Guide To Native American Ledger Drawings And Pictographs In United States Museums, Libraries, And Archives

Guide To Native American Ledger Drawings And Pictographs In United States Museums, Libraries, And Archives

by John R. Lovett, Donald L. DeWitt
     
 

Whether painted by artist-warriors depicting their feats in battle or by other Native American artists, 19th and 20th century ledger drawings—drawn on blank sheets of ledger books obtained from U.S. soldiers, traders, missionaries, and reservation employees—provide an excellent visual source of information on the Great Plains Native Americans. An art form

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Whether painted by artist-warriors depicting their feats in battle or by other Native American artists, 19th and 20th century ledger drawings—drawn on blank sheets of ledger books obtained from U.S. soldiers, traders, missionaries, and reservation employees—provide an excellent visual source of information on the Great Plains Native Americans. An art form representing a transition from drawing on buffalo hide to a paper medium, ledger drawings range in style, content, and quality from primitive and artistically poor to bold and sharp with lavish use of color. Although interest in ledger drawings has increased in the last 20 years, there has never been a guide to holdings of these drawings. By bringing together the diverse and scattered institutions that hold them, this book will make finding the drawings quicker and easier.

Illustrated with examples of ledger drawings, the guide identifies the libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums that hold ledger drawings. The institutions listed range from those with large collections, such as the Smithsonian, Yale, and Oklahoma museums, to institutions with only a few drawings. The book also includes a bibliography of books and articles about Indian pictographic art. The index will enable researchers to locate art by individual artists and tribes.

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Alphabetically first by state and then by city, lists institutions that hold what are known as ledger drawings. Includes contact information, the names and tribal affiliation of the artists represented, the number of drawings, the media used, the dates, the historical period they represent, themes and places depicted, published sources of information on the collection, and comments. Also provides an annotated bibliography of books and articles about Indian pictographic art, and an index of artists keyed to the directory or bibliography. Considers only work from before 1940. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313306938
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1998
Series:
Bibliographies and Indexes in American History Series
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1310L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

JOHN R. LOVETT, JR. is Librarian at the Western History Collections at the University of Oklahoma. He has written numerous articles and is coauthor of A Centennial Album of Cleveland County, 1889-1989 (1989).

DONALD L. DEWITT is Curator of the Western History Collections at the University of Oklahoma. His earlier books include Guides to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood, 1994) and Articles Describing Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood, 1997).

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