Ellis Leon Yochelson Papers
This accession consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposals, and manuscripts documenting Ellis Leon Yochelson's paleontological research with the United States Geological Survey. Materials also include correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes from the History of Earth Sciences Society, and reports from the International Geological Correlation Program.
This accession consists of records that document the activities of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Records include American Library Association materials, correspondence, a vertical file, and acquisitions and exchanges from the early 20th Century.
These records are the administrative files of the Office of the Director, National Museum of Natural History. Most of the records date from the late-to-mid 1950s. Those records created prior to 1959 are the records of the Director of the United States National Museum, although they are records relating primarily to that …
William C. Sturtevant papers
This collection contains the professional papers of William Curtis Sturtevant and documents his activities as Curator of North American Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History, his work as the editor-in-chief of the Handbook of North American Indians, his research among the Seminole and Iroquois people, and other professional activities. The collection is comprised of books, sound recordings, research and field notes, realia, artifacts, clippings, microfilm, negatives, slides, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, memorandums, card files, exhibition catalogs, articles, and bibliographies.
This accession consists of the papers of Donald Baird (1926-2011), paleontologist, anthropologist, geologist, and seventeenth and eighteenth century firearms authority. He became a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1949 (Vice President, 1983-1984; President, 1984-1985; Honorary Life Member, 1991; J. T. Gregory Award, 1996). During his career in vertebrate paleontology, Baird's employers included the …
For a brief history of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU), see Record Unit 7150, American Ornithologists' Union Collection, 1883-1977. These records supplement Record Unit 7150, both in extending coverage in early records and providing records from the mid-1970s. Particularly noteworthy are early records of presidents - especially Joel Asaph Allen, Jocelyn Van Tyne, and …
This accession consists of correspondence documenting the research of Diptera (flies), specimen identification and loans, and professional activities of F. Christian Thompson. Some materials predate 1963, when the department was the Division of Insects. Materials include correspondence, notes, drawings, memoranda, agreements, proposals, brochures, floor plans, news clippings, publications, proposals, reports, and …
John Peabody Harrington papers
Harrington was a Bureau of American Ethnology ethnologist involved in the study of over one hundred American tribes. His speciality was linguistics. Most of the material concerns California, southwestern, northwestern tribes and includes ethnological, archeological, historical notes; writings, correspondence, photographs, sound recordings, biological specimens, and other types of documents. Also of concern are general linguistics, sign language, writing systems, writing machines, and sound recordings machines. There is also some material on New World Spanish, Old World languages. In addition, there are many manuscripts of writings that Harrington sketched, partially completed, or even completed but never published. The latter group includes not only writings about anthropological subjects but also histories, ranging from a biography of Geronimo to material on the history of the typewriter. The collection incorporates material of Richard Lynch Garner, Matilda Coxe Stevenson, and others. In his field work, Harrington seems sometimes to have worked within fairly firm formats, this especially being true when he was "rehearing" material, that is in using an informant to verify and correct the work of other researchers. Often, however, the interviews with informants (and this seems to have been the case even with some "rehearings") seem to have been rather free form, for there is a considerable intertwining of subjects. Nevertheless, certain themes frequently appear in his work, including annotated vocabularies concerning flora and fauna and their use, topography, history and biography, kinship, cosmology (including tribal astronomy), religion and philosophy, names and observations concerning neighboring tribes, sex and age division, material culture, legends, and songs. The fullness of such materials seems to have been limited only by the time Harrington had to spend with a goup and the knowledge of his informants.
This accession consists of records documenting the professional interactions of James G. Mead, Curator, 1972 - , with other museum staff, scientists, curators, professional societies, and the public. Mead specializes in marine mammal paleontology, particularly whales. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence as well as associated manuscripts, grant proposals, biographical materials, and other …
Department of Anthropology records
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology records contain administrative and research materials produced by the department and its members from the time of the Smithsonian Institution's foundation until today.