The Time Capsule is a vessel of Cupaloy containing objects and records of our time preserved for the people of the distant future. It is deposited fifty feet beneath the surface of the earth on the site of the Westinghouse Building at the New York World's Fair, 1939.
Value of the study of the languages of primitive peoples (Swanton, 3 pages), Letter from Michelson to Fewkes on the advantages of studying Native American language dated November 4, 1920 (1 pages), The value of language in ethnology (Harrington, 4 pages).
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
Concerns the origin of the word: Tassinong. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico gives it as "probably a Potawatomie place name." Replies from the following are cited: Truman Michelson, Robert V. Merrill (2), Ernest J. Leveque, C. H. C. Wright, J. D. M. Ford, Jean L. Launay, W. A. Briggs (Gary, Indiana), and J. P. Harrington.
Transparencies of four paintings of informants of John P. Harrington, by different artists. Includes 1 duplicate set of slides.
Catalog Number 4643: (1) California (?) Description: Kitsepawit or Fernando Librado. Painter: Gerald Cassidy (signature on painting) S. I. Negative 49,393. (2) Rumsen Meadows, Isabel Painter: "M. H." (signature on painting). BAE Negative Number: S. I. Negative Number 49392. (3) Kiowa Enoch Smoky Painter: Moore (see BAE negative catalog card) BAE Negative Number 49,391. (4) Kiowa Perry A. Keahtigh Painter: Moore (signature on painting) BAE Negative Number: S. I. Negative 49,390.
NAA MS 4643
Transparencies made by Bureau of American Ethnology, October, 1962. (Black and White copy negatives have also been made; S. I. Negatives 49,390-393).
Consists of an original Mohave vocabulary (3 pages) and a two page typescript. Original has "Copied from Mr Syke's Note" written at the top of the first page, with "Dr Fewkes, 1900" added in a different hand. Typescript titled "Copied From Mr Syke's Mojave Notes. Dr Fewkes. 1900." Transcription done by J. P. Harrington.
NAA MS 4725
Found in 1965 among the papers of J. P. Harrington.
Vocabularies are entered in Smithsonian Institution Comparative Vocabulary. Letter transmits these and the Yuma and Diegueno vocabularies filed under 1115. Includes: Letter of W. M. Gabb to George Gibbs. San Francisco. May 17, 1867. Autograph letter signed. 2 pages. Transcript by J. P. Harrington of Gabb's letter to Gibbs, and of note in pencil on cover of ink copy of vocabulary. Typescript document. No date. 4 pages.
NAA MS 1147
Harrington's transcript, and the ink copy of the vocabulary were found among Harrington's papers in April, 1962.
Includes discussion of possible tribal ancestry and geographical origins of Indians of Nicola Valley, British Columbia, and some creation and other myths and legends. A version of the same manuscript was put together by John P. Harrington in 1941.
One item is a copy of a letter from Dill to his classmates of 1908 at Santa Ana, California, High School which includes a story about Harrington. The other is a postcard from Dill to Clifford Evans that refers to a volume of poems published by Harrington.
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Includes separate folders with letters received while on field trips, carbon copies of requests for detail and various personnel matters, for the following: Philip Drucker, William N. Fenton, John Peabody Harrington, Matthew William Stirling, John Reed Swanton, Gordon R. Willey.
NAA MS 4621
Manuscript 4621, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Folder 1: Powell to Whitney, July 17, 1877 (Copy) Whiteney to Powell, July 25, 1877 (Draft) Powell to Whitney, July 31, 1877 (Draft) List of vowel and consonant symbols, with definitions, from Whitney (so identified in George Gibb's hand--MCB); undated copy of draft of Whitneyʹs manuscript which is also in the Yale manuscripts. It was subsequently published, slightly revised and attributed to Whitney as "On the alphabet," page 306 of Powellʹs Introduction . . ., 1877. 11 pages.
Folder 2: Photographic copies of all Powell-Whitney correspondence in Yale University Library, secured by W. C. Sturtevant after visit of November 4, 1960 (Stirling Memorial Library, Yale University, Historical Manuscripts Collections, W. D. Whitney (1827-1894) collection): Powell to Whitney, July 17, 1877, 15 pages. Enclosure in above : untitled manuscript by W. D. W., describing alphabet for Indian languages. 22 pages. Powell to Whitney, July 31, 1877, 6 pages letter and 6 pages tables of symbols. Powell to Whitney, August 27, 1877, 2 pages (transmitting 2 copies of printed alphabet, not present).
Folder 3: 3 drafts of Powellʹs alphabet with introduction, undated. "Suggestions from I. (?) Porter", May 12, (no year) re Whitneyʹs orthographic proposals. 2 pages. O. T. Masonʹs note on Powellʹs and Whitneyʹs orthography, 2 pages. 2 unsigned copies of letter to William Dwight Whitney, May 7th, 1877, labelled "O. T. Mason," on US Geographic & Geologic Survey Rocky Mountains letterhead paper--written in phonetic orthography, one (marked "q") in Whitneyʹs orthography, and the other (marked "r" in Masonʹs modification, 2 pages each.
Folder 4: Several sheets on orthography, unsigned, undated, marked "Gibbs," "Pilling," "Gatschet," etc. and apparently received from them. The manuscript copy in Gibbsʹ hand marked "Pickeringʹs alphabet" is summarized from pages 35-36 of "An essay on a uniform orthography for the Indian languages of North America," by John Pickering, Cambridge, University Press, 1820 (reprint from Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences volume 4, art.22)(BAE Library PM 211.P5). The Dakota alphabet in Gibb's hand is a copy from Riggs, Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, 4, 1852.
Folder 5: Printed materials: Clipping, definition of symbols "from the manual or circular sent out by Gibbs, George . . . . 1863" two copies printed sheet "The Origin of our alphabet," copyright 1877 by J. Enthoffer Newspaper clipping re Melville Bellʹs "Universal Alphabet," March 17, 1876.
Folder 6: McGee to Boas, May 27, 1903 (Copy); Boas to McGee, May 28, 1903; McGee to Boas, June 16, 1903; J. P. Harrington to F. W. Hodge, January 11, 1910; J. P. Harrington to F. W. Hodge, January 16, 1910 (two letters, this date); Hodge to Harrington, January 20, 1910; Harrington to Hodge, September 30, 1911; Hewitt to Hodge, October 16, 1911 re Harringtonʹs proposals; Hodge to Harrington, October 18, 1911.