De Cost Smith Collection, 1880-1943.
Collection Number: 9174

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
De Cost Smith Collection, 1880-1943.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
9174
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.
Creator:
Smith, De Cost,1864-1939.
Cameron, Edgar Spier, 1862-1944.
Drake, A. W.
Graff, B. M.
Kelly, Luther S. (Luther Sage), 1849-1928.
Custer, Elizabeth Bacon, 1842-1933. (Title of work: Boots and saddles..)
Smith, Harlan Ingersoll, 1872-1940. (Title of work: Costumed human figure from Tampico, Washington..)
Linnaean Society of New York.
United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs
Huntington Free Library.
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
Quanitities:
1 cubic feet.
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.

RELATED MATERIALS

Also see collection #9134.
COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

Original Huntington Free Library box numbers have been retained.

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.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Bodmer, Karl, 1809-1893.
Charles, Frank T.
Low Dog.
Millet, Jean Fran├žois, 1814-1875.
Riggs, Stephen Return, 1812-1883.
Sitting Bull, 1834?-1890.
Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians.
Places:
Fort Buford (N.D.)
Onondaga Indian Reservation (N.Y.)
Simcoe, Lake (Ont.)
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 -- Pictorial works.
Indians of North America -- Rites and ceremonies.
Indians of North America -- Social life and customs.
Indians of North America -- Tobacco use.
Indian reservations -- United States.
Cree Indians.
Crow Indians.
Dakota Indians.
Iroquois Indians
Iroquois Indians -- Folklore.
Ojibwa Indians.
Omaha Indians.
Onondaga Indians.
Siksika Indians.
Stockbridge Indians.
Wyandot Indians.
Form and Genre Terms:
Maps
Paintings.
Sketches.

CONTAINER LIST
Container
Description
Date
Huntington Box 23A Folder 1
Customs, costumes, etc.
Scope and Contents
Notes and drawings.
Huntington Box 23A Folder 1
Amenia, NY
Scope and Contents
Notes and drawings.
Huntington Box 23A Folder 1
Moravian Missions, Stockbridge Notes
Huntington Box 23A Folder 1
B. M. Graff Correspondence
Scope and Contents
Correspondence with between Smith and Graff regarding the artist J. F. Millet. Also photos and newspaper clippings.
Huntington Box 23A Folder 1
Fort Buford Notes
Huntington Box 23A Folder 1
Low Dog
Scope and Contents
Correspondence regarding a coat owned by Smith that may have been drawn by Sitting Bull. Some correspondence with Joshua Low Dog. Also photos.
Huntington Box 23A Folder 2
Jean Francois Millet
Scope and Contents
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.
Huntington Box 23A Folder 3
Miscellaneous, articles, notes, correspondence.
Huntington Box 23A Folder 4
Notes for Talks and Books
Huntington Box 23A Folder 5
Pamphlets, printed material.
Scope and Contents
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.
Huntington Box 23A Folder 6
Onondaga Indians
Scope and Contents
Newspaper clippings, notes
Huntington Box 23A Folder 7
Maps
Scope and Contents
Maps of the United States and Indian Territory, some annotated.
Huntington Box 23B
Sketchbook and notebooks.
Scope and Contents
Sketchbook includes drawings of the Onondaga by Smith and Tom Beaver.
Huntington Box 23B
The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine
May 1910
Scope and Contents
DeCost Smith and Millet article
Huntington Box 23B
The Magazine Antiques
September 1943
Huntington Box 59
41 original oil paintings, and drawings.
Portfolio 60
Five large original drawings.