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Zelia Nuttall papers

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
Creator:
Nuttall, Zelia, 1858-1933
Title:
Zelia Nuttall papers
Date [bulk]:
1896-1897
Date [inclusive]:
1893-1903
Call Number:
1056
Extent:
1 linear foot
Language:
English
Abstract:
In 1896 the University of Pennsylvania Museum sponsored its first expedition to Russia. The Museum sent Zelia Nuttall (now remembered mainly for her work in the area of Mexican studies) as its representative on a trip to establish cordial relations and a system of exchanges and cooperation, and to obtain archaeological and ethnological specimens by gift or exchange. Nuttall traveled to Moscow, Kiev, Troitzkoi, Rostov, Nijni-Novgorod, and Riga. She also attended ceremonies for the coronation of Nicholas II and there acquired commemorative prints which she donated to the Museum and to Mrs. Hearst. The collection consists mainly of correspondence from Nuttall to William Pepper and Sara Yorke Stevenson, inventories of objects acquired, and images collected at the Pan-Russian Industrial and Art Exhibition at Nijni-Novgorod (modern Gorki).
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Biography/History

In 1896 the University of Pennsylvania Museum sponsored its first expedition to Russia. The Museum sent Zelia Nuttall (now remembered mainly for her work in the area of Mexican studies) as its representative on a trip planned by Dr. William Pepper, President of the Museum, and underwritten by Mrs. Phoebe Apperson Hearst. The purposes of the expedition were to establish cordial relations and a system of exchanges and cooperation, and to obtain archaeological and ethnological specimens by gift or exchange. Nuttall traveled to Moscow, Kiev, Troitzkoi, Rostov, Nijni-Novgorod, and Riga. She also attended ceremonies for the coronation of Nicholas II and there acquired commemorative prints which she donated to the Museum and to Mrs. Hearst. Nuttall succeeded in obtaining for the University of Pennsylvania Museum a number of publications and artifacts, along with examples of native Russian costumes.

Chronology of Zelia Nuttall's life, 1857-1933
September 6, 1857 Born in San Francisco, California
1865-1876 Lived and educated in Europe
1873-1874 Attended Bedford College for Women, London
1880 Married Alphonse Louis Pinant, French anthropologist and linguist
1882 Daughter, Nadine, born in San Francisco
1884 Separated from husband
1886 Appointed "Honorary Assistant in Mexican Archaeology" to the Peabody Museum, Harvard, Harvard; held position for 47 years

Published first paper

Moved to Dresden, Germany
1884-1885 Expedition to Mexico; worked in Mexico National Museum
1888 Official divorce from husband
1896 Sent to Russia by the University Museum to gather books, exhibits, and information
1898 Found Codex Nuttall (Zapotecan manuscript), now in British Museum
1901 Became charter member of the advisory council for the new Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley
1902 Published Codex Nuttall (Harvard)

Settled in Coyoacan, Mexico
1914 Published New Light on Drake
April 12, 1933 Died in Coyoacan, Mexico

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of correspondence from Nuttall to William Pepper and Sara Yorke Stevenson, inventories of objects acquired, and images collected at the Pan-Russian Industrial and Art Exhibition at Nijni-Novgorod (modern Gorki).

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives,  2009

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kathleen Baxter, Maureen Callahan

Use Restrictions

Although many items from the archives are in the public domain, copyright may be retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. The user is fully responsible for compliance with relevant copyright law.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Typed copies of some of the correspondence between Nuttall and Hearst are at the Bentley Library, University of California at Berkeley.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Photographic prints
Personal Name(s)
  • Hearst, Phoebe Apperson, 1842-1919
  • Nuttall, Zelia, 1858-1933
  • Pepper, William, 1843-1898
  • Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921
Subject(s)
  • Coronations collectibles

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Related Items note

The card catalogue in the registrar's office contains the following inventory numbers of items from what was known as the Nuttall Expedition to Russia:

19569-19597; EU 11-89; A 1731-1811; 13851-13937, 19485-19520, 19582-19583, 19584-19597, 19598-19599, 19600-19607, 19608, 19609-19681, 19682, 19683.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, undated materials; 1893-1903. 0.2 Linear feet.

Series Description

Most correspondence in this series is between the Zelia Nuttall and Dr. William Pepper (1896-1898) and Zelia Nuttall and Sara Yorke Stevenson (1893-1898, 1901). Correspondence includes reports from Nuttall regarding her fieldwork and information about Nuttall's visit to the Pan-Russian Industrial and Art Exhibition at Nijni-Novgorod (modern Gorki).

Some letters in this collection had been transcribed contemporary to the time of receipt; others were transcribed by Mr. Ross Parmenter in 1964 in the course of writing an unpublished three-volume monograph about Nuttall.

Materials are arranged chronologically and converted from the Julian calendar.

Box

Undated, 1893-1895.

1

April-June 1896.

1

July 1896.

1

August 1896.

1

September-December 1896.

1

Undated 1897, January-April 1897.

1

May-December 1897.

1

1898-1903.

1

Collected materials. 0.8 Linear feet.

Series Description

Materials in this series include visual materials collected for the museum, as well as records about the collections.

Box

Records of collections - labels, shipping information.

1

Records of collections - exchanges offered.

1

Russian coronation materials, c. 1896.

1
Map-case

Russian coronation materials - commemorative prints, 1896. Twelve chromograph and lithograph prints (coat of arms, portraits, scenes from ceremony) issued in honor of the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra in Russia..

M10
Box

Images of Russia (Tashkent and Samarkand), attributed to Bolojinsky., c. 1896. Nine mounted photographs.

AS1