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Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation - Grace Nicholson: Pomo Indian Creation Myths

Help us transcribe “Grace Nicholson: Pomo Indian Creation Myths” (Box 262A, Folder 5) from the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation Records. The Pomo myths were originally written by William Benson (Pomo) in his Native language and shared with Grace Nicholson. William Benson (Pomo) was a renowned basket maker born in Clear Lake, California. William and his wife Mary Knight Benson (Pomo) found artistic and commercial success weaving traditional Pomo baskets. They traveled widely, exhibiting their baskets, and developing relationships with art collectors, such as Grace Nicholson. Grace Nicholson was an art collector dealer who specialized in Native American and Asian arts and crafts. She moved to California following her parents and grandparents death, in 1901 and was soon purchasing Native American baskets and other artifacts in association with Carrol S. Hartman. Nicholson kept extensive diaries and notes on her buying trips through Native American territory, especially of the Karok, Klamath, and Pomo communities. Her notes included Native American legends, folklore, vocabulary, tribal festivals, basket making, the art trade, and living conditions. Native American artists with whom Nicholson established long-term business and personal connections included Pomo basket weaver Mary Benson (1878-1930) and her husband William Benson (1862-1937), as well as Elizabeth Hickox (1875-1947) of the Karuk tribe.

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Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation - Grace Nicholson: Pomo Indian Stories, 1918

Help us transcribe “Grace Nicholson: Pomo Indian Stories, 1918” (Box 263, Folder 1) from the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation Records. The Pomo stories were originally written by William Benson (Pomo) in his Native language and shared with Grace Nicholson. William Benson (Pomo) was a renowned basket maker born in Clear Lake, California. William and his wife Mary Knight Benson (Pomo) found artistic and commercial success weaving traditional Pomo baskets. They traveled widely, exhibiting their baskets, and developing relationships with art collectors, such as Grace Nicholson. Grace Nicholson was an art collector dealer who specialized in Native American and Asian arts and crafts. She moved to California following her parents and grandparents death, in 1901 and was soon purchasing Native American baskets and other artifacts in association with Carrol S. Hartman. Nicholson kept extensive diaries and notes on her buying trips through Native American territory, especially of the Karok, Klamath, and Pomo communities. Her notes included Native American legends, folklore, vocabulary, tribal festivals, basket making, the art trade, and living conditions. Native American artists with whom Nicholson established long-term business and personal connections included Pomo basket weaver Mary Benson (1878-1930) and her husband William Benson (1862-1937), as well as Elizabeth Hickox (1875-1947) of the Karuk tribe.

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Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation - M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, Cuba, 1915-1922

Help us transcribe "M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, Cuba, 1915-1922” (Box 231, Folder 08) from the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation Records. Mark Raymond, Harrington (1882-1971) was a prominent twentieth-century anthropologist who worked for many anthropological museums including Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (the predecessor to the National Museum of the American Indian or NMAI), Philadelphia’s University Museum, and later, from 1928 until his retirement in 1966, the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.

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Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation - M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, Cuba, 1925-1968

Help us transcribe "M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, Cuba, 1915-1922” (Box 231, Folder 09) from the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation Records. Mark Raymond, Harrington (1882-1971) was a prominent twentieth-century anthropologist who worked for many anthropological museums including Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (the predecessor to the National Museum of the American Indian or NMAI), Philadelphia’s University Museum, and later, from 1928 until his retirement in 1966, the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.

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Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation - M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, General, 1902-1926

Help us transcribe "M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, General, 1902-1926” (Box 231, Folder 12) from the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation Records. Mark Raymond, Harrington (1882-1971) was a prominent twentieth-century anthropologist who worked for many anthropological museums including Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (the predecessor to the National Museum of the American Indian or NMAI), Philadelphia’s University Museum, and later, from 1928 until his retirement in 1966, the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.

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Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation - M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, General, 1926-1928

Help us transcribe "M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, General, 1926-1928” (Box 231, Folder 13) from the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation Records. Mark Raymond, Harrington (1882-1971) was a prominent twentieth-century anthropologist who worked for many anthropological museums including Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (the predecessor to the National Museum of the American Indian or NMAI), Philadelphia’s University Museum, and later, from 1928 until his retirement in 1966, the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.

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Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation - M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, Personal, 1927-1934

Help us transcribe "M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, Personal, 1927-1934” (Box 232, Folder 11) from the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation Records. Mark Raymond, Harrington (1882-1971) was a prominent twentieth-century anthropologist who worked for many anthropological museums including Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (the predecessor to the National Museum of the American Indian or NMAI), Philadelphia’s University Museum, and later, from 1928 until his retirement in 1966, the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.

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Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation - M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, Professional A-G, 1917-1924

Help us transcribe "M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, Professional A-G, 1917-1924” (Box 232, Folder 13) from the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation Records. Mark Raymond, Harrington (1882-1971) was a prominent twentieth-century anthropologist who worked for many anthropological museums including Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (the predecessor to the National Museum of the American Indian or NMAI), Philadelphia’s University Museum, and later, from 1928 until his retirement in 1966, the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.

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Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation - M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, Professional, Hurst, 1923-1924

Help us transcribe "M.R. Harrington: Correspondence, Professional, Hurst, 1924-1925” (Box 232, Folder 14) from the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation Records. Mark Raymond, Harrington (1882-1971) was a prominent twentieth-century anthropologist who worked for many anthropological museums including Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (the predecessor to the National Museum of the American Indian or NMAI), Philadelphia’s University Museum, and later, from 1928 until his retirement in 1966, the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.

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National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) records – Bellingham, WA: Correspondence, 1950

Help us transcribe “Bellingham, WA: Correspondence, 1950” (Box 2, Folder 13) from the Records of the National Congress of American Indians. These documents can be found in Series 1: Conventions and Mid-Year Conferences of the NCAI records. NCAI was established in 1944 when close to 80 delegates from 50 tribes and associations in 27 states came together in Denver, Colorado to establish the National Congress of American Indians at the Constitutional Convention. Founded in response to the emerging threat of termination, the founding members stressed the need for unity and cooperation among tribal governments and people for the security and protection of treaty and sovereign rights. The Founders also committed to the betterment of the quality of life of Native people. To this day, protecting these inherent and legal rights remains the primary focus of NCAI.

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