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MS 4800 James O. Dorsey papers

Creator:
Dorsey, James Owen, 1848-1895  Search this
Names:
Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology  Search this
Bushotter, George, 1864-1892  Search this
Gatschet, Albert S. (Albert Samuel), 1832-1907  Search this
Hewitt, J. N. B. (John Napoleon Brinton), 1859-1937  Search this
Mooney, James, 1861-1921  Search this
Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902  Search this
Riggs, Stephen Return, 1812-1883  Search this
Extent:
30 Linear feet (70 boxes, 1 oversized box, 20 manuscript envelopes, 4 rolled maps, and 23 map folders)
Culture:
Indians of North America -- Subarctic  Search this
Athapascan Indians  Search this
Catawba Indians  Search this
Minitari (Hidatsa)  Search this
Numakiki (Mandan)  Search this
Biloxi Indians  Search this
Tutelo  Search this
Iowa  Search this
Chiwere  Search this
Ho-Chunk (Winnebago)  Search this
Oto  Search this
Quapaw Indians  Search this
Osage  Search this
Sioux  Search this
Lakota (Teton/Western Sioux)  Search this
Dhegiha Indians  Search this
Assiniboine (Stoney)  Search this
Ponca  Search this
Omaha  Search this
Tututni (Tutuni)  Search this
Kaw (Kansa)  Search this
Siletz  Search this
Coos (Kusan)  Search this
Yaquina (Yakwina)  Search this
Arctic peoples  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southeast  Search this
Takelma (Rogue River Indians)  Search this
Klikitat  Search this
Chasta Costa (Chastacosta)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Field notes
Drawings
Vocabulary
Folklore
Sermons
Manuscripts
Obituaries
Correspondence
Newspaper clippings
Place:
Siletz Indian Reservation (Or.)
Date:
circa 1870-1956
bulk 1870-1895
Summary:
Reverend James Owen Dorsey (1848-1895) was a missionary and Bureau of American Ethnology ethnologist who conducted extensive research on Siouan tribes and languages.The papers of James Owen Dorsey comprise mostly ethnographic and linguistic materials on various tribes of the Siouan language family as well as tribes from Siletz Reservation in Oregon. These materials include texts and letters with interlineal translations; grammar notes; dictionaries; drawings; and his manuscripts. In addition, the collection contains Dorsey's correspondence, newspaper clippings, his obituaries, and reprints.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains James O. Dorsey's research and writings as a BAE ethnologist, as well as his earlier work as a missionary among the Ponca. The vast majority of the collection pertains to his research on Siouan-Catawban languages, including the Dakota and Dhegiha languages, Chiwere, Winnebago, Mandan, Hidatsa, Tutelo, Biloxi, and Catawba. His research on Athapascan, Kusan, Takilman, and Yakonan languages from his field work at Siletz Reservation are also present, as well as some notes on the Caddoan languages. Dorsey's research files include linguistic and ethnological field notes, reading notes, stories and myths, vocabularies, drawings, and unpublished and published manuscripts. The collection also contains Omaha, Ponca, Quapaw, and Biloxi dictionaries that he compiled and materials relating to his work editing Steven Riggs' Dakota-English Dictionary. Additional noteworthy materials in the collection are Teton texts and drawings from George Bushotter and drawings by Stephen Stubbs (Kansa), Pahaule-gagli (Kansa), and George Miller (Omaha). The collection also contains Dorsey's correspondence, newspaper clippings, obituaries, and his collection of reprints.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into 6 series: 1) Siouan; 2) Siletz Reservation; 3) Caddoan; 4) General Correspondence; 5) Personal Papers; 6) Miscellaneous & Reprints.
Biographical Note:
Reverend James Owen Dorsey (1848-1895) was a missionary and Bureau of American Ethnology ethnologist who conducted extensive research on Siouan tribes and languages.

