William Jones Papers

Mss.497.3.J71

Date: 1903-1905 | Size: 1 Linear feet

Abstract

The collection includes material relating to government, history, festivals, customs, games, etc. of the Ojibwe people. Also includes comments on the language; vocabulary, some items with English glosses; lists of bands and locations; and photographs of people, activities, dwellings, canoes, etc.

Background note

William Jones was born on March 28, 1871, on a Sauk and Fox reservation in Kansas. He was educated in Indian schools in Kansas and Indiana, at Hampton Institute and Andover, and received a B.A. from Harvard in 1900. He continued anthropological studies at Columbia, where he received an M.A. in 1901 and a PhD in 1904. Jones conducted field work, in affiliation with the American Museum of Natural History, on Algonquian languages. He was killed by native Filipinos in March 1909, while on an ethnological expedition for the American Museum.

Scope and content

Native American Images note : 43 pencil sketches, 42 black and white silver gelatin photographs of Ojibwe people of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Ontario taken by Jones from 1903-1905. Ethnographic images of pipes, canoes, traps, totem figures, pottery, birch bark dwellings, a cradleboard, and Native Americans in traditional dress. Primarily scenes from Nett Lake, Bois Forte, Minnesota; Turtle Mountain, North Dakota; and Lake Nipigon, Ontario.

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

8 folders; 42 photographs

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access:

As portions of this collection pertain to traditional practices, some of the materials in this collection may come to be designated as potentially culturally sensitive, and thus reproduction restricted, as warranted after further review and through consultation with the communities of origin.

Provenance

Presented by Ruth Landes (Dept. of Anthropology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4L9) and accessioned, 12/--/1977 (2071ms).

Processing information

This collection was re-processed in February 2018 by Brian Carpetner. The former title of this collection was "Ojibwa ethnographic and linguistic field notes." Renamed to "William Jones Papers," with addition of full photo inventory, updated descriptions, and rehousing.

Related material

Jones' major work on the Ojibwe was published posthumously by Truman Michelson, ed. Ojibwa Texts, 2 vols. (American Ethnological Society, 1917, 1919).

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • American Museum of Natural History

Genre(s)

  • Field notes.
  • Gelatin silver prints
  • Sketches.

Personal Name(s)

  • Benedict, Ruth, 1887-1848
  • Boas, Franz, 1858-1942
  • Jones, William, 1871-1909
  • Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978

Subject(s)

  • Algonquian Indians
  • Anishinaabe
  • Indians of North America -- Languages
  • Indians of North America -- Minnesota
  • Indians of North America -- Ontario
  • Indians of North America -- Religion
  • Indians of North America -- Social life and customs
  • Ojibwa Indians
  • Ojibwe people


Detailed Inventory

Series I. Manuscripts
  
Folder #1
1903-1905 
Folder #2
1903-1905 
Folder #3
1903-1905 
Folder #4
1903-1905 
Folder #5
1903-1905 
Ojibwa technology
circa 1903-1905 
Ojibwa word slips
circa 1903-1905 
Folder #6
1903-1905 
Folder #7
1903-1905 
Folder #8
1903-1905 
Series II. Photographs
  

Abstract: 42 black-and-white photographs of Ojibwe Anishinaabe people from northern Minnesota and southern Ontario. For most of the photos, both place and people are unidentified. A small number of the photos are identified as being taken at Turtle Mountain (North Dakota); Leech Lake, Nett Lake, Bois Forte (Minnesota); or Lake Nipigon (Ontario). The unidentified photos are likely come from these places or other nearby Anishinaabe communities. All photos are now digitized and listed below.

01: Ojibwe graves at Mille Lacs
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Ojibway graves at Mille Lac Minnesota. ??? point east and west"

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:8231

02: Group of Ojibwe men
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of eight men standing outside among trees.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9669

03: Ojibwe woman, studio portrait
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white studio portrait of woman in black dress.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9670

04: Birch bark canoes at Lake Nipigon, Ontario
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Ojibway canoes, birch bark, at Lake Nepigon, Ontario"

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9671

05: Ojibwe group seated near cabin
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of four people seated outside on ground with cabin structure in background on right.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9672

06: Ojibwe man holding drums
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of man standing in front of structure holding two drums.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9673

