|George Gustav Heye laying the corner stone of the |
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation,
November 8, 1916 (P11449)
|Original blueprint of the MAI building at 155th and Broadway in New York City|
|Fred Mifsud, Edwin F. Coffin, and William C. Orchard |
repairing pottery (P05605)
|Museum Mustard Cover, January 26, 1918 (Box 129, Folder 5)|
"The Museum Mustard, Vol. 1 No. 8"
G. Hubbard Squash Pepper, the attic poet, confessed to our reporter Monday that he had swiped, cribbed, filched, abstracted, purloined, plagiarized and STOLEN the best parts of the last attic mustard from Joe Miller’s Joke Book and Three Years in Arkansaw. We suspected it! We knew it! When we read the pages of said paper at first we were filled with surprise, and holy joy, to think that, by our noble precept and example the attic had actually published an issue that approached our standard. But alas! on closer examination some of the quips had a very familiar look. We searched for them among the tomes of our vast library--and found them as stated. Pepp, when taxed with the crime, confessed!
"The Museum Mustard Vol. 1 No. 13"
More Mylar Please: When the staff weren’t busy writing for the Museum Mustard, much of the original MAI staff spent a significant part of the year in the field. From 1904 on, George Heye spent large sums of money on field work and expeditions to collect as many artifacts as possible. In earlier years Heye made appearances in the field, most notably spending his honeymoon with the newly minted Thea Heye (his second wife) digging up the Nacoochee Mound in Georgia, however, collectors such as M.R. Harrington, S.K. Lothrop and A.H. Verrill, to name a few, would spend months collecting on behalf of George and the museum. These expeditions ranged all over North and South America bringing in hundreds of thousands of objects as well as anthropological notes and ethnographic research on Native American tribes (to be published in the various MAI publications). The expedition series includes original field notebooks, catalog notes, expense records and correspondence, the bulk of which range from 1907 through the 1930’s. One of my more interesting tasks was re-organizing this series; pulling expedition records out of the collector’s files, rearranging the records by date, place and tribe, and making sure the more fragile documents were placed in protective mylar. One of the more extensive expeditions was the Hendricks-Hodge Expedition in Hawikuh, New Mexico. In 1917, Heye, with major financial support from a founding trustee, Harmon W. Hendricks, enthusiastically endorsed and sponsored the excavation of Hawikuh under the leadership of F. W. Hodge. From 1917-1923 the Hendricks-Hodge Expedition carried out the most extensive archaeological investigations of a single site in the United States up to that time. One of the things I enjoyed looking through were the ink drawings Hodge made of each individual piece of pottery. Note: The Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections also holds a small manuscript collection on this expedition, see the Hendricks-Hodge Archaeological Expedition papers #9170.
|Original pottery excavated at Hawikuh, New Mexico (9/6374)|
|Original pottery drawn by Hodge (9/6374)|
|Mark Raymond Harrington's |
Report Card from 1892; he was 10 years old
~Rachel Menyuk, Archive Assistant