National Anthropological Archives

Henri Geiger Omwake papers, circa 1940-1967

Collection ID:
Solecki, Ralph S.
Robbins, Roland Wells
South, Stanely G.
Purnell, Lewis M.
Oswald, Adrian H.
Robbins, Maurice
Quimby, George I. (George Irving), 1913-2003
Neitzel, Robert S.
Haggerty, Gilbert
Omwake, Henri Geiger, 1907-1967
O'Neil, B.H.
Green, Amos R.
Gillette, Charles E.
Guthe, Alfred K. (Alfred Kidder), 1920-1983
Griffin, James B. (James Bennett), 1905-1997
Witthoft, John, 1921-1993
Woolworth, Alan R.
Wray, Charles F.
Walker, Iain C.
Willey, Gordon R. (Gordon Randolph), 1913-2002
Watkins, C. Malcolm
Weslager, C.A.
Stears, Richard B.
Steen, Charlie R., 1908-1997
Stephenson, Robert L. (Robert Lloyd), 1919-
Stern, Theodore, 1917-
Miller, P. Schuyler
Mohr, Robert D.
McCary, Ben C.
Miller, Carl F.
Mayre, William B.
McBeath, George
Marx, Robert
Mason, Ronald J.
Mair, Ernest F.
Marochen, K.
Lazarus, William C.
Lopez, Julian
Kinsey, W. Fred
Kidd, Kenneth E.
Larrabee, Edward McM
Knowles, Jerome
Hume, Ivor Noel
Huey, Paul R.
Kelly, A. R. (Arthur Randolph), 1900-1979
Johnson, Frederick, 1904-1994
Harrington, Jean C.
Speck, Frank G. (Frank Gouldsmith), 1881-1950
Hall, Robert F.
Helbers, G.C.
Hayes, Charles F., III
Burnett, Edwin K.
Bullen, Ripley P.
Cauzier, Arch
Byers, Douglas S., 1903-1978
Boyd, Mark F.
Brannon, Peter A.
Brooks, Edward
Bull, Elias B.
Anderson, Albert J.
Arentz, George
Bird, Junius
Black, Glenn A. (Glenn Albert), 1900-1964
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997
Demarest, Tom
Cross, Dorothy
American Museum of Natural History
Gifford, Stanley E.
Flegel, P.S.
Fernstrom, Karl D.
Fairbanks, Charles H. (Charles Herron), 1913-1985
circa 1940-1967
Physical Description:
22 Boxes

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers include letters, notes, drawings, clippings, photographs, bibliographies, lists, reports, manuscript and copies of a mimeographed form "Survey of Pipes of European Manufacture Traded to the Indians in the Easterndsprecs." Many of the papers in this collection relate to the Omwake pipe collection which has also been donated to the Smithsonian.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.

Arranged in 5 series: 1. Alphabetical file; 2. notebooks; 3. subject file; 4 correspondence; 5. miscellany.

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Henri Geiger Omwake (Ohm-way) was a school official in Delaware, a very active amateur archaeologist, and an authority on pipes of European manufacture that were traded to American Indians. His study of the subject began in the 1940s and continued until his death. Omwake was one of the main organizers of the Archeological Society of Delaware, the Sussex County Society of Archeology and History in 1948, and the Kent Archaeological Society in 1965. He served on the Delaware State Archeological Board.

Cinthya Cardenas

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The Henri Geiger Omwake papers are open for research.
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Preferred Citation
Henri Geiger Omwake papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Related Materials
The Omwake trade pipe collection (around 150 specimens) has also been donated to the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Some of the materials in the Henri Geiger Omwake papers include notes that relate to objects in the artifact collection.
The National Anthropological Archives holds material related to Omwake's work on the Townsend Site excavation in MS 4669 The Townsend Site near Lewes, Delaware and MS 7223 Archaeological report on the Townsend Site in Delaware.
The Detroit Public Library holds the Henri Geiger Omwake papers, 1950-1963.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Trade -- American Indian Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pipes -- trade pipes -- American Indian Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Pipes Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Indian -- Eastern -- trade pipes Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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