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Chippewa Picture Writing--Seneca Mask--Eastern Woodlands

Artist:
Louis Siegriest, born Oakland, CA 1899-Berkeley, CA 1990  Search this
Medium:
screenprint
Dimensions:
image: 34 x 23 1/4 in. (86.4 x 59.1 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1939
Topic:
Ethnic\Indian\Seneca  Search this
Dress\costume\mask  Search this
Ethnic\Indian\Chippewa  Search this
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project  Search this
Object\written matter\poster  Search this
Ethnic\Indian\Eastern Woodlands  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ralph H. Lewis
Object number:
1973.23.8
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk758633357-b5e8-4986-835e-bf27e92a9dd8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1973.23.8

Studies In Central American Picture Writing, By Edward S. Holden, Professor Of Mathematics, U.S. Naval Observatory. Pp. 205-245, Figs. 48-60.

Author:
Bureau of American Ethnology  Search this
Publisher:
Government Printing Office  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 8 in x 5 in; 20.32 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Name:
Block
ID Number:
1980.0219.0903
Catalog number:
1980.0219.0903
Accession number:
1980.0219
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Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-7767-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_749895

Studies In Central American Picture-Writing, By Edward S. Holden, Professor Of Mathematics, U.S. Naval Observatory. Pp. 205-245, Figs. 48-60.

Author:
Bureau of American Ethnology  Search this
Publisher:
Government Printing Office  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 8 in x 5 in; 20.32 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Name:
Block
ID Number:
1980.0219.1083
Catalog number:
1980.0219.1083
Accession number:
1980.0219
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Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-6c5a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_750075

The Crisis Vol. 18 No. 3

Published by:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Edited by:
W.E.B. Du Bois, American, 1868 - 1963  Search this
Illustrated by:
Frank Walts, American  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 1/8 in. (24.8 x 17.1 x 0.3 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
July 1919
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Business  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
Literature  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Politics  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Bobbie Ross in memory of Elizabeth Dillard
Object number:
2012.84.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5fc5d2f1a-22f1-42b5-bb5b-bed2a76d8689
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.84.3
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Book of Picture Writings

Culture/People:
Guna [Guna Yala]  Search this
Collector:
David B. Stout, Non-Indian, 1913-1968  Search this
Previous owner:
David B. Stout, Non-Indian, 1913-1968  Search this
Seller:
David B. Stout, Non-Indian, 1913-1968  Search this
Title:
Book of Picture Writings
Object Name:
Book/Booklet
Media/Materials:
Paper, graphite
Techniques:
Drawn
Dimensions:
11 x 21.5 cm
Object Type:
Indigenous Knowledge and Records
Place:
Cartí Suitupo (Sugtupu); Cartí Municipality; Guna Yala Indigenous Territory (San Blas); Panama
Archipelago:
Archipiélago de San Blas (San Blas Islands)
Island Name:
Cartí Suitupo (Sugtupu)
Island Grouping:
Islas Cartí
Catalog Number:
20/4539
Barcode:
204539.000
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Guna [Guna Yala]
Indigenous Knowledge and Records
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6e52caf22-55b2-4256-a7d5-5b9a87e6e5b0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_218533

What's Wrong with her Hands? [Print advertising.] Newspapers

Creator:
Procter & Gamble Company  Search this
Collection Creator:
Procter & Gamble Company  Search this
Leyendecker, J. C., 1874-1951  Search this
Smith, Jessie Willcox, 1863-1935  Search this
Elliott, Elizabeth Shippen Green  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (b&w, 29 x 25.5 cm.)
Container:
Box 15, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Print advertising
Date:
1936
Scope and Contents:
Caption: "What's Wrong with her Hands?" Pict-o-gram ad about hand softness.
Glue stains in corners.
Local Numbers:
245573

Ivorydata4 1430

0307910235 (Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site by appointment. Reproduction restrictions due to copyright.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
hands -- Care and hygiene  Search this
Picture-writing  Search this
Wives  Search this
Husbands  Search this
Genre/Form:
Print advertising
Collection Citation:
Ivory Soap Collection, 1883-1998, undated; Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Procter & Gamble.
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Ivory Soap Advertising Collection
Ivory Soap Advertising Collection / Series 1: Ivory Soap Products Advertisements / Advertisements- Newsprint
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0791-ref2646

Davids Prize Soap. [Advertising card.]

