Matthew Williams Stirling and Marion Stirling Pugh papers
The Matthew Williams Stirling and Marion Stirling Pugh papers, 1876-2004 (bulk 1921-1975), document the professional and personal lives of Matthew Stirling, Smithsonian archaeologist and Chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology (1928-1957), and his wife and constant collaborator, Marion Stirling Pugh. The bulk of the material is professional in nature and includes material from Matthew's early career in the 1920s, the careers of Matthew and Marion together from when they married in 1933 to Matthew's death in 1975, and Marion's life and work from 1975 until her death in 2001. The majority of the documentation relates to the investigation of the Olmec culture in Mexico by the Stirlings, including the discoveries of eight colossal Olmec heads. In addition, the collection documents their work in Panama, Ecuador, and Costa Rica, looking for connections between Mesoamerica and South America. Materials include field notes, journals, correspondence, photographs, writings, clippings, ephemera, articles, and scrapbooks.
This accession consists primarily of photocopies of S. Dillon Ripley's speeches, and includes three audiotapes; subject personal/confidential files including correspondence, reports and memoranda; draft copies of the Secretary's Statement; journal articles for various publications by Ripley; and Administrative Assistant to the Secretary Mary Lynne McElroy's "working files" consisting of …
Sperry Rail Detector Car Collection
Business records related to the development of the rail detector cars used by railroads to find hidden flaws, which could cause catastrophic accidents in event of rail failure.
Randolph Winslow Collection
The Winslow Collection contains diaries, patient records, account books, collected historical materials, taped oral history interviews and miscellaneous papers. The core of the collection consists of a chronological series of small, handwritten leather bound books used for personal diaries, college and medical school notes, and patient records, kept over a …
Lucretia Deming Family Account Book
This is a single household account book for the period from January 1, 1883 through April 27, 1887, maintained by Lucretia Deming until two days before her death. The final entry is $120.05 for the payment of Litchfield property taxes. The accounts record daily expenditures in substantial detail, i.e oysters, candy, bread, oil, Century Magazine …
This accession consists of records that document planning, development and production activities for the exhibitions The Coke Push: A Centennial Portfolio of Industrial Art, Abandoned Mine Scenes, Lead and Zinc Mine Scenes of the Past, Labor Day, The United States Census, 1790-1960, The Changing American Farm, 1831-1981, The Clockwork Universe: German Clocks …
This accession consists of meeting minutes, planning and budgetary files, outreach program files, and conference files. Most of the records concern The Prophet, a newsletter produced by the Smithsonian African American Association (SAAA), including copies of the newsletter.
Waldo R. Wedel and Mildred Mott Wedel papers
Wedel, Waldo R. (Waldo Rudolph), 1908-1996
51 Linear feet (115 document boxes, 2 card file boxes, 1 5x6x2.5" box, and 1 record storage box)
While these papers primarily consist of Waldo's archeological work in the field and his many publications, the collection also contains Mildred's correspondence and manuscripts, most of which concern her ethnohistorical and archeological work, conferences in which she participated, and her publications, particularly those on La Harpe. Most of the material …
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Ernst P. Boas Papers
The papers document Dr. Ernst P. Boas and his work with Benjamin Liebowitz and Dr. Ernst F. Goldschmidt to develop the cardiotachometer (US Patent 1,816,465), a device to measure patients' heart rates for long periods of time. Materials include Dr. Boas's correspondence, patient experiment data, articles, and reprints of journal articles authored by Dr. Boas and with others that relate to the development of the cardiotachometer.