- Collection ID:
Swan, James G., 1818-1900
1874 March-1878 June
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Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of two (2) drawings by James Gilcrest Swan.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.
James Gilchrist Swan (1818–1900) was an American writer, artist, collector of Native American artifacts, and political advisor who is known for his study of indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Born in Massachusetts, he spent most of his adult life in the Washington Territory. His prolific writing documented both pioneer society and indigenous cultures. The Smithsonian Institution hired Swan to collect Pacific Northwest Coast artifacts for the 1876 world's fair in Philadelphia, the 1884 fair in London, and the 1893 exposition in Chicago. Swan died in Port Townsend in 1900.
The drawings were found in the USNM collections. No accession number has been located.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
James G. Swan drawings of a Tlingit house and salmon carving, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
The National Anthropological Archives holds additional drawings by James G Swan in MS 3987.
NAA MS 129776
National Anthropological Archives
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