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MS 4250 Frances Densmore papers

Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
2.71 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Culture:
American Indians -- Music  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Diaries
Date:
1893-circa 1955
Summary:
Papers include: diaries and extracts from diaries, account books, a scrapbook, letters received, lectures, reminiscences and brief manuscripts, field and work reports, notes on recording techniques and the preservation of Native American music, musical transcriptions, bibliographic notes, library items, tone photographs, a mouth organ (pitch pipe), and a slide rule.
Scope and Contents:
The Frances Densmore papers, 1893-circa 1955 include: diaries and extracts from diaries, account books, a scrapbook, letters received, lectures, reminiscences and brief manuscripts, field and work reports, notes on recording techniques and the preservation of Native American music, musical transcriptions, bibliographic notes, library items, tone photographs, a mouth organ (pitch pipe), and a slide rule.
Biographical Note:
Frances Densmore was born on May 21, 1867 in Red Wing, Minnesota. Trained in piano, organ, and harmony at the Oberlin Conservatory and in counterpoint at Harvard University, Densmore began studying American Indian music in 1893 with the encouragement of Alice Fletcher. Under the auspices of the Bureau of American Ethnology (B.A.E.) from 1907 to 1933 and from 1939 until her death, Densmore traveled around the United States recording and studying the music of various tribes. Her publications include Chippewa Music, Choctaw Music, Teton Sioux Music, and American Indians and their Music. She passed away on June 5, 1957 in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Separated Materials:
Frances Densmore's song recordings were transferred to the Library of Congress.

The numerous ethnographic manuscripts submitted to the B.A.E. at intervals by Frances Densmore are individually catalogued under the following tribal or geographic headings: Acoma, Alaska, Alibamu, British Columbia, Chippewa, Choctaw, Cuna, Dakota, Iroquois, Menominee, Omaha, Papago, Quileute, Seminole, Winnebago, Yuman, and Zunu.

Five photographic portraits of Densmore (previously Item 1) have been separated out and added to the Portraits of anthropologists collection (Photo Lot 33).

The following three photographic albums, received from the Densmore estate, circa 1962, have been filed by tribe in the Source Prints Collection under B.A.E. No. 4250 (pt.):

(1) "Photographs taken among the Northern Ute by F. Densmore," on two trips, 1914 and 1916. Includes notation by Densmore as to nature of her work and list of captions for photographs. Album, 34 pp. (Several of the photographs were published in B.A.E. Bull. 75, "Northern Ute Music".) Frances Densmore appears in group photograph, p. 23(b).

(2) "Photographs and postcards of a western trip by F. Densmore," from two trips, 1923 and 1926, among the Indians at Neah Bay, Washington. (Results of two trips presented in Nootka and Quileute Music, B.A.E. Bull. 124.) Album, 70 pp. (See pp. 55 and 61 for photgraphs of Frances Densmore.)

(3) "Photographs taken at Neah Bay, Washington, and in hop-picking camp near Chilliwack, B.C., " 1926. Includes photographs taken by Frances Densmore, by C.A. Clay (a newspaper man from Seattle, Washington), and several by Asahel Curtis. Notation by Densmore on nature of her work and various captions supplied by Densmore. (Results of trip presented in B.A.E. Bull. 124, op. cit. and B.A.E. Bull. 136, No. 27, "Music of the Indians of British Columbia.") Album, 45 pp. See page 39 for photograph of Densmore's sister Margaret and Indians).
Provenance:
Presented to the Bureau of American Ethnology (B.A.E.) by Frances Densmore at intervals, 1944-1955. Some materials received from the Densmore estate, circa 1962.
Restrictions:
The Frances Densmore papers are open for research.

