Field Expedition Records, 1914, 1923-1942

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Consists of records documenting the joint expedition made by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from February 20, 1923 to August 6, 1927, and also the Freer Gallery of Art sponsored expedition from November 16, 1929 to April 11, 1934. Both expeditions were led by Carl Whiting Bishop and were designed to create a Chinese government-approved cooperation between the Chinese and American scientific and archaeological communities. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, reports, a manuscript catalogue draft, regulations for excavation, notes, monthly and annual financial statements, expense reports, receipts, expedition fund ledgers, newspaper clippings, checkbook stubs, bank books, cancelled checks, and related materials.


  • Bishop, Carl Whiting 1881-1942
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


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Numeric and organized into subseries: Correspondence--Writings--Financial Material--Newspaper Clippings

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1914
  • 1914-1942
  • 1914, 1923-1942


  • Archaeology
  • Archaeological expeditions




  • Books
  • Clippings
  • Manuscripts
  • Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RS01060

Physical description

12.69 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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