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A.I. Hallowell Native American Collection: Alfred Irving Hallowell Native American Collection



                 Blue Eagle


Backwash of the frontier, 1959

Description of Midewiwin ritual, n.d. 

Overview of the Collection

Title: Alfred Irving Hallowell Native American Collection

Date: 1909-1969

Extent: 1 linear ft.


Location: University Archives & Special Collections - Lehman 201

ID: ASC0004

Abstract: The collection contains correspondence, personal papers, manuscripts and pamphlets by Hallowell, works by colleagues, reports from field work, and subject files with emphasis on folklore and American Indian art.


Biographical Note

Alfred Irving (“Pete”) Hallowell, 1892-1974 was an American anthropologist, archaeologist and businessman. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, and attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania receiving his B.S. degree in 1914, his A.M. in 1920, and his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1924. From 1927 through 1963 he was a professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania excepting 1944 through 1947 when he taught the subject at Northwestern University. Hallowell's main field of study was Native Americans. He also held the presidency of the American Anthropological Association for a period of time.

Container List

Personal Information



Correspondence, 1925, 1931

Field work (trips)

Reports, 1947-1948


Works by Hallowell (manuscripts & pamphlets)

Backwash of the frontier: the impact of the Indian on American Culture, 1959

Definition of anthropology

Description of Midewiwin ritual (I)

Impact of the American Indian on American Culture, 1957

Midewiwin, 1933

The nature and function of property as a human [i.e. social] institution, 1943

Sweet grass


Works by others (Pamphlets)

America’s Indian statues by Marion E. Gridley, 1966

Cacao by B.E. Dahlgren, 1923

Contacts between Iroquois herbalism and colonial medicine by William N. Fenton, 1942

Food plants of the North American Indians by Elias Yanovski, 1936

Indian corn by James B. McNair, 1930

Indian corn culture in Michigan by Wilbert B. Hinsdale, 1927

Maize-our heritage from the Indian by J.H. Kempton, 1937

Report on the Academic teaching of anthropology by Franz Boas, 1919

The spiritual legacy of the American Indian by Joseph Epes brown, 1953

The story of food plants by B.E. Dahlgren, 1940

A study of Delaware Indian medicine practice and folk beliefs by Gladys Tantaquidgeon, 1942

Use of tobacco among North American Indians by Ralph Linton, 1924

Use of tobacco in Mexico and South America by J. alden Mason, 1924

World crops derived from the Indians by Edwin F. Walker, 1953


Subject files

Indians Implements

Indians in art

    American Indian portraits by Winold Reiss, 1927?

    Forty & five: an exhibit of paintings of Indians by Montana artists, past and present, 1964

    Four American Indian songs by Charles Wakefield Cadman, 1909

    Graphic arts of the Alaskan Eskimo by Dorothy Jean Ray, 1969

    The noble savage: the American Indian in art, 1958

    Plains Indian painting, 1958?

    We shake hands, 1958

    The works of Charles Marion Rusell, 1864-1926, n.d.

Indians in Cartoons (clippings), 1950-1960


Blackfoot Indians of Glacier National Park: Portraits (col. Prints), 1958

Blue Eagle (Cards)

Music before Columbus (phonograph record)

Publicity (photograph)

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information:

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research

Processed by: Ximena Valdivia, 2011

Preferred Citation: Alfred Irving Hallowell American Indian Collection, Barry University Archives and Special Collections

Subject Guide

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