Finding Aid to the John Dewar Correspondence and Catalog MS.715

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 November 14


Title: John Dewar Correspondence and Catalog
Identifier/Call Number: MS.715
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (2 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1941-1975
Abstract: John Dewar received a B.A. and an M.A. from Mexico City College, and went on to curate in Western Art, History, and Film History at the Southwest Museum, William S. Hart Museum, and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This collection of papers includes John Dewar's correspondence, including some with Don C. Talayesva, and a hand-written catalog of Dewar's ethnographic collection which he deposited at the Southwest Museum in 1941.
creator: Dewar, John
creator: Talayesva, Don C., b. 1890

Custodial History

John Dewar deposited a collection of artifacts, photographs, and papers into the Southwest Museum's care upon his term of military service, beginning June 5, 1941. Dewar intended full donation at a future date, and continued to make donations to the Museum and Library through 1985.

Biographical Note

John Dewar received a B.A. and an M.A. from Mexico City College, and went on to curate in Western Art, History, and Film History at the Southwest Museum, William S. Hart Museum, and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Dewar published many articles and contributed to many books on Western American Art and History. Dewar was born in South Pasadena, lived most of his professional life in Los Angeles, and died in Arizona.

Scope and Contents

This collection of papers includes John Dewar's correspondence and photocopies of correspondence, as well as a hand-written catalog of Dewar's ethnographic collection which he deposited at the Southwest Museum in 1941. The catalog contains notations on provenance, original drawings and watercolors, photographs, and postcards. The correspondence in this collection consists mostly of photocopies made in 1987 of correspondence between John Dewar and Don C. Talayesva between 1935 and 1949. There is also one original piece of correspondence dated 1975.

Preferred citation

John Dewar Correspondence and Catalog, 1941-1975, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.715; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Processing history

Processed by Library staff after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 14, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Acquisition

Donated by John Dewar, beginning 1941 June 5.

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Collier, John, 1884-1968
Catalog of Ethnological Collections of John Dewar
Catalogs
Correspondence
Hopi Indians
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New -- Antiquities -- Collectors and collecting
Navajo Indians