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Cite As:Constance Goddard DuBois papers, #9167. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

The papers include her field notes from her summers in California, notes on her activities with the Connecticut Indian Association, and newspaper clippings relating to Indian affairs, particularly those in California. Drafts of manuscripts for her publications on Luiseno religion, Diegueno mythology, and other subjects relating to the Mission Indians of California are included in the collection. Letters written to Du Bois from 1897 to 1909 comprise a significant part of the collection. She corresponded with such notables in the field of anthropology as Alfred Kroeber, O.T. Mason, Frederick W. Hodge, and Clark Wissler, as well as with representatives of Indian-aid organizations such as the Indian Industrial League and the Indian Rights Association.

The Du Bois papers are a window into the lives of the Indians in southern California at the turn of the century. They are especially useful in demonstrating the relationship between the Mission Indians and those, like Constance Du Bois, who served as their intermediaries with the state and federal governments. Preserving this collection archivally on microfilm ensures its availability to future scholars, and makes it accessible in libraries throughout the country via inter-library loan. While much of the collection warrants individual preservation treatment as well, this microfilm edition is an important first step.