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Catalogue of the Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics, 1903-1933
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Abstract:
Catalog records describing specimens of Native American relics in the Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics at Amherst College, including the original collection of Dr. Edward Hitchcock (AC 1849) and later additions from other sources, including the collection of D. S. Kellogg. Supplementary materials include two printed catalogs of the museum, 1903-1904.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Gilbert Museum Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Historical Note

The Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics refers to a collection of bone, stone and pottery implements believed to have been created and used by Native Americans in the New England region. In 1853, Professor Edward Hitchcock, Jr. (AC 1849) presented his collection of 721 specimens of Connecticut Valley Indian relics to Amherst College. In 1857 it was increased to 1,100 specimens. This collection formed the foundation of the Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics, named for George Henry Gilbert (1806-1869) of Ware, Massachusetts, a generous benefactor of the College. Hitchcock continued to curate the museum together with two other scientific collections in the Appleton Cabinet (later known as Appleton Hall), the Hitchcock Ichnological Cabinet and the Adams Zoological Museum. In 1903 the collection numbered nearly 3,000 specimens.

The specimens in the collection are still held by Amherst College; however, the collection is closed to research pending review under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Catalog records describing specimens of Native American relics in the Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics at Amherst College, including the original collection of Dr. Edward Hitchcock (AC 1849) and later additions from other sources, including the collection of D. S. Kellogg. Supplementary materials include two printed catalogs of the museum, 1903-1904.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Gilbert Museum Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Catalogue of the Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Catalogue Volumes



In volume 1, Dr. Edward Hitchcock, AC 1849, explains that "the design of this catalogue is to perpetuate some knowledge of the specimens in the collection in case of any accident resulting from fire, breakage, theft or otherwise." He further explains that for accuracy, the diagrams in the volumes are traced, rather than drawn.

The catalogue begins with Dr. Hitchcock's own collection. It includes accession records of collections added later, with their cost and the source of funding in most cases. The Kellogg collection, consisting of about 15,000 relics, is included in Volume IV. "I.C.P.," who catalogued entries Z-1 through Z-44 has been identified as Irvin Chaffee Plough, AC 1942.

Explanation by Dr. Hitchcock of the catalogue and the method of making diagrams. Entries 1 through 2297


Box 1: folder 1
Entries 2298 through 3234


Box 1: folder 2
Pages 1 - 95: entries 3235 through 4597


Box 1: folder 3
Page 96 - 251: entries 4977 through 7655


Box 1: folder 3
Pages 29 -end: entries 4598 through 4675


Box 1: folder 3
[entry numbers 1676 through 4974 omitted]


Box 1: folder 3
Noted as the Kellogg collection


Box 1: folder 4
Pages 1 - 295: entries 7657 through 13,145


Box 1: folder 4
Pages 297 - 299: entries Z-1 through Z-44, catalogued by "I.C.P."


Box 1: folder 4
Pages 1 - 50: entries 13,233 through 14,484


Box 1: folder 5
Pages 51 - 263: entries A-1 through A-4675


Box 1: folder 5
Pages 264 - 287: entries 20,0001 through 20,358


Box 1: folder 5
Note on page 51: "A = 15,000 A1 = 15,001 A4222 = 19,222 etc.


Box 1: folder 5
[numbers 13,146 through 13,232 omitted]


Box 1: folder 5
One page only: Entries 13,851; 13,942; 13,852; 1571


Box 1: folder 6
Series 2: D. S. Kellogg Collection



Kept with the catalogue since it relates directly to a major part of the Amherst collection.

Kellogg's bound volume of notes, collection dates, and tracings


Box 1: folder 1
Loose pages removed from bound volume


Box 1: folder 2
Notes on the archaeology of the Champlain River valley


Box 1: folder 3
Kellogg's list of Indian camp sites


Box 1: folder 4
Typescript: Extracts relating to his collection of Indian Relics from the Journals of D. S. Kellogg


Box 1: folder 5
Series 3: Supplementary Material



The printed Catalog, which appeared in 1903 and again in 1904, is a short one with photographs of some of the items on display at the Gilbert Museum, as well as narrative about the museum.

"Catalogue of Indian Relics in the Gilbert Museum." 1903 edition


Box 1: folder 6
"Catalogue of Indian Relics in the Gilbert Museum." 1904 edition (2 copies)


Box 1: folder 7
F. B. Loomis articles:



"On the Shell Heaps of Maine,"
1912

Box 1: folder 8
"Dr. Hitchcock and the Amherst Indian Collection,"
1915

Box 1: folder 8
"Early Man in Florida,"
1926

Box 1: folder 8
F.B. Loomis notes: small heaps,
1933

Box 1: folder 8

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Subjects
  • Amherst College. Gilbert Museum.
  • Indians of North American--Implements.
  • Indians of North American--New England.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1849. Hitchcock.
  • Gilbert, George Henry, 1806-1869.
  • Hitchcock, Edward, 1828-1911.
  • Kellogg, David Sherwood, 1847-1909.


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