National Anthropological Archives

Guide to MS 3992-a Seneca drawings collected by Jeremiah Curtin, circa 1840

Collection ID:
Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906
circa 1840
Physical Description:
2 Drawings
watercolor and ink

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of two (2) watercolor drawings collected by Curtin on the Cattaraugus Seneca Reservation in 1883. The drawings are copies of drawings made around 1840 by an unidentified artist, possibly George Wilson, a resident of the Cattaraugus Reservation.
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Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Jeremiah Curtin (1835–1906) was an American ethnographer, folklorist, and translator. From 1883 to 1891 he was employed by the Bureau of American Ethnology as a field researcher documenting the customs and mythologies of various North American indigenous peoples.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Jeremiah Curtin submitted three drawings to the Bureau of American Ethnology via John Wesley Powell on Febrary 20, 1884. The third drawing has been lost.

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation
MS 3992-A Seneca drawings collected by Jeremiah Curtin, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
The National Museum of the American Indian holds a version of one of the drawings. See "Man On Sickbed With Spirits" Catalog Number 11/2912.
The National Anthropological Archives holds photographs of the drawings in Photo Lot 155 J.N.B. Hewitt photographs of Iroquois people on the Six Nations Reservation (Item II.85-86).

More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 3992-A

Variant Title
Variant Title
A man bewitched within the house by a woman without... and The patient welcomes his physicians

Conservation Note
Conservation Note
The drawings were laminated, possibly in the 1950s. In the late 1970s, the drawings were delaminated.

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