De Cost Smith Collection1880-1943.

Collection Number: 9174

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
De Cost Smith Collection 1880-1943.
Collection Number:
9174
Creator:
De Cost, Smith 1864-1939.
Quantity:
1 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, Newspapers, Photographs, Printed Materials
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, notebooks, brochures, manuscripts, maps, paintings, and sketches. Focus areas of the notes for articles, speeches, and books cover a wide variety of topics including the Onondaga Indians and their reservation, festivals and culture, Sitting Bull using a telephone, Tendoi The climber, articles by Elizabeth Custer, Moravian missions, history of Amenia, N.Y., Fort Buford, manuscript regarding Indian attitudes towards African Americans, Low Dog, Jean Francois Millet and his Indian paintings, Stockbridge, Karl Bodmer, Indian costumes, and articles from Century and Antiques Magazine. Correspondence from the United States Indian Service, Luther Kelly, B. M. Graff, Edgar S. Cameron, and the Linnaean Society of New York. Pamphlets include information on saddles, big game hunting, and Iroquois mythology. Maps, from the late 1800s, are annotated by Smith with the paths he traveled by wagon. Maps include Oregon, Indian reservations of the United States, and western and southwestern United States. Oil paintings, charcoal and pencil sketches, of Indians and reservations.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

DeCost Smith was born in Skaneateles New York. His devotion to Indian subjects in his artwork gained him appreciation and allowed him to continue to record their lives and customs.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, notebooks, brochures, manuscripts, maps, paintings, and sketches. Focus areas of the notes for articles, speeches, and books cover a wide variety of topics including the Onondaga Indians and their reservation, festivals and culture, Sitting Bull using a telephone, Tendoi The climber, articles by Elizabeth Custer, Moravian missions, history of Amenia, N.Y., Fort Buford, manuscript regarding Indian attitudes towards African Americans, Low Dog, Jean Francois Millet and his Indian paintings, Stockbridge, Karl Bodmer, Indian costumes, and articles from Century and Antiques Magazine. Correspondence from the United States Indian Service, Luther Kelly, B. M. Graff, Edgar S. Cameron, and the Linnaean Society of New York. Pamphlets include information on saddles, big game hunting, and Iroquois mythology. Maps, from the late 1800s, are annotated by Smith with the paths he traveled by wagon. Maps include Oregon, Indian reservations of the United States, and western and southwestern United States. Oil paintings, charcoal and pencil sketches, of Indians and reservations.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Smith, De Cost,1864-1939.
Bodmer, Karl, 1809-1893.
Cameron, Edgar Spier, 1862-1944.
Charles, Frank T.
Custer, Elizabeth Bacon, 1842-1933
Drake, A. W.
Graff, B. M.
Kelly, Luther S.(Luther Sage), 1849-1928.
Low Dog.
Millet, Jean François, 1814-1875.
Riggs, Stephen Return, 1812-1883.
Sitting Bull, 1834?-1890.
Smith, Harlan Ingersoll, 1872-1940
Huntington Free Library.
Linnaean Society of New York.
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians.
United States.Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Subjects:
Indians of North America.
Indians of North America--Clothing.
Indians of North America--Great Plains.
Indians of North America--Languages.
Indians of North America--Missions.
Indians of North America
Indians of North America--Rites and ceremonies.
Indians of North America--Social life and customs.
Indians of North America--Tobacco use.
Cree Indians.
Crow Indians.
Dakota Indians.
Iroquois Indians.
Iroquois Indians
Ojibwa Indians.
Omaha Indians.
Onondaga Indians.
Siksika Indians.
Stockbridge Indians.
Wyandot Indians.

Places:
Fort Buford (N.D.)
Onondaga Indian Reservation (N.Y.)
Simcoe, Lake (Ont.)

Form and Genre Terms:
Maps.
Paintings.
Sketches.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
De Cost Smith Collection #9174. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Objects associated with this collection are at the National Museum of the American Indian.

RELATED MATERIALS

Also see collection #9134.
COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

Original Huntington Free Library box numbers have been retained.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 23A Folder 1
Customs, costumes, etc.
Notes and drawings.
Box 23A Folder 1
Amenia, NY
Notes and drawings.
Box 23A Folder 1
Moravian Missions, Stockbridge Notes
Box 23A Folder 1
B. M. Graff Correspondence
Correspondence with between Smith and Graff regarding the artist J. F. Millet. Also photos and newspaper clippings.
Box 23A Folder 1
Fort Buford Notes
Box 23A Folder 1
Low Dog
Correspondence regarding a coat owned by Smith that may have been drawn by Sitting Bull. Some correspondence with Joshua Low Dog. Also photos.
Box 23A Folder 2
Jean Francois Millet
Correspondence, photographs, printed material, notes, regarding Millet and his paintings. Includes excepts from the Century Magazine, May 1910, a copy of The Month at Goodspeed's, March-April, 1945.
Box 23A Folder 3
Miscellaneous, articles, notes, correspondence.
Box 23A Folder 4
Notes for Talks and Books
Box 23A Folder 5
Pamphlets, printed material.
Titles include: L.D. Stone and Co catalog, A Big Game Paradise, Huron Folk-Lore, A Costumed Human Figure from Tampico Washington, Wanderings in South America.
Box 23A Folder 6
Onondaga Indians
Newspaper clippings, notes
Box 23A Folder 7
Maps
Maps of the United States and Indian Territory, some annotated.
Box 23B
Sketchbook and notebooks.
Sketchbook includes drawings of the Onondaga by Smith and Tom Beaver.
Box 23B
The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine
May 1910
DeCost Smith and Millet article
Box 23B
The Magazine Antiques
September 1943
Box 59
41 original oil paintings, and drawings.
Box 60
Five large original drawings.