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Author: William N Fenton; Alexander Goldenweiser; Edward Cornplanter
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Series I (19.25 linear ft.) contains correspondence with anthropologists, government officials, students, publishers, Native Americans, and amateur anthropologists. The bulk of this series covers the years 1930 to 1993. Topics include Iroquois ceremonies and customs, relocation and administration of the Museum of the American Indian, administration of the New York State Museum, construction of Kinzua Dam, wampum
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Genre/Form: Agendas
Bulletins
Clippings
Field notes
Genealogies
Lectures
Minutes
Notebooks
Photonegatives
Photoprints
Reports
Named Person: C Marius Barbeau; Edmund Carpenter; Charles E Congdon; Edward Cornplanter; Jesse J Cornplanter; Merle H Deardorff; Ernest Stanley Dodge; Michael K Foster; John Hardy Gibson; Simeon Gibson; Alexander Goldenweiser; Barbara Graymont; A Irving Hallowell; M R Harrington; Helen Harris; Melville J Herskovits; J N B Hewitt; Cephas Hill; Sadie Jamieson; Francis Jennings; Joseph Keppler; Alfred Vincent Kidder; Gertrude Prokosch Kurath; Joseph-François Lafitau; Claude Levi-Strauss; Frank Logan; Floyd G Lounsbury; T F McIlwraith; Arthur Caswell Parker; Clara Redeye; Sherman Redeye; Nelson A Rockefeller; Edward Sapir; Frank G Speck; Leslie Spier; William C Sturtevant; Elisabeth Tooker; Bruce G Trigger; Anthony F C Wallace; Paul A W Wallace; F W Waugh; Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin; Leslie A White; Marian E White; Clark Wissler; John Witthoft; Hanni Woodbury
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: William N Fenton; Alexander Goldenweiser; Edward Cornplanter
OCLC Number: 122578866
Description: 54.5 linear ft.

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Series I (19.25 linear ft.) contains correspondence with anthropologists, government officials, students, publishers, Native Americans, and amateur anthropologists. The bulk of this series covers the years 1930 to 1993. Topics include Iroquois ceremonies and customs, relocation and administration of the Museum of the American Indian, administration of the New York State Museum, construction of Kinzua Dam, wampum belts, and Fenton's work for the United States Indian Service. Also included in this series is correspondence form several Native Americans detailing reservation life, customs, and ceremonies. Major correspondents include: Marius Barbeau, Edmund S. Carpenter, Charles E. Congdon, Edward Cornplanter, Jesse J. Cornplanter, Merle H. Dearforff, Ernest Stanley Dodge, Michael K. Foster, John Hardy Gibson, Simeon Gibson, Alexander Goldenweiser, Barbara Graymont, Alfred Irving Hallowell, Helen Harris, Melville J. Herskovits, J.N.B. Hewitt, Cephas Hill, Sadie Jamieson, Francis P. Jennings, Joseph Keppler, Alfred V. Kidder, Gertrude Prokosch Kurath, Claude Levi-Strauss, Frnak Logan, Floyd G. Lounsbury, Thomas F. McIlwraith, Arthur C. Parker, Clara Redeye, Sherman Redeye, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Edward Sapir, Annemarie Shimonie, Howard Sky, Frank G. Speck, Leslie Spier, William C. Sturtevant, Elisabeth Tooker, Bruce G. Trigger, Erminie Voegelin, Anthony F.C. Wallace, Paul A.W. Wallace, F.W. Waugh, Leslie A. White, Marian E. White, Clark Wissler, John Witthoft, and Hanni Woodbury.

Series IIa (5.5 linear ft.) contains minutes, reports, agenda, conference abstracts, bulletins, legal documents, and newspaper clippings. Subjects include the construction of Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River, museum ownership of wampum belts, and administration of the Museum of the American Indian. Also included are Fenton's reports on travel and work completed as a community worker for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Series IIb (1.5 linear ft.) contains material about a project undertaken by the Newberry Library to compile a documentary history of the Iroquois. Involved in the project were Fenton, Francis P. Jennings, and Mary A. Druke Becker, among others. This series contains material that was compiled by the project, including photocopies of historical documents, such as treaties, deeds, and minutes of meetings with Iroquois leaders. There are two folders of project reports ("Iroquois Documentary History Project Reports") written by Becker, Fenton, and Jennings.

Series III (6.25 linear ft.) contains outlines, research, and drafts for articles, books, reviews, lectures, and tributes to colleagues. The earliest materials in this series are research items gathered for "The Customs of the American Indian Compared with the Customs of Primitive Times by Father Joseph Francois Lafitau," including photocopies of several journals from the early 1700s. Of note are the drafts, notes, and research for "The False Faces of the Iroquois."

Series IV (4.5 linear ft.) contains articles, notes, and papers written by colleagues and students of Fenton. This series is arranged alphabetically by author and then by title. Included are photocopies are many of Alexander Goldenweiser's Iroquois Notebooks containing Goldenweiser's research that was sponsored by the Anthropological Division of the National Museum of Canada in the early 1900s. A photocopy of Edward Cornplanter's handwritten version of the Handsome Lake Code is also included.

Series V (10.5 linear ft.) contains loose notes, notebooks, and card files. The notes and notebooks are arranged by folder title and include the subjects of Seneca social and political organization, plants and medicine, song texts, and Seneca genealogies. Also included are card files on the ethnography of North America, Oceania, and Australia; Iroquois herbal medicine; Seneca place names; and Lafitau source material.

Series VI (7 linear ft.) contains prints, negatives, plates, and slides. Photographs of false faces account for most of the prints. The majority of the negatives in this series document Fenton's field work in the 1930s and 1940s.

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