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L.S.M. Curtin papers, 1930-1953

MS 395

Collection Summary

Creator: Curtin, L.S.M.
Collection Name:L.S.M. Curtin papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1930-1953
Physical Description:.75 linear feet
Abstract:Papers (ca. 1930-1953) The papers of L.S.M Curtin document her professional and personal activities as an ethnobotanist in the southwest region. The collection contains material relating to the ethnobotanical fieldwork she pursued in Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico as well as the subsequent publication of her book By Prophet of the Earth (1949). The collection also includes materials pertaining to her various travels and personal and professional relationships with friends, colleagues, patrons, and publishers.
Collection Number:MS 395
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

L. S. M. Curtin was an avid naturalist, ethnobotanist, and a published author. Her ethnobotanical research was primarily concerned with the use of herbs and plants being used as diet staples and medicine among southwestern ethnic and indigenous groups. She is the author of four published monographs and various journal articles. Her extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork led to the publication of her two most noted works, Healing Herbs of the Upper Rio Grande (1947) and By Prophet of the Earth (1949), which highlights her fieldwork on the Salt River Indian Reservation and the Pueblo Grande Laboratory.

Scope and Content Note

Papers, 1930-1953 (bulk 1940-1953), of ethnobotanist, naturalist, and author L.S.M. Curtin. Includes business and personal correspondence, fieldwork, photographs and negatives, maps, printed material, and a manuscript of her published monograph By Prophet of the Earth (1949). The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence pertaining to her professional activities as a published author and her ethnobotanical fieldwork in Arizona, New Mexico, and Michoacan, Mexico.


This collection is organized into five series.
Series I: Correspondence, 1940-1953
Subseries 1.1 Business, 1940-1953
Subseries 1.2 Personal, 1942-1953
Series II: Fieldwork, ca. 1930s-1940s
Series III: Manuscripts, 1949
Series IV: Photographs/Negatives, 1940-1942
Series V: Printed Material, ca.1930s-1940s





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Brown, Howell C.-Correspondence
Curtin, L. S. M. (Leonora Scott Muse)

Indians of North America--Ethnobotany
Indians of North American--Food
Indians of North American--Medicine
Pima Indians
Tarasco Indians

Genre Form(s)
Ethnographic Photographs

Administrative Information

Credit Line

L.S.M. Curtin papers (MS 395). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1940-1953
Series 1.1 Business, 1940-1953
11 De la Borbolla, Daniel R. , 1948-1951
12 Brown, Howell C. , 1950-1953
13 Harrington, J.P. , 1952
14 Hodge, F.W. , 1942-1950
15 Wessels, Myrtilla A. , 1942
16 General , 1940-1952
Series 1.2 Personal, 1942-1953
17 Brown, Howell C. , 1942-1953
18 Brown, Sibley , 1950-1952
19 Coze Paul , 1950-1952
110 General , n.d.
Series II: Fieldwork, 1930s-1940s
111 Pueblo Grande Laboratory , ca.1940s
112 Salt River Indian Reservation , ca. 1930s-1940s
21-2 Tarascan , ca. 1940s
23 Miscellaneous , n.d.
Series III: Manuscript, 1949
24-5 By Prophet of the Earth , 1949
Series IV: Photographs/Negatives, 1940-1942
26 Photographs-Salt River Indian Reservation , 1940-1942
27 Negatives-Salt River Indian Reservation , 1940-1942
28 Negatives- L.S.M. Curtin Home, Santa Fe, N.M , n.d.
Series V: Printed Materials, ca. 1930s-1940s
29 Printed Materials , ca. 1930s-1940s