MS 4465 Materials relating to the De Soto expedition

Collection ID:
Swanton, John Reed, 1873-1958
ca. 1934-40
Physical Description:
8 Boxes
3 Items
map rolls
6 Items
microfilm rolls

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Collected while Chairman of the De Soto Expedition Commission, 1935-39, and in the years immediately preceding and following. (ca. 1934-40).
Scope and Contents
DeSoto Expedition Commission Materials. Box 1, folder 1 General records of the Commission: establishment, minutes (1936 only), photos of members, final published report (Swanton, John R. 1939. Final report of the United States DeSoto Expedition Commission. 76th Congress, 1st Session, House of Rep. Doc. Number 71 [Serial 10328]. 400 pages, 11 maps). 1 folder. Box 1, folder 2 Speeches of the Chairman, J. R. Swanton. 1 folder. Box 1, folder 3 Materials relating to DeSoto coat of arms and trail makers on which it was used. 1 folder. Box 1, folder 4 Photographs. 1 folder. Box 1, folder 5 Maps, small. 1 folder. Box 1, folder 6 Programs and brochures, chiefly from DeSoto commemorative ceremonies.
Scope and Contents
Box 2 Correspondence and notes of John R. Swanton, 1934-40. Unarranged as to correspondent or date, except for separate folders on J. Y. Brame, Mark F. Boyd, Albert Woldert and Irene A. Wright. Includes maps, reports, photos submitted by correspondents; these relate to archeological site locations as well as historical records. 1 box. Box 2 last folder Swanton's reading notes, extracts from historical sources; some first drafts of material published in the Report as appendices, etc. (Found interleaved with correspondence but apparently unrelated.) Box 3, folders 1 and 2 Extracts, transcripts, translations and photocopies from historical sources, collected by J. R. Swanton. 2 folders. (Typed list of contents of folder 1 in that folder.) Box 3, folder 3 Short papers relating to the DeSoto expedition, published and unpublished. Various authors. 1 folder. Box 3, folder 4 Published volumes and periodicals relating to DeSoto. Sent to Bureau of American Ethnology Library. List placed in box.
Scope and Contents
Boxes 4, 5, 6 Translations, transcripts and photocopies of documents in Spanish archives, especially Archivo de las Indias, Seville, collected by Miss Irene A. Wright 1936. 3 boxes. List of all material in 1st box. (15 page list). Box 7 Translation of Garcilaso de la Vega's "La Florida del Inca," by Charmion Shelby. Carbon copy. xvi and 894 p. (1 box.) (910 microframes required) Box 8 (photos shelf) Photographic slides, made and used for Swanton's lectures. 50 slides in 1 box. Map Section: Maps, large. Roll 1- Historical maps and reproductions Roll 2- Maps with archeological sites indicated (Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi) Roll 3- Maps on which DeSoto's route, as determined by the Commission is indicated. Working sections and final route.

Existence and Location of Copies
Microfilm copy of 1st edition of Garcilaso de la Vega's "La Florida del Inca." 5 rolls, made 1936-7. Fragmentary microfilm copy of unidentified Spanish documents (letters ?). 1 roll, incomplete.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 4465

Using the Collection
Manuscript 4465, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
Deposited by Swanton, June 30, 1944.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Expeditions -- DeSoto Commission Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States De Soto Expedition Commission Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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