Seneca materials, William N. Fenton papers
Alternate forms: Iroquois
Date: Bulk 1930s-1990s
Contributor: Abrams, George H. J. | Carpenter, Edmund, 1922-2011 | Cornplanter, Jesse J. | Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005 | Gibson, Simeon | Hauptman, Laurence M. | Heron, George D. | Jimerson, Dan M. | Lamb, Gerald | Lazarus, Arthur, Jr. | Ledsome, Thelma | Preston, Jack | Printup, Maribel | Printup, Wayne | Redeye, Clara | Redeye, Sherman | Seneca, Cornelius B. | Seneca, Martin | Seneca, Pauline | Seneca Nation of Indians | Seneca-Iroquois National Museum | Sonosky, Marvin J. | Tooker, Elisabeth, 1927-2004 | Waters, Somerset R. | Wheeler-Voegelin, Erminie, 1903-1988
Subject: Botany | Kinship | Material culture | Medicine | Museums | New York (State)--History | Ontario--History | Place names | Politics and government | Rites and ceremonies | Social life and customs | Wampum
Extent: 15+ linear feet
Description: Seneca materials make up the majority of the Fenton papers and can be found throughout all sections of the collection. Series I contains correspondence with numerous people on Seneca matters. Noteworthy Seneca correspondents include Simeon Gibson, Clara Redeye, Sherman Redeye, and other individuals such as those listed above. The largest body of material is in Series V, which includes Fenton's notebooks and other documentation from field work at Allegany, Cattaraugus, Tonawanda, and Grand River, beginning in the 1930s through late in his career. This section also includes extensive card files on "Materia Medica" or ethnobotanical information, and Seneca place names. Series VI consists of over 1000 photographs, the majority of which are from Seneca communities in the 1930s-1950s. Series VIII includes additional field notes and other materials derived mainly from his 1930s fieldwork. Significant portions of these materials may be restricted due to cultural sensitivity, as Fenton's materials frequently pertain to areas of sacred traditional knowledge.
Collection: William N. Fenton papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.20)