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Division of Old World Archeology collection of photographs of ancient sculpture, architecture, and art

Collector:
United States National Museum, Department of Anthropology, Division of Old World Archeology  Search this
Van Beek, Gus W. (Gus Willard), 1922-  Search this
Extent:
6 Prints (silver gelatin and albumen)
2 Cyanotypes
1 Print (halftone)
Culture:
Roman  Search this
Greek  Search this
Egyptians  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Cyanotypes
Postcards
Photographs
Place:
Zimbabwe
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs depicting classical art and architecture from Rome, Egypt and elsewhere. They include images of classical sculpture in Rome, an Egyptian papyrus, as well as additional sculpture, coins, and other items. There is also a postcard from A. C. Haddon that shows Smart & Copley's photograph of the Matopos in Zimbabwe. Some of the photographs are mounted, possibly for publication.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 79-38
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Photographs from accessions 29586, 40922, 121411, 124072, and 161740, have been relocated to National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 158, Photo Lot 161, Photo Lot 76-78, Photo Lot 160, and Photo Lot 159, respectively.
Material found in Gus Van Beek's office can also be found in the National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 79-34.
Restrictions:
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Topic:
Art, Egyptian  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Coins  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 79-38, Division of Old World Archeology collection of photographs of ancient sculpture, architecture, and art, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.79-38
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-79-38

Archeology—Miscellany

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Extent:
(3 of 3)
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1954 May 8
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes an outline for "Field Archaeology: A Manual for Use in Eastern North America" by Committee on State Archeological Surveys, National Research Council, and Steven M. Spencer, "They're Exposing America's Oldest Secrets" Sat. Eve. Post, May 8, 1954 re RBS.
Collection Restrictions:
Some materials are restricted.

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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4474

Baskets

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Extent:
(5 of 9)
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1902
circa 1932
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes manuscripts and a letter. E. L. McLeod to Otis T. Mason, September 14, 1902, with notes on Paiute of Kern County, California, mainly terms for different types of baskets; draft: Walter Hough, "A Cache of Basket Maker Baskets from New Mexico (published in the Proceedings of the USNM), 81, no. 10 (1932); draft: O. T. Mason, "Basketry Bolo Case from Asilan Island"; Fidella G. Woodcock, "Nature and the Indian"; and an untitled paper by anonymous author on esthetics in basketmaking.
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4492

Basketry

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1907-1908
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes a notebook on vocabulary of basketry, with notes and printed material; a photograph of specimen 239,086; and letters, William Baillie to Walter Hough and Otis T. Mason, 1907-8, re P. A. Talbot collection of Okoi artifacts, basketmaker terms.
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4497

Boomerang

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Container:
Box 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1888 August 9
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes H. Eggers to Otis T. Mason, August 9, 1888, on construction and use by Australia aborigines; notes and sketches; and clippings.
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4528

Catlin

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Container:
Box 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1879
1904
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes printed material; a copy of "Events of 1879 leading to the Conservation of the George Catlin Indian Gallery, Thereafter in Possession of the Smithsonian Institution—National Museum in Washington, D.C.", by Thomas B. Donaldson; a list of the George Catlin ethnological collection; and a copy of a letter, Mason to Holmes, May 27, 1904, showing paintings of Catlin not in the USNM.
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4559

Ceramics

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Extent:
(4 of 5)
Container:
Box 8a
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1888 November 12
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes a description of collection of Chinese, Japanese, Cochin Chinese, Korean, Brazilian, and Burmese material (much done by E. H. Hawley and much relating to the Foreign Exhibition, Boston); E. H. Hawley to G. Brown Goode, November 12, 1888; and a list of pottery of the G. Brown Goode estate.
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4565

Ceramics—American Indian

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Extent:
(2 of 2)
Container:
Box 8a
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1895
1906
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes a copy of letter, W. H. Holmes to Rathbun, January 15, 1906, re use of pottery products on view in lecture hall of USNM, with notes by E. H. Hawley; notes on vases of Limoges, France; notes by Holmes and Hawley; clippings; Dinwiddie photograph of Papago potter; mounted printed illustrations and drawings of pottery examples from around the world, put together, at least in part, by Mason; a notebook by Mason; a photograph of Mexican pottery sherds, Oaxaca (?); illustrations and notes; printed material; and a letter of Karl von den Sheinen, October 22, 1895, re shell tools among the Borors and Tayagua and on the Shingoo and near Asuncion, with drawings.
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4569

