Albert Samuel Gatschet

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Albert Samuel Gatschet
Born(1832-10-03)October 3, 1832
Beatenberg, Switzerland
DiedMarch 16, 1907(1907-03-16) (aged 74)
Known forWork on Native American languages
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
InstitutionsBureau of American Ethnology

Albert Samuel Gatschet (October 3, 1832, Beatenberg, Canton of Bern – March 16, 1907, Washington, D.C.) was a Swiss-American ethnologist who trained as a linguist in the universities of Bern and Berlin. He later moved to the United States and settled there in order to study Native American languages, a field in which he was a pioneer.

In 1877 he became an ethnologist with the US Geological Survey. In 1879 he became a member of the Bureau of American Ethnology, which was part of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1884, he was elected as a member to the American Philosophical Society.[1]

Gatschet published his observations of the Karankawa people of Texas. His study of the Klamath people located in present-day Oregon, published in 1890, is recognized as outstanding. In 1902 Gatschet was elected as a member of the American Antiquarian Society, whose members were studying ancient and historic peoples.[2]


  • Albert Samuel Gatschet (1891). The Klamath Indians of Southwestern Oregon: Letter of transmittal. Ethnographic sketch. Texts. Grammar. U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 1–. Retrieved 11 April 2013.


  1. ^ "APS Member History". Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  2. ^ "MemberListG | American Antiquarian Society". Retrieved Oct 23, 2020.

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