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.
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.