Matilda Coxe Stevenson
|Matilda Coxe Stevenson|
|Born||Matilda Coxe Evans
May 12, 1849
San Augustine, Texas
|Died||June 24, 1915
Oxon Hill, Maryland
|Institutions||Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution|
|Alma mater||Miss Annable's Academy; private study of law with her father, Alexander H. Evans; of chemistry and geology with Dr. N. M. Mew of the Army Medical School, Washington, D.C.; of ethnology with her husband, James Stevenson, of the USGS|
|Spouse||James D. Stevenson (m. 1872)|
Life and career
Born Matilda Coxe Evans, in 1872 she married James Stevenson (1840-1888), an ethnologist with whom she spent 13 years in explorations of the Rocky Mountain region. In the 1880s, the Stevensons "formed the first husband-wife team in anthropology." Matilda Coxe Stevenson's contributions often focused on women and family life, for which she "quickly developed a reputation as a vigorous and devoted scientist."
After 1889 she was on the staff of the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution. Stevenson explored the cave, cliff, and mesa ruins of New Mexico, studied all the Pueblo tribes of that state, and from 1904 to 1910 made a special study of the Taos and Tewa Native Americans. Artifacts collected by Matilda and James Stevenson are in the collections of the Department of Anthropology in the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. Papers from Stevenson are in the Institution's National Anthropological Archives.
|Library resources about
Matilda Coxe Stevenson
|By Matilda Coxe Stevenson|
Stevenson was the author of:
- Zuñi and the Zuñians (1881)
- The Religious Life of the Zuñi Child (1888)
- The Sia, Zuñi Scalp Ceremonials (1890) (link is an excerpt)
- The Sia (1894)
- Zuñi Ancestral Gods and Masks (1898)
- Ethnobotany of the Zuñi Indians
- The Zuñi Indians: Their Mythology, Esoteric Fraternities, and Ceremonies (1904)
- "Yellowstone National Park: Its Exploration and Establishment (Biographical Appendix)". Retrieved 2012-04-06.
- McBride, Jennifer. "Matilda Coxe Evans Stevenson". Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- Babcock, Barbara A.; Parezo, Nancy J. (1988). Daughters of the Desert: Women Anthropologists and the Native American Southwest, 1880-1980. University of New Mexico Press. p. 9. ISBN 0826310877.
- Lorini, Alessandra (2003). "Alice Fletcher and the Search for Women's Public Recognition in Professionalizing American Anthropology". Cromohs. 8. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
- "Guide to the Collections of the National Anthropological Archives". Retrieved 2013-01-15.
- Kathryn Klar (2002). "John P. Harrington's field work methods: in his own words" (PDF). Report of the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages. Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Conference. 12: 9–17. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
- Parezo, Nancy J. (1989). "Matilda Coxe Evans Stevenson". In Gacs, Ute; Khan, Aisha; McIntyre, Jerrie; & Weinberg, Ruth (eds.). Women Anthropologists: Selected Biographies (Illini Books edition, Reprint of Westport, CT: Greenwood Press original, 1988. ed.). Urbana: University of Illinois Press. pp. 337–343. ISBN 0-252-06084-9. OCLC 19670310.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Matilida Coxe Stevenson". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- Foote, Cheryl J. (1990). "6: "Every Moment is Golden for the Ethnologist" Matilda Coxe Stevenson in New Mexico". Women of the New Mexico Frontier, 1846-1912 (1st ed.). Niwot, Colo.: University Press of Colorado. pp. 117–146. ISBN 0-87081-215-7.
- James, Henry Clebourne (1974). Pages from Hopi History. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press. ISBN 978-0-8165-0500-5.
- A perspective on Stevenson's research methods in relation to the Hopi, p. 109-110.
- McBride, Jennifer. "Matilda Coxe Evans Stevenson" on the Women's Intellectual Contributions to the Study of Mind and Society website
- Miller, Darlis A. (2007). Matilda Coxe Stevenson: Pioneering Anthropologist. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3832-9.