Finding Aid to the Edward Palmer Manuscript Collection MS.653

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
2012 October 29

Title: Edward Palmer Manuscript Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.653
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet (29 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1869-1910
Abstract: Edward Palmer (1829-1911) was born in Norfolkshire, England, but became known for his field work in the United States as a field naturalist, ethnobotony, and archaeology of the Southwest and Mexico. This collection of papers includes hand-written manuscripts, research notes, and newspaper clippings from 1869-1910.
creator: Palmer, Edward, 1829-1911

Biographical Note

Edward Palmer (1829-1911) was born in Norfolkshire, England, but became known for his field work in the United States. A field naturalist primarily in ethnobotany, Palmer is noted also for real contributions in ethnological and archaeological materials collected in the Southwest and Mexico beginning in 1865.

Scope and Contents

This collection of papers includes hand-written notes made by Edward Palmer on such topics as Tohono O'odham Indians of Arizona, Fort Defiance, plants used by Native Americans, Apaches of Arizona, a military excursion from Ft. Leavenworth to San Diego, exploration of the Colorado River, and cliff dwellers. Materials are dated from 1869-1910 and include hand-written manuscripts and clippings from newspapers and other publications. Some clippings have illustrations.

Preferred citation

Edward Palmer Manuscript Collection, 1869-1910, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.653; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Processing history

Processed by Library staff after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 29, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).


Collected by J. A. Munk; possibly donated to the Library as part of the Munk Library of Arizoniana, 1910 April 7.


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.


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General note


  1. Products of the North American Indians
  2. The Papago Indians of Arizona, Ms notes
  3. Observations made of Ft Defiance etc., 1869, Ms notes
  4. Plants used by the Indians of the US pts 1 & 2 Amer Naturalist
  5. Apache Indians of Arizona, Ms notes
  6. Military report of a journal from Ft Leavenworth to San Diego 1846-7 Clipped printed matter & notes
  7. Exploration of the Colorado River of the West, etc., Illustrations
  8. Cliff Dwellers notes & clippings
  9. Misc compilations of notes & clippings
  10. Misc clippings & articles

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Apache Indians
Cliff dwellers
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Mexico
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Southwest, New
Field notes
Fort Defiance (Ariz.)
Tohono O'odham Indians