MS 4653 Book of drawings by anonymous Cheyenne artists
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
ca. 1880s
Physical Description:
77 Drawings
104 ledger pages
graphite, crayon, and colored pencil
19 x 32 cm.-21 x 13 cm.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Drawings of scenes of warfare, courting, camps, and geometric figures on pages of a ledger book, now disbound, many with identifying captions in unknown hand. Some of the drawings have been identified as having been created by a different, most likely non-native artist. The following items were received with the ledger book and are now included in the manuscript: 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, March, 1882. Also included are letters regarding the purchase of the manuscript from Mr. Dorsey Griffith.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Griffith, Dorsey
Custodial History
Purchased June 5, 1962 from Mr. Dorsey Griffith, New Market, Maryland. (dealer in antiques). Memo from John C. Ewers, (2 pages) commenting on the drawings and recommending their purchase is filed with the volume.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 4653

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

Album Information
Album Information
MS 4653 000

Digital Content
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Using the Collection
Manuscript 4653, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ledger drawings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Great Plains Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, Maryland 20746