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Choctaw | Chickasaw
Language(s): English
Date: 1870; 1888
Subject: Linguistics
Extent: 2 items
Description: Two items relating to Choctaw materials. The first is Joseph Henry's letter to J. Peter Lesley, explaining that Smithsonian Institution once had the original of Cyrus Byington's Choctaw manuscript, but it was withdrawn for revision and later sent in by [Daniel Garrison?] Brinton. The revision was unacceptable and the Smithsonian relinquishes its claim. The other item is C.W. Marston's letter to the secretary of the American Philosophical Society requesting a History of Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians, with a reference to Cyrus Byington's grammar of the Choctaw.
Collection: American Philosophical Society Archives (APS.Archives)

Alternate forms: Delaware
Language(s): English
Date: March 19, 1857; Circa 1857-1859; October 18, 1859
Extent: 4 letters
Description: Concerning Powhatan and Lenape place names. Mentions Joseph Henry and Henry Schoolcraft. Concerning Streeter's and John Henry Alexander's efforts to obtain financial support of Henry's study from Joseph Henry of the Smithsonian Institution. Too busy to work on hobby of Indian languages; no help from Maryland Historical Society on publication.
Collection: Matthew Schropp Henry Correspondence on Indian Names (Mss.497.3.H39)

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)