National Anthropological Archives

MS 7441 Gambier Notebook

Collection ID:
Hale, Horatio, 1817-1896
Maigret, Louis-Désiré, 1804-1882
Emerson, J. S. (Joseph S.)
Physical Description:
113 Pages
1 Volume

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The spine of the notebook is marked Gambier. The main portion (70 pages) includes a copy of a Gambier-French vocabulary obtained from Father Louis Désiré Maigret, at one time a Roman Catholic missionary on Mangareva. There is also a note concerning infanticide in Hawaii from an article by the Rev. J. S. Emerson and notes on Ascension taken from G. W. Punchard and a related wordlist. There are notes from a journal of a Englishman named Smith, an English rendering of parts of the Maigret vocabulary, and the Lord's prayer in Mangareva.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Hale was the ethnologist on the Wilkes Expedition (United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1845.

Custodial History
The notebook was an unidentified item in the collection of manuscripts acquired from the Smithsonian Libraries and was found among those materials identified as papers of W. W. Turner.

Using the Collection
Manuscript 7441, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 7441

Local Note
Local Note
The material was identified by the handwriting of Horatio Hale. In Hale's Ethnology and Philology (volume 6 of the report of the Wilkes Expedition [United States Exploring Expedition]), the Maigret vocabulary is mentioned and one of its terms and an explanatory definition is singled out for quotation. This together with the appearance of Maigret's name (Christian name in Latin form) provides the identification of the vocabulary.
Local Note
Manuscript document

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Language and languages -- Documentation Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gambier Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ascension Island (Atlantic Ocean) Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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