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David Ives Bushnell, Jr. Papers, 1797-1941

David Ives Bushnell, Jr. Papers, 1797-1941
Mss. 65 B96
21.0 Cubic Feet
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Papers, chiefly 1917-1941, of anthropologist David Ives Bushnell, Jr., including correspondence concerning his research on Indians in North America; diaries, address lists, specimen lists, photographs, magazines, pamphlets, and maps pertaining to his work. Also includes correspondence of his mother, Belle Johnston Bushnell.

The collection also contains a typescript of the journal of Rudolph Friederich Kurz; letters written by William Cullen Bryant (concerning Thanatopsis), William Henry Harrison (one concerning the death of Tecumseh), Horace Greeley (concerning Uncle Tom's Cabin), and Thomas Say; and includes two letters, 1798-1799, written to Rene Auguste Chouteau.

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Bushnell, David Ives, Jr. (1875-1941)
Bryant, William Cullen (1794-1878)
Bushnell, Belle Johnston (b. 1859)
Chouteau, Rene Auguste (1749-1829)
Greeley, Horace (1811-1872)
Harrison, William Henry (1773-1841)
Kurz, Rudolph Friedrich (1818-1871)
Long, Stephen Harriman (1784-1864)
Say, Thomas (1787-1834)
Indians of North America
Oregon--History--19th century
Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief, 1768-1813
Washington (D.C.)--History--19th century
Art (sketches)
Watercolors (drawings)

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Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Gift of Mrs. David I. Bushnell, Sr..
Related Publications

A bibliography of Bushnell's writings is listed in American Anthropologist, Vol. 44, New Series, pp. 106-110. The Swem Library has eight volumes of his published writings compiled from various publications. (Rare Books E 98 A6B9).

"David I. Bushnell bequeathed part of his ethnographic and archaeological collection to the Peabody Museum [at Harvard University] when he died in 1941. His mother, Mrs. Belle Johnston Bushnell, eventually donated his remaining collection to the Peabody Museum in 1946. The Bushnell Collection Records accompanied the large painting and artifact collection. A portion of the collection was catalogued at its accession date, and the collection was dispersed throughout the museum. In 1995 the remainder of the collection was catalogued, and photographs were transferred to Photo Archives. The records were transferred to the Archives in 1997." From the finding aid available at http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/~pea00006; consult the finding aid for further information.

Preferred Citation
David Ives Bushnell, Jr. Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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