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Title Letter and catalog [manuscript]: [1884]-1893
Author Stephen, Alexander MacGregor (d.1894)
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Bound catalog (1884) of the Keam Collection of Hopi pottery and letter (Mar. 28, 1893) regarding Edward E. Ayer’s Hopi ceramics. Stephen’s 184 leaf typescript catalog, illustrated with pen and ink diagrams, categorizes Hopi pottery production based on historical and mythical accounts of Hopi life and relates pottery designs to religious belief. Stephen’s ten-page letter to Keam contains extensive comments of the collection of Hopi pottery assembled by Keam for Edward E. Ayer. It also describes the culture and history of the Hopi people from whom Keam obtained the pots.
Names Keam, Thomas V.
Places Walpi, Arizona, United States
Keywords crafts, religion, mythology, folklore, art, history, culture, observation, personal account, ceremony, ethnography
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southwest
Additional Information Stephen was a Scottish mining prospector trained in metallurgy at the University of Edinburgh, who between 1880 and his death in 1894 lived with or near Hopi Indian trader Thomas V. Keam and studied Hopi civilization. In 1884 Stephen compiled a catalog of the ceramics in Keam’s collection of Hopi artifacts. He later served as field director to the Second Hemenway Expedition to the American Southwest, which from 1890 to 1894 investigated the folklore and customs of the Hopi Indians and which in 1892 purchased the Keam Collection for $10,000.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 829
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue