Miscellaneous collection on the American Indian, 1949-1961

Mss.497.3.G41

Date: 1949-1961 | Size: 1 Linear feet, Ca. 365 items, 75 photographs

Abstract

This collection pertains principally to the Cherokees of North Carolina and Oklahoma and to their language, ethnography, folklore, archeology, history, music, etc. Includes Indian studies and correspondence by Gillespie, notes on Indian dances and linguistics, bibliographies, publications of the Archaeological Society of Brigham Young University, and newspaper clippings. Also comprised of materials on: Apache, Calusa, Chippewa, Choctaw, Delaware, Eskimo, Fox, Iroquois, Karankawa, Kuchin, Louchens, Mattaponi, Muskogee, Navajo, Onondaga, Pueblo, Sauk, Seminole, Seneca, Shawnee, Sioux, Slave, Timucua, Tuscarora, Tutelo, and Wyandot. Contains: Gillespie, "A grammar of western dialect of Cherokee language of the Iroquoian family," 1949-1954 (131 pages); "Miscellaneous material on the Cherokee Indians and language"; "Miscellaneous items pertaining to the American Indian."

Scope and content

"A grammar of western dialect of Cherokee language of the Iroquoian family": A discussion of the history of the Sequoyan syllabary; the western (North Carolina) Cherokee; migration; relation of syllabary characters to Cherokee design; phonemics and sound shifts as an indication of relation of Cherokee-Iroquoian to Caddoan languages; phonetics and morphophonemics; free forms vs. bound forms; grammar arranged by semantic categories.

"Miscellaneous material on the Cherokee Indians and language": Materials pertaining to the Western Cherokee Nighthawk Keetowahs, together with dance materials, music, medicinal and ceremonial observations, transcripts from notes, etc. (1951-1952). Includes Alice Marriott, Ethnographic observation of the nighthawk Keetowah, and Gillespie, The Kthula cult of Haiti.

Native American Images note: Nearly 600 photomechanical prints, black and white silver gelatin photographs, ink and pencil sketches, maps, news clipping photographs, and color postcards of Eastern Cherokee Indians, collected and taken by John D. Gillespie while researching Native American music from 1947-1961. Images depict the social life and customs of the Cherokees of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and Oklahoma with such practices as ball playing, basket weaving, dances, beadwork, pottery and native dress. Also, some individual and group portraits of Junaluska, Sequoyah and Koshare Indian dancers. Includes some materials on Mayan, Cheyenne, Navajo, Choctaw, and Pueblo tribes. Referenced in the Supplement of the Freeman Guide to manuscripts relating to the American Indian.

Digital objects note

This collection contains digital materials that are available in the APS Digital Library. Links to these materials are provided with context in the inventory of this finding aid. A general listing of digital objects may also be found here.

Collection Information

Physical description

Ca. 365 items; 75 photographs.

Provenance

Presented by John D. Gillespie in honor of Dr. Frank Speck and accessioned, 02/1962. See in-house shelf list for additional accession numbers and dates.

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • Archaeological Society of Brigham Young University

Genre(s)

  • Clippings.
  • Gelatin silver prints
  • Maps.
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Photomechanical prints
  • Photoprints.
  • Postcards
  • Sketches.

Personal Name(s)

  • Gillespie, John D.
  • Junaluska
  • Sequoyah

Subject(s)

  • Cherokee Indians
  • Cherokee dance
  • Cherokee language
  • Cheyenne Indians
  • Choctaw Indians
  • Indian dance -- North America
  • Indians of North America -- Languages
  • Indians of North America -- North Carolina
  • Indians of North America -- Oklahoma
  • Indians of North America -- Tennessee
  • Navajo Indians
  • Pueblo Indians


Detailed Inventory

No.1. Gillespie, John D..
A grammar of western dialect of Cherokee language of the Iroquoian family
1949-1954 

Abstract: Sequoyan syllabary

No.2. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous material on the Cherokee Indians
1951-1962 

Abstract: Materials pertaining to the western Cherokee Nighthawk Keetowahs, together with dance materials, music, medicinal and ceremonial observations, transcripts from notes, etc. Including Alice Marriott "Ethnographic observation of the Nighthawk Keetowah" and John Gillespie "The Kthula cult of Haiti."

