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Barrett (Samuel Alfred) papers
BANC MSS 86/172 c  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Biographical Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Samuel Alfred Barrett papers
    Creator: Barrett, S.A.
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 86/172 c
    Physical Description: 32 linear feet (25 cartons, 3 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1893-1977
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The papers were transferred to The Bancroft Library from the Robert H. Lowie Museum in April, 1986.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    Samuel A Barrett: "Geography. Miwok, Yokuts, Washo, Mono" Carton 9, folder 18: also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2448.
    Copies of Sierra Miwok material from Carton 12 (folders 27-45) and Carton 14 (folder 60): also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2552:1 (BNEG Box 2827).
    Copies of Sierra Miwok material from Carton 20 (Filebox 5) and Carton 23 (part of Filebox 4): also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2552:2 (Bneg Box 2828).
    Pomo Coastal notebook: also available in digital format: accessible through Online Archive of California.

    Biographical Note

    Ethnologist, linguist, writer, and film maker, Barrett studied with Alfred L. Kroeber at the University of California, Berkeley, and received a doctorate in anthropology in 1908. He was curator of anthropology (1911-1920), and director (1920-1940) of the Milwaukee Public Museum.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Samuel Alfred Barrett papers, BANC MSS 1986/172, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lauren Lassleben in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Additional processing by Lauren Lassleben in 2005. In 2022, the finding aid was edited to deal with some inaccuracies and encoded in EAD for online publishing by Marjorie Bryer.

    Related Materials

    Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1986.078--PIC and 1988.074--B).

    Scope and Contents

    Collection consists of some personalia and correspondence, extensive field notes, writings, and records relating to the American Indian Film Project, dating primarily from the early and late years of Barrett's working life. Biographical information contains course notes, diaries of trips to Africa, Hawaii, the American Southwest, national parks in the Western United States, and the Yucatan Peninsula. Correspondence includes letters to and from Alfred Kroeber, George G. Heye, Frederick J. Dockstadter, and other anthropologists, Milwaukee Public Museum colleagues W.C. McKren, Robert E. Ritzenthaler, and Stephan F. De Borhegyi, and with various Barrett family members. Writings are articles, monographs, speeches, and book reviews. Field notes date from 1896 and reflect Barrett's work with the Pomoan peoples, the Cayapa Indians of Ecuador, the Hopi, Kwakiutl, and Sierra Miwok Indians, as well as information about the Chippewa, Menominee, Piute, Washo, Wintun, and Yuki Indians. Most papers relating to his tenure at the Milwaukee Public museum remained with that institution and not generally present in this collection.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For additional information about the University of California, Berkeley Library's permissions policy please see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/about/permissions-policies

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Pomo Indians
    Miwok Indians
    Hopi Indians.
    Cayapa Indians
    Kwakiutl Indians
    Indians of South America.
    Indians of North America--California