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MS 2400 Division of Mound Exploration Records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology. Mound Exploration Division  Search this
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Extent:
11 Boxes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
United States -- Archeology -- Mounds
Date:
1881-1889
Scope and Contents:
Alabama - Arkansas; Canada, Florida - Illinois; also California and Canada, Indiana - New York, New York - North Dakota (and South Dakota), Ohio, Oregon - Tennessee (South Dakota, see North Dakota) Virginia - Wisconsin, "Miscellaneous and General" (more than one state discussed) General Correspondence, 1882-1892, A - Z Bibliography; Newsclippings; Thomas, Personal Miscellanea.

Includes reports, field notes, drawings, correspondence and other materials relating to mound explorations by Cyrus Thomas and collaborators, including F. S. Earle, J. W. Emmert, Gerard Fowke, Charles C. Jones, J. P. MacLean, J. D. Middleton, Warren K. Moorehead, P. W. Norris, Edward Palmer, H. L. Reynolds, J. P. Rogan. L. H. Thing.

Site reports and correspondence relating to specified localities are arranged by state. There are separate files of material relating to more than one state; correspondence of a general nature; and bibliographic references.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 2400
Citation:
Manuscript 2400, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS2400
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms2400

Cyrus Thomas photograph collection relating to Mayan and Aztec carvings

Creator:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Photographer:
Alvarez y Medina  Search this
Kildare y Cia  Search this
Names:
Museo Nacional de Antropología (Mexico)  Search this
Artist:
Waldeck, Frédéric de, 1766-1875  Search this
Extent:
35 Mounted prints (albumen and silver gelatin)
Culture:
Mayas  Search this
Mexica (Aztec) (archaeological culture)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Mounted prints
Place:
Mexico -- Antiquities
Date:
circa 1880-1910
Scope and Contents note:
The bulk of the photographs document Mayan reliefs and hieroglyphics at ancient sites, including Chichen Itza, Palenque, and Yaxchilan. Additional photographs depict items in the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico, including a necklace, the Stone of Tizoc, and a stone altar disk to Tlaltecuhtli. The collection includes photographs made by Alvarez y Medina, Kildare y Cia, and a photograph of a drawing by Frederic de Waldeck.
Biographical/Historical note:
Cyrus Thomas (1825-1910) was an archeologist for the Bureau of American Ethnology best known for his work on American Indian burial mounds in the American Midwest. Born in Kingsport, Tennessee, Thomas was educated in law and served as Deputy County Clerk under his brother-in-law, the County Clerk of Jackson County, Illinois (1850-1853). In 1858, Thomas helped found the Illinois Natural History Society, through which he met John Wesley Powell. Thomas served for a brief period as an Evangelical Lutheran minister (1864-1866) before becoming an entomologist for the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (1869-1873), Illinois State Entomologist (1874-1876), and a member of the US Entomological Commission (1876-1882). In 1876, he also worked as a professor of natural history at Southern Illinois Normal College and founded the school's Museum of Natural History (now the University Museum). During this time, Thomas also became interested in Mesoamerican ethnology, publishing articles about Mesoamerican codices and writing systems. In 1881 Thomas joined the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian and served as the Director of the Division of Mound Exploration, a position he maintained until his death in 1910.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 169
Location of Other Archival Materials:
This collection has been relocated from Photo Lot 123.
Additional Cyrus Thomas materials relating to Mesoamerica held in the National Anthropological Archives are in MS 103, MS 1328, MS 3705, MS 3956, MS 3530, MS 3941, MS 3260, MS 2337, and MS 3920-b.
Correspondence from Thomas is held in the National Anthropological Archives in MS 4821, the J. C. Pilling papers, and records of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Indians of Mexico -- Languages -- writing  Search this
Citation:
Photo Lot 169, Cyrus Thomas photograph collection relating to Mayan and Aztec carvings, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.169
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-169

MS 4734 Annual reports to the Director from staff members of the Bureau of American Ethnology