Native American Images note: 9 pencil sketches, 1 negative print, 59 ink sketches, 6 newspaper clippings of diagrams of Keetouwah ceremonial dances, music score of a lullaby, glyphs of Kthulhu language of Haiti, and a Cherokee feast.

No.3, item 1. Gillespie, John D..
Eastern Cherokee reservation scrapbook
1947-1954 

Abstract: Miscellaneous papers: scrapbook of photographs, newspaper clippings, picture postal cards, etc.

Native American Images note: 38 black and white photographs, 6 color postcards, 24 newsclippings, 2 negatives of Cherokee individual portraits in native attire, weapons, dwellings, canoes, dances, basket weaving, and games in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Cherokee attire
1947-1954 
Cherokee man "chiefing"
1947-1954 
Cherokee man with bear cub
1947-1954 
Cherokee men on stage
1954 
Cherokee utensils
1947-1954 
Commemoration of the Treaty of Dumplin Creek
1954 
No.3, item 2. The Indian voice: Indian medium of expression
n.d. 

Native American Images note: 49 photomechanical prints of portraits of Kiowa, Seminoles, Kaws, Cherokees.

No.3, item 3. The Official guide to Cherokee
n.d. 

Native American Images note: 26 photomechanical prints of portraits, dwellings, pipes, moccasin.

No.3, item 4. Junaluska
1951 

Native American Images note: 6 ink sketches of portraits, cradle-board, grave sites, battle of horse-shoe bend, maps.

No.3, item 5. Chief Junaluska
1950 

Native American Images note: 6 ink sketches of photomechanical prints of portrait, boundary tree, ambush at Raven's place, Shawano war party, Wah-lah-see-yah.

No.3, item 6. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: correspondence
1950-1961 

Native American Images note: 18 ink sketches, 6 color postcards, 4 photomechanical prints of Zuni, Pueblo dwellings, relics, dancers and Cherokee dwelling, myth, portraits.

No.3, item 7. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: newspaper clippings, photograph of clippings, notes, etc.
1953-1961 

Native American Images note: 9 newspaper photographs, 7 photomechanical prints of Cherokee portraits, artifacts, pipes, weapons, dwellings, grave sites.

No.3, item 8. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: University archaeological society, Brigham Young University
  

Native American Images note: 14 photomechanical prints of pottery, artifacts, stone carvings, Olmic stone head, archaelogical sites at Chiapas, Mexico.

No.3, item 9. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: twenty-one articles on Indian dances
n.d. 

Native American Images note: 9 photomechanical prints of Cheyenne dances; Cherokee stick ball; sand paintings in Navajo hogan.

No.3, item 10. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: field notes on the North Carolina Cherokee
  
No.3, item 11. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
1930-1959 

Native American Images note: 5 photomechanical prints, 8 newsclipping photographs, 5 maps of Oklahoma Indian territory, Cherokee blankets, dwellings, settlements.

No.3, item 12. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: bibliographies of American Indians
1950 

Native American Images note: 24 newspaper clipping photographs from the New Cherokee Advocate of portraits, dwellings, cradleboards, utensils.

No.3, item 13. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: Indian dances
n.d. 

Native American Images note: 221 photomechanical prints of Koshare Indians artifacts, dances, native attire, portraits.

No.3, item 14. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: studies on Indians
n.d. 
No.3, item 15a. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: American Indian linguistic studies
1944-1947 
No.3, item 15b. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: American Indian liguistic studies
n.d. 
No.3, item 16. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: Cherokee linguistics
1948-1950 
No.3, item 17. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: C.E.D.A.M. (Mexico) publications
1960-1961 

Native American Images note: 15 photomechanical prints of artifacts, jewelry, skeletal remains, and pottery found in the sacred well of Chichen Itza.

No.3, item 18. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: Indian studies
1954-1960 

Native American Images note: 5 photomechanical prints from Sooner magazine of Native American paintings.

No.3, item 19. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: Indian studies
1948-1960 
No.3, item 20. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: Cherokee, N.C.
1952-1961 

Native American Images note: 10 color postcards, 63 photomechanical prints, 28 newspaper clipping photographs, 10 ink sketches of Cherokee Indian villages in North Carolina. Includes images of dwellings, dances, crafts, attire, ball playing, totems.

No.3, item 21. Gillespie, John D..
Miscellaneous papers: Cherokee bibliography
n.d.