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One of the cabinet cases in the first collection of B.W.Stevens. Photo courtesy of Bobby Onken.

B.W. Stevens (1897-1971) is recognized as one of the great collectors of Indian artifacts. Known as “Stevie” to his friends, he gained an interest in collecting and archaeology as a boy when he was befriended by Don Dickson and was involved in early excavations at
Dickson Mounds. He became a commercial artist by trade, and resided in Quincy, Illinois. He started building a collection in his teens, and by the 1930’s, was recognized as a major figure in Indian artifacts. He was one of three appraisers of the massive Edward Payne collection in 1935, and added choice pieces from it to his collection. Dr. T.H.Young eventually acquired his entire collection in 1953 for the unheard of price of $105,000. He then went on to acquire and build a second collection until his death in January of 1971. He was a founder of the Illinois State Archaeological Society and served as their editor for many years. In addition, he was President of the CSASI in 1965 and 1966 and further served as the CSASI Librarian.

His collection covered all aspects, from points to pottery, and he made special efforts to acquire notable and exceptional pieces. He was diligent in cataloging his collection, and today it is possible to know when and from whom he acquired an artifact, as well as when he disposed of it. He also included a small hand drawn picture in his catalog to add in the description. If you have an artifact from his collection, you can identify it by his sticker, which shows the catalog number and location of the find. If you match that to his catalog, a great deal of additional information can be acquired.

His collection would be difficult to collect today, even with unlimited resources, as it was assembled at a time when there were less people collecting and choice artifacts could be acquired for a reasonable amount.

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Message from your Editor
Letters to the Editor
Readers Share Some Finds
Thoughts About Collecting Indian Relics
Bob Reeves
From Zero to Six
John Ray
Kentucky Marks the Westernmost Occurance of Elusive Stanly Points
Peter G. Murphy and Alice J. Murphy
A Website for Everyone
Lloyd E. Schroder
Life is Always Full of Surprises
Steven R. Cooper
Invisible Labeling of Your Collection: Hiding the Grafitti With UV Light
E.J. Neiburger
Axe and Hoe Double Wammy V. Gary Henry 22
A Restored Unfinished Soapstone Bowl Clarence G. Mason 23
A New Poster from the Illinois State Archaeological Society Rob Reber 24
The Early Bird Tim Brawner 25
A Truly Extraordinary Cache from Mississippi
Joe Kinker
A Collectors Showroom: The Collection of Sam Cox, Lexington Kentucky
Alkaline Lake Paint Cup Don Schultz 30
The Whole Equals the Sum of its Parts David L. Lutz 31
The History of an Artifact and its Previous Collectors: A Carolina
“Medicine Tube” Soapstone Pipe
Ron L. Harris 34
A Blast to the Past - 1921: Some Personal Experiences of an Indian Relic Hunter William L. Waters 37
Wisconsin Winged Fetish: A Rare Artifact from Pike County, Illinois Korhan B. Raif 40
A Collector Portrait: Ron “Curly” Babler of Two Rivers, Wisconsin Jeffery Steiner 41
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Alfred Savage

My First Point, or Happy Birthday to me, or Happy New Year
Kevin Willert 43
An Extinct Stag-Moose (Cervalces scotti) Shed Antler with Chop Marks David A. Easterla, Ph.D. 44
Book Reviews:
Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession Jim Glanville
Clues to the Past   46
My Find: What do You Think? Darrel Higgens 48
Membership Application   52
Officers and Societies   53
Calendar of Events   56