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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:
Some materials are held off-site; this will be indicated at the series or sub-series level. Advanced notice must be given to view these portions of the collection.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.

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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
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Adolphe Braun photographs of art in European museums

Creator:
Braun, Adolphe, 1811-1877  Search this
Names:
British Museum  Search this
Musée du Louvre  Search this
Collector:
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887  Search this
Van Beek, Gus W. (Gus Willard), 1922-  Search this
Extent:
68 Mounted prints (albumen)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Mounted prints
Photographs
Date:
circa 1866-1877
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs depicting Roman, Greek, Assyrian, and Egyptian sculpture in European museums. Most of the images were made in the British Museum, but others were made at the Vatican, the Louvre, and in Florence.
Biographical/Historical note:
Adolphe Braun (1811-1877) was a French photographer and pioneer of photographic reproduction techniques at his studios in Paris and Dornach. Mostly created after 1866, his photographs of famous works of art helped advance the field of art history; this was his most successful photographic project.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 79-34, USNM ACC 57117
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Photographs and drawings of paleolithic sites, previously filed in 79-34, have been relocated to National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 157.
Material found in Gus Van Beek's office can also be found in the National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 79-38.
Additional photographs donated by Lucy Hunter Baird as part of accession 57117 can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 24 and Photo Lot 97.
Lucy Hunter Baird also donated artifacts to the anthropology collections of the National Museum of Natural History in accession 57117.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

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Topic:
Sculpture, Greek  Search this
Sculpture, Roman  Search this
Sculpture, Egyptian  Search this
Sculpture, Assyro-Babylonian  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 79-34, Adolphe Braun photographs of art in European museums, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.79-34
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-79-34

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.
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
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4559

Antiquities Act Permits – National Monument Ruins

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:
1906-1928
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Some materials are restricted.

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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0311, Subseries 24.2
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 24: Antiquities Act Permits
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref12699

Mason, Otis T.

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:
(1 of 2)
Container:
Box 34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1879-1882
Scope and Contents:
Includes "An Account of Progress in Anthropology," 1879, 1880, 1881, (1882), and 1882.
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
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref14884

Navahos

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 64
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1870
Scope and Contents:
Includes John J. K. Patrick to charles Rau, 11/7/1870, re warriors cap taken in May 1848, from "Huerro", with drawings; newsclippings; a note, James Mooney to William H. Holmes, re evaluation of article and letter; and a letter, A. J. Newcomb to Mrs. Charles D. Walcott, re manufacture and gift of Yabachai blanket to United States National Museum and description of Yabachai sandpaintings and related materials for exhibit of sandpaintings.
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-ref15119

Northwest Coast

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 4)
Container:
Box 65
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1877
Scope and Contents:
Oversize. Includes a newspaper from Port Townsend, Washington Territory, 1877.
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
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref15131

Southwest—Letters

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 80
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1890
1901-1914
undated
Scope and Contents:
Mostly letters to Hough. Includes W. J. Andrews, 4/8/08, re a collection; W. M. Borrowdale, 10/16/06, re a shipment; Kate T. Cory, 8/22/09, re Hopi "decharming" of a house struck by lightning, and 6/3/09, re request for a publication; Frederick W. Coville to L. H. Dewey, 4/9/04, transmitting prehistoric cotton seed and acknowledgement to Walter Hough for sending seed; Barkford Dean, 1/30/14, advising where to obtain a certain cloth; George A. Dorsey to Otis T. Mason, 2/4/01, re Peruvian engineering [Missing 12/14/2011]; P. G. Gates, 7/9/07 and 10/24/05, re affairs connected with his expeditions; A. J. Connell to Neil M. Judd, 11/30/12, re mummy found in Gila Cliff dwelling; Walter Hough to Agent, AT&SF Railroad, n.d., re shipment; Walter Hough to M. C. Stevenson, 9/10/09, re analysis of cord and analysis of dyes; Walter Hough to Richard Rathbun, 11/21/05, giving report of Museum-Gates Expedition of 1905; Walter Hough to J. E. Thompson, 6/14/06, requesting loan of birdlike wooden object; Walter Hough to William H. Holmes, 7/4/01, reporting on Museum Gates Expedition; Walter Hough to Dr. Grand, 10/1/90, re Egyptian lamps; Clement Hightower, 7/13/03, re ruins in Tularoso County and Socorro County; Frederick W. Hodge to Hough, n.d., with bibliographic reference; Walter Hough, part of report to museum, n.d.; Charles F. Lummis, 3/6/05, asking him to join Southwest Society of Archaeological Institute of America; F. H. Manter, 12/21/05, re "Curious Etc.—Washington, C. to Ft. Bliss, Texas"; Ed. S. Miller, 6/7/06, re Apache ruins; N. H. Harbough 7/6/06, re ruins 35 miles north of Benson, Arizona; Richard Rathbun, 5/7/01, re permit to visit Arizona and New Mexico Indian reservations; J. Frank Raynes, 3/10/05, forwarding copy of letter of G. C. Robins, 2/7/05, re ruins around Gallina, New Mexico; M. C. Stevenson, 1/9/07, re work and problems in the Southwest; A. H. Ketchem, 12/26/08, acknowledging receipt of three photographs of Mesa Verde (attached); and W. M. Ferris, 1/5/09, acknowledging a photograph of ruins on Rio Chico near Madera, Chihuahua (attached).
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records
Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref15233

