Zelia Nuttall papers
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In 1896 the University of Pennsylvania Museum sponsored its first expedition to Russia. The Museum sent Zelia Nuttall (now remembered mainly for her work in the area of Mexican studies) as its representative on a trip planned by Dr. William Pepper, President of the Museum, and underwritten by Mrs. Phoebe Apperson Hearst. The purposes of the expedition were to establish cordial relations and a system of exchanges and cooperation, and to obtain archaeological and ethnological specimens by gift or exchange. Nuttall traveled to Moscow, Kiev, Troitzkoi, Rostov, Nijni-Novgorod, and Riga. She also attended ceremonies for the coronation of Nicholas II and there acquired commemorative prints which she donated to the Museum and to Mrs. Hearst. Nuttall succeeded in obtaining for the University of Pennsylvania Museum a number of publications and artifacts, along with examples of native Russian costumes.
Zelia Nuttall was born in San Francisco in 1857 and educated in France, Germany, Italy and Bedford College, London. She specialized in pre-Columbian and Mesoamerican manuscripts and the pre-Aztec culture in Mexico. she came to prominence in 1886 with the publication of "Terra Cotta Heads of Teotihuacan" in the American Journal of Archaeology.
Nuttall was named an honorary special assistant to the Peabody Museum in 1887 and in 1908 named honorary professor of the National Museum of Mexico.
The collection consists mainly of correspondence from Nuttall to William Pepper and Sara Yorke Stevenson, inventories of objects acquired, and images collected at the Pan-Russian Industrial and Art Exhibition at Nijni-Novgorod (modern Gorki).
The card catalogue in the registrar's office contains the following inventory numbers of items from what was known as the Nuttall Expedition to Russia:
19569-19597; EU 11-89; A 1731-1811; 13851-13937, 19485-19520, 19582-19583, 19584-19597, 19598-19599, 19600-19607, 19608, 19609-19681, 19682, 19683.
- Hearst, Phoebe Apperson, 1842-1919
- Nuttall, Zelia, 1858-1933
- Pepper, William, 1843-1898
- Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921
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Most correspondence in this series is between the Zelia Nuttall and Dr. William Pepper (1896-1898) and Zelia Nuttall and Sara Yorke Stevenson (1893-1898, 1901). Correspondence includes reports from Nuttall regarding her fieldwork and information about Nuttall's visit to the Pan-Russian Industrial and Art Exhibition at Nijni-Novgorod (modern Gorki).
Some letters in this collection had been transcribed contemporary to the time of receipt; others were transcribed by Mr. Ross Parmenter in 1964 in the course of writing an unpublished three-volume monograph about Nuttall.
Materials are arranged chronologically and converted from the Julian calendar.
Materials in this series include visual materials collected for the museum, as well as records about the collections.