Erminnie A. Smith

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Erminnie A. Smith, née Erminnie Adele Platt (1836—1886) was an anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology. She has been called the "first woman field enthnographer".[1]

Erminnie Smith published works on the Iroquois people, she was active in collecting their legends and employed John Napoleon Brinton Hewitt to assist in this work.[2]


Erminnie Adele Platt was born in 1836, graduating in 1853 from the Troy Seminary in New York. She married Simeon H. Smith. The Aesthetic Society of Jersey City was founded by her in 1876.[3]

She died in May, 1886.[4]


  • Myths of the Iroquois, 1883.


  1. ^ Kirstin Olsen (1994). Chronology of Women's History. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-313-28803-6. 
  2. ^ Johansen, Bruce Elliott; Mann, Barbara Alice (2000). "John Napoleon Brinton Hewitt". Encyclopedia of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy). Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-313-30880-2. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Karnoutsos, Carmela (2007). "Erminnie Adelle Platt Smith, 1836-1886 Founder of the Aesthetic Society of Jersey City". New Jersey City University. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Tooker, Elisabeth; Graymont, Barbara (2007). "J. N. B. Hewitt". In Regna Darnell; Frederic Wright Gleach. Histories of Anthropology Annual. U of Nebraska Press. pp. 74–6. ISBN 0-8032-6664-2.