MS 4452-a Two books of Cheyenne and Arapaho drawings
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Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.MS4452A
Creators:
McDonald, David N.
Dates:
ca. 1880
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
2 Volumes
100 drawings
graphite, colored pencil, and ink
21 x 32 cm.
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Vol. 1: 46 drawings of war scenes on leaves of ruled and numbered paper from a ledger book, now disbound, covers retained. Inside of cover inscribed D.N. McDonald, US Army. Vol. 2: 54 drawings on leaves of ruled and numbered paper from a ledger book, now disbound, covers not retained. Scenes are primarily of warfare, but also include horse raids, courting, and two maps. Several pages inscribed "Washee," a name recorded among both Cheyennes and Arapahoes in the 1880s.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
David N. McDonald graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1877. He served at Fort Sill, IT in 1878 and then at Fort Reno 1878-81, subsequently being posted in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Myer, W. H.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 4452-a

Local Note
Local Note
Several pages in vol. 2 inscribed with word Washee. Misreading of this as Nashee led to erroneous speculation that the drawings were associated with the Apache leader Naiche.

Place
Place
United States Indian Territory Fort Reno.
Place
United States Oklahoma Fort Reno.

Album Information
Album Information
MS 4552A 000

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Citation
Manuscript 4452-a, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
Reported to have been collected by Capt. David N. McDonald, US Army ca. 1880-85 in the western United States. Purchased from McDonald's estate by W.E. Myer, who consulted with the BAE regarding their identification in the 1920s. Donated to the BAE in 1952 by Mrs. Annie Lee Myer Turner and Mr. W.H. Myers in memory of their father. It is not clear from the correspondence whether the collection history applies to both books or only to one.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
War -- Cheyenne Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ledger drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cheyenne Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arapaho Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Great Plains Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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Suitland 20746
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