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Guide to the Owen American Indian Artifacts Collection, 1870-1965

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Overview of the Collection

Repository:
Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739
https://library.uwec.edu/archives/

Reference Code: USGZE UHC 353

Accession Number: 15-011

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 353

Creators: Various

Title: Owen American Indian Artifacts Collection

Dates: 1870-1965

Quantity: 19 linear feet (1 record carton, 5 archives boxes, 1 unboxed item)

Location of Collection: Shelf Location: A6/3a, A6/3g, A7/3d

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: Native American (Menominee, Winnebago, Pueblo) artifacts collected by Owen. Many of Owen’s artifacts were displayed in Schneider Social Science Hall on the university campus, with the Charlotte Goodner American Indian Artifacts Collection.

Biographical / Historical Note

Pieces from Owen’s Indian Artifacts Collection were displayed in Schneider Social Science Hall on the university campus from the 1960s-2000s, along with the Charlotte Goodner and Newman Indian Artifacts Collections. Part of the Owen collection was located in Schofield Hall and several artifacts stored in the Library Penthouse storage area during the 1970s. Since the early 1990s, the bulk of the collection was in storage and managed by the Chippewa Valley Museum. The origins of this collection are not well documented and acquisition information is largely unknown.

Content Description

The collection contains Native American Artifacts collected by Owen. Included are artifacts from the Menominee, Winnebago, and Pueblo Native American Tribes. Collection contains artifacts such as a drum, beaded jewelry, clothing, bandolier and pipe bags, beaded purses, woven baskets, clubs, and a cradle board.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Transferred to the University Archives, from Chippewa Valley Museum, in July 2014. Donated to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation c. 1960.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public; please consult Special Collections and Archives Department staff regarding handling procedures.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation: Owen American Indian Artifacts Collection, 1870-1965. UHC 353. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Julie Hatfield in July 2014.

Arrangement: Flat.

OCLC #: 884928724

Subjects

Personal Names: Owen (?)

Corporate Names:
Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Subject Terms:
Indians of North America—Wisconsin
Native Americans
Menominee Indians
Ho Chunk Indians
Winnebago Indians—Wisconsin
Pueblo Indians

Geographical Terms: Wisconsin

Detailed List of Contents

Box No.

Shelf Location

Artifact Description

Accession Number

1

A6/3g

Bandolier Bag, 1875-1890, Dimensions: 36 ¼ x 13 in., Red wool, cotton feed bag lining, blue military braid edging, Oak leaf and bird bead pattern (red, blue, purple, gold, green) on white background, yarn tassel fringe on bottom; bad mending, should no longer hang from the strap

A001-403-94

1

A6/3g

Dress, child, Dimensions: 39 ¾ x 36, machine sewn tan canvas dress with buckskin fringe on neckline, arms, and bottom hemline, painted bird and pine tree design; dress has stains and surface dirt, design on front faded from exhibit exposure

A001-406-94

2

A6/3a

Pueblo Drum, Dimensions: 11 x 10 in., Hide stretched over the top and bottom of a hollowed out tree trunk, strung together with raw-hide string. Raw-hide string is pulling apart from the drum/glue residue

A001-407-94

2

A6/3a

Woven Picnic Basket, 1950-1959, Dimensions: 16 x 11 ¼ x 14 in., rectangular with handle, colors: natural, brown, orange; commercial tag reads: “Made by WAZEE Wisconsin Winnebago Indians, USA”

A001-395-94

2

A6/3a

Woven Ash Splint Basket, Dimensions: 5 x 10 ½ in., round, footed, with crown top, colors: green, purple, gold

A001-359-94

2

A6/3a

Woven Ash Splint Basket, Dimensions: 9 ½ x 7 x 13 in., rectangular bottom and oval shaped top, two flexible handles, colors: natural, grey, orange

A001-357-94

2

A6/3a

Woven shopping basket, Dimensions: 15 ½ x 8 x 16 in., rectangular bottom and oval shaped top, two flexible handles, colors: red, yellow, brown, natural

A001-354-94

2

A6/3a

Woven sewing basket, 5 x 10 ½ in. diameter, round basket with cover, brown and gold; ; commercial tag reads: “Made by WAZEE Wisconsin Winnebago Indians, USA”