Dorsey was born on October 31, 1848 in Baltimore, Maryland. He exhibited a talent for languages at an early age. At age 6 he learned the Hebrew alphabet and was able to read the language at age 10. In 1867 Dorsey attended the Theological Seminary of Virginia and was ordained a deacon of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1871. In May of that year, Dorsey traveled to the Dakota Territory to serve as a missionary among the Ponca. Plagued by ill health, Dorsey was forced to end his missionary work in August 1873. By that time, however, he had learned the Ponca language well enough to converse with members of the tribe without an interpreter.

Dorsey returned to Maryland and engaged in parish work while continuing his studies of Siouan languages. His linguistic talents and knowledge of these languages attracted the attention of Major John Wesley Powell. Powell arranged for Dorsey to work among the Omaha in Nebraska from 1878 to 1880 to collect linguistic and ethnological notes. When the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) was established in 1879, Powell recruited Dorsey to join the staff.

As an ethnologist for the BAE, Dorsey continued his research on Siouan tribes. His studies focused on languages but also included Siouan personal names, folklore, social organization, religion, beliefs, and customs. He conducted fieldwork among the Tutelo at Six Nations on Grand River in Upper Canada (1882); the Kansa, Osage, and Quapaw in Indian Territory (1883-1884); the Biloxi at Lecompte, Rapides Parish, Louisiana (1892); and again with the Quapaw at the Quapaw Mission (1894). He also worked with Native Americans that visited DC, including George Bushotter (Teton), Philip Longtail (Winnebago), Samuel Fremont (Omaha), and Little Standing Buffalo (Ponca). He also spent time at Siletz Reservation in 1884 to collect linguistic notes on the Athapascan, Kusan, Takilman, and Yakonan stocks.

In addition to his research, Dorsey helped found the American Folklore Society and served as the first vice-president of the association. He also served as vice-president of Section H of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

At the age of 47, Dorsey died of typhoid fever on February 4, 1895.

Sources Consulted

1st-16th Annual Reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology. 1881-1897.

Hewitt, J.N.B. 1895. "James Owen Dorsey" American Anthropologist A8, 180-183.

McGee, W.J. 1895. "In Memoriam." Journal of American Folklore 8(28): 79-80.

1848 -- Born on October 31 in Baltimore, Maryland.

1871 -- Ordained a deacon of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

1871-1873 -- Served as a missionary among the Ponca in Dakota Territory.

1878-1880 -- Conducted fieldwork among the Omaha in Nebraska.

1879 -- Joined the staff of the Bureau of American Ethnology.

1882 -- Conducted fieldwork among the Tutelo at Six Nations on Grand River in Upper Canada.

1883-1884 -- Conducted fieldwork among the Kansa, Osage, and Quapaw in Indian Territory.

1887 -- Worked with George Bushotter to record information regarding the language and culture of the Dakota.

1884 -- Conducted fieldwork at Siletz Reservation.

1892 -- Conducted fieldwork among the Biloxi at Lecompte, Rapides Parish, Louisiana.

1894 -- Conducted fieldwork among the Quapaw at the Quapaw Mission in Indian Territory.

1895 -- Died of typhoid fever on February 4th at the age of 47.
Restrictions:
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Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northeast  Search this
Social structure  Search this
Kinship  Search this
Manners and customs  Search this
Shahaptian languages  Search this
Yakonan languages  Search this
Athapascan languages  Search this
Kusan languages  Search this
Linguistics  Search this
Siouan languages  Search this
Dhegiha language  Search this
Siuslaw Indians  Search this
Hidatsa language  Search this
Omaha language  Search this
Dakota language  Search this
Catawba language  Search this
Biloxi language  Search this
Caddoan languages  Search this
Osage language  Search this
Alsea language  Search this
Kansa language  Search this
Mandan language  Search this
Chastacosta language  Search this
Coquille language  Search this
Tutelo language  Search this
Winnebago language  Search this
Siuslaw language  Search this
Takelma language  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field notes
Drawings
Vocabulary
Folklore
Sermons
Manuscripts
Obituaries
Correspondence
Newspaper clippings
Citation:
Manuscript 4800 James O. Dorsey papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4800
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National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3261ab492-5f9d-4be7-b1f4-c24d3f5da29b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4800
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What the Mohawk made the Hopi say poems and commentaries Wendy Rose, Maurice Kenny

