Finding Aid to the Constance Goddard DuBois Mission Indian Papers MS.859

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson ; Cheryl Miller
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
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rroom@theautry.org
2012 December 12


Title: Constance Goddard DuBois Mission Indian Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.859
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Date: undated
Abstract: This is a collection of notes made by Constance Goddard DuBois regarding Mission Indian games, history, language, music, and names. Notes are undated.
creator: DuBois, Constance Goddard, 1889-1934

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of notes made by Constance Goddard DuBois regarding Mission Indian games, history, language, music, and names. Notes are undated.

Biographical note

Constance Goddard Du Bois (1889-1934) was a successful novelist who lived in Connecticut, became interested in the Indians of southern California on a visit there around the turn of the century. From 1897 to 1907 she became increasingly involved in efforts to assist the Luiseño and Diegueño peoples of the area, spending many of her summers with them. At home in the winter she worked vigorously to bring the situation of these desperately poor people to the attention of her neighbors and officials of the Indian Bureau, through correspondence and lectures. Her efforts put her in touch with anthropologists and other scholars with similar interests, and she began to publish some of the many myths and legends she collected from her Diegueño and Luiseño friends in southern California.
DuBois' longest ethnographic work was a detailed monograph on "The Religion of the Luiseño Indians of Southern California" (1908), edited by Alfred L. Kroeber. In addition, she published 23 shorter articles about the region's native peoples, with particular emphases on their mythology, ceremonies, and crafts.

Preferred citation

Constance Goddard DuBois Mission Indian Papers, undated, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.859.

Processing history

Processed by Library staff before 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 December 12, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Use

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Diegueño Indians.
Indian languages
Indian names
Indians of North America -- California
Indians of North America -- California -- Songs and music
Indians of North America -- Education
Indians of North America -- Missions -- California
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New -- Rites and ceremonies
Luiseño Indians
Manuscripts
Missions -- California
Sandpaintings