A001-358-94

3

A7/3d

Woven grass mat, Dimensions: 11 x 8 ½, oval shaped, dried porcupine quills

A001-346-94

3

A7/3d

Beaded fob, Dimensions: 5 ½ x 1 ½ in., two inch brown braided string on top, beaded fringe on bottom, colors: white background, blue bird with red wings

A001-347-94

3

A7/3d

Small beaded bag, Dimensions: 8 ½ x 3 in., tanned hide base and sinew with bead design, beaded fringe on bottom, a drawstring strand on top is broken, colors: white background, with geometric design in blue, gold, and red

A001-348-94

3

A7/3d

Arrow shaped beaded bag, Dimensions: 14 x 3 ½ in., V-shaped beaded bag with top pocket flap and buckskin string on top, etched brass bell on bottom, colors: white background with geometric design of dark blue, royal blue, gold, and red

A001-349-94

3

A7/3d

Beaded drawstring bag, Dimensions: 7 ¼ x 6 in., tan with oak leaf beaded design, drawstring closure, colors: white background, light brown and dark blue leaves

A001-351-94

3

A7/3d

Paper fragment, laminated, Dimensions: 5 5/8 x 1 ¾ in., signature Mrs. Chief P___ Coos or Mrs. Chief Plenty Coups

A001-356-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded piece, Dimensions: 16 x 4 in., White background with geometric design of circles, leaves, diamonds in green, coral, pink, blue, and gold; 2 x ½ and ¾ in beaded strips on the bottom with gray wool yarn fringe

A001-350-94

4

A7/3d

Bracelet, Dimensions: 6 ½ x ½ in., white felt backing with beaded front and silver snap closure, colors: blue, red, orange, and green arrow designs

A001-379-94

4

A7/3d

Earrings (2), Dimensions: 4 x ¼ in., brown and clear bead design with 4 strand bead fringe bottom

A001-383-94

4

A7/3d

Earrings (2), Dimensions: 4 x 3/8 in., yellow beads with a seven strand fringe bottom in yellow, blue, light blue, red, orange, and white

A001-368-94

4

A7/3d

Pin, Indian man and woman, Dimensions: 2 ¾ x 2 1/8 in., felt backing with safety pin sewn in, colors: blue and white beaded oval, with blue, white, tan, and red man and woman

A001-371-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded necklace, Dimensions: 14 ¾ x 1 in., white and clear beaded design with snap closure

A001-365-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded necklace, Dimensions: 20 x 3/8 in., white and clear beaded rope design with snap closure

A001-369-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded necklace, Dimensions: 18 ½ x ½ in., brown and white beaded rope design with metal snap closures

A001-382-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded necklace, Dimensions: 14 ½ x 1 3/8 in., white oblong pearl like and pink beaded lace design with metal snap closure

A001-390-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded Pendent Necklace, Dimensions: 21 x ¼ x 3 in diameter, clear and white beaded necklace with snap closure, and circular pendent with a geometric design in white, brown, black, yellow and blue

A001-391-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded Pendent Necklace, Dimensions: 20 x ¼ x 3 in. diameter, clear and white beaded necklace with snap closure, and circular pendent with a geometric design in white, yellow, black, and dark red

A001-392-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded Pendent Necklace, Dimensions: 20 x ¼ x 3 in. diameter, clear and white beaded necklace with snap closure, and circular pendent with felt backing and a geometric design in white, orange, black, blue, and navy

A001-393-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded Pendent Necklace, Dimensions: 20 x ¼ x 3 in. diameter, clear and white beaded necklace with snap closure, and circular pendent with felt backing and a geometric design in white, red, black, blue, yellow, and light blue

A001-394-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded Pendent Necklace, Dimensions: 10 ¾ x 3 ¼ in. diameter, clear and white beaded necklace with snap closure, and circular pendent with a geometric design in white, aqua, black, blue, brown, and yellow

A001-360-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded Pendent Necklace, Dimensions: 13 ¾ x 3 in. diameter, white and light blue beaded necklace with snap closure and leather backing, and circular pendent with a geometric design in red, light blue, navy, white, yellow, orange, and blue

