Description: The Culin Archival Collection documents the life and work of ethnologist and museum curator Stewart Culin (1858-1929); his role in developing the collections of the Department of Ethnology at the Brooklyn Museum (now the Brooklyn Museum of Art); his efforts to present the collections to the public through exhibitions, installations, and public program; and his research on Native American, Asian, and Eastern European cultures. The materials found here are a composite of both personal papers and institutional records, since Culin's scholarly research frequently overlapped with his curatorial duties at the Brooklyn Museum. The collection primarily covers Culin's Brooklyn Museum tenure (1903-1928), but also includes records related to his research in Philadelphia as a young man and to his work at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (1890-1903). In addition, some Brooklyn Museum records predate or postdate Culin's years at the Museum, reflecting this collection's role as a segment of the Records of the Department of the Arts of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas.
Data and Document Types: correspondence, expedition reports, art, field notes, field diaries, ledger books and financial reports, lectures and writings, manuscripts, scrapbooks, clippings
Topics: cultural anthropology, art and cultural history, costume and textile design, ethnology, folklore, linguistics, museology, and photography, games, leisure, Zuni, Chinese Americans, Native Americans
Discipline: cultural anthropology, ethnology
Region: North America
Country: United States
Language: English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese
Nature of Collection: physical archive in Brooklyn New York