These records document the activities of the Office of American Studies, particularly its head, Wilcomb E. Washburn, and concern scholarly conferences, papers given, book reviews, and related correspondence.
Curatorial Correspondence and Memoranda
This accession consists of records documenting curatorial activities within the Department of Paleobiology, including correspondence and memoranda concerning research, field trips, and specimens; administrative records; manuscript reviews; and exhibitions. These records primarily document Francis M. Hueber's paleobotanical research and the administration of the Paleobotany Division within the Department of Paleobiology …
This accession consists of records that document the planning, execution, administration, and promotion of traveling exhibitions. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, press releases, press kits, catalog text, itineraries, fact sheets, checklists, meeting agendas, clippings, budgets, proposals, brochures, notes, videotapes, photographs, slides, and related records. Some materials are in electronic format.
John Canfield Ewers Papers
Conner, Stuart W.
Dempsey, Hugh A.
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997
The John Canfield Ewers Papers document his wide ranging anthropological interests from early White depictions of Native Americans to the material culture of the Plains tribes through correspondence, exhibit catalogs, field notes, illustrations, lectures, maps, photocopies of archival materials, photographs, and writings. The collection includes materials relating to his numerous …
Beatrice Medicine papers
The Beatrice Medicine papers, 1913-2003 (bulk 1945-2003), document the professional life of Dr. Beatrice "Bea" Medicine (1923-2005), a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, anthropologist, scholar, educator, and Native rights activist. The collection also contains material collected by or given to Medicine to further her research and activism interests. Medicine, whose Lakota name was Hinsha Waste Agli Win, or "Returns Victorious with a Red Horse Woman," focused her research on a variety of topics affecting the Native American community: 1) mental health, 2) women's issues, 3) bilingual education, 4) alcohol and drug use, 5) ethno-methodologies and research needs of Native Americans, and 6) Children and identity issues. The collection represents Medicine's work as an educator for universities and colleges in the United States and in Canada, for which she taught Native American Studies courses. Additionally, because of the large amount of research material and Medicine's correspondence with elected U.S. officials and Native American leaders, and records from Medicine's involvement in Native American organizations, the collection serves to represent issues affecting Native Americans during the second half of the 20th century, and reflects what Native American leaders and organizations did to navigate and mitigate those issues. Collection materials include correspondence; committee, conference, and teaching material; ephemera; manuscripts and poetry; maps; notes; periodicals; photographs; training material; and transcripts.
This accession consists of records which document the work of the Office of Exhibitions on exhibitions that were mounted by the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) from 1980 to 1995. Major exhibitions undertaken by the NPG in this period, and documented in these records, include Benjamin West and His American Students (1980-1981); Charles Willson …
This accession consists of correspondence with depositories from which the Joseph Henry Papers Project requested documents relating to Joseph Henry, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1878. The Joseph Henry Papers Project was part of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Institutional History Division. Materials also include lists, notes, postcards, photographs, and transparencies. Some …
Correspondence and Memoranda
Most of the correspondence is directed to Goode, with lesser amounts to True, Walcott, and Rathbun. Also, a small amount of correspondence is addressed to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, (Baird, 1878-1887; and Samuel P. Langley, 1887-1906) but is generally referred to the Assistant Secretary for response. Much of the material …
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
A collection of approximately 28,000 glass plate negatives showing views of a variety of subjects.
These records document the operations of OAS. They also contain records from an organizational predecessor, the Department of American Studies, Museum of History and Technology, which had been chaired by Washburn. OAS records deal with the work of the Office and its involvement with other Smithsonian offices and bureaus; its …