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology  Search this
Cushing, Frank Hamilton, 1857-1900  Search this
Dinwiddie, William, 1867-1934  Search this
Dorsey, James Owen, 1848-1895  Search this
Fowke, Gerard, 1855-1933  Search this
Gatschet, Albert S. (Albert Samuel), 1832-1907  Search this
Gill, De Lancey, 1859-1940  Search this
Henshaw, Henry W. (Henry Wetherbee), 1850-1930  Search this
Hewitt, J. N. B. (John Napoleon Brinton), 1859-1937  Search this
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956  Search this
Hoffman, Walter James, 1846-1899  Search this
Holmes, William Henry, 1846-1933  Search this
Mallery, Garrick, 1831-1894  Search this
Matthews, Washington, 1843-1905  Search this
Mindeleff, Cosmos, 1863-  Search this
Mindeleff, Victor, 1860-1948  Search this
Mooney, James, 1861-1921  Search this
Pilling, James Constantine, 1846-1895  Search this
Stevenson, James, 1840-1888  Search this
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1850-1915  Search this
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (box )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1887, 1891 - 1896
Scope and Contents:
Records for 1895 only
Records for 1887, 1892-1894 only
Records for 1892-1893 only
Records for 1887, 1892-1894 only
Records for 1892-1893 only
Records for 1887, 1892-1893 only
Records for 1887, 1892-1894 only
Records for 1893-1894 only
Records for 1892-1894 only
Records for 1887, 1892-1894 only
Records for 1887, 1892-1894 only
Records for 1887 only
Records for 1893-1894 only
Records for 1887 only
Records for 1892-1894, 1896 only
Records for 1892-1894 only
Records for 1892-1894 only
Records for 1887 only
Records for 1892-1893 only
Records for 1887, 1892-1894
Arrangement:
Arranged by staff member and year.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4734
Citation:
Manuscript 4734, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4734
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4734

MS 4733 Monthly work reports of the professional staff of the Bureau of American Ethnology

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology  Search this
Cushing, Frank Hamilton, 1857-1900  Search this
Dinwiddie, William, 1867-1934  Search this
Dorsey, James Owen, 1848-1895  Search this
Fewkes, Jesse Walter, 1850-1930  Search this
Gatschet, Albert S. (Albert Samuel), 1832-1907  Search this
Hewitt, J. N. B. (John Napoleon Brinton), 1859-1937  Search this
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956  Search this
Hoffman, Walter James, 1846-1899  Search this
Mallery, Garrick, 1831-1894  Search this
Mindeleff, Cosmos, 1863-  Search this
Mooney, James, 1861-1921  Search this
McGee, W J, 1853-1912  Search this
Pilling, James Constantine, 1846-1895  Search this
Sawyer, Wells, 1863-1960  Search this
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1850-1915  Search this
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Extent:
2 Boxes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1893 - 1898
Scope and Contents:
4733
Records for 1893-1895 only
Records for 1894-1896 only
Records for 1893-1895
Records for 1896-1897 only
Records for 1893-1898 only
Records for 1893-1897 only
Records for 1893-1897 only
Holmes, William Henry
Records for 1893-1894, 1897
Records for 1893-1894 only
Records for 1893-1895 only
Records for 1894-1896 only
Records for 1893-1897 only
Records for 1897-1898 only
Records for 1893, 1896-97
Records for 1893-1898 only
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4733
Citation:
Manuscript 4733, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4733
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4733

MS 3113-b Letter to Professor Cyrus Thomas, Youngsville, Pennsylvania

Creator:
Pilling, James Constantine, 1846-1895  Search this
Addressee:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Names:
Fowke, Gerard, 1855-1933  Search this
Smith, Charles M.  Search this
Extent:
1 Page
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
March 18, 1887
Scope and Contents:
Verifies legal change of name of Charles M. Smith to Gerard Fowke.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 3113-b ?
Local Note:
autograph letter signed
Citation:
Manuscript 3113-b ?, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS3113B
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms3113b