Tidewater 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
Extent:
(3 of 3)
Container:
Box 82
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1880
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes a chart of D. C. population, 1880 and n. d.; printed material; and newspapers.
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
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref15265

Trophies

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 83
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1860s-1870s
Scope and Contents:
Includes notes, all with endorsements of Army Medical Museum, 1860s and 70s.
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
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ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref15275

Alpha-Subject File

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:
1.67 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1828-1963
Scope and Contents:
This series includes letters, memoranda, lists, reports, forms, statements, printed material and photographs. It is composed of two different types of material. Part of it is administrative in nature and concerns policies and procedures, instructions, special activities, World War II, and housekeeping matters. Other material largely concerns accessions, loans, exhibits, and special projects and programs.

Many of the outgoing letters are those of William Henry Holmes, Walter Hough, and Frank M. Setzler. Other writers include John Leonard Baer (regarding the Marsh Darien Expedition), Howard W. Bible, James H. Breasted, Harry S. Bryan, Henry B. Collins, Leonard Carmichael, John C. Ewers (filed Catlin paintings and Museum of the Plains Indian), C. E. Cummings, Chauncey J. Hamlin, Herbert Maier (Buffalo Museum of Science), Ephraim Deinard, Frances Densmore, J. E. Graf, Ella F. Hubby, Mrs. R. G. Hoes, Mrs. R. R. Hoes, Mrs. Julian James, Mary Lois Kissell, Remington Kellogg, Edward S. Morse, A. P. Rice, W. de C. Ravenal (some regarding Holmes), Ellen P. Richardson, A. C. Smith, and Gertrude B. Warren.

The rare correspondence includes material of Matthew Stirling (regarding his 1926 work on the middle Rouffaer River, New Guinea), William Henry Holmes, Thomas Wilson (concerning difficulties with the catalog of anthropological collections), Walter Hough, S. K. Lothrop, Gerard Fowke, Aleš Hrdlička, Joseph K. Dixon, William Gates (regarding the 1926 meeting of the International Congress of Americanists), H. C. Shetrone, F. S. Dellenbaugh, Thomas S. Dawson (regarding information about John Moss), John Merriam, Warren K. Moorehead (concerning Cahokia Mound), Nels C. Nelson, and Max Uhle. There are also letters dating from 1920 between W. H. Holmes and F. W. Doge concerning problems with the AAA.
Arrangement:
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject.
Collection Restrictions:
Some materials are restricted.

