This accession consists of records documenting the activities of the Office of the Director during the tenure of Director Michael H. Robinson, 1984-2000, with some materials relating to Director Theodore H. Reed, 1958-1983. Materials include files pertaining to meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, research trips, events, media interviews, and visits to foreign 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.
These records consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, budgets, ledgers, day books, and other administrative materials concerning the operations of the Smithsonian International Exchange Service (SIES). Also included is a card index of employees who served between the 1880s and the 1940s. SIES maintained two or more sets of correspondence files arranged by …
This accession consists of records pertaining to offices reporting to the Assistant Secretary for Research as well as includes materials regarding projects funded by the Scholarly Studies Program.
Don Wilson Papers and Biological Survey Chief Files
This accession consists of records of the Biological Survey (formerly the Bird and Mammal Lab) of the Fish and Wildlife Service during the tenure of Don E. Wilson, and some of Wilson's professional papers.
This accession consists of records that document development of the International Center and includes correspondence with individuals and institutions interested in the activities of the Center; related background materials and articles on African, Near Eastern, and Asian subjects; original statements on the Center; and booklets in various languages on the …
Mark H. Dall Collection
This accession consists of information about the Healey family; personal and business correspondence of Mark Healey, maternal grandfather to William Healey Dall; poetry, correspondence, publications, photographs, and sermons by and pertaining to Charles Henry Appleton Dall, first Unitarian minister in India, and father of William Healey Dall; and correspondence, photographs …
Melbourne R. Carriker Papers
This accession consists of records documenting the research and professional activities of Melbourne R. Carriker, marine malacologist. Carriker's research interests included snails, oysters, clams, invasive species of mollusks, marine mariculture, and estuarine ecology. Much of Carriker's research focused on South America, where he was born in Santa Marta, Colombia and …
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964
This collection, which dates from 1926-1986, documents the output of Moses Asch through the various record labels he founded and co-founded, and includes some of his personal papers. The Asch collection includes published recordings, master tapes, outtakes, business records, correspondence, photographs, and film.