Bark

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1895
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes photographs by Albert Ernest Jenks: "Winnowing the Grain"; "Mococks, birch-bark baskets"; photographs of houses and canoes, without captions; and drawings illustrating Franz Boas' "Kwakiutl Indians," USNM Report, 1895, and W. J. Hoffman's article in BAE 7th Annual Report.
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4487

Blankets

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Container:
Box 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes notes on specimens; exhibit labels; "Blanket" by Walter Hough (probably encyclopedia entry); and a printed article on Navajo blanket by Geo. H. Pepper, Everybody's Magazine, n.d.
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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California

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Container:
Box 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1901 August 27
undated
Scope and Contents:
Most of the material is not on California Indians but on Indians of the Southwest. Includes clippings; notes of Walter Hough; a receipt for the purchase of a Hopi blanket of Pavatia, Keams Canyon, August 27, 1901; and a newsclipping on work of Jesse Walter Fewkes.
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4550

Carib Indians

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Container:
Box 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1944 July 31
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes photographs of maps and a report from Charles W. Whitaker to the Secretary of State, July 31, 1944, "Present status of Carib Indians of Dominica."
Collection Restrictions:
Some materials are restricted.

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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4556

Ceramics

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Extent:
(2 of 5)
Container:
Box 8a
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940 March 4
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes printed material; notes, some by E. H. Hawley, mostly on Japanese ceramics, with a glossary of terms; a letter, K. Tanaka to USNM, with map of kilns in Japan and photographs of pieces of ceramics; and a copy of an address of Counselor Dooman of American Embassy in Tokyo, "On Collecting Chinese Porcelains," Tokyo Women's Club, March 4, 1940.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4563

Cherokee

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Container:
Box 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934 August 11
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes a letter Lucy Gracey(?), August 11, 1934, re miscellaneous matters and transmitting article on Doublehead, and printed and processed material.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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National Anthropological Archives
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Drawing, Sea Shell Ornament, Indian Grave, Green Bay Wisconsin

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Container:
Box 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 16: Division of Archaeology / 16.4: Reference Files / New York - S.L. Frey (Palatine Bridge, NY)
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref8749

United States National Museum Department of Anthropology photograph collection relating to Native Americans

Creator:
United States National Museum., Dept. of Anthropology.  Search this
Photographer:
Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (U.S.)  Search this
Heyn Photo  Search this
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904: Saint Louis, Mo.)  Search this
Mitchell, McGowan and Company  Search this
Place & Coover  Search this
Addison, George A.  Search this
Barry, D. F. (David Francis), 1854-1934  Search this
Bell, C. M. (Charles Milton), approximately 1849-1893  Search this
Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896  Search this
Bretz, George W. (Fort Sill, Oklahoma)  Search this
Fly, C. S. (Camillus Sidney), 1849-1901  Search this
Fouch, John H., 1849-1933  Search this
Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882  Search this
Goff, O. S. (Orlando Scott), 1843-1917  Search this
Gutekunst, Frederick, 1831-1917  Search this
Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942  Search this
Partridge, William Ordway, 1861-1930  Search this
Randall, A. Frank  Search this
Shindler, A. Zeno (Antonio Zeno), 1823-1899  Search this
Wittick, Ben, 1845-1903  Search this
Publisher:
Rice, Rutter & Co.  Search this
Artist:
Noyes, Francis H.  Search this
Reiss, Winold, 1886-1953  Search this
Extent:
3 Painted photographs
8 Prints (halftone and color halftone)
56 Photographic prints (albumen and silver gelatin)
10 Copy prints
1 Stereograph (albumen)
2 Engravings
2 Color lithographs
Culture:
Sioux  Search this
Shoshone  Search this
Ute  Search this
Lakota (Teton/Western Sioux)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Apsáalooke (Crow/Absaroke)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Basin  Search this
Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne)  Search this
Chiricahua Apache  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northeast  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Inunaina (Arapaho)  Search this
Seminole  Search this
Sauk  Search this
Indians of North America -- Plateau  Search this
Powhatan  Search this
Pikuni Blackfeet (Piegan)  Search this
Hunkpapa Lakota (Hunkpapa Sioux)  Search this
Oglala Lakota (Oglala Sioux)  Search this
Niimíipuu (Nez Perce)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Mohawk  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Painted photographs
Prints
Photographic prints
Copy prints
Stereographs
Engravings
Color lithographs
Photographs
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
The bulk of the collection consists of portraits of identified Native Americans and some government officials and interpreters. It includes cabinet cards, other mounted prints, newspaper articles, illustrations, and a photographic postcard. Depicted individuals include American Horse, Oglala; Black Hawk, Sauk; Bob Tail, Cheyenne; Crowfoot, Hunkpapa; Gaul, Hunkpapa; Geronimo, Chiricahua; John Grass, Teton; Chief Joseph, Nez Perce; Little Wound, Oglala; Medicine Bull, Hunkpapa; Osceola, Seminole; Ouray, Ute; Litte Raven, Arapaho; Plenty Coups, Crow; Pocahontas, Powhatan; Rain in the Face, Hunkpapa; Red Cloud, Oglala; Red Iron, Dakota; Short Man, Piegan; Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa; Standing On Prairie, Siouan; Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant), Mohawk; Two Guns White Calf, Piegan; Two Moon, Cheyenne; and Washakie, Shoshoni.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 87-2P
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