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Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Ethnomusicology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Diaries
Citation:
Manuscript 4250 Frances Densmore papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4250
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3d393139f-4873-47f5-acf1-4de82c173d50
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PORTRAITS of Frances Densmore

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1895-1955
Scope and Contents:
Item separated and added to Photo Lot 33.
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Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4250 Frances Densmore papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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DIARIES

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
46 Volumes (approx. 2 1/2" x 5 1/2")
Container:
Box 1, Item 2
Type:
Archival materials
Volumes
Date:
1899, 1905-1950
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Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4250 Frances Densmore papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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National Anthropological Archives
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EXTRACTS FROM DIARIES

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
1 Notebook (loose-leaf, approx. 200 pp.)
Container:
Box 1, Item 3
Type:
Archival materials
Notebooks
Date:
1944
Scope and Contents:
"Chronology of the Study and Presentation of Indian Music from 1893 to 1944 by Frances Densmore." Presented to the B.A.E., June 28, 1944
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Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4250 Frances Densmore papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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ACCOUNT BOOK

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1907-1933
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Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4250 Frances Densmore papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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National Anthropological Archives
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SCRAPBOOK

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Item 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1895-1957
Scope and Contents:
Items dated 1953-1957 added at B.A.E.
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Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4250 Frances Densmore papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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National Anthropological Archives
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LETTERS RECEIVED by Frances Densmore

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953-1954
Scope and Contents:
Missing Title

From Mrs. L. W. Wells, Wellington, Texas, 1953 October 27

From Jim Howard, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1953 November 7

From Stephen Polyak, Chicago, Illinois, 1953 November 17

From Dave Franks, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1954 January 11
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Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4250 Frances Densmore papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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LECTURES by Frances Densmore:

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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Collection Citation:
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"Partial list of lectures, addresses and papers on Indian music and customs" presented by Frances Densmore, 1895-1945

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Item 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
See also newspaper clippings and speech programs in Frances Densmore's scrapbook, Item 5
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"Abstract of paper on Resemblances between musical customs of the Indians of the Southwest and certain peoples of the Orient"

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
2 Pages (typed)
Container:
Box 2, Item 8
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4250 Frances Densmore papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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"Our Native American Music"

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
3 Pages (rough typed text)
Container:
Box 2, Item 9
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
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"Lecture on the Music of the American Indians delivered at the Art Institute, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 21, 1899"; "Ms. used by Frances Densmore in giving lectures on Indian music about 1900, with typed script of opening portion. The songs in pencil, opposit...

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
13 Pages (typed)
16 Pages (typed copy (less complete))
Container:
Box 2, Item 10
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
circa 1900
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"Lecture on the Music of the American Indians before the Anthropological Society of Washington"

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
18 Pages (typed)
Container:
Box 2, Item 11
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1909 April 26
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3bbe06b9e-7cb7-498d-9cb3-db998defb286
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"Text of lecture on Indian Music, given by Frances Densmore, for High School, Minot, North Dakota"

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
6 Pages (typed carbon copy)
Container:
Box 2, Item 12
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1935 April 23
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"Music and Its Relation to the Life of the American Indian"; paper prepared for the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association but not read as the author was unable to attend

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
20 Pages (typed)
Container:
Box 2, Item 13
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1950 December
Scope and Contents:
Contains 2 slightly different typescripts, 10 pp. each
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3e666bc34-2b2f-444f-ab81-cd789a1f2863
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"Music of the Indians in Our Western States." Abstract of paper delivered before Section H, AAAS, on Thursday, December 30, at 2 p.m., Room 123, Haviland Hall

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
16 Pages
Container:
Box 2, Item 14
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1954 December 30
Scope and Contents:
Contains 1 p. mimeographed and typed version of the abstract as prepared by F. Densmore, 3 pp. Also incomplete carbon copy of lecture, 12 pp.
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REMINISCENCES AND BRIEF MANUSCRIPTS by Frances Densmore:

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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"[Auto]biography"

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
4 Pages (typed)
Container:
Box 2, Item 15
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated; circa 1952-1955
Collection Restrictions:
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National Anthropological Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3d97803e0-18c5-49b7-acbf-9b706662c7a0
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"I Heard An Indian Drum"

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
32 Pages (typed carbon copy with few pencil notes)
9 Pages (typed incomplete variations on ms.)
Container:
Box 2, Item 16
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3643ff4da-4169-4882-938c-4d22839aee22
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"Personal Experiences at the St. Louis Exposition"

Collection Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Extent:
21 Pages (original handwritten manuscript)
11 Pages (typed)
Container:
Box 2, Item 17
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1904
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