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Culin Archival Collection : Series 2: collecting expeditions 1898-1928

Author: Stewart CulinJohn BatchelorLouis ClarkeE F DavisCharles L DayAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Culin Archival Collection
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Series 2 documents Culin's expeditions, through which he actively sought to develop the Native American, eastern European, and Asian collections of the Department of Ethnology at the Brooklyn Museum. The seventeen Brooklyn Museum expeditions fall into three units, each with the goal of developing comprehensive collections: Native American Cultures (1903-08, 1911, 1917); Asia (1909, 1912-13, 1913-14); and eastern
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stewart Culin; John Batchelor; Louis Clarke; E F Davis; Charles L Day; Lockwood De Forest; John De Vegh; Nicholas Graham, (Zuni Nick); John Lorenzo Hubbell; John Hudson; Thomas V Keam; K O Kusakabi; Albert von Le Coq; Charles Fletcher Lummis; Neil Gordon Munro; Charles F Newcombe; William O Oldman; Juvenal Schorbus, Father.; Frederick Starr; Toko Takayemagi; Yeti Takemashi; Herbert B Tschudy; Andrew Vanderwagen; A C Vroman; Ben Wittick; Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences.; Brooklyn Museum.; Franciscan Brothers at St. Michael.; University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
OCLC Number: 79022189
In: Culin, Stewart
Description: 11.25 leavesf.

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Series 2 documents Culin's expeditions, through which he actively sought to develop the Native American, eastern European, and Asian collections of the Department of Ethnology at the Brooklyn Museum. The seventeen Brooklyn Museum expeditions fall into three units, each with the goal of developing comprehensive collections: Native American Cultures (1903-08, 1911, 1917); Asia (1909, 1912-13, 1913-14); and eastern Europe (1920-28). The series also documents three earlier trips made while Culin was in Philadelphia.

Culin's collecting and expeditions are documented in diary-style expedition reports, illustrations, ephemera and appendices, chapbooks and financial records, as well as in watercolor and oil paintings by Herbert B. Tschudy.

Subseries 2.1 is comprised of the detailed documentation Culin amassed during his many collecting expeditions. These reports are heavily illustrated, containing photographs, drawings, newspaper clippings, correspondence, postcards, and assorted ephemera collected by Culin in his travels.

Descriptive emphasis is on collecting, although the narrative also includes descriptions of other museums and their exhibitions, visits to collectors, dealers, donors and makers of objects; extensive description of his physical journeying, fellow passengers, lodgings, meals and entertainment. Two reports also include detailed appendices: "Census of the Zuni Indians" (1904), by E.F. Davis; and "Origin of the Navajo Order of Naal'oi baba," by Father Juvenel Schnorbus, and "Zuni Notes," a transcription of interviews with Nick Graham (Zuni Nick), both from 1907. From 1904-23, reports include decorative frontispieces by Herbert Bolivar Tschudy; most include an itinerary.

Culin collected actively on exhibitions throughout North America and British Columbia, acquiring over nine thousand objects between 1903 and 1922, describing many in great detail. Reports for the Southwest contain many photographs, including images by noted photographers Ben Wittick and A C. Vroman, as well as by Culin. Reports from China and Japan provide less detail about objects collected, but describe Culin's travels in great detail. Reports from eastern Europe focus on collecting costumes and textiles, which are depicted in numerous postcards; Culin's political commentary is included as well.

Dealers, collectors and museum professionals are featured prominently in these reports. On the North American trips these include traders Charles L. Day, J.L. Hubbell, John Hudson, Thomas Keam, Charles Lummis, C.F. Newcombe, and Andrew Vanderwagen, and the Franciscan Brothers at St. Michaels; in Asia, John Batchelor, Lockwood DeForest, K.O. Kusakabi, Dr. Neil Gordon Munro, Frederick Starr, Toko Takayemagi, and Yeti Takemashi; for European trips, Louis Clark, John DeVegh, Andrew LeCoq, and William O. Oldman.

Subseries 2.2 consists of pocket-sized chapbooks in which Culin made brief entries tracking his travel expenses and object purchases; some include accession numbers.

Subseries 2.3 is comprised of expense reports, including purchase lists, voucher numbers, travel expense lists and receipts.

Subseries 2.4 includes oil and watercolor paintings made by Museum Artist Herbert B. Tschudy (Judy), who accompanied Culin on several of his early expeditions, documenting scenes of Native American people in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and British Columbia that were then used to provide backdrops for museum installations.

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