MS 4600 Frans M. Olbrechts Papers relating to studies of the Cherokee of North Carolina

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.MS4600
Creators:
Olbrechts, Frans M., 1899-1958
Allen, Louis
Holt, R.D.
Reichard, Gladys Amanda, 1893-1955
Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967
Dates:
ca. 1926 - 1931
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
28 Boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Box 1-11, (1) Vocabularies; Box 12, (2) - (15) Vocabularies, Phonology, Morphophonemics, and Syllabary; Box 13 (16) - (32) Grammar; Box 14 (33) - (47) Texts, no translations; Box (15), (48) - (65) Texts with translations; Box 16 (66) - (73), Disease-name papers; Box 17 (74) Disease-name papers; Box 18 (75) - (83) Disease-name papers; Box 19 (84) - (88) Wilnoti formula papers; Box 20 (89) - (93) Wilnoti formula papers; Box 21 (94) Botany; Box 22 (95) - (98) Botany; Box 23 (99) Botany (Plant specimens, oversize carton); Box 24 (100) - (118) Myths, Miscellaneous Ethnographic notes; Box 25 (119) Photographs (Iroquois masks); Box 26 (120) - (123) Personal, Unidentified, and Reference materials; 27-28 (123) Reference materials.
Scope and Contents
The papers in this collection are largely limited to the materials Olbrechts collected during the course of the work with the Cherokee, though a few miscellaneous other materials are included. In addition to the material indicated below, there are copies of manuscripts of James Mooney and a fewmiscellaneous other material are included. In addition to the material indicated below, there are a few diaries and expense notes. There are also a very small amount of correspondence.

Arrangement
Arrangement
(1) Vocabularies; (2) vocabularies, phonology, morphophonemics, and syllabary; (3) grammar; (4) texts with no translation; (5) texts with translations; (6) disease-name papers; (7) Wilnoti formula papers; (8) botanical notes and specimens; (9) myths and miscellaneous ethnographic notes; (10) photographs of Iroquois masks; (11) personal, unidentified, and reference material

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Frans M. Olbrechts was trained in linguistics and folklore in his native Belgium and became one o fhis country's leading anthropologists, recognized for his museum work, teaching, and scholarly writing. In all of those areas, his work became particularly concerned with art, magic, and popular culture.
Biographical / Historical
Olbrecht's earliest work outside Europe was among American Indians. In 1925, while studying linguistics and folklore with Franz Boas as a postdoctoral fellow of the Education Foundation of the Committee for the Relief of Belgians, he was introduced by Boas to the staff of the Bureau of American Ethnology. It was subsequently arranged that he would carry out field work among the Cherokee of North Carolina, using as a basis of his inquiries the so-called Swimmer manuscript of Cherokee formulas that had been copied by James Mooney, of the Bureau of American Ethnology. His work resulted in James Mooney, The Swimmer Manuscript: Cherokee Sacred Formulas and medicinal Prescriptions, revised, completed, and edited by Frans M. Olbrechts, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 99, Washington, 1932.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Microfilm
Author

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 4600

Using the Collection
Citation
Manuscript 4600, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
Donated by Mrs. Frans M. (Margriet) Olbrechts, Wezembeek-Oppem, Belgium, and transmitted in 1960 by A. E. Meeussen, Koninklijk Museum, Tervuren, Belgium. Correspondence in Bureau of American Ethnology accession files, under Olbrechts.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Medicine -- Cherokee Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folklore -- Cherokee Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ethnobotany -- Cherokee Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Masks -- Iroquois Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Texts -- Cherokee Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wilnoti formulas Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ethnobotany -- Cherokee Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Language and languages -- Documentation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cherokee, Eastern Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cherokee -- Ethnobotany Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cherokee -- Folklore Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Iroquois -- Masks Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cherokee -- Disease Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cherokee Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Iroquois Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Northeast Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cherokee Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Southern States Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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