Clyde Fisher and Te Ata Collection Edit


Mss. Coll. Fisher/Ata


  • 1924-1985 (Creation)
  • 1924-1949 (Creation)


  • 1 linear feet (Whole)



  • Abstract

    The Clyde Fisher and Te Ata Collection is mainly comprised or Dr. Fisher's travel journals, as well as biographical information related to him. We have travel journals from 1924 to 1946 from all over the world. Also in the collection are photographs, biographies, and articles written about Fisher. There are also publications written by Dr. Fisher during his career at the American Museum of Natural History.

  • Language of Materials

    The records are in English

  • Biography of Clyde Fisher

    George Clyde Fisher was born on May 22, 1878 near Sidney, Ohio. He obtained an A.B. from Miami in 1905 and a Ph.D. in botany from Johns Hopkins in 1913. He was later conferred an LL.D. from Miami in 1926. He became Principal of Palmer College Academy from 1907-1909 and acting President from 1909-1910. He also served as an instructor at Cornell, the University of Florida and the University of Tennessee before joining the staff at the American Museum of Natural History in 1913. In 1928 he became the Curator of the Department of Education and in 1935 was named the Head of the Hayden Planetarium. Later, in 1941, became the Honorary Curator. In 1905, he married Bessie Wiley and had three daughters, but they eventually divorced.Dr. Fisher had a great interest in the languages and customs of North American Indians, making several trips to the American Southwest. He also visited Arctic Lapland twice. His interest in Native American culture led him to meet his future wife, a Chickasaw Indiana Princess Te Ata. They married in 1933. Dr. Fisher was a member of several professional organizations including: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Astronomical Society, the Association of Variable Star Observers, the Society of Research in Meteorites, the Amateur Astronomers' Association, the Nature Study Society, the Torrey Botany Club, and the Explorers Club. He was also a fellow of the New York Academy, the New York Zoological Society, and the Linnaean Society in New York, and was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1932. He passed away on January 7, 1949.

  • Scope and Content

    The first series in the collection is Clyde Fisher's travel journals. Fisher was a dedicated traveler and spent a good amount of time between 1924 and 1946 traveling. He traveled to Lapland, Siberia, parts of Europe and the United States as well as other regions of the world.As a scholar, Fisher produced quite a few publications in his career and the second series in this collection are just a few of them. Some of his publications are related to his travels, as some of his traveling was for professional reasons.The last series in this collection are miscellaneous items. These include photocopies of biographies of Fisher, other items related to him, and some photographs.

  • Statement of Arrangement

    Series I: Travel Journals Series II: Publications Series III: Miscellaneous Materials

  • Related Material

    Te Ata: Chickasaw Storyteller, American Treasure by Richard Green E99.C55 A725 2002

  • Restrictions on Access

    This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University Libraries.

  • Restrictions on Use

    Reproduction of materials in the collection is subject to the restrictions of copyright law. To use any materials not yet in the public domain, the researcher must obtain permission from the copyright holder.

  • Preferred Citation

    Clyde Fisher and Te Ata Collection, The Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University Libraries

  • Acquisition Information

    This collection was donated by Te Ata in 1974.