National Anthropological Archives

Guide to the Symbol account books


Collection ID:
Physical Description:
2 Books
3.75 x 6 inches

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
The collection consists of two small leather-bound account books filled with various words and symbols.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.


Custodial History
The account books were part of an Alaskan ethnological and geological collection made by Rev. Sheldon Jackson. The Bureau of American Ethnology purchased the collection from Jackson's daughter, (Elizabeth) Lesley Jackson, in July 1921. The collection was transferred to the United States National Museum (Accession Number 66880). The drawings were transferred to the National Anthropological Archives in 1969.

Digital Content

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Use
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Preferred Citation
Symbol account books, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
Other Sheldon Jackson materials purchased by the Bureau of American Ethnology are held by the National Anthropological Archives in MS 316702 and by the Department of Anthropology object collections (Accession 66880).

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Local Numbers

Local Numbers
NAA MS 316703
USNM Accession 66880


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Alaskan Eskimo Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alaska Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
North America Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pictographs Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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