Creator:
David's Prize Soap Co. (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (col., 13 x 8 cm.)
Container:
Box 2, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Advertising cards
Scope and Contents:
Caption: "Davids Prize Soap". Rebus riddle on front of card.
Both sides of card shown.
Local Numbers:
245097

Ivorydata4 954

0300600125 (Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site by appointment. Reproduction restrictions due to copyright.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Prize contests in advertising  Search this
Picture-writing  Search this
Puzzles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertising cards
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Soap, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Soap
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Soap / Business Records, Marketing Material, and Other
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-soap-ref628

MS 4444 Blackfoot picture writings translated by Richard Sanderville

Translator:
Bull Head, (Blackfeet chief)  Search this
Transcriber:
Carter, John Galen, 1891-1941  Search this
Creator:
Roman Nose, (Lakota chief)  Search this
Cloud Shield  Search this
American Horse, 1840-1908  Search this
Names:
Sitting Bull, 1831-1890  Search this
Extent:
32 Pages
7 Photographs
Culture:
Lakota (Teton/Western Sioux)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Photographs
Pictographs
Date:
June 13-18, 1934
Scope and Contents:
Dictated by Sanderville; written down by John G. Carter. Contents: Sitting Bull's Autobiographies (Dakota Number 1929); Wind River petroglyphs (Bureau of American Ethnology-AR 10, Figure 97); Madison River grave writings (Negative Numbers 215-b, 1-26); Roman Nose drawings (Dakota, Number 31303); Cloud Shield and American Horse winter counts (Dakota, Number 3203); petroglyphs in Black Hills (photographs with this manuscript).
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4444
Local Note:
Typescript and manuscript document
Topic:
Winter counts -- Dakota  Search this
Sioux  Search this
Genre/Form:
Pictographs -- Dakota
Photographs
Citation:
Manuscript 4444, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4444
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4444
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African pictograms : Namibia rock art and archaeology = arte rupestre e archeologia della Namibia / [forewords, Dario Seglie ; [text], Shirley Ann Pager] ; English translation, Enzo Secondo

Title:
Namibia rock art and archaeology
Arte rupestre e archeologia della Namibia
Author:
Seglie, Dario  Search this
Pager, Shirley-Ann  Search this
Centro studi e museo d'arte preistorica (Pinerolo, Italy)  Search this
Southern African Rock Art Research Association  Search this
International Federation of Rock Art Organizations  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 21 x 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Namibia
Date:
1997
Topic:
Rock paintings  Search this
Petroglyphs  Search this
Picture-writing  Search this
Call number:
N5310.5.N3 A38 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_561745

Painted dreams : Native American rock art / Thor Conway

Author:
Conway, Thor  Search this
Physical description:
157 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
North America
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Rock paintings  Search this
Picture-writing  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_608086

Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers

Creator:
Eddy, Don, 1944-  Search this
Names:
Behnke, Leigh, 1946-  Search this
Extent:
7.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Writings
Date:
1966-2009
Summary:
The Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009, measure 7.2 linear feet. Photographic materials, printed material, and writings document the realist painters' work, working methods, and exhibitions. Also found are subject files, some professional correspondence and personal photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009, measure 7.2 linear feet. Photographic materials, printed material, and writings document the realist painters' work, working methods, and exhibitions. Also found are subject files, some professional correspondence, and personal photographs.

Don Eddy's papers consist largely of photographic materials, writings, and printed material. Photographic materials include images of completed work and a significant amount of source material that documents Eddy's working methods. Also found are exhibition installation views, personal and travel pictures. Writings include a dissertation and two theses in which he figures prominently. Most printed material mentions Eddy or contains reproductions of his work.

The papers of Leigh Behnke, less voluminous than her husband's, are comprised mainly of photographic materials, printed material, and subject files. Among the photographic materials are images that served as source material and document her working methods. All printed material mentions Behnke or contains reproductions of her work. Subject files document projects, exhibitions, and miscellaneous topics.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 2 series:

Series 1: Don Eddy papers, 1966-2009 (Boxes 1-6, 9-10; 5.8 linear feet)

Series 2: Leigh Behnke papers, 1974-2009 (Boxes 6-9; 1.4 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Don Eddy (b. 1944) and Leigh Behnke (b. 1946) are realist painters in New York City. They are married and both teach at the School of Visual Arts. Eddy is one of the thirteen original Photorealists.

Don Eddy was born in Long Beach, California. From around age ten until he left home to attend college, he worked at his father's auto body shop and became proficient in airbrush technique and color matching paint. Eddy studied with Jean Charlot at the University of Hawaii (B.F.A. 1967, M.F.A. 1969). His early paintings employed pictorial illusion and their subject matter came from material culture; part-time work as a tourist photographer in Honolulu prompted him to experiment with and think deeply about photography, leading him to the style that would come to be known as Photorealism. He was first recognized for paintings of automobiles done in acrylic using the spray technique learned at the auto body shop. From the 1970s and well into the next decade, Eddy's work was object oriented. Later, he produced "dream" paintings that included details from Old Master paintings, floating objects that introduced psychological elements and perceptual challenges. Over the next decade he simplified his imagery by pursuing still life and nature painting with complex, layered surfaces. Using photographs he takes himself as source material, Eddy continues to paint urban and nature scenes and has developed elaborate procedures for underpainting and overpainting. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and is represented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.

