Finding Aid to the John Dewar Correspondence and Catalog MS.715
Holly Rose Larson
Library and Archives at the Autry
2012 November 14
210 South Victory Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
Contributing Institution: Library and Archives at the Autry
Title: John Dewar Correspondence and Catalog
Creator: Talayesva, Don C.
Creator: Dewar, John
Identifier/Call Number: MS.715
Physical Description: 0.1 Linear Feet (2 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1941-1975
Abstract: John Dewar received a B.A. and an M.A. from Mexico City College, and went on to curate in Western Art, History, and Film History at the Southwest Museum, William S. Hart Museum, and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This collection of papers includes John Dewar's correspondence, including some with Don C. Talayesva, and a hand-written catalog of Dewar's ethnographic collection which he deposited at the Southwest Museum in 1941.
Language of Material: English .
John Dewar deposited a collection of artifacts, photographs, and papers into the Southwest Museum's care upon his term of military service, beginning June 5, 1941. Dewar intended full donation at a future date, and continued to make donations to the Museum and Library through 1985.
John Dewar received a B.A. and an M.A. from Mexico City College, and went on to curate in Western Art, History, and Film History at the Southwest Museum, William S. Hart Museum, and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Dewar published many articles and contributed to many books on Western American Art and History. Dewar was born in South Pasadena, lived most of his professional life in Los Angeles, and died in Arizona.
This collection of papers includes John Dewar's correspondence and photocopies of correspondence, as well as a hand-written catalog of Dewar's ethnographic collection which he deposited at the Southwest Museum in 1941. The catalog contains notations on provenance, original drawings and watercolors, photographs, and postcards. The correspondence in this collection consists mostly of photocopies made in 1987 of correspondence between John Dewar and Don C. Talayesva between 1935 and 1949. There is also one original piece of correspondence dated 1975.
John Dewar Correspondence and Catalog, 1941-1975, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; MS.715; [folder number] [folder title][date].
Processed by Library staff after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 14, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).
Donated by John Dewar, beginning 1941 June 5.
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Subjects and Indexing Terms
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New -- Antiquities -- Collectors and collecting
Indians of North America -- Southwest, NewCatalog of Ethnological Collections of John Dewar