Coxe, William, 1747-1828. Account of the Russian discoveries between Asia and America

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Account of the Russian discoveries between Asia and America

Published By: Original publisher London: Cadell and Davies. 1804. xxiv, 500 p. ill. [incomplete]

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication William Coxe

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2007. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Aleut (NA06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF History (175); Instigation of war (721);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a compilation of reports of the voyages of Russian explorers and hunters from 1711 to 1792, based on primary sources, many of them unpublished manuscripts. It contains material on many of the tribes of Siberia and Northwest America, but only the material on the Aleut has been processed. There are many discrepancies between the different reports and, as indicated in other sources, some inaccuracies. This is probably due not only to inaccurate and prejudiced reporting by some of the hunters, but also in a few cases to faulty translation and the conscious effort by the Aleuts to conceal their customs, particularly their religious customs, from the Russians. The period of Aleut culture covered is from the discovery of the Aleutian Islands by Bering in 1741 to the Billings expedition in 1790. The account of Bering's expedition is from Steller's journal and that of the Billings expedition from Sauer's journal. Since both of these sources are included in this collection (See 6: Golder and 16: Sauer), Coxe's translations have not been included. In addition, an account of the merchant Tolstykh's voyage is included in 2: Jochelson and therefore was not included in Coxe. In the period covered by Coxe, Aleut culture was changing as a result of contact with the Russians. An attempt was made to identify each passage as to date and locality.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 4

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. na06-004

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: This document consists of excerpts

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1711-1792

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Hunters-5, Explorers-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. LSS ; 1950-1956

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1745-1768

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Aleuts


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