Leigh Behnke, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, moved to New York City to attend Pratt Institute (B.F.A. 1969) and later studied at New York University (M.A. 1976). Behnke paints in oil and watercolor using her own photographs and digital images as source material. Interests in architecture, interiors, history, memory, nature, and scientific concepts are reflected in her work. She combines images and employs multi panels (diptych and polyptych) as a device for focusing on perception and pictorial space, commenting on images, and redefining subjects from other vantage points. Behnke has taught at the School of Visual Arts since 1979. She is represented by Fischbach Gallery, New York, and Plus One Gallery, London.
Provenance:
Donated by Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke in 2009.
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.
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photo-realism  Search this
Painting from photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Writings
Citation:
Don Eddy and Leigh Behnke papers, 1966-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.eddydon
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Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-eddydon

George Pepper: Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation  Search this
Collection Collector:
Johnson, Frederick, 1904-1994  Search this
Churchill, Frank C. (Frank Carroll), 1850-1912  Search this
Davis, Edward H., b. 1862  Search this
Churchill, Clara G.  Search this
Harrington, M. R. (Mark Raymond), 1882-1971  Search this
Harvey, Byron  Search this
Emmons, George Thornton  Search this
Gridley, Marion E. (Marion Eleanor), 1906-1974  Search this
Wildschut, William  Search this
Stiles, William F., 1912-1980  Search this
Verrill, A. Hyatt (Alpheus Hyatt), 1871-1954  Search this
Skinner, Alanson, 1886-1925  Search this
Waterman, T. T. (Thomas Talbot), 1885-1936  Search this
Harvey, Fred  Search this
Keppler, Udo J., 1872-1956  Search this
Lothrop, S. K. (Samuel Kirkland), 1892-1965  Search this
Barrett, S. A. (Samuel Alfred), 1879-1965  Search this
Pepper, George H. (George Hubbard), 1873-1924  Search this
Speck, Frank G. (Frank Gouldsmith), 1881-1950  Search this
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956  Search this
Collection Director:
Dockstader, Frederick J.  Search this
Heye, George G. (George Gustav), 1874-1957  Search this
Collection Source:
Force, Roland W.  Search this
Burnett, Edwin K.  Search this
Container:
Box 266, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1919-1920
Scope and Contents:
Correspondents: Clark Wissler, William Griffiths, Benjamin Talbot Babbitt Hyde, Bob Ritchie, David Ross McCord, William G. Richardson, E.M. Nusbaum, Carl Schondorf?, M.L. Bind, A.V. Kidder, Henry Paxson, Arthur C. Parker, F.K. Swain?, George Gustav Heye, Edgar Thomson, M. Van Epps, Elsie Clews Parsons, James Mooney, W. de Haynes, Charles Nessler, Adelaide Nash Sipperley, Neil M. Judd, Levi W. Merigel, V.T. Hammer, Alanson Skinner.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadcast materials from the collection must be requested from the National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation Records, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
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Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation records
Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation records / Series 6: Collectors
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-001-ref16046
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M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, General

Collection Creator:
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation  Search this
Collection Collector:
Johnson, Frederick, 1904-1994  Search this
Churchill, Frank C. (Frank Carroll), 1850-1912  Search this
Davis, Edward H., b. 1862  Search this
Churchill, Clara G.  Search this
Harrington, M. R. (Mark Raymond), 1882-1971  Search this
Harvey, Byron  Search this
Emmons, George Thornton  Search this
Gridley, Marion E. (Marion Eleanor), 1906-1974  Search this
Wildschut, William  Search this
Stiles, William F., 1912-1980  Search this
Verrill, A. Hyatt (Alpheus Hyatt), 1871-1954  Search this
Skinner, Alanson, 1886-1925  Search this
Waterman, T. T. (Thomas Talbot), 1885-1936  Search this
Harvey, Fred  Search this
Keppler, Udo J., 1872-1956  Search this
Lothrop, S. K. (Samuel Kirkland), 1892-1965  Search this
Barrett, S. A. (Samuel Alfred), 1879-1965  Search this
Pepper, George H. (George Hubbard), 1873-1924  Search this
Speck, Frank G. (Frank Gouldsmith), 1881-1950  Search this
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956  Search this
Collection Director:
Dockstader, Frederick J.  Search this
Heye, George G. (George Gustav), 1874-1957  Search this
Collection Source:
Force, Roland W.  Search this
Burnett, Edwin K.  Search this
Container:
Box 231, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1926 - 1928
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadcast materials from the collection must be requested from the National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation Records, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
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Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation records
Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation records / Series 6: Collectors
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-001-ref6545
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Pictographs On Birch Bark

