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Alice C. Fletcher, 1838-1923, was an American anthropologist who studied and documented American Indian culture and advocated for education of Native Americans. She was assistant in ethnology at the Peabody Museum, receiving the Thaw Fellowship in 1891, president of the Anthropological Society of Washington, vice-president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, president of the American Folklore Society, and as a member of the Archaeological Institute of America she was influential in establishing the School of American Archaeology in Santa Fe with Edgar L. Hewett as its director.

In the role of chair of the Committee for American Archaeology, which was the managing committee for the School of American Archaeology, Fletcher corresponded with Hewett frequently from 1908 until her death in 1923. These files contain letters from Fletcher to Hewett and, occasionally to Kenneth Chapman and Jesse Nusbaum on SAA business when Hewett was not in Santa Fe. These letters are almost entirely handwritten. There are some carbons of Hewett’s typewritten letters addressed to Fletcher.

Cite as: Alice Cunningham, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM.

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