Thomas J. Blumer research collection on Catawba Indians, 1756-2008


Thomas J. Blumer research collection on Catawba Indians, 1756-2008

Extensive research files collected by Thomas J. Blumer (TJB) documenting the history and culture of the Catawba Indians of the Carolinas and elsewhere; includes correspondence and journals written by Blumer and Catawba Indians; oral history interviews; clippings and other published and unpublished research; legal and administrative records; and slides and photographs. Also includes material on other ethnic or linguistic Native American groups, such as the Pamunkey Indians of Virginia. Collection arranged in eight series, organized as follows: Series I: papers, 1969-2006 (7 linear feet) consisting of General, Catawba Indian, and Blumer family correspondence; Catawba Indian files include extensive correspondence over many years with individual members of the tribes, such as potter Georgia Harris. Series II: Personal journals, 1995-2006 (20 linear feet) consisting of scrapbooks containing correspondence, clippings, emails, and transcripts of telephone conversations. Series III: Oral history inteviews and audio recordings, ca. 1900 and 1971-2004 (3 linear feet) consisting of interviews conducted with the Catawba and Pamunkey Indians; transcriptions, both printed and handwritten, exist for some interviews; several interviews include indexes; also includes recordings of other Native American groups, and interviews with various members of the Blumer family, many of whom lived in his native New York; ca. 90 tapes out of 152 in the collection include transcriptions. Series IV: TJB writings and publications, 1977-2006 (4 linear feet) consisting of journal articles, lectures, newspaper columns, radio addresses (printed and oral recordings) along with manuscript copies of published works. Series V: Diaries, journals, and scrapbooks written by Catawba Indians, 1950-2001 (3 linear feet) consisting of diaries spanning a majority of years ca. 1950-1994, recorded by Garfield Harris; journals, 1996 and 1997, documenting [William] Monty "Hawk" Branham's experience during his Oklahoma trip of 1996 to the Creek Indian Nation, and his Smithsonian Fellowship of 1997; and Nola Harris Campbell journal, 2 July - 16 Nov. 2001, compiled by daughters Betty Harris Blue and Della Harris Oxendine. Series VI: Catawba Indians Legal and Administrative Materials, 1756-2000s (6 linear feet) consisting of records documenting the tribe's internal management of its affairs and its historical and contemporary relations with the Federal, state, and local governments; includes documentation of treaties, lawsuits, legislative bills, and various Catawba litigation; news clippings, research notes, and photocopies from the National Archives and other repositories are included along with correspondence from Bureau of Indian Affairs and NARF (Native American Rights Fund). Also includes records of bingo operations, and minutes of Tribal Council and Executive Committee meetings. Series VII: Slides and photographs, ca. 1890-2000 (14 linear feet) consisting of extensive views documenting Catawba pottery, persons, activities, etc. Series VIII: Reference Collection (25 linear feet) of books, dissertations, journal articles, and other resources re history and culture of Catawba Indians and other Native American groups; consisting of books (ca. 150 volumes); journals (ca. 50 issues); theses and dissertations; and topical subject reference files which include correspondence, copies of published articles/books, news-clippings, hand-written research notes, etc.

ca. 100 linear feet.

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United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (corporateBody)

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Campbell, Nola Harris, 1918-2001. (person)

Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina (corporateBody)

Harris, Georgia, 1905-1997. (person)

Blumer, Thomas J., 1937- (person)

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Oxendine, Della Harris. (person)

Native American Rights Fund (corporateBody)

Branham, Monty. (person)

Blue, Betty Harris. (person)

Blumer family. (family)

Harris, Garfield, 1914-1994. (person)