Author:
Rose, Wendy  Search this
Kenny, Maurice 1929-2016  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 21 leaves 28 cm
Type:
Poetry
Date:
1990
Topic:
Hopi Indians  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1167825

Crafting a better world

Writer of foreword:
Stebich, Stephanie A.,  Search this
Author:
Container of (work): Savig, Mary This present moment  Search this
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Host institution:
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Physical description:
246 pages, 1 folded page illustrations (chiefly color) 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
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Exhibition catalogs
History
Catalogues d'exposition
Place:
United States
États-Unis
Date:
2022
21st century
21e siècle
Topic:
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156829

Brings good horses

Artist:
Red Star, Wendy 1981-  Search this
Author:
Johnson, Annika K  Search this
Host institution:
Sargent's Daughters (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Red Star, Wendy 1981-  Search this
Physical description:
147 pages chiefly color illustrations 19 x 24 cm
Type:
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Place:
United States
North America
Etats-Unis
Amerique du Nord
Date:
2021
21st century
21e siecle
Topic:
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Chevaux dans l'art  Search this
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Estampe indienne d'Amerique  Search this
Art autochtone  Search this
Call number:
N6537.R3294 A4 2021
N6537.R323 A4 2021
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1159243

From colonial acquistions to cosmopolitan exhibitions

Author:
Kuper, Adam  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 415 pages illustrations (black and white) 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Date:
2023
Topic:
Ethnological museums and collections--History  Search this
Ethnological museums and collections--Moral and ethical aspects  Search this
Museums--Acquisitions--Moral and ethical aspects  Search this
Cultural property--Government policy  Search this
Cultural property--Moral and ethical aspects  Search this
Museums--Acquisition--Moral and ethical aspects  Search this
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Patrimoine culturel--Politique gouvernementale  Search this
Patrimoine culturel--Aspect moral  Search this
Musées--Acquisitions--Aspect moral  Search this
Ethnological museums and collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1161056

Who has got mail?

Title:
History of mail in America
Author:
Osborne, Linda Barrett 1949-  Search this
Subject:
United States Postal Service History  Search this
United States Postal Service History  Search this
Physical description:
236 pages illustrations (some color) 22 cm
Type:
Juvenile literature
Instructional and educational works
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History
Juvenile works
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Place:
United States
Date:
2023
Topic:
Postal service--History  Search this
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States  Search this
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States  Search this
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Politics & Government  Search this
Postal service  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1161061

Stories the Lenape told their grandchildren

Editor:
Townsend, Camilla 1965-  Search this
Michael, Nicky Kay  Search this
Physical description:
x, 255 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates illustrations, maps 23 cm
Type:
Texts
Biography
Textes
Biographies
Place:
Oklahoma
Date:
2023
Topic:
Delaware Indians--Folklore  Search this
Indians of North America--Folklore  Search this
Delaware language  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Delaware (Langue)  Search this
Peuples autochtones--Mœurs et coutumes  Search this
Delaware Indians  Search this
Delaware Indians--Social life and customs  Search this
Indians of North America--Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1163497

Psalms and hymns for the Cree Indians

Author:
Horden, John 1828-1893  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 137 pages 19 cm
Type:
Texts
Textes
Date:
1966
1887
Topic:
Hymns, Cree  Search this
Cree language  Search this
Cri (Langue)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1163504

Twenty-one poems

Author:
Conley, Robert J  Search this
Physical description:
26 pages 22 cm
Type:
Poetry
Poésie
Date:
1975
Topic:
American poetry--Indian authors  Search this
Cherokee  Search this
Cherokee Indians  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1166505

