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William Martin Beauchamp Letter

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Beauchamp, William Martin
Title: William Martin Beauchamp Letter
Inclusive Dates: 27 Dec 1923
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: letter to a Mr. Spraker discussing archaeological finds of Native American material
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

William Martin Beauchamp (1830-1925) was a clergyman of New York State's Episcopal Church and a respected anthropologist. From 1865 to 1900, he served as rector of the Grace Episcopal Church in Baldwinsville, New York and from 1884 to 1912 as chaplain for the diocese of New York. In the field of anthropology, he contributed largely to the study of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) and served from 1884-1910 as archaeologist of the New York State Museum.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

In the William Martin Beauchamp Letter the author briefly discusses the find of a bone head made by a Mr. Frey of Palatine Bridge, New York. The find was made at the Mohawk village of Otstungo near Fort Plain, NY. Beauchamp also refers to one of his own works for that matter ("Horn and Bone implements of the New York Indians," New York State Museum Bulletin 50, March 1902).

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Beauchamp's daughter, Grace Beauchamp Lodder, would become a librarian and also engage in local history research. See, for example, the manuscript for her Newspapers Published in Onondaga County to 1900 in theGrace Beauchamp Lodder Manuscript.

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Subject Headings


Beauchamp, William Martin (1830-1925)


Anthropology -- History.
Indians of North America.
Iroquois Indians.


Fort Plain (N.Y.) -- History.
Mohawk River Valley (N.Y.) -- History.
Palatine Bridge (N.Y.) -- History.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William Martin Beauchamp Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


Finding Aid Information

Created by: SM
Date: 29 Jun 2017
Revision history:

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SC 807 Spraker,---- 27 Dec 1923

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