwriting of George Gibbs of vocabularies already obtained and those needed. Manuscript Document. 1 page. f.5 Letter to Maj Gen James H. Carleton, Commanding [Department of] New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, requesting Pueblo vocabularies. Washington [D. C.] August 23, 1866. A. draft of letter. 2 pages.
Included in Navaho Number 97 (f.5), where it has evidently been for many years: it bears the rubber-stamp "ATHAPASCAN" with the ink Number 111-a, and the other letters in this file are similarly stamped, with the added Numbers 111,111b and 111c. Similar in intent to the letter in Number 97 of Henry to Carleton (at Gibbs' request), March 10, 1865, but of later date. This draft appears to be a second try by Gibbs to obtain Pueblo vocabularies from Carleton. (Whether any Pueblo vocabularies now in the National Anthropological Archives were received in response to this letter has not been determined as of 12/1969.)
NAA MS 97
Informant: A "Mexican captive named Jesus who has been among the Navajoes scince a child."
The collection documents Hall's Arctic exploration.
Scope and Contents:
Diaries, journals, notebooks, scrapbooks, business cards, correspondence, ships' logs, navigation charts and documents on Hall's Arctic exploration. The correspondence includes letters to and from Henry Grimmell, William Grimmell, J. Carson Brevoont, John Barrow, Cyrus Field, Edward Everett, Clement Markham, Joseph Henry, and the Royal Geographic Society.
The collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Francis Hall (1821-1871) was an American Arctic explorer.
Collection is open for research.
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