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Alice Cunningham Fletcher


About the Online Edition

The text of this online edition is based on two journals kept by Alice Fletcher during a six-week venture into Plains Indian territory in 1881. A typewritten copy of Fletcher's journal was subsequently produced by Francis La Flesche, who omitted small portions of the original journals not relating to Fletcher's trip, perhaps at her request. The typescript was scanned with optical character recognition software at the National Anthropological Archives in November 1999, then proofed against the original manuscript to correct minor errors in the typescript. All versions of the journals are available to researchers in their original form in the National Anthropological Archives.

The online edition includes 26 of the 61 drawings in Fletcher's diary; the remainder were too fragile to digitize. The captions included here derive from the drawings themselves or from a list produced by Francis La Flesche.

Most of the photographs of Nebraska and South Dakota are from a collection known as Bureau of American Ethnology-United States National Museum Photographs of American Indians (Photo Lot 24). Other photographs are from the Papers of Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Francis La Flesche and Glass Negatives of Indians. The photograph on the exhibit home page is a detail from an image taken in Cherry Creek, South Dakota in 1880 (Photo Lot 24, BAE 23, Inv. 00510700).

Handwriting that could not be confidently transcribed has been inserted within [square brackets].


Designed and produced by Robert Leopold (National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution)

Foreword and photograph selection by Joy Elizabeth Rohde (Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania)

Digital imaging by Becky Malinsky (National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution)

Bibliography of Works by Alice Fletcher and Francis La Flesche is from A Stranger in Her Native Land: Alice Fletcher and the American Indians by Joan Mark, by permission of the University of Nebraska Press. Copyright © 1988, University of Nebraska Press.

Thomas Henry Tibbles' recollections of Alice Fletcher appear in Buckskin and Blanket Days: Memoirs of a Friend of the Indians. New York: Doubleday, 1957.

The photograph of Thomas Henry Tibbles is courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society.

All other photographs and drawings are from the National Anthropological Archives.

Copyright © 2001 Smithsonian Institution.

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