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  • Data Set Title: Gilbert L. (1869-1930) and Frederick N. Wilson papers.
  • Primary Data Collector: Wilson, Gilbert Livingstone, 1868-1930.
  • Description: Reports, notebooks, a scrapbook (1894-1928), photographs, drawings, articles, and other material relating largely to the Wilsons' work during 1908 and 1918, when Gilbert Wilson gathered data on Indian cultures for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The reports are duplicates of those he sent to the museum. The bulk of the papers are focused on Gilbert Wilson's anthropological study of the Hidatsa and Mandan Indians (particularly the former) of the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota during the period 1906-1918. While a Presbyterian minister in Minnesota and North Dakota, Wilson became interested in Indian life and from 1908-1918 was engaged by Dr. Clark Wissler to gather ethnological material for the American Museum of Natural History. In this work he was sometimes assisted by his brother, Frederick N. Wilson, an artist, whose drawings, notebooks of sketches, and other illustrations are included in the papers.
  • Data and Document Types: field notes, sketches, diaries, photographs
  • Topics: Hidatsa, Mandan, tribal life of the Upper Missouri Indians, religion
  • Discipline: ethnography, cultural anthropology
  • Region: North America
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Nature of Collection: manuscript and microfilm physical archive at the Minnesota Historical Society in St Paul, MN
  • Finding Aid: http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00535.xml
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