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Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 87-2P, United States National Museum Department of Anthropology photograph collection relating to Native Americans, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.87-2P
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-87-2p

Tanner Bros. Ltd. photographs of Maori peoples

Creator:
Tanner Bros. Ltd.  Search this
Names:
New Zealand., Tourism Dept.  Search this
Collector:
Egberts, William H.  Search this
Extent:
photographic postcards
Culture:
Maori (New Zealand people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
New Zealand
Date:
circa 1906-1925
Scope and Contents note:
Photographic postcards relating to Maori people made by the New England Tourist Department. They include portraits of four Maori men with face markings and one image of two Maori people rubbing noses as a form of greeting ("te hongi"). The photographs are possibly from Tanner Brothers Photographic Series and were collected and notated by William H. Egberts.
Biographical/Historical note:
The Tanner Brothers were Wellington-based photographers who published photo books and black & white and glossy postcards from 1906-1925. They are best known for their "Maoriland Series." Their cards were printed in Saxony, England.

William H. Egberts was a preparator in the United States National Museum Department of Anthropology from 1913-1939.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 81-6
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Reports by Egberts can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in the Department of Anthropology Annual Reports and the Personnel Files.
Additional photographs of Maori people and artifacts can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 8 and Photo Lot 97.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

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Topic:
Tourism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 81-6, Tanner Bros. Ltd. photographs of Maori, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.81-6
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-81-6

Sand paintings

Artist:
Klah-Tso  Search this
Extent:
31 Paintings
Culture:
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Paintings
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Reproductions of sand paintings by a Navajo medicine man. Twenty-eight of them are traditional sand paintings; four are secular paintings. They are described individually in the NAA art work inventory.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 138501
Local Note:
Tempera on brown cloth
Other Archival Materials:
For notes on the sand paintings, please see Manuscripts 3924-a and 3924-b.
Topic:
Sandpaintings  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Citation:
NAA MS 138501, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS138501
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms138501
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Department of Anthropology records

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Extent:
330.25 Linear feet (519 boxes)
Note:
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Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1840s-circa 2015
Summary:
The Department of Anthropology records contain administrative and research materials produced by the department and its members from the time of the Smithsonian Institution's foundation until today.
Scope and Contents:
The Department of Anthropology records contain correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, memoranda, invoices, meeting minutes, fiscal records, annual reports, grant applications, personnel records, receipts, and forms. The topics covered in the materials include collections, exhibits, staff, conservation, acquisitions, loans, storage and office space, administration, operations, research, budgets, security, office procedures, and funding. The materials were created by members of the Section of Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution, the Division of Anthropology of the United States National Museum, the Office of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History, and the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History and range in date from before the founding of the Smithsonian Institution to today. The Department of Anthropology records also contain some materials related to the Bureau of American Ethnology, such as documents from the River Basin Surveys.

