Fifteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology 1893-1894

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Author: Powell, John Wesley (1834-1902) [editor] from the library of Dr David H Snow

Year: 1897

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC


cxxi+366 pages with frontispiece, 125 plates, 49 figures and index. Quarto (11 1/2" x 8 1/4") bound in original publisher's olive green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial to cover. Papers by William Henry Holmes, Stone implements of the Potomac-Chesapeake tidewater province page 3-152, plates I-CIII and frontispiece, figures 1-29a; W J McGeen, The Siouxan Indians: A preliminary sketch, pages 153-204; James Owen Dorsey, Siouxan sociology: A posthumous paper, pages 205-244 and figures 30-38; Jesse Walter Fewkes, Tusayan katcinas, pages 245-313 plates CIV-CXI and figures 39-48; Cosmos Mindeleff, The repair of Casa Grande ruin, Arizona, in 1891 pages 315-349 and plates CXII-CXXV. Edited by J W Powell. (List of Publications of the Bureau of American Ethnology pgs 5-6) From the library of David H Snow. First edition.

Although classified by most conventional texts, John Wesley Powell always maintained that he was not an adventure or an explorer. He considered himself a scientist, motivated by a desire for knowledge and to further the progress of human kind. However, Powell did live a busy and active life as a military leader, the first navigator of the Colorado River, and director of the United States Geological Survey. His accounts from navigating the Colorado River earned him early fame. Due to his compassion toward Native Americans he was elevated to director of the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of Ethnology in which he continued until his death. His work on the Irrigation Survey for the western United States, although never fully realized, lead to the establishment of river gauging stations and preliminary work toward storage and utilization of river water for irrigation and prevention of floods and overflows.

In 1979 the highway salvage program of the Laboratory of Anthropology expanded beyond highway salvage projects. Under the direction of David H. Snow, it was reorganized as the Research Section of the Laboratory of Anthropology. The change guaranteed that the program had a dynamic role in the active profession of archaeology, that it continued to add to the Lab's research collections, and that publications on projects continued to be produced. By 1984 the Research Section staff had outgrown its location in the Laboratory of Anthropology. Along with the Laboratory's archaeological research collection of almost ten million artifacts, the Research Section moved to new offices in downtown Santa Fe.


David Snow's signature on front end paper, light rubbing to back hinge, corners bumped, else a very good.

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