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The collection contains photocopies of material on Abenaki Indians and others and consists primarily of field notes by 20th century anthropologists. It was copied from various collections at the American Philosophical Society Library by University of Maine history professor Liam Riordan in 2002. The majority of the collection consists of material from the collection of Frank G. Speck, including some of his correspondence with Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and others, field notes about the Penobscot Indians and their culture, and notes for his book, Penobscot Man. Also included are works of Marine Leland, Philip S. LeSourd, and Nicholas N. Smith on Passamaquoddy and Malecite languages and natural history. The collection also contains two reels of microfilm containing information from the Franz Boas collection on Indian linguistics as well as copies of works by Dalton Dorr, J. Dyneley Prince, and Joseph Fayrer.

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Size of Collection

1 box (24 folders), 2 reels of microfilm

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 1328

Wabanaki Indians Material from Collections at the American Philosophical Society, 1872-1977

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