MS 103 Mixtec and Zapotec Languages

Creator:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Addressee:
Hewitt, J. N. B. (John Napoleon Brinton), 1859-1937  Search this
Extent:
6 Pages
Culture:
Mixtec  Search this
Zapotec  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Also letter of transmittal addressed to J.N.B. Hewitt. Typescript document. 1 page. July 17, 1901.
Discussion of ideas and reference sources re. comparison of the Mixtec and Zapotec languages. Thomas gives 2 1/2 pages of Mixtec and Zapotec word lists. This is not a complete work on the subject, simply notes for an eventual study.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 103
Local Note:
typescript document
Topic:
Mexico  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 103, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS103
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms103

MS 4014 Letter to J. N. B. Hewitt

Creator:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Addressee:
Hewitt, J. N. B. (John Napoleon Brinton), 1859-1937  Search this
Names:
Mooney, James, 1861-1921  Search this
Extent:
5 Pages
Culture:
Dakota (Eastern Sioux)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Sioux  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Encloses criticisms of James C. Mooney's "Siouan Tribes of the East," Bureau of American Ethnology-Bulletin 22, 1894. Autograph letter signed. 1 page. Autograph document. 4 pages.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4014
Local Note:
autograph letter signed
autograph document
Topic:
Sioux  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 4014, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4014
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4014

MS 3260 Correspondence regarding Cyrus Thomas' study of Pre-columbian Mexican manuscripts and writing systems

Correspondent:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Brinton, Daniel G. (Daniel Garrison), 1837-1899  Search this
Rosny, Léon de, 1837-1914  Search this
Dacus, J. A. (Joseph A.)  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887  Search this
Peñafiel, Antonio, 1830-1922  Search this
Creator:
Butler, Amos W. (Amos William), 1860-1937  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages
Culture:
Mayas  Search this
Maya  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Calendars
Date:
1884, 1885, 1886
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence on Professor Thomas' Mexican and Mayan Researches.
Contents: Three letters from Dr Daniel G. Brinton re. various articles by Thomas, including criticisms and corrections, 1884 and 1885. Draft of a letter to Dr Brinton from Thomas, no date. Letter from Dr J. A. Dacus to Spencer F. Baird (forwarded to Thomas) re. inscribed tablet found in Zacatecas, Mexico, 1885. Letter from Antonio Penafiel re. consignment of Mexican Manuscripts for study, 1886. Letter from Leon de Rosny (in French with attached translation) re. article on Codex Cortesiano by Thomas, 1884. Article on the "Sacrificial Stone of San Juan Teotihuacan" sent by the author, Amos W. Butler, 1885. Note and clipping entitled, "Key to Aztec Literature" sent to Thomas by J. Stevenson, 1884.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 3260
Local Note:
typescript and autograph document
Topic:
Archeology -- Mexico  Search this
Mayas  Search this
Writing systems -- glyphs  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Mexico  Search this
Central America  Search this
Genre/Form:
Calendars
Citation:
Manuscript 3260, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS3260
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms3260

MS 3227 Material related to the Davenport Tablets

Creator:
Gass, Jacob, Rev.  Search this
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Putnam, Charles E. (Charles Edwin), 1825-1887  Search this
Names:
Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
February 23, 1877
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 3227
Topic:
Iowa -- Archeology -- Mounds  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 3227, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS3227
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms3227

MS 2557-b Original manuscript on the Hawaiian Bibliography

Collector:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Creator:
Ballou, Howard M.  Search this
Extent:
615 Pages
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
With miscellaneous notes, etc.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 2557-b
Local Note:
1907-1909 correspondence relating to bibliography filed Ballou, H. M., 1907. (Should be in Bureau of American Ethnology letters received, National Anthropological Archives).
Topic:
Hawaii  Search this
Oceania  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 2557-b, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS2557B
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms2557b

MS 7207 Catalog of specimens collected by Edward Palmer

Creator:
Palmer, Edward, 1829-1911  Search this
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Culture:
Choctaw  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
United States -- Southeast -- artifacts
Date:
ca. 1884
Scope and Contents:
Includes specimen numbers and notes. The material was collected in the South from whites and Indians, including Choctaws and Catawbas. Also includes transmittal letter, Cyrus Thomas to Spencer F. Baird, November 21, 1884.
Topic:
Catawba Indians  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 7207, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7207
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7207

