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    Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation records, 1890-1998.
     
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    Creator: 
    Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
    Title: 
    Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation records, 1890-1998.
    Phy. Description: 
    400 linear feet.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding Aid
    Bio / His Notes: 
    The Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation was established by wealthy collector George Gustav Heye in 1908. Heye began collecting American Indian artifacts as early as 1897. Based first our of his apartment in New York, Heye bought collections and documentary photographs, sponsored expeditions, and traveled and collected items himself. In addition, he sponsored numerous expeditions across the Western Hemisphere, including North American, Canada, South America and Central America. As he accumulated numerous objects it became apparent that he would need a separate space from his apartment to contain his burgeoning collection.
    From 1908 to 1917 Heye housed his artifacts on temporary loan at the University of Pennsylvania’s University Museum, Pennsylvania, in lofts on East 33rd Street in New York City, and at other depositories. However, once the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation was completed in 1916, the collections moved to their permanent museum location at Audubon Terrace, at 155th Street and Broadway in New York City. The museum, containing ethnographic and archaeological collections from North, Central and South America, then opened to the public in 1922. Less than ten years later, Heye completed a storage facility and research branch in the Pelham Bay area of the Bronx. Heye served as Chairman of the Board and Museum Director until his death in 1957. After growing concern about the financial and other management of the collections came to a head, the museum became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1989 and in 1994 opened exhibit and public program space in the U.S. Customs House at Bowling Green near New York City’s Battery Park. The Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland later opened in 1999 and the main Washington, DC museum opened in 2004.
    Summary: 
    The records document the governance and programmatic activities of the Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation (MAI) from its inception in 1904 until becoming part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1989.
    Organization: 
    Organized into 20 series: 1) Directors; 2) Board of Trustees; 3) Administrative; 4) Financial; 5) Expeditions; 6) Exhibits, 1916-1993, undated; 7) Collectors ,1872-1981, undated; 8) Collections Management, 1937-1988, undated; 10) Public Programs, 1935-1990, undated; 11) Publications, 1904-1994, undated; 12) Public Affairs; 13) Development; 14) Other Departments; 15) Huntington Free Library; 16) Museum Relocation, 1969-1992, undated; 17) Media; 18) Photographs; 19) Miscellaneous; 20) Oversize.
    Provenance: 
    Records were transferred from the GGHC in New York City to the NMAI Archive Center's collection in 1999.
    Cite as: 
    Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation Records, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
    Restrictions: 
    Access is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment.
    Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadcast materials from the collection must be requested from the National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Archaeological expeditions
    Ethnological expeditions
    Excavations (Archaeology)
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Arkansas
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- California
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Canada
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Cuba
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Ecuador
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Guatemala
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Haiti
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Missouri
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Nevada
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- New Mexico
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- New York (State)
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Panama
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Peru
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Tennessee
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Texas
    Indians of Central America
    Indians of North America
    Indians of South America
    Museums -- Collection management.
    Museums -- Management
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Hawikuh (N. M.)
    Pueblo Bonito Site (N.M.)
    Subject-Name: 
    Huntington Free Library
    Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
    Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
    Bartlett East Greenland Expedition (1930)
    Harriman Alaska Expedition (1899)
    Hendricks-Hodge Expedition (1917-1923)
    Hyde Exploring Expedition (1902-1903)
    Repository Loc: 
    National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Cultural Resources Center, 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland 20746. (tel: 301-238-1400, fax: 301-238-3038, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
    Local Number: 
    NMAI.AC.001
    Co-Creator: 
    Burnett, Edwin K.
    Dockstader, Frederick J.
    Draper, Alexander F.
    Eager, George
    Force, Roland W.
    Heye, George G. (George Gustav), 1874-1957
    Williams, John S., 1901-1982.
    Barnard, W. C. collector.
    Barrett, S. A. (Samuel Alfred), 1879-1965 collector.
    Beauchamp, William Martin, 1830-1925 collector.
    Bolton, Reginald Pelham, 1856-1942 collector.
    Cabot, William Brooks 1858-1949 collector.
    Churchill, Clara G. collector.
    Churchill, Frank C. (Frank Carroll), 1850-1912 collector.
    Coates, James R. collector.
    Cramer, Maynard collector.
    Davis, Edward H., b. 1862 collector.
    Elliott, Margaret R., 1887-1976 collector.
    Emmons, George Thornton collector.
    Fick, Ida A. R. collector.
    Frič, Alberto Vojtěch, 1882-1944 collector.
    Gridley, Marion E. (Marion Eleanor), 1906-1974 collector.
    Grumet, Robert Steven collector.
    Harrington, M. R. (Mark Raymond), 1882-1971 collector.
    Harte, Neville A., 1907-1997 collector.
    Harvey, Byron collector.
    Harvey, Fred collector.
    Harvey, Katherine M., 1892-1962 collector.
    Hibben, Harold J., 1881-1956 collector.
    Hindle, Walter, d. 1992 collector.
    Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956 collector.
    Johnson, Frederick, 1904-1994 collector.
    Jones, Joseph, 1833-1896 collector.
    Keppler, Udo J., 1872-1956 collector.
    Kercher, Robert A. collector.
    Koehler, Aurora, 1846-1928 collector.
    Lewis, Edwin C. collector.
    Lippincott, William J. collector.
    Lothrop, S. K. (Samuel Kirkland), 1892-1965 collector.
    Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928 collector.
    MacDowell, E. C. collector.
    Nelson, John Louw, b. 1895 collector.
    O'Hara, Geoffrey, 1882-1967 collector.
    Olsen, Godfrey J. collector.
    Pepper, George H. (George Hubbard), 1873-1924 collector.
    Sackler, Arthur M. collector.
    Skinner, Alanson, 1886-1925 collector.
    Smith, Watson, 1897-1993 collector.
    Speck, Frank G. (Frank Gouldsmith), 1881-1950 collector.
    Stiles, William F., 1912-1980 collector.
    Tibbles, Thomas Henry, 1840-1928
    Turbyfill, Charles Orr, 1888-1966 collector.
    Verrill, A. Hyatt (Alpheus Hyatt), 1871-1954 collector.
    Waterman, T. T. (Thomas Talbot), b. 1885 collector.
    Wildschut, William collector.
    Woodward, Arthur, 1898-1986 collector.
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