Finding Aid to the William Wildschut Manuscript Collection MS.600

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 October 19


Title: William Wildschut Manuscript Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.600
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1941-1942
Abstract: This collection consists of typed manuscripts for The Crow Indians, volumes 1 and 2, and Buffalo Days and Danger Trails - Biography of Two-Leggings, volumes 1 and 2 by William Wildschut, as well as correspondence between Wildschut and Southwest Museum director F. W. Hodge dated between 1941 and 1942.
creator: Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956
creator: Wildschut, William, 1883-1955

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of typed manuscripts for The Crow Indians, volumes 1 and 2, and Buffalo Days and Danger Trails - Biography of Two-Leggings, volumes 1 and 2 by William Wildschut, as well as correspondence between Wildschut and Southwest Museum director F. W. Hodge dated between 1941 and 1942.

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 19, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Acquisition

Donated by William Wildschut, 1941 November 15 and 1942 April 1.

Preferred citation

William Wildschut Manuscript Collection, 1941-1942, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.600; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Related Archival Materials note

William Wildschut papers (WA MSS S-2386); Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale Collection of Western Americana, New Haven, Connecticut.
William Wildschut collection of photographs and negatives, 1898-1927, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian Archives, MRC-541, Cultural Resources Center.

Biographical note

Two Leggings (ca. 1847-1923) was one of the last Crow Warriors. From 1919 to 1923, he told his story of Crow life and wars to William Wildschut, an ethnologist with the Museum of the American Indian.

Biographical note

Born Willem Wildschut on March 30, 1883, in Jisp, the Netherlands, Wildschut managed factories and with his family moved frequently between the Netherlands, Canada, and the western United States. Around 1918, his company transferred him to Billings, Montana, and he was immediately fascinated by the Apsáalooke peoples and started purchasing objects from them. In 1922, George Gustav Heye bought Wildschut's collection of medicine bundles from him for the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. After this initial purchase, Wildschut officially collected and conducted field expeditions in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Canada, and North Dakota on behalf of the Museum. Wildschut was a member of the Explorer’s Club, was a Freemason, and published several articles in the Museum's series Indian Notes. On May 1, 1928, Heye was forced to let Wildschut go for lack of funds. Wildschut died in Oakland, California on January 7, 1955. Several books based on his manuscripts and field notes were published after his death by Heye, Peter Nabokov, and John C. Ewers.

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Two Leggings, ca. 1847-1923
Buffalo Days and Danger Trails: Biography of Two-Leggings
Correspondence
Crow Indians
Manuscripts
Typescripts