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Language(s): English
Date: 1797-1898
Extent: 19 items
Description: Miscellaneous materials pertaining to American Indians. Topics include "Indian antiquities"; Material culture; "Welsh Indians"; requests to borrow or consult materials housed at the proposed loans of items to the Smithsonian Institution and to the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago; papers being prepared or published; and publications forwarded by or presented to the APS. Specific items of particular interest include the "Report of the committee appointed to draw up rules and regulations for 'a standing committee for collecting information as to the antiquities of North America'"; "Concerning inquiries to be made by Major Long of the Indians," four sets of queries Long is to pose to Native groups; and a book Robert Waln identifies as Chinese, and suggests its being found among American Indians indicates either trade or Chinese origin of Indians. No specific indigenous group mentioned. Individuals mentioned include J. Peter Lesley, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, Schoolcraft, Alice Fletcher, Horatio Hale, Alexander von Humboldt, Albert Gallatin, Champlain, Dr. Samuel Brown, Dr. Robert M. Patterson, and Robert Walsh.
Collection: American Philosophical Society Archives (APS.Archives)

Alternate forms: Ojibwa, Chippewa
Language(s): English | French | Ojibwe
Date: 1831-1886
Extent: 10 items
Description: Materials relating to Ojibwe language and culture at the American Philosophical Society. Topics include George Antoine Belcourt's French-Ojibwe dictionary, particularly plans for its the presentation of Belcourt's memoir by the Smithsonian; a recent fire at the Smithsonian requiring $200,000 in repair work; Edwin James' Chippewa New Testament and his desire to publish a Chippewa grammar under the auspices of the APS; Walter James Hoffman's work at White Earth, Minnesota, where observed the Grand Medicine (Medawin) dance in detail and collected pictographic records of same on birch bark; Thomas L. McKenney's donation of a manuscript of McKenney (1827), out of respect to John Vaughan and the APS. Other individuals mentioned include Stephen H. Long, Ferdinand V. Hayden, J. Peter Lesley, Pliny E. Chase, and Judge William C. Frazer (Superior County, Wisconsin Territory).
Collection: American Philosophical Society Archives (APS.Archives)