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The late Mr. De Cost Smith, the well-known artist of Amenia, New York, passed away in September 1939, and bequeathed his most valuable collection of Indian material to be divided equally between this Museum and the American Museum of Natural History. This division was accomplished satisfactorily by your Director, and Dr. Clark Wissler, who represented the other institution. As Mr. Smith made his collection of ethnology directly from the Onondaga, Hunkpapa and Brule Sioux, Bannock, Chippewa, Shonshone and Assiniboin Indians between the years of 1882 and 1900, all specimens are old, and many are of great value. From this bequest our institution received as its share: 233 books; 38 clippings; drawings: 13 charcoal, 7 pen and ink, 26 pencil, 7 wash; 23 engravings; 2 field note-books; 349 films; 210 magazine; 1 manuscript (complete); 4 manuscripts (fragmentary); 6 maps; 42 miscellaneous letters; 67 miscellaneous notes (sheets); paintings: 19 oil on canvas, 2 oil on wood, 6 water colors; 22 pamphlet; 527 photographs; 17 proof sheets; 1 sketch-book; 347 specimens; 1 tracing; 2 typescripts; 25 vocabularies (sheets) – a total in all of 1,997 objects.

[[underline]] LOAN EXHIBITS [[/underline]].

Four loans were made, and one, to the Fogg Art Museum of Boston, was refused in compliance with our museums new by-law to lend material only that is in our Annex.

Brooklyn Museum, New York City. – masks.

Museum of Costume Art, New York City. - miscellaneous costumes.

Tremaine Publishing Company, New York City. – Cashibo and Jivaro ethnology.

Oxford University Press, New York City. – Jivaro ethnology and Peruvian archaeology.

The latter two loans were made to publishing houses for advertising purposes by authors who had presented us with the specimens.
Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact