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Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of one (1) ledger book, now disbound, containing seventy-six (76) drawings by Cheyenne artists, two (2) additional drawings, and two (2) letters.
The ledger book contains drawings of scenes of warfare, courting, camps, and geometric figures. Many of the drawings have identifying captions in an unknown hand. Some of the drawings have been identified as having been created by a different, most likely non-native, artist. Two additional drawings were received with the ledger book: a drawing on sheet from a small ruled tablet, now torn in two, and a broadside sheet, now torn in two, with site plan and perspective drawing of the trading post of N. W. Evans and Co., Fort Reno, Indian Territory. The collection also includes letters regarding the purchase of the collection from Mr. Dorsey Griffith.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
The ledger book and drawings were purchased by the Bureau of American Ethnology on June 5, 1962 from Dorsey Griffith, an antiques dealer based in New Market, Maryland.
The ledger book and drawings were laminated at an unknown date by the Bureau of American Ethnology. The ledger book was disbound and the original covers were not retained.
Using the Collection
MS 4653 Book of drawings by anonymous Cheyenne artists and related drawings and letters, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use
National Anthropological Archives
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