Includes Autograph letter signed from Matthew W. Stirling to John P. Harrington. No date, 1 slip. Typescript letter signed from Harrington to Stirling. No date, 1 slip. Correspondence includes the meaning of the Dakota inscription "Okodakiciye Wakan Oceti Xakowin," Church of the Seven Council Fires [the Dakota]. The medallion was formerly in the possession of J. Owen Dorsey. See also photo of medallion, filed Dak. negative number 48,408.
NAA MS 4815
OPPS NEG 48408
Manuscript 4815, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Photographs depicting Quapaw men, women, and children, in front of or near wood-sided buildings.
James Owen Dorsey (1848-1895) was an ethnologist and linguist employed by the Bureau of American Ethnology. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Dorsey was ordained by the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1871 and began missionary work among the Ponca Indians shortly thereafter. Though he was quick to learn the Ponca language, illness forced him to abandon his work in 1873. He returned to Baltimore and became a member of the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) after its establishment in 1879. With the BAE, he completed studies of the Omaha, Osage, Kansa, and Dakota Indians, as well as Athapascan, Kusan, Takilman, and Yakonan languages in Oregon.
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NAA Photo Lot 134E
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives holds the James O. Dorsey papers (MS 4800) and James Owen Dorsey photograph collection (MS 4751).
Glass negatives and prints for these and other Dorsey photographs of Quapaw Indians are held in the National Anthropological Archives in the BAE historical negatives and Photo Lot 24.
Original nitrate negatives are in cold storage and require advanced notice for viewing.
Photo Lot 134E, James Owen Dorsey photographs of Quapaw Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.