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Finding Aid to the Stephen Bowers Papers MS.532
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Box 1, Folder 1

Biographical information and lecture notices late 1800s to mid 1900s

Scope and Contents note

This folder includes news clipping and notes about Bowers and his career. Also included is a pamphlet listing lectures by Stephen Bowers, a broadside listing quotes from people who endorse his lectures; and a set of his calling cards.
Box 1, Folder 2

M.W. Stirling letter to Frederick Webb Hodge 1952 August 20

Scope and Contents note

In this correspondence, Stirling, Director of the Smithsonian Institution, is responding to an inquiry made by Hodge, Southwest Museum Director. Hodge's requested a listing of Bowers publications held at the Smithsonian. The folder also includes information about the Smithsonian's library holdings and archaeological collections related to Bowers.
Box 1, folders 3a - 3b

Diary and field notes 1862 August 19 -1864 May 2

Scope and Contents note

This diary was written while Bowers was serving as the Chaplain for Union forces in the Civil War, 67th Indiana Infantry. Folder 3b is a typed transcript of this diary from 1962 August 19 to September 28. The transcript also includes annotated footnotes.
Box 1, Folder 3

Inventories of fossils, minerals, and specimens 1874-1877

Scope and Contents note

Inventories were written in a bound diary and includes an itemized list of artifacts mailed to different people. Each inventory includes who the items were sent to and where, as well as the date sent.
Box 1, Folder 4

Geological and mineralogical notes, California Survey 1899 November 20 - 1904 January 5

Box 1, Folder 6

"Glossary of Geological and Other Terms" 1905 January

Scope and Contents note

This is a handwritten glossary by Bowers, "prepared for his own use," in Los Angeles, California.
Box 1, Folder 8

Copper notes undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Petroleum notes undated

Box 1, Folder 9

"The Conchilla Valley and the Cahuilla Indians" pamphlet 1888

Box 2, Folder 10

"Address on the occasion of the laying of the cornerstone of the Universalist Church building in Santa Paula August 26, 1891" circa 1891

Box 2, Folder 11

"The Recent Origin of Man" 1895 November 1

Box 1, Folder 12

"The Geology of California" undated

Box 2, Folder 13

"Oklahoma Gold Fields" 1904 November 29

Box 1, Folder 14

"Reconnaissance of the Colorado Desert Mining District" 1901

Box 2, Folder 15

"Report on the Red Cloud Claims and Mines" undated

Box 2, Folder 16

John Robinson Trease correspondence to Bowers 1888 Februrary 11

Scope and contents

Trease is writing Bowers on behalf of the Peabody Academy of Science located in Salem, Massachusetts.
Box 2, Folder 17

"The Cahuilla Indians" circa 1888

Box 2, Folder 18

"The Lone Woman of San Nicholas Island" 1892

Scope and contents

This is an article clipping from the Ventura Observer. The article, written by Bowers, was published 1892 December 20.
Box 2, Folder 19

"The Santa Barbara Indians," handwritten 1897 June 6

Box 2, Folder 20

"The Santa Barbara Indians," typed with bibliographic notes undated

Box 2, Folder 21

"Aboriginal Man in Santa Barbara County, California" circa 1877

Box 2, Folder 22

Sketches by Stephen Bowers and DeMoss Bowers 1877-1916

Scope and contents

This is a group of sketches sent to Hector Alliot, Curator of the Southwest Museum, from the son of Stephen Bowers, DeMoss Bowers. This folder also includes a cover letter from DeMoss Bowers to Alliot, dated 1916 June 20. Per DeMoss's letter, the sketches are of pictographs located in Santa Ynez, Ventura, and Riverside, California. They were drawn by either Stephen or DeMoss in 1877, 1889, and 1901.
 

"A large gemstone deposit" undated

Box 2, Folder 24

Ventura County Historical Society newsletter 1960-1961

Scope and contents

Newsletters include brief references to Bowers.
Box 1, Folder 25

Report on Short Tailed Coast Fox by Spencer F. Baird circa 1859

Scope and contents

This report on the Short Tailed Coast Fox, scientific name Vulpus (Urocyon) Littoralis, is a handwritten document by Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Baird notes that this report is to be used in "Part I of Mammals of North America."
Box 2, Folder 26

Dwight Whitings Ranch map undated

Box 2, Folder 27

Image of Stephen Bowers 1906 June 2

Box 2, Folder 28

Articles by DeMoss Bowers 1952 August 21-24

Scope and contents

Articles are replies to Louise Randall Pierson's editorial pieces related to Southern California Indians.
Box 3

Scrapbook 1859-1865