The collection consists of 47 lantern slides, some hand‐colored, that appear to have been made to illustrate a talk by Waite entitled, "Desert Sheiks." Images show Algerian nomadic people, their camps, and activities including animal husbandry, Algerian towns and villages, and views of the Algerian countryside. There are also several images of the Beloit College expedition camp and participants, including one photograph of George Waite taping up film cans.
George L. Waite was a photographer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the spring of 1930, when he was about 60 years old, Waite volunteered as photographer for the sixth Beloit College Logan Museum of Anthropology Algerian expedition, led by Alonzo W. Pond. His primary role was to provide photographic and cinematic documentation of the excavation activities and daily lives of the 20 expedition members.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 2010-12
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Films relating to the 1930 expedition and George L. Waite's role and photographer are held in the Human Studies Film Archives in HSFA 82.5.1, HSFA 82.5.2-1, HSFA 82.5.2-2, and HSFA 82.5.8.
The Beloit College Archives holds additional photographs of the expedition.
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Photo Lot 2010-12, George L. Waite "Desert Sheiks" lantern slides, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.