Creeks and other Southeastern native Americans: a bibliography

Author:
Kanen, Ronald  Search this
Simpson, Charles  Search this
Author:
Richardson, Sue B  Search this
Daniels-Sakim, C. Randall  Search this
Illustrator:
Johns, Mary  Search this
Physical description:
126 pages, 2 unnumbered leaves of plates illustrations 29 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Bibliographie
Bibliographies
Place:
Southern States
États-Unis (Sud)
Date:
1983
Topic:
Creek Indians--Language  Search this
Muskogean languages  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Five Civilized Tribes  Search this
Langues muskogee  Search this
Peuples autochtones  Search this
Cinq tribus civilisées  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1166910

Sac and Fox Tribe, Oklahoma

Publisher:
Sac & Fox Nation, Oklahoma  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 146 pages maps 28 cm
Type:
Treaties
Date:
1983
Topic:
Fox Indians  Search this
Sauk Indians (Algonquian)  Search this
Legal status, laws, etc  Search this
Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1166962

Seneca nation of the Iroquois Confederacy an audio-visual exhibition from the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Organizer:
Green, Rayna  Search this
Researcher:
Barbry, John  Search this
Scott Bear Don't Walk  Search this
Skye, Harriett  Search this
Falk, Lisa  Search this
Audio producer:
Kirschner, Mary Beth  Search this
Audio engineer:
Tyler, John (Audio engineer)  Search this
Photographer:
Strauss, Richard (Photographer)  Search this
Publisher:
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
41 pages 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Canada
Date:
1987
Topic:
Seneca Indians  Search this
Iroquois Indians  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1167302

Land Collection

Author:
Nicholson, H. B (Henry B.)  Search this
Cordy-Collins, Alana  Search this
Land, Lewis K  Search this
California Academy of Sciences  Search this
Subject:
Land, Lewis K Art collections  Search this
Land, Lewis K Collections d'art  Search this
Physical description:
272 pages : illusrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Indian art  Search this
Art précolombien--Expositions  Search this
Call number:
E59.A7 P65X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_122154

North American Indian trade silver

Author:
Carter, William Harry 1917-  Search this
Physical description:
2 volumes illustrations, maps 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
North America
Date:
1971
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Topic:
Indian silverwork  Search this
Fur trade  Search this
Call number:
E98.S55 C325
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_152518

Wolves for the blue soldiers : Indian scouts and auxiliaries with the United States Army, 1860-90 / Thomas W. Dunlay

Author:
Dunlay, Thomas W. 1944-  Search this
Subject:
Indian soldiers  Search this
Physical description:
304 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
1982
1866-1895
1862-1865
19th century
1848-1860
1890-1945
1860-1890
Topic:
Wars  Search this
Scouts (Reconnaissance)--History  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
E83.866 .D86 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_269528

Native peoples arts and lifeways

Title:
Native peoples magazine
Native peoples arts & lifeways
Author:
Heard Museum of Anthropology and Primitive Art  Search this
Heard Museum  Search this
Native American Communication Career Development Inc  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Southwest, New
Date:
1987
2016
C1987-
Call number:
E75.A1 N275
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_404784

Patterned dreams

Author:
Sakiestewa, Ramona  Search this
Baizerman, Suzanne  Search this
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian  Search this
Subject:
Sakiestewa, Ramona  Search this
Physical description:
59 pages : chiefly illustrated (some color) ; 20 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Southwest, New
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Hand weaving  Search this
Weaving  Search this
Weavers--Southwest, New  Search this
Indian textile fabrics  Search this
Call number:
NK8998.S25 B35 1989
TT848 .S158 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_427259

American Indians north of Mexico

Author:
Haywood, Charles 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
pages 748-1292 : illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Place:
United States
Date:
1951
[1951]
Topic:
Folklore  Search this
Folk songs  Search this
Call number:
Z5984.U5 H42 1951
Z5984.U5H42 1951
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_441622

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Author:
Eastman, Mary H (Mary Henderson) 1818-1887  Search this
Coen, Rena Neumann  Search this
Eastman, Seth 1808-1875  Search this
Physical description:
xxxi, 197 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Folklore
Date:
1995
C1995
Call number:
E99.D1 E19 1995Y
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_479010

Athabaskan Indian life along the Yukon River

Author:
Fejes, Claire  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 204 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Social conditions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_495723

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