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 in 28 series: (1) Correspondence, 1902-1908, 1961-1992; (2) Alpha-Subject File, 1828-1963; (3) Alpha-Subject File, 1961-1975; (4) Smithsonian Office of Anthropology Subject Files, 1967-1968; (5) River Basin Survey Files, 1965-1969; (6) Research Statements, Proposals, and Awards, 1961-1977 (bulk 1966-1973); (7) Publication File, 1960-1975; (8) Memoranda and Lists Concerning Condemnations, 1910-1965; (9) Notebook on Special Exhibits, 1951-1952 (10) Section on Animal Industry; (11) Administrative Records, 1891-1974; (12) Administrative Records, 1965-1994 (bulk 1975-1988); (13) Fiscal Records, 1904-1986; (14) Annual Reports, 1920-1983; (15) Chairman's Office Files, 1987-1993; (16) Division of Archaeology, 1828-1965; (17) Division of Ethnology, 1840s, 1860-1972, 1997; (18) Division of Physical Anthropology; (19) Division of Cultural Anthropology, 1920-1968; (20) Records of the Anthropological Laboratory/Anthropology Conservation and Restoration Laboratory, 1939-1973; (21) Collections Management, 1965-1985; (22) Photographs of Specimens and Other Subjects (Processing Laboratory Photographs), 1880s-1950s; (23) Exhibit Labels, Specimen Labels, Catalog Cards, and Miscellaneous Documents, circa 1870-1950; (24) Antiquities Act Permits, 1904-1986; (25) Ancient Technology Program, circa 1966-1981; (26) Urgent Anthropology; (27) Records of the Handbook of North American Indians; (28) Personnel; (29) Repatriation Office, 1991-1994
Administrative History.:
The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846. Although there was no department of anthropology until the creation of the Section of Ethnology in 1879, anthropological materials were part of the Smithsonian's collection from its foundation. The Section of Ethnology was created to care for the rapidly growing collection. In 1881, the United States National Museum was established. Soon thereafter, in 1883, it was broken up into divisions, including the Division of Anthropology. In 1904, Physical Anthropology was added to the Division.

The Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) was created in 1879 as a research unit of the Smithsonian, separating research from collections care. However, during the 1950s, research became a higher priority for the Department of Anthropology and, in 1965, the BAE was merged with the Department of Anthropology to create the Office of Anthropology, and the BAE's archives became the National Anthropological Archives (NAA).

In 1967, the United States National Museum was broken up into three separate museums: the Musuem of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History), the National Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The Office of Anthropology was included in NMNH and was renamed the Department of Anthropology in 1968.

New divisions were added to the Department, including the Human Studies Film Archives (HSFA) in 1981, the Research Institute on Immigration and Ethnic Studies (RIIES) in 1982, and the Repatriation Office in 1993. In 1983, the Smithsonian opened the Museum Support Center (MSC) in Suitland, Maryland, as offsite housing for collections with specialized storage facilities and conservation labs.

The Department of Anthropology is currently the largest department within NMNH. It has three curatorial divisions (Ethnology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology) and its staff includes curators, research assistants, program staff, collections specialists, archivists, repatriation tribal liaisons, and administrative specialists. It has a number of outreach and research arms, including the Repatriation Office, Recovering Voices, Human Origins, and the Arctic Studies Center.

The Museum is home to one of the world's largest anthropology collections, with over three million specimens in archaeology, ethnology, and human skeletal biology. The NAA is the Smithsonian's oldest archival repository, with materials that reflect over 150 years of anthropological collecting and fieldwork. The HSFA is the only North American archive devoted exclusively to the collection and preservation of anthropological film and video.