07: Birch bark canoes at Lake Nipigon, Ontario (lighter print)
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Ojibway birch bark canoes, Lake Nepigon, Ontario" (lighter print)

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9674

08: Birch bark canoes at Lake Nipigon, Ontario (darker print)
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Ojibway birch bark canoes, Lake Nepigon, Ontario" (darker print)

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9675

09: Structure with hole entrance
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of full view of structure with hole entrance in front.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9676

10: Ojibwe man learning against horse, Turtle Mountain
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Ojibway of Turtle Mountain, North Dakota - also Red River Cart"

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9677

11: Two woman, one man, two children, at Turtle Mountain
1903-1905 

Abstract: Two women, one man, two children. Man is same person in photo identified as "Ojibway of Turtle Mountain."

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9678

12: Boy, and man with bow drawn
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of boy, left, and man, right, with bow drawn.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9679

13: Boy, and man with bow held at side
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of boy, left, and man, right, with bow held at side.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9680

14: Two men, woman holding baby, and boy
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of two men, one woman holding child, and a boy, standing in front of structure at right.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9681

15: Tent structure
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of tent structure with trees in background, blurry.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9682

16: Tent structure, partially uncovered
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of tent structure with uncovered portion on left-hand side of entrance.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9683

17: Lodge at Bear Island, Leech Lake
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of description written on back of photo: "Oval lodge with bark at bottom of birch bark roof. Bear Island. Leech Lake, Minn."

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9684

18: Lodge
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of lodge with tree emerging from center top back.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9685

19: Three boys, woman, and toddler
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of three boys standing, with mother seated in front with toddler.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9686

20: One woman and two men
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of one woman and two men, middle one in traditional dress.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9687

21: Fish in drying rack
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of fish in drying rack (?) leaning against fence.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9688

22: Lodge
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of lodge with single leafed tree in center background.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9689

23: Man standing next to stretched hide
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of man standing next to stretched hide on rack.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9690

24: Man and boy standing next to stretched hide
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of man and boy standing next to stretched skin on rack.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9691

25: Family in canoe
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of three people in canoe. Man standing in front, woman and child seated, moving away toward right.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9692

26: Family in canoe
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of three people in canoe. Man standing in front, woman and child seated, moving towards left.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9693

27: Family in canoe
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of three people in canoe. Man standing in front, woman and child seated, moving towards camera and right.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9694

28: Family in canoe
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of woman and child seated in canoe. Man in front out of image on right.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9695

29: Elderly man, younger man and woman, child on cradleboard
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of older man, younger man standing in back, and woman with child on cradleboard, with structure visible in background left.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9696

30: Elderly man, younger man and woman, child on cradleboard
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of older man, younger man standing in back, and woman with child on cradleboard, without structure visible in background left.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9697

31: Chief of Nett Lake (Bois Forte) Ojibwe and wife, seated
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Chief and wife of Nett Lake Minnesota Ojibways" (seated)

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9698

32: Chief of Nett Lake (Bois Forte) Ojibwe and wife, standing
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Chief and wife of Nett Lake Minnesota Ojibways" (standing)

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9699

33: Elderly woman and young boy with dog
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of elderly woman and young boy, standing, with dog.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9700

34: Lodge poles on rack
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of lodge poles (?) laying flat on a rack.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9701

35: Nett Lake (Bois Forte) Ojibwe, group portrait
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Group of Ojibways at Nett Lake Minnesota" (structure in back)

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9702

36: Nett Lake (Bois Forte) Ojibwe, group portrait
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Group of Ojibways at Nett Lake Minnesota" (structure at right)

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9703

37: Mother and two children, Nett Lake, Bois Forte
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Mother and her two children in front of her home. Ojibways of Nett Lake, Bois Fort, Minnesota"

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9704

38: Mother and two children, Nett Lake, Bois Forte
1903-1905 

Abstract: Description written on back of photo: "Mother and her two children in front of her home. Ojibways of Nett Lake, Bois Fort, Minnesota"

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9705

39: Lodge structure, uncovered
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of lodge structure, uncovered.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9706

40: Two men in a canoe
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of two men in canoe, seated.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9707

41: Man in suit, facing camera
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of man in suit, outside, facing camera.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9708

42: Man in suit, facing right
1903-1905 

Abstract: Black-and-white photograph of man in suit, outside, facing right.

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https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/graphics:9709