Concerns certain views of Sir John Lubbock regarding mounds and including a brief sketch of Davisʹs career as a mound explorer. Also, a Kenyon College commencement program of September 4, 1833, attached.
NAA MS 7065
Manuscript 7065, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Three volumes concern American specimens and the fourth European specimens. Each entry includes Rau's number(s), United States National Museum catalog number(s), a description, location, and donor. Occasionally, there are notes concerning the condition of specimens, circumstances of discovery, and use. For casts, there are often notes on the location of the original. Also included is a note by Margaret Blaker concerning the use of Rau's catalog to add information to the USNM catalog cards.
The catalogs relate to accession 19,931, catalog 137,073-137,546; 137,618-138,984.
The Ohio gazetteer, or, Topographical dictionary containing a description of the several counties, towns, villages, settlements, roads, rivers, lakes, springs, mines &c. in the state of Ohio, alphabetically arranged by John Kilbourn
These papers consist of correspondence from Joseph Henry, Spencer Fullerton Baird, and scientific organizations, colleges, and libraries concerning archeological specimens
and Rau's articles sent to the Smithsonian for publication; membership certificates; acknowledgment for books sent; formal death notices; a memorandum of agreement between
Rau and Harper and Brothers; and statutes of two European anthropological organizations. Oversize material consists of certificates, a pencil drawing, and two Asian documents.
Charles Rau (1826-1887), archeologist, was born in Belgium and attended the University of Heidelberg. In 1848, Rau emigrated to the United States, where he taught foreign
languages at schools in Illinois and New York City. While teaching, he conducted anthropological research on aboriginal Americans. Rau was appointed Resident Collaborator
in Ethnology, United States National Museum (USNM) in 1875, and was given the responsibility for setting up the Smithsonian Institution's anthropological exhibits at the 1876
Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. From 1881 until his death, Rau was Curator of the Department of Archeology, USNM. Rau wrote articles and books on native Americans and
on archeology in general, and many of his works were printed in Smithsonian publications.