Sources Consulted

National Museum of Natural History. "Department of Anthropology: About" Accessed April 13, 2020. https://naturalhistory.si.edu/research/anthropology/about

National Museum of Natural History. "History of Anthropology at the Smithsonian." Accessed April 13, 2020. https://naturalhistory.si.edu/sites/default/files/media/file/history-anthropology-si.pdf

National Museum of Natural History. "History of the Smithsonian Catalog." Accessed April 13, 2020 https://siris-sihistory.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=sicall

Chronology

1846 -- The Smithsonian Institution is founded

1879 -- George Catlin bequeaths his collection to the Smithsonian The Section of Ethnology is established to oversee ethnological and archaeological collections The Bureau of Ethnology is established by Congress as a research unit of the Smithsonian

1881 -- The U.S. National Museum (USNM) is established as a separate entity within the Smithsonian Institution

1883 -- The staff and collections of the USNM are reorganized into divisions, including a Division of Anthropology

1897 -- The United States National Museum is reorganized into three departments: Anthropology headed by W. H. Holmes; Biology with F. W. True as head; and Geology with G. P. Merrill in charge The Bureau of Ethnology is renamed the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) to emphasize the geographic limit of its interests

1903 -- The Division of Physical Anthropology established

1904 -- The Division of Physical Anthropology is incorporated into the Division of Anthropology

1910 -- The USNM moves into the new Natural History Building

1965 -- The Smithsonian Office of Anthropology is created on February 1 The BAE is eliminated and merged with the Office of Anthropology

1968 -- The Smithsonian Office of Anthropology (SOA) of the National Museum of Natural History is retitled the Department of Anthropology on October 29

1973 -- The Research Institute on Immigration and Ethnic Studies (RIIES) is established at the National Museum of Natural History's (NMNH) Center for the Study of Man (CSM) to study the waves of immigration to the United States and its overseas outposts that began in the 1960's

1975 -- The National Anthropological Film Center is established

1981 -- The National Anthropological Film Center is incorporated into the Department of Anthropology

1982 -- The RIIES, part of the CSM at the NMNH, is transferred to the Department of Anthropology

1991 -- NMNH establishes a Repatriation Office

1993 -- The Repatriation Office is incorporated into the Department of Anthropology

Head Curators and Department Chairs

1897-1902 -- William Henry Holmes

1902-1903 -- Otis T. Mason (acting)

1904-1908 -- Otis T. Mason

1908-1909 -- Walter Hough (acting)

1910-1920 -- William Henry Holmes

1920-1923 -- Walter Hough (acting)

1923-1935 -- Walter Hough

1935-1960 -- Frank M. Setzler

1960-1962 -- T. Dale Stewart

1963-1965 -- Waldo R. Wedel

1965-1967 -- Richard Woodbury

1967-1970 -- Saul H. Riesenberg

1970-1975 -- Clifford Evans

1975-1980 -- William W. Fitzhugh

1980-1985 -- Douglas H. Ubelaker

1985-1988 -- Adrienne L. Kaeppler

1988-1992 -- Donald J. Ortner

1992-1999 -- Dennis Stanford

1999-2002 -- Carolyn L. Rose

2002-2005 -- William W. Fitzhugh

2005-2010 -- J. Daniel Rogers

2010-2014 -- Mary Jo Arnoldi

2014-2018 -- Torbin Rick

2018- -- Igor Krupnik
Related Materials:
The NAA holds collections of former head curators and department chairs, including the papers of Otis Tufton Mason, Walter Hough, T. Dale Stewart, Waldo Rudolph and Mildred Mott Wedel, Saul H. Riesenberg, Clifford Evans, and Donald J. Ortner; the photographs of Frank Maryl Setzler; and the Richard B. Woodbury collection of drawings of human and animal figures.

Other related collections at the NAA include the papers of Gordon D. Gibson, Eugene I. Knez, and Betty J. Meggers and Clifford Evans; and the records of the Bureau of American Ethnology, the Center for the Study of Man, and the River Basin Surveys.
Provenance:
This collection was transferred to the National Anthropological Archives (NAA) by the National Museum of Natural History's Department of Anthropology in multiple accessions.
Restrictions:
Some materials are restricted.

Access to the Department of Anthropology records requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0311
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-xxxx-0311

Permits – Prior to 1960

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1904-1960
Collection Restrictions:
Some materials are restricted.

Access to the Department of Anthropology records requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0311, Subseries 24.1
See more items in:
Department of Anthropology records
Department of Anthropology records / Series 24: Antiquities Act Permits
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref12212

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