Photographs of artifacts from the Wilkes Expedition, circa 1880-1890
Lindt, J. W (John William) 1845-1926
Collector and photographer:
United States National Museum Department of Anthropology
United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842)
38 prints : silver gelatin
Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)
The second USS Albatross, a United States Fish Commission steamer, embarked on expeditions in the South and Central Pacific in the 1880s and 1890s. On one of these expeditions, the Smithsonianʹs Department of Anthropology sent photographs of material in its Oceanic collection for additional information gathering, probably including the photographs in this collection.
Photographs depicting artifacts collected and peoples encountered during the Wilkes Expedition, also known as the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. Photos were made and bound in covers and submitted to the US Fish and Fisheries with the request that they be carried on the next voyage of the Albatross to the pacific, in order to secure more information about the objects. Photographs include images of clubs, axes, spears, sennit rolls, paddles and canoes, a drum, clothing, and people from Fiji, Hawaii, the Marquesas Islands, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands. Many of the photographs are notated with the artifacts' probable origins. The photographs were possibly made by the Department of Anthropology, and John William Lindt, with some collected by Gustavus Goward.
Photo lot 73-50, Photographs of artifacts from the Wilkes Expedition, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution