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Comanche
Language(s): English
Date: July 20, 1846
Type:Text
Extent: 2 pages
Description: Letter to John L. Le Conte. Author has been to Washington studying Comanche and southwest Indian phonology, now has collected thirteen specimens of Indian languages, and made a talking machine that produces sounds. Also references Leidy and botany.
Collection: John L. (John Lawrence) LeConte papers (Mss.B.L493)

Haida | Klickitat
Language(s): English
Date: December 31, 1839-January 1, 1840
Subject: Ethnography
Type:Text
Extent: 2 letters
Description: Discusses bow, quiver, and arrows of natives of Queen Charlotte Sound. Mentions Klickatat Indians. Includes sketch of a facade of a house.
Collection: John Fries Frazer Papers (Mss.B.F865)

Language(s): English
Date: 1797-1898
Type:Text
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)

Language(s): English
Date: November 26, 1875
Type:Text
Genre: Letter
Extent: 1 letter
Description: Collecting beads; has many from Indian graves. The Smithsonian wants to display them at the Centennial.
Collection: Samuel Stehman Haldeman letters (Mss.B.H129)