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Guide to the Alphonse Louis Pinart papers, 1870-1885
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Key to Arrangement

volume v. 1 (box)

Letters received (a list of the more important correspondents follows the Key) and drafts and press copies of a few letters written by Pinart; visas, letters of introduction and other personalia; draft of his published article on the Indians of Central America; manuscript maps of Puerto Rico, Sonora, and he State of Mexico; drawings of artifacts (presumably of North American Indians) in museums in Copenhagen, Helsingfors, St. Petersburg, Moscow and Dorpat; miscellaneous notes and bibliographic references on linguistics; a vocabulary form in blank used by ethnologists in recording Indian vocabularies; copies, made by Pinart, of articles written by Eugene Vetromile; a report on Cuna Indians by Tomas J. Carranza; extracts from the civil and political code of Mangareva Islands; and a French-African (Ogooué) vocabulary.

volume v. 2 (portfolio)

Drawings of artifacts and pictographs in Puerto Rico and Guadelupe Island; plates for published articles.

volume v. 3-14

Diaries of his travels, 1871-1882, as follows:

volume v. 3

May-June and Aug.-Oct. 1871 and Mar.-Apr. 1872, re travels in Alaska (Bay of Bristol, Ft. Alexandria, Unalaska, Kodiak Islands, Afognak and Shouiak Islands). In English and French.

volume v. 4

Nov. 3-13, 1875, re trip to Maine and Nova Scotia, with observations on the Micmac Indians of Nova Scotia. In French. The rest of the volume consists mainly of his drawings of artifacts and pictographs at Oatman's Flat, Casa Grande, Camp MacDowell and Maricopa Wells, Arizona; notes on shell mounds in Berkeley, Calif and on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay; and drawings of artifacts in Alaska and in Puerto Rico.

volume v. 5

Dec. 21, 1875-Apr. 25, 1876, re travels in Arizona (Ft. Mojave, Camp MacDowell, Phoenix, Maricopa Wells, Pima Indian Agency, Casa Grande, Tucson, Camp Bowie, San Carlos Indian Agency, Yuma City and Ft.Yuma. In French.

volume v. 6

May 17-July 8, 1876, re travels in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Included is a description of the Cowitchan Indian Mission at Vancouver Island. Written from the back of the volume, is the diary of his excursion from Papeete to the Paumotu Islands, June 9-18, 1877. In French.

volume v. 7

Jan. 18-Apr. 26, 1877, covering travels from France to the West Indies (Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica), Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Chile, and voyage to Tahiti. Written from the back of the volume, is a diary of his trip to the Easter Island, Apr. 1877, notes on the Island, sketches of artifacts and sketches of Pisco Bay, Peru. In French.

volume v. 8

July 26-Aug. 11, 1877, re travels in Tahiti. Written from the back of the volume, are notes on early printing in Tahiti and diary kept en route to San Francisco from Papeete aboard the Nautilus, Oct. 8-Nov. 6, 1877. In French.

volume v. 9

June 24-Oct. 26, 1878, re travels in California (Gilroy, Monterey, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Tulare, Santa Barbara, and the missions.) Mainly in French, a few pages in English. Written from the back of the volume, are notes on California missions and notes from baptismal registers of San Carlos Mission.

volume v. 10 & 11

Oct. 26, 1878-Apr. 26, 1879, re travels in Sonora, Mexico. In French. Written from the back of v. 2 is a list: frayles en los libros de partidos en la iglesia de Sn. Xavier/Ariz del Bac. (also on microfilm)

volume v. 12

Oct. 4, 1879-Jan. 11, 1880, re travels in Mexico through the states of Guerrero and Santa Cruz. In French. Written from the back of the volume, are notes on agricultural production in Mexico, and lists of medicinal plants, flowers and important trees.

volume v. 13

Aug. 30-Dec. 6, 1881, re travels in Mexico (states of Puebla, Mexico and Vera Cruz) and Texas (Houston, Galveston, San Antonio, Laredo and Austin). In French. Written from the back of the volume are notes on Mexican missions; bibliographical information on Catholic Church writings translated into Indian 1anguages; sketches of Mexican missions; vocabulary lists in Tepehua and other Mexican Indian languages; notes from baptismal and marriage registers of various missions.

(Partial transcript of V. 13, made by Guy Stresaer-Pean)

volume v. 14

Jan. 25-May 30, 1882, re travels in Panama. In French.

volume v. 15-25

Notebooks and sketchbooks, as follows:

volume v. 15

1876, drawings of artifacts and pictographs and geological formations in British Columbia, with related notes; and notes on Cowichan and Snohomish Indians. In French and English.

volume v. 16 & 17

1678-1879, notes made during his travels in Sonora. Volume marked ''Sonora A" includes notes on the missions and pueblos, lists of priests at the missions and three Opata vocabularies..Volume marked ''Sonora B'' includes additional notes and bibliographical references.

volume v. 18-19

1676-1879, sketches made on his trip in Sonora, Mexico. v. 1 contains drawings of churches, village scenes and artifacts and has also a manuscript map. v. 2 consists mainly of drawings of rock formations, churches and mountain ranges.

volume v. 20

articles copied by Pinart from California and Arizona newspapers, 1868-1673, relating to early navigation in California, the California Mission Indians, Santa Barbara Mission, explorations and archeological discoveries in Arizona, and the Yuma and the Moqui Indiana; a copy of a report on the Coyetero Apaches made by L. Y. Loring, U. S. A., 1875; and a copy of a Mohave vocabulary recorded Dec. 31, 1875.

volume v. 21

drawings of artifacts in the Museo Nacional, Santiago, Chile; and notes from various published sources on the Indians of Argentina and on the natives of various islands in the Pacific.

volume v. 22-24

miscellaneous notebooks with only a few written pages -- drawings of artifacts, records of a few financial transactions, a brief expense account for West Indies travel, etc.

volume v. 25

California sketchbook, 1877-1878. Drawings of the following missions are included: San Carlos de Carmelo, San Miguel, San Luis Obispo, San Antonio, La Soledad, San Juan and Santa Inez. Also, sketches of homes in Paso Robles, the custom house in Monterey and Fort Ross.

List of Major Correspondents


Carmany, John H.


Letter, Nov. 19, 1872.


Cataldo, Joseph M., 1837-


Letter, Mar. 8, 1870. Includes, as an addendum, prayers written in the Nez Percé language.


Cadrington[?], Robert Henry, 1830-1922


Letter, n.d.


Croft, Thomas


Letter, June 30, 1876. Re hieroglyphics and stone statues on Easter Island.


Catschet, Albert Samul, 1832-1907


Letter, Oct. 13, 1883. In French.


Green, James L.


3 letters, 1878-1879.


Im Thurn, Sir Everard Ferdinand, 1852-1932


Letter, July 23, 1883.


Petitot, Emile Fortuné Stanislas Joseph, 1838-


6 letters, Apr.-June 1875. In French.


Pilling, James Constantine, 1846-1895


Letter, June 29, 1863. Written for the Bureau of Ethnology.


Powell, John Wesley, 1634-1902


Letter, July 27, 1883. Written as director, Bureau of Ethnology.


Schuchardt, Hugo Ernst Mario, 1642-1927


Letter, July 20, 1683. In French.


Selwyn, John Richardson, 1844-1898


Letter, Sept. 25, 1878.


Van Gorp, Leopold


Letter, Mar. 5, 1878.


Whitmee, S. J.


Letter, July 29, 1879.