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Language(s): English
Date: 1927-1943
Extent: 5 folders
Description: Materials relating to Massachusett people, history, and culture. Includes "A prehistoric cremation at Grassy Island, Taunton River, Massachusetts," Delabarre's account of and speculation on an ancient burial; Bever's letter to Speck requesting references on the Indians around Mashpee, Massachusetts, and mentioning Simeon L. Deyo, History of Barnstable County and Mary Farwell Ayer, Richard Bourne, Missionary to the Mashpee Indians; Speck's undated notes concerning Middleboro, Massachusetts, along with an account of the Pilgrims; Speck's letter to Mrs. Charles Ryan, Gay Head, Massachusetts regarding accommodations for Speck and family while Speck works with the Gay Head Indians (Martha's Vineyard); and "Reflections on the past and present of the Massachusetts Indians," a carbon copy of Speck (1943), along with a letter from Clinton A. Weslager (Archaeological Society of Delaware), urging him to write general book on remnant Indians.
Collection: Frank G. Speck Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.126)

Narragansett | Mohegan | Pequot | Cherokee
Language(s): English | Narragansett
Date: 1916-1926
Extent: 2 folders
Description: Materials relating to Speck's study of Narragansett language, history, and culture. Includes a one-page report on "Physical measurements of the Narragansett male," based on an individual described as 1/4 Nehantic and 1/2 Brotherton (Narragansett); and Speck's miscellaneous Narragansett notes, comprised of a comparative vocabulary of Massachusetts, Narragansett, Mohegan, Pequot, and Naugatuck (approximately 30 items), 3 vocabulary lists on cards, 1 page of names, and a letter from Edmund B. Delabarre to Speck, May 6, 1920, regarding the author's preference of Cherokee to Narragansett as explanation of origin of characters on Rhode Island stone. Images note: newspaper clipping photographs peace pipe, native attire, tipi.
Collection: Frank G. Speck Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.126)