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Washington Matthews Papers

(Microfilm Edition)

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

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Washington Matthews (1843 - 1905) was a surgeon in the United States Army, ethnographer, and linguist known for his studies of Native American peoples, especially the Navajo. Field notes, notebooks, vocabulary cards, photographs, sketches, correspondence, and other papers of a United States Army surgeon stationed in the American West in the late 19th century, a major figure in the first generation of self-taught anthropologists who studied Native American life and languages.

10 reels, 109-page guide

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Physician and ethnographer Washington Matthews. Courtesy National Library of Medicine


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