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Natalie Curtis Burlin Papers

Identifier: WH2284

Scope and Contents

Collection contains Curtis' notes, correspondence, short stories, histories, transcriptions, translations, and original music manuscripts documenting the following American Indian tribes: Yuma, Navajo, Zuni, Winnebago, Apache, Kiowa, Pawnee, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Dakota, Mojave, Kwakintl, Pima, San Juan Pueblo, Wabonaki, Penobscot. Included are notes and typescripts related to her book: Songs of Ancient America (1905).


  • 1902-1948


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Natalie Curtis was born on April 26, 1875 in New York City, N. Y. She attended the National Conservatory of Music as well as studying music in France and Germany. She was an American ethnomusicologist known for transcribing and notating American Indian and Afro-American music.. Her published works include: The Songs of Ancient America (1905), The Indians' Book (1907), and Negro folk-songs (1918-1919). She married artist Paul Burlin (1886-1969) in 1917. Natalie Curtis Burlin died on October 23, 1921, in Paris, France.


1 box

1 oversize box

Language of Materials


North American Indian languages




Apache languages

Wakashan languages

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Denver Art Museum, 2013.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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