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Claude E. Schaeffer fonds


Physical Description:
2.87 m of textual records. -- 409 photographs

Claude Everett Schaeffer, 1901-1969, was born in Ohio, USA. He received his BA from the University of Washington in 1927 and worked for the family firm until beginning graduate work at Yale in 1931. In 1934 he worked as a field investigator under Clark Wissler, for the American Museum of History. He entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1937 and received his PhD in anthropology in 1940. Dr. Schaeffer was assistant state archaeologist for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1940-1947, and director of the Museum of the Plains Indians in Browning, Montana, 1947-1954. He resigned due to poor health, but on his recuperation was curator of the Klamath County Museum, 1955, and of the Oregon Historical Society, 1956-1959, before regaining his old post in Browning. He remained at the Museum of the Plains Indians until his retirement in 1966. He was a productive scholar, and devoted much of his life to gathering field data from the Flathead, Kootenay and Blackfoot. On his retirement, he planned to develop much of this material into books and articles, but he died before this could be achieved.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of anthropological field notes, manuscripts and photographs regarding the Flathead, Kootenay and Blackfoot cultures.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: beaver bundles, berdache, bison drives, Blood, buffalo stones, childbirth, conjuring practices, ethnology, fur trade, Kutenai Pelly (Kootenay Indian), medicine pipes, Hugh Munro, Nupika, Peigan, Sata (Blackfoot), shaking tent, Spokan Garry (Spokane Indian), sun dance, David Thompson, tobacco, and winter counts.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Claude E. Schaeffer, 1960-1972.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
Also available on microfilm.

Some of the Kootenay material is sensitive and may be restricted. Please consult with an Archivist for details.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1100, M-1101, M-4111, M-4436, PA-556, PA-1094, PA-1124, PA-3087, NA-1903, NA-1957, NA-1996, NA-3324, NA-5213, NB-47, Microfilm-Schaeffer

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