Finding Aid to the Lena F.K. Griswold Catalogue of Indian Artifacts MS.1352

Finding aid prepared by Mallory Furnier
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
2015 May 13

Title: Lena F.K. Griswold Catalogue of Indian Artifacts
Identifier/Call Number: MS.1352
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet (4 small 3-ring binders)
Date (inclusive): 1927-1948


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Preferred citation

Lena F.K. Griswold Catalogue of Indian Artifacts 1927-1948, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; MS 1352; [folder number] [folder title][date].


Donated to the Library by Mrs. Leda F.K. Griswold, accession number 1225.G.

Scope and contents

Four volumes describe artifacts in the Joel Sabin Griswold Memorial Collection, part of the Southwest Museum collection. It includes descriptions and hand-drawn illustrations for baskets, stone fragments, blankets, arrowheads, beadwork and stone jewelry, clothing and silver jewelry that comprise the Collection. Volume 1 also includes itineraries of road trips made to "Indian Country" and other stops from 1927-1948. Trips were made with Joel S.G. between 1927-1936 and with others from 1936-1948, with a stop in excursions from 1943-1945 during World War II.
Baskets described in Volume 1 include those made by Oneida, Pima, Papago, and Apache people. Volume 2 describes baskets by Mojave Apache, Hopi, Yucatan Mexico, Hualapai, Paiute, Shoshone, Pomo, Makaki, Salash, and Ojibway people. It also includes baskets from Alaska and Canada, and description of clothing, canoes, and other artifacts from Alaska. Volume 3 describes artifacts from Pima, Maricopa, Acoma, and Hopi cultures, including stone fragments and blankets. Volume 4 describes arrowheads, bead work, stone jewelry, clothing, and silver jewelry.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Apache Indians
Hopi Indians
Indian baskets
Indian baskets -- Collectors and collecting
Mojave Indians
Pima Indians