Donor Name:
Bureau Of American Ethnology  Search this
Culture:
Abenaki  Search this
Object Type:
Bark Scroll
Place:
Not Given, Maine / New Brunswick, United States / Canada, North America
Accession Date:
5 Jan 1956
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
208851
USNM Number:
E393430-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3673e8dba-4e52-4918-8eb0-de56f504dab9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8423103
Online Media:

Las culturas pre-hispánicas del departamento de Lima, por el dr. Pedro Eduardo Villar Córdova ..

Title:
Arqueología peruana
Author:
Villar Córdova, Pedro Eduardo  Search this
Physical description:
423 pages illustrations, plates, folded maps, plans 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Peru
Lima (Peru : Department)
Lima (Department)
Date:
1935
Topic:
Indian pottery  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Picture-writing, Indian  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Indians of South America  Search this
Call number:
F3451.L7V5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_264316

MS 2372 Garrick Mallery Collection on Sign Language and Pictography

Creator:
Mallery, Garrick, 1831-1894  Search this
Extent:
41.29 Linear feet (22 boxes, 29 folders, 3 mounted drawings, and 3 rolled items)
Note:
Some materials, especially in series 3, are stored in the NAA artwork collection.
Culture:
Arctic peoples  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pictographs
Place:
Oceania
Date:
1849-1902
bulk 1870-1895
Summary:
Garrick Mallery (1831-1894) was an ethnologist with the Bureau of American Ethnology who focused primarily on Native American sign language and pictography. This collection reflects Mallery's research interests and methods. Much of the collection is comprised of correspondence and notes relating to sign language and pictography and is organized chiefly by either the cultural or geographic region to which the material belongs. Bound volumes of several of his publications are included, along with annotated draft copies from collaborators. In the case of Mallery's work on pictography, the collection includes several oversize items including original works and reproductions.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains Garrick Mallery's research and writings as a BAE ethnologist and is largely comprised of correspondence and preparatory materials for publications on Native American sign language and pictography. The geographic scope of the material is chiefly the present-day United States and Canada, though other areas of the world are represented less comprehensively. Correspondence and research notes include verbal descriptions of signs, sometimes with illustrations included. Bound volumes of Mallery's publications are included, along with annotations from collaborators. In addition, this collection includes notecards, drawings, illustrations, photographs, articles, and art objects. Art objects (mostly oversize) deal chiefly with Dakota winter counts and other artifacts.

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.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into 3 series: 1) Research Notes, undated; 2) Materials on Sign Language, 1843-1849, 1873-1894; 3) Materials on Pictographs and Petroglyphs, 1849-1902, undated
Biographical Note:
Garrick Mallery (1831-1894) was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and practiced law in Philadelphia from 1853 until the outbreak of the American Civil War. While serving in the army, he became interested in Native American sign language and pictography, perhaps while performing his duties in frontier areas. After retiring from the military in 1879, Mallery was appointed to the newly created Bureau of American Ethnology as one of its first ethnologists. In his work with the Bureau, Mallery pioneered the study of sign language and pictographs, examining them as a universal human phenomenon with a direct link to spoken language.

In his work, Mallery collected and examined sign language vocabulary from Native American groups throughout the U.S. and Canada and regularly solicited contributions from collaborators. He also related his findings to examples from the wider world, comparing the formation of Native American signs to those in other areas by hearing individuals and by the deaf. Mallery completed several publications on the topic throughout the 1880s, notably Introduction to the Study of Sign language Among the North American Indians (1880), A Collection of Gesture- Signs and Signals of the North American Indians (1880), and "Sign-language among North American Indians Compared with that Among other People and Deaf-mutes," which appeared in the BAE 1st Annual Report (1881).

While most widely known for his work with sign language, Mallery also undertook extensive research into Native American pictography. Like his work with sign language, he both conducted original research and solicited assistance from collaborators. He was especially interested in the representational images in Dakota winter counts and petroglyphs in the United States and throughout the world.

Sources Consulted

Fletcher, Robert. "Garrick Mallery, President of the Philosophical Society of Washington, in 1888." In Brief Memoirs of Colonel Garrick Mallery, U.S.A., Who Died October 24, 1894, 3-8. Washington: Judd & Detweiler, 1895.

