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Harlan I. Smith Anthropology and Archaeology collection, 1889-1917

Identifier: 1933-003

Content Description

Harlan I. Smith Anthropology and Archaeology Collection is a library of works collected by Smith over his life and career dealing with North American Anthropology, Native Americans, and Archaeology.


  • 1889 - 1917


Physical Description

Many of these items are in fragile condition.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

These materials are all published and in the Public Domain. There may be restrictions on copying, however, due to condition.

Biographical / Historical

Harlan Ingersoll Smith, 1872-1940, was born in Saginaw, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan. He became an archaeologist and anthropologist working with the American Museum of Natural History. He took part in the Jessup North Pacific Expedition from 1897 to 1899. His work in the Thompson River district of British Columbia in 1897, and later down by Puget Sound and the West Coast of Washington revealed much about the prehistoric inhabitants. In 1911, he joined the Geological Survey of Canada as head of its archeology division. His early work there was excavating and investigating potential archaeological sites in eastern Canada, Ontario and British Columbia. By 1920, he was doing ethnographic work in the Bella Coola Valley of British Columbia focusing on the traditional uses of plants and animals, social organization and cultural traditions of the Nuxalk, Dakelh-ne and Chilcotin people. Smith was a pioneer in ethnographic film-making, anthropological photography and museum education. He wrote extensive captions for his photographs that included detailed information on the subject, date, location, and often, camera angle. These images and associated information continue to be of use and importance to researchers. Harlan I. Smith died at his home in Ottawa.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Physical Location

Collection shelved on 3rd floor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 1933 from Harlan Smith.

Separated Materials

Much of this collection has been dispersed over the decades into the general stacks and the Special Collections stacks. A listing of many of these can be found ar the link below for external documents.

Physical Description

Many of these items are in fragile condition.
Harlan I. Smith Anthropology and Archaeology collection, 1889-1917
Marc Carlson
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
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Tulsa 74104-3123 US US
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