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Language(s): English
Date: 1811-1884
Type:Text
Extent: 4 items
Description: 1) Moses Fiske's description of skeletal remains found in basket burial in Warren County, Tennessee, in 1810. 2) Charles Willson Peale's catalogue of museum contents: "Indian curiosities, dresses, ornaments. Implements of agriculture, war, etc. of various nations. In the upper Room." Artifacts and articles of dress of western Indians (Lewis and Clark); ornaments from Ohio mounds; unidentified belts, pouches, and arrowheads. 3) Benjamin Franklin Peale's description of his collection of Material culture; thinks pottery fragments sent to him by Sellers are those of Mound Builders. 4) George Escol Seller's letter describing his artifacts from mounds in Ohio, 60 specimens of tools and cloth. Argues that Franklin Peale collected specimens to show the unity of mankind, while Sellers collects to find the variety of tools. Discusses Mound Builders at some length.
Collection: Peale-Sellers Family Collection (Mss.B.P31)

Meskwaki | Ho-Chunk
Alternate forms: Mesquakie, Sauk, Winnebago
Language(s): English
Date: 1833; 1839
Type:Text
Extent: 2 items
Description: Titian Ramsey Peale discusses visit of Black Hawk to Museum (Peale's); Black Hawk objected to the crowd, so the Museum invited Black Hawk to return for a private showing. George Escol Sellers writes to his wife regarding his travels on way to St. Louis. Refers to Black Hawk; Winnebago [Ho-Chunk]; wild-rice gathering; Indian burial mounds, etc.
Collection: Peale-Sellers Family Collection (Mss.B.P31)

Language(s): English
Date: 1828-1884
Extent: 4 items
Description: 1) George Escol Sellers discusses stone artifacts; challenges theory of evolution from flaking to polishing of implements. Makes general comments. 2) Rubens Peale describes the visit of sixteen Indians to his museum, attracting many visitors. Gifts made to all Indians a week before. 3) Titian Ramsey Peale's "Sketch of Indian with bow, seated." 4) Morlot to Franklin Peale concerning fossil remains in Switzerland; ships box to him through the Smithsonian. Would like some Indian artifacts. Needs additional information on Indians. Sends copy of Morlot (1862).
Collection: Peale-Sellers Family Collection (Mss.B.P31)