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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0311, Series 2
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National Anthropological Archives
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Division of Archaeology

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:
12.08 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1828-1965
Arrangement:
This series is arranged in 7 sub-series: (16.1) Annual Reports, 1886, 1898-1964; (16.2) Correspondence, 1931-1965; (16.3) Office Files, 1899-1951; (16.4) Reference Files, 1861-1916; (16.5) Reference Files, 1828-1962; (16.6) Subject Files, 1935-1964; (16.7) Miscellany
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0311, Series 16
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National Anthropological Archives
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Africa

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 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1922
1953
undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes printed material: "Exhibition of the Herbert Ward African Collection," 1922; "Belgian Congo at War as Seen by Andre Cauvin," exhibit, n.d.; and Life, May 4, 1953: issue on "Africa, A Continent in Ferment."
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
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref4444

Animal Products

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:
(1 of 5)
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1878
Scope and Contents:
Includes a photograph of Belestoma grandis by H. D. McGovern, ca. 1878; a note on Rhinoceros horn and use by "Hottentots," with sketches of tools made from the horn; a list of animals with their uses; a list of specimens purchased or to be purchased for USNM collection; a list of specimens of Fishery Section, with photograph; and W. H. Abbott notes on location of storage for specimens.
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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-ref4453

Special Exhibits prepared by Division of Ethnology

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 99
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
before 1946
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Subject Files

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:
1989-1990
undated
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0311, Subseries 15.2
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 15: Chairman's Office Files
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Reference Files

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:
1861-1916
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Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0311, Subseries 16.4
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 16: Division of Archaeology
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Reference Files

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:
1828-1962
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0311, Subseries 16.5
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Department of Anthropology records / Series 16: Division of Archaeology
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Division of Ethnology

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:
41.25 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1840s
1860-1972
1997
Arrangement:
This series is arranged in 2 sub-series: (17.1) Manuscript and Pamphlet File; (17.2) Administrative Files, 1919-1965
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0311, Series 17
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Manuscript and Pamphlet File

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:
1840s
1860-1962
1972
1997
Scope and Contents:
For those who are searching for anthropologically substantive materials, special note should be made of the Manuscript and Pamphlet File. A potpourri of documents, the file includes correspondence, notes, drawings, maps, photographs, printed and processed materials, paper specimens, reports, writings, catalogs, motion picture film (now in the Smithsonian's Human Studies Film Archives), bibliographies, and other types of documents. Of concern is a wide variety of subjects such as anthropological specimens, museology and museums, Smithsonian history, archaeological and ethnological methods, exhibits, expeditions, history of anthropology, and so forth.

The file seems to have been maintained in the Division of Ethnology — in one document it was referred to as Herbert W. Krieger's morgue — and the subject matter is largely ethnological. Nevertheless, some documents relate to archeology and physical anthropology. The file also contains administrative materials, such as records relating to the Department of Anthropology's use of Work Projects Administration workers during the 1930s. In addition, the file is the main location of materials not generally accepted as being strictly anthropological in the modern sense. It includes, for example, material on period costumes, fish and fisheries, whaling, religions, armor, biblical studies, modern appliances, the seal industry, European music and musical instruments, lace, aeronautics, and other similar subjects. In addition, the file includes sets of papers of Edwin H. Hawley ,Walter Hough, Otis T. Mason, Talcott Williams and Thomas Wilson. Some documents, both primary and secondary research materials, concern the following cultural groups and geographic areas: Arabs, Bannock, Baubi, Blackfoot, British Columbia, Caddo, Carib, Chinook, Cochiti, Comanche, Cossacks, Cuna, Delaware, Diegueño, District of Columbia, Dyak, Eskimo, Europe, Fox, Goajira, Haida, Hawaii, Hittites, Hupa, India, Innuit, Iran, Ireland, Jamomadi, Japan, Jivaro, Kabyles, Kiowa, Kirghese, Klamath, Korea, Luiseño, Madagascar, Madiera, Maidu, Makah, Maori, Mataco, Maya, Micmac, Micronesia, Mission, Modoc, Mohave, Mongolia, Moro, Morocco, Naltunnetunne, Nanticoke, Narragansett, Navaho, New Guinea, Nez Perce, Nubia, Omaha, Onandaga, Osage, Oto, Papua, Parsee, Pawnee, Peru, Philippines, Pomo, Pueblo, Puerto Rico, Pygmies, Quichua, Quinaielt, Samoa, Sauk, Seminole, Seri, Shoshoni, Spain, Tahiti, Tesuque, Thailand, Texas, Tolowa, Tonga, Tulalip, Utah, Virginia, Washo, Wichita, Wintun, Yavapai, and Zuni.
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Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.XXXX.0311, Subseries 17.1
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