Fletcher, Robert. "Colonel Garrick Mallery, U.S.A." American Anthropologist 8, no. 2 (1895): 79-80.

Chronology

1831 -- Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on April 25

1850 -- Graduates Yale College

1853 -- Earns LL. B. from the University of Pennsylvania Admitted to the Pennsylvania bar

1853-1861 -- Practices law in Philadelphia

1861 -- Enters the volunteer army of the United States

1862 -- Severely wounded in the battle of Peach Orchard, Virginia Captured and held prisoner at Libby prison in Richmond, Virginia

1866 -- Completes service with volunteer army of the United States Accepts commission in regular army of the United States

1870 -- Marries Helen W. Wyckoff

1879 -- Retires from the United States army due to disability Appointed to the Bureau of American Ethnology

1880 -- Publishes Introduction to the Study of Sign-Language Among the North American Indians as Illustrating the Gesture-Speech of Mankind and A Collection of Gesture-Signs and Signals of the North American Indians With Some Comparisons

1881 -- Publishes "Sign Language Among North American Indians, Compared with that Among Other Peoples and Deaf-Mutes"

1894 -- Dies after a short illness in Washington, D.C., on October 24
Related Materials:
See MS 2322 A collection of gesture-signs and signals of the North American Indians for more of Garrick Mallery's work on sign language.
Provenance:
MS 2372 was transferred from the Bureau of Ethnology Archives to the Smithsonian Office of Anthropology Archives with the merger of the BAE and the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History in 1965. The Smithsonian Office of Anthropology Archives was renamed the National Anthropological Archives in 1968.
Restrictions:
Manuscript 2372 is open for research.

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Rights:
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Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Sign language  Search this
Picture-writing  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Anthropology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Pictographs
Citation:
Manuscript 2372, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS2372
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MS 2372 Garrick Mallery Collection on Sign Language and Pictography
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms2372
Online Media:

Tracings of war scenes from a bison robe belonging to Black Crow

Collection Creator:
Mallery, Garrick, 1831-1894  Search this
Container:
Cabinet Artwork
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1878?
Scope and Contents:
Representation of a painted buffalo robe, with scenes of the war exploits of a number of men, each identified by a name glyph. Tracing in ink on two lengths of architects linen, adhered horizontally. P. 459, "Picture Writing of the American Indians" by Garrick Mallery, 10th Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology for 1888-89, Washington DC 1893.
Collection Restrictions:
Manuscript 2372 is open for research.

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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Manuscript 2372, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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MS 2372 Garrick Mallery Collection on Sign Language and Pictography
MS 2372 Garrick Mallery Collection on Sign Language and Pictography / Series 3: Materials on Pictographs and Petroglyphs / 3.4: Correspondence, drawings, and photographs filed by artifact or Winter Count / Black Crow's Robe / Drawing of Black Crow's Robe
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-ms2372-ref1141

Birch-Bark Scroll, Writing

Collector:
Dr. Ales F. Hrdlicka  Search this
Donor Name:
Dr. Ales F. Hrdlicka  Search this
Culture:
Chippewa (Ojibwe, Anishinaabe)  Search this
Object Type:
Bark Scroll
Place:
Not Given, White Earth Reservation, Minnesota, United States, North America
Accession Date:
14 Sep 1916
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
060233
USNM Number:
E292135-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3be64629a-fe8a-4f7e-949a-b1344d9a1cf2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8385791
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Invitation Quills 1 Lot

Collector:
Rev. Peter Jones  Search this
Dr. Peter E. Jones  Search this
Donor Name:
Bureau Of American Ethnology  Search this
Length - Object:
14 cm
Unknown - Object:
18 cm
Culture:
Chippewa (Ojibwe, Anishinaabe), Mississauga  Search this
Object Type:
Invitation Stick
Place:
Ontario, Canada, North America
Accession Date:
25 Aug 1898
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
033939
USNM Number:
E178385-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3412f2344-7c16-4b32-8d14-de97207d8bbf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8352600
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Black Steer Robe

Collector:
Dr. Z. T. Daniel  Search this
Donor Name:
Bureau Of American Ethnology  Search this
Unknown - Object:
213 cm
305 cm
Culture:
Blackfoot (Niitsitapi), Piegan (Piikani)  Search this
Object Type:
Hide Painting
Place:
Not Given, Montana, United States, North America
Accession Date:
6 Dec 1892
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
026525
USNM Number:
E165449-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3200db42d-d88d-471e-aa06-f3d6345f9f71
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8346073

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