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Title Ely Samuel Parker's letter to Mrs. Harriet M. Converse, providing list of Seneca words
Archival Reference Mss.497.3.P223
Sub-collection Ely Samuel Parker Papers  
Author Parker, Ely Samuel (Hasanoanda) (1828-1895)  
Date 7 Jul 1885
Document Type Correspondence
Contents Letter addressed to "Gayaneshaoh" with which was enclosed a list of Seneca words suitable as names for an "old man," "a rising young man," and a "promising young woman."
Sub-collection Information A Sachem and Civil War adjutant to Ulysses Grant, Ely Samuel Parker was an important figure in the Seneca Indian nation during the first half of the nineteenth century. Trained as an engineer, Parker was deeply involved in the Senecas' land disputes with the Ogden Land Company and he played an important role in interpreting Seneca culture for a white audience, most notably as a consultant for Lewis Henry Morgan.

Collected by Arthur C. Parker, the Ely Samuel Parker Papers include correspondence, manuscripts, and printed materials relating primarily to Seneca affairs, history, language, and culture, as well as politics, education, engineering, and the Civil War. Among Parker's correspondents were Henry Clay, Millard Fillmore, Henry M. Flagler, Lewis Henry Morgan, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, Daniel Webster, and Asher Wright. Several letters relate to Parker's service as engineer of public buildings in Galena, Illinois, and to his Masonic activities. Among the noteworthy items in the collection are several essays on Seneca history and culture, a fragment of Parker's diary, 1847, and a significant quantity of material on the Seneca language assembled by Asher Wright.
Region American East  
Subjects Women's History  Arts, Literature and Music  Indigenous Peoples  American Indians  Seneca People  Language and Translation  Travel and Transportation  Towns and Cities  
Places New York
People Converse, Harriet M.  Parker, Ely Samuel (Hasanoanda) (1828-1895)  
Themes Women's History; Indigenous Peoples
Library American Philosophical Society  
Copyright American Philosophical Society