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dc.contributor.advisorHafertepe, Kenneth, 1955-
dc.contributor.authorJenkins, Joshua D.
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University. Dept. of Museum Studies.en
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-26T13:27:01Z
dc.date.available2009-08-26T13:27:01Z
dc.date.copyright2009-08
dc.date.issued2009-08-26T13:27:01Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/5425
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 99-103).en
dc.description.abstractFound amongst the collections of the Mayborn Museum Complex, the subject of this thesis is an enthralling fragment of a "Mystery Letter." Written in 1849 by Benjamin J. Kern, a surviving member of the Fourth Frémont Expedition, the letter weaves a harrowing tale of starvation, mutiny, and cannibalism. Significant to the history of the Western frontier, the letter also holds relevance to one of Baylor University's most beloved sons, John Kern Strecker. Revisiting Strecker and the Baylor University Museum through the lens of the undocumented object, much is learned about the institution's history. The letter is evaluated for its present and future function at Baylor, particularly in light of the growth of the Mayborn Museum Complex as it adapts along with its constituents and modern museum practice. Despite the letter's profound relevance to the museum and Strecker, the greatest public and academic use of the letter is via transfer to a more appropriate institution.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Joshua D. Jenkins.en
dc.format.extentvii, 103 p. : ill., port., photos.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.rightsBaylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en
dc.subjectAntiquities -- Collection and preservation.en
dc.subjectMayborn Museum Complex (Baylor University) -- History.en
dc.subjectStrecker, John Kern, 1875-1933.en
dc.subjectKern, Benjamin J. -- Correspondence.en
dc.subjectExplorers --- West (U.S.) -- Correspondence.en
dc.subjectFrémont, John Charles, 1813-1890.en
dc.titleReconciling the "mystery letter" : Frémont's fourth expedition, John Kern Strecker, and the Baylor University Museum.en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.description.degreeM.A.en
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen
dc.contributor.departmentMuseum Studies.en


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