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Abstract

Interviews and discussions with the Seneca artist Ernest Smith on his paintings of Seneca customs, stories, ceremonies, crafts, food preparation, and other traditional ways. Smith was a Seneca from the Tonawanda Reservation in New York state. The paintings were done in the 1930s and are presently in the Rochester Museum and Science Center in Rochester, New York. The recordings were made by William N. Fenton and his student, Jeanette Collamer, in 1973 at the museum in Rochester. The paintings are referred to on the recordings by the museum's catalog numbers for the paintings. Some of the paintings do not have assigned titles. Sound quality is fair overall, with severe distortion and prominent background noise on the final tape.

Collection information

Provenance

Donated by William N. Fenton in 1985.

Processing information

Collection digitized and cataloged by Brian Carpenter during the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded audio digitization project, 2008-2014.

General physical description

11 sound tape reels (29 hr., 41 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips, 1/2 track, mono ; 5 in.

Related material

William N. Fenton Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.20)

Note on sensitivities

Materials in this collection may be considered culturally sensitive by the Native communities from which they originate. Researchers who access this material should be mindful of these sensitivities and should contact reference staff with any questions about potentially sensitive material.

Indexing Terms

Genre(s)

  • Sound recordings

Subject(s)

  • Indian artists
  • Seneca Indians--Folklore
  • Seneca Indians--Rites and ceremonies
  • Seneca Indians--Social life and customs
  • Seneca art


Detailed Inventory
Audio recordings
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01-01. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 3-12-1973 [1 of 2]
1973-03-12 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:47:10Request File

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:47:10


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca dance; Seneca Indians--Folklore; Seneca Indians--Rites and ceremonies

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5710

01-02. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 3-12-1973 [2 of 2]
1973-03-12 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:43:33Request File

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:43:33


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Handsome Lake, 1735-1815; Seneca art; Seneca dance; Seneca Indians--Folklore; Seneca Indians--Rites and ceremonies

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5743

03-01. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 3-13-1973 [1 of 3]
1973-03-13 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:46:27Request File

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:46:27


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Lacrosse; Seneca art; Seneca dance; Seneca Indians--Folklore

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5714

03-02. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 3-13-1973 [2 of 3]
1973-03-13 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:56:03Request File

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:56:03


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Folklore

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6550

04-01. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 3-13-1973 [3 of 3]
1973-03-13 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:55:00Request File

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:55:00


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Folklore; Seneca Indians--Rites and ceremonies; Seneca pottery; Wampum

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6552

04-02. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 3-14-1973
1973-03-14 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:27:18Request File

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:27:18


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Domestic life; Seneca Indians--Folklore; Seneca Indians--Material culture

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6554

05-01. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 3-15-1973 [1 of 2]
1973-03-15 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:27:33Request File

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:27:33


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Folklore; Seneca Indians--Material culture

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6556

05-02. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 3-15-1973 [2 of 2]
1973-03-15 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:45:11Request File

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:45:11


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Folklore; Seneca Indians--Material culture; Seneca Indians--Rites and ceremonies; Wampum

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6558

1935-1936, Oils and Large Water Colors. 1935-1936, Oils and Large Water Colors
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06-01. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 3-16-1973
1973-03-16 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:43:36Request Item

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:43:36


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Fox Indians; Sauk Indians; Seneca art; Seneca dance; Seneca Indians--Folklore

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6560

Economic Activities. Economic Activities
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07-01. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, Paintings of Economic Activities, 4-16-1973 [1 of 2]
1973-04-16 1.0 .mp3 ; 02:00:05Request Item

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 02:00:05


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Domestic life; Seneca Indians--Material culture

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6562

07-02. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, Paintings of Economic Activities, 4-16-1973 [2 of 2]
1973-04-16 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:59:33Request Item

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:59:33


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Domestic life; Seneca Indians--Folklore; Seneca pottery

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6564

08-01. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 4-17-1973 [1 of 2]
1973-04-17 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:35:51Request File

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:35:51


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Lacrosse; Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Folklore

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6566

08-02. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, 4-17-1973 [2 of 2]
1973-04-17 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:41:49Request File

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:41:49


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Folklore

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6568

Mythology. Mythology
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09-01. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, Paintings of Mythology, 4-18-1973
1973-04-18 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:32:58Request Item

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:32:58


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Folklore

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6570

Ceremonies and Dances. Ceremonies and Dances
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09-02. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, Paintings of Ceremonies and Dances, 4-18-1973
1973-04-18 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:51:51Request Item

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:51:51


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca dance; Seneca Indians--Folklore; Seneca Indians--Rites and ceremonies; Wampum

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6572

10-01. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, Paintings of Ceremonies and Dances, 4-19-1973 [1 of 2]
1973-04-19 1.0 .mp3 ; 02:01:40Request Item

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 02:01:40


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca dance; Seneca Indians--Folklore; Seneca Indians--Rites and ceremonies

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6574

10-02. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith, Paintings of Ceremonies and Dances, 4-19-1973 [2 of 2]
1973-04-19 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:46:31Request Item

Interview with Seneca artist Ernest Smith regarding his paintings held at the Rochester Museum. The paintings are referred to by their Museum catalog numbers.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:46:31


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca dance; Seneca Indians--Folklore; Seneca Indians--Rites and ceremonies

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6576

11-01. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith [1 of 2]
1973-04 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:35:33Request File

Discussions with Ernest Smith regarding Flute Player, Courting Flute, Fish Dance Song, Burnin [sic] Springs, Stories to Scare Children (Long Nose, Legs, Flapping Ears). A very distorted program, with prominent uncorrected background noise.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:35:33


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6578

11-02. Collamer, Jeanette. Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005. Smith, Ernest.
Interview with Ernest Smith [2 of 2]
1973-04 1.0 .mp3 ; 01:38:56Request File

Discussions with Ernest Smith regarding Flute Player, Courting Flute, Fish Dance Song, Burnin [sic] Springs, Stories to Scare Children (Long Nose, Legs, Flapping Ears). A very distorted program, with prominent uncorrected background noise.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 01:38:56


Geographic Name(s): Rochester (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca art; Seneca Indians--Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:6580