The collection consists of images of exhibits of anthropological material. These include Oceanic and African implements and artifacts exhibited at the Field Columbian Museum; a William Henry Holmes-designed diorama in Piney Branch (1895); costumed mannequins and busts at the United States National Museum; the Smithsonian Exhibit at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago (1891); dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History; African artifacts in Herbert Ward's studio in Paris; and exhibit halls in the Smithsonian Arts and Industries building (1891). The photographers represented in the collection include Paul Edmond Beckwith, Henry E. Sorgersen & Co., and Harry C. Ellis.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 4
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Photographs of exhibits at the Pan-American Exposition, previously filed in Photo Lot 4, have been relocated to National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 87-2L.
Additional Harry C. Ellis photographs of Herbert Ward's studio held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 75-52.
Additional images of United States National Museum collections held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 99-41.
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Department of Anthropology photograph collection of anthropological exhibits, 1890-1910
Identification of artist provided by collector, who reported that the painting was made by applying tempera paint with a pointed stick.
Biographical / Historical:
Artist identified as "Teji-mo-ni," Walking in Light, Yankton Dakota (information from catalog card and R. DeMallie, Guide to Siouan Manuscripts, 1969.)
Paul Edmond Beckwith (1848-1907) was US Indian Agent for the Sisseton and Wahpeton Sioux at Devil's Lake, Dakota Territory from 1875 to 1876. A decade later he joined the Smithsonian's scientific staff, eventually becoming assistant curator in the Anthropology Department.