MS 4154 "First Series" of Koasati texts
Digitized Content

Collection ID:
Swanton, John Reed, 1873-1958
Thompson, Charlie
Henry, George
1912-1920 ?
Physical Description:
221 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
With interlinear English translation. Contents: Note by Swanton about informants. Autograph document. 1 page. Stories I-XXII (no story XV). Autograph document. 149 pages. (numbered 1-59, 52-134). Photostats of Autograph Document of stories IV-XIII and XVI-XXII, made before they were corrected by Jackson Langley. 62 sheets (2 pages photostated per sheet). (Photostats are poor quality and cannot be recopied.) (Formerly in Manuscript 1801.) Stories I-XXII (no story XV). Typescript Document with A. interlinear English translation. 63 pages. Received in Bureau of American Ethnology Archives from Swanton in 1920. (Formerly in Manuscript 1816.) Story XIV with short vocabulary from George Henry. (This vocabulary, which is in the original Autograph document is not included in the above typescript.) Typescript Document. 2 pages. (Formerly in Manuscript 1801.) Stories I-III. Typescript Document. 7 pages. (Formerly in Manuscript 1801.)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Swanton began working with the Koasati in Polk County, Texas in 1912, according to Bureau of American Ethnology-AR 34, page 13. The terminal date for this file is given as 1920 since the typescripts of stories I-XXII were received in Bureau of American Ethnology Archives in 1920.
Biographical / Historical
Informants: Charlie Thompson, "later chief of the Alabama Indians in Texas," "who thought he knew Koasati" reviewed afterwards by Swanton with Jackson Langley of Kinder, Louisiana, and Langley's corrections added.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 4154

Local Note
Local Note
autograph and typescript document
Local Note
photostats of autograph document

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Manuscript 4154, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Language and languages -- Documentation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Koasati Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Southern States Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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