MS 7118 Catalog of Specimens

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology. Mound Exploration Division  Search this
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Extent:
17 Volumes
12 Items (1/2 in. )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Volumes
Place:
United States -- Archeology
Date:
1882-87
Scope and Contents:
Generally provided is a BAE (Thomas) number, USNM number, type of specimen, location found, and special remarks concerning provenience, and the collector, and the collectorʹs number (mark). Two sets have explanatory remarks at the beginning of volume 1. There are irregularities in the sequence of the entries but generally they are by USNM number.
There are two sets of the catalog, one maintained by the BAE and the other by the USNM. In addition, there are three volumes of a third set. The catalog is described by Cyrus Thomas in BAE AR 12 (1890-91), page 22.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 7118
Citation:
Manuscript 7118, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7118
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7118

MS 7038 Letter to Cyrus Thomas concerning Thomas and J.N.B. Hewitt's article on the location of Xuala and Guaxule in Science, XXI (N.S.), 863-67

Creator:
Lowery, Woodbury, 1853-1906  Search this
Addressee:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Extent:
2 Pages
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
July 13, 1905
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 7038
Local Note:
Autograph document signed
Topic:
Names, place -- Xuala  Search this
Names, place -- Guaxule  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 7038, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS7038
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms7038

MS 3726 Foreign Influence in Prehistoric Florida

Creator:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Extent:
9 Pages
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Place:
Florida -- Archaeology
Date:
undated
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 3726
Citation:
Manuscript 3726, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS3726
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms3726

MS 4016 Translations from De la Vega's "History of Florida"

Collector:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Creator:
Vega, Garcilaso de la, 1539-1616  Search this
Extent:
38 Pages
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4016
Citation:
Manuscript 4016, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4016
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4016

MS 3985 Letter from Dr Thomas to Professor McGee

Collector:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Addressee:
McGee, W J, 1853-1912  Search this
Extent:
8 Pages
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Maps
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Relative to Georgia map in the Eighteenth Annual Report (Royce-Indian Land Cessions in the U.S.)
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 3985
Topic:
Georgia  Search this
Genre/Form:
Maps
Citation:
Manuscript 3985, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS3985
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms3985

MS 3747 Copy of an address on "The American Race"

Creator:
Brinton, Daniel G. (Daniel Garrison), 1837-1899  Search this
Collector:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Extent:
21 Pages
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Biographical / Historical:
Read before the Anthropological Society, Washington, July, 20, 1894.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 3747
Topic:
Anthropology, general and theoretical -- Ethnology  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 3747, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS3747
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms3747

MS 4023 Reference to certain interpretations of Maya terms for the four points of the compass

Collector:
Brinton, Daniel G. (Daniel Garrison), 1837-1899  Search this
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Extent:
3 Pages
Culture:
Maya  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
May 3, 1883
Scope and Contents:
Plus a passage from the Maya Chronicles, discussed in the letter, on a slip.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4023
Topic:
Mexico -- Yucatan  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 4023, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4023
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4023

MS 3956 Article on the "Algonquian Family"

Creator:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Annotator:
Gatschet, Albert S. (Albert Samuel), 1832-1907  Search this
Addressee:
McGee, W J, 1853-1912  Search this
Extent:
17 Pages (8 x 10 in.)
Culture:
Algonquin (Algonkin)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northeast  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Articles
Date:
Nov. 30, 1986
Scope and Contents:
With corrections by Gatschet. Letter of transmittal addressed to Prof. W.J. McGee
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 3956
Topic:
Algonquin  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles
Citation:
Manuscript 3956, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS3956
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms3956

MS 3920-b Catalogue of Maya hieroglyphs

Collector:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Gunckel, Lewis Winters  Search this
Culture:
Maya  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
February 25, 1904
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 3920-b
Topic:
Mayas  Search this
Pictographs -- hieroglyphs  Search this
Mayas  Search this
Writing systems -- hieroglyphs  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Mexico -- Yucatan  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 3920-b, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS3920B
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms3920b

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