A001-362-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded Pendent Necklace, Dimensions: 14 x 2 in. diameter, pink, blue, and clear beaded necklace and circular pendent with eight pointed star design in pink and blue

A001-363-94

4

A7/3d

Trinket, beaded, Dimensions: 2 ¼ x 1 in., baby in a papoose cradle, colors: tan, red, blue, black, light blue

A001-385-94

4

A7/3d

Trinket, beaded, Dimensions: 1 5/8 x ¾ in., baby in a papoose cradle, colors: aqua, orange, yellow, black, red

A001-386-94

4

A7/3d

Earrings (2), beaded, Dimensions: 1 in. diameter, flower shaped with metal screw clasp on back, white and large ivory oblong beads

A001-375-94

4

A7/3d

Pin, beaded, Dimensions: 2 ½ x 1 ¾ in., two pink and blue moccasins attached by a pink and blue circular piece, gold safety pin on back

A001-377-94

4

A7/3d

Earrings (2), beaded, Dimensions: 1 in. diameter, brown and light blue circular pattern, with metal clip on back

A001-389-94

4

A7/3d

Earrings (2), beaded, Dimensions: 1 ¾ x 1 in., Indian man and woman, colors: tan, white, blue, black, and red

A001-367-94

4

A7/3d

Earrings (2), beaded, Dimensions: 1 in. diameter, felt backing with clasp, yellow beaded design

A001-370-94

4

A7/3d

Earrings (2), beaded, Dimensions: 1 ½ x 5/8 in., male and female Indian dancers, colors: light blue, tan, red, white, and black

A001-384-94

4

A7/3d

Earrings (2), beaded, Dimension: 1 in. diameter, felt backing with clasp, light blue circular design

A001-388-94

4

A7/3d

Pin, Indian man and woman, ca. 1960s, Dimensions: 2 ¾ x 2 3/8 in., safety pin sewn on back, colors: red and white beaded oval, with a brown, black, red, white, and blue beaded man and woman

A001-372-94

4

A7/3d

Pin, (2), Indian man and woman, Dimensions: 2 ¾ x 1 ¼ in., man and woman each attached to a blue and white beaded circle, colors: brown, black, red, white and blue beaded man and woman

A001-373-94

4

A7/3d

Pin, beaded, Dimensions: 2 ¼ x 1 5/8 in., pink felt canoe with white bead flowers, with male Indian in the canoe, colors: brown, blue, white, black, and red beads

A001-374-94

4

A7/3d

Pin, Indian man and woman, Dimensions: 2 ¾ x 2 ¼ in., safety pin sewn on back, colors: blue and white beaded oval, with a brown, white, blue, red, and black beaded man and woman

A001-376-96

4

A7/3d

Pin, Indian man and woman, Dimensions: 2 ¾ x 2 ½ in., safety pin sewn on back, colors: green and white beaded oval, with a red, brown, black, white, and green beaded man and woman

A001-378-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded bracelet, Dimensions: 7 ¼ x 1/2 in., leather felt, snap closure, colors: purple, green, red, light blue

A001-364-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded bracelet, Dimensions: 7 x ½ in., felt backing, snap closure, colors: red, black, white, blue

A001-380-94

4

A7/3d

Beaded bracelet, Dimensions: 7 ½ x ½ in., snap closure, colors: brown, red, blue, yellow

A001-381-94

5

A6/3g

Club, Dimensions: 28 ¾ x ¾ handle x 5 in. head, wooden handle with stitched on rawhide, grey stone club head

A001-352-94

5

A6/3g

Ceremonial club, Dimensions: 33 ½ x 1 ½ in. head end x 5/8 in. handle, wooden handle with rawhide, two horned club head

A001-353-94

6

A6/3g

Bandolier Bag, Ojibwa Pattern, Dimensions: 44 1/8 x 13 in., black velvet background, beaded leaf, flower, and fruit motifs, pocket on front, red and yellow tassels on the bottom, colors: white, green, blue, yellow, red, pink

A001-404-94

unboxed

A6/3a

Cradle board, Dimensions: 60 ¼ x 11 ¾ x 14 ½ in., Pine base, face protecting piece, flower beaded design on front, colors: black, white, blue, green, yellow, red, pink

A001-361-94

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