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Henri F. Pittier photographs of Costa Rican people and artifacts

Creator:
Pittier, Henri, 1857-1950  Search this
Names:
Museo Nacional de Costa Rica  Search this
Extent:
1 page (Sheet music :)
128 prints (silver gelatin)
Culture:
Guatuso Indians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
pages
prints
Photographs
Date:
circa 1903-1904
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs of Guatuso Indians and activities including pottery making, as well as images of artifacts, mainly Indian whistles from the collections of the National Museum in San Jose. A sheet of music accompanies the photographs.
Biographical/Historical note:
Henri Francois Pittier de Fabrega (1857-1950) was a Swiss-born geographer, botanist, and anthropologist who accomplished most of his work in Central and South America. Educated in civil engineering at the University of Lausanne and Jena University, he moved to Costa Rica in 1887, where he became founder-director of the Instituto Fisico-geografico. About 1904, Pittier took a position as "Special Agent in Botanical Ingestigation in Tropical Agriculture in the Bureau of Plant Industry" for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He continued to work for the USDA until 1919, though his title was changed to Botanist in 1912. In 1919, he left the United States to become director of the Commercial Museum in Caracas, Venezuela, where he conducted extensive studies of the nation's flora.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 128
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional Pittier photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 14, Photo Lot 40, and Photo Lot 93.
Correspondence from Pittier is in the National Anthropological Archives in the records of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
Artifacts donated by Pittier are held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accessions 45947, 45831, 44747, and 65286.
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds Henri Pittier field notes (SIA Acc 12-350) and records relating to Pittier in SIA RU000192.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Whistles  Search this
Pottery craft  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 128, Henri F. Pittier photographs of Costa Rican people and artifacts, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.128
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-128

Robert Thomas Hill photograph collection of Central American Indians

Collector:
Hill, Robert Thomas, 1858-1941  Search this
Extent:
1 letter
29 mounted prints (albumen)
Culture:
Indians of Central America  Search this
Talamanca Indians  Search this
Guatuso Indians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
letters
mounted prints
Photographs
Correspondence
Place:
Colombia
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Panama
Date:
circa 1895
Scope and Contents note:
The bulk of the collection consists of photographs documenting Indians of Central America, including Cheripo, Guatuso, Talamanca, and Guatemala Indians. Additional photographs document stone artifacts found at grave sites, Panamanian women, people in Bogata, and a museum in San Jose, Costa Rica. The photographs may have been collected by Robert Thomas Hill from H. N. Rudd, a postcard publisher in Costa Rica. A letter from Rudd to Hill is also in the collection.
Biographical/Historical note:
Robert Thomas Hill (1858-1941) was a geologist best known for his work in Texas for the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Hill was orphaned during the Civil War and raised by his grandmother. While employed at his brother's newspaper in Comanche, Texas, he developed an interest in collecting rocks and fossils. In 1887, he earned a BS in geology from Cornell University. Hill worked for the USGS from 1885 to 1903 and is credited with discovering the Comanche Series of the Lower Cretaceous strata. Additionally, he conducted some preliminary studies in Central America and the West Indies between 1894 and 1902, collecting for the Bureau of American Ethnology and the United States National Museum. Hill resigned from the USGS in 1903 to pursue personal interests in geology and Texas history.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 170
Location of Other Archival Materials:
This collection has been relocated from Photo Lot 123.
Correspondence from Hill is held in the National Anthropological Archives in records of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
Artifacts collected by Hill are held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accessions 035646, 053949, 028088, and 034831.
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds a field notebook from Hill (1895, 1924) in SIA ACC. 12-126. Southern Methodist University, DeGolyer Library, and Autry National Center, Braun Research Library, hold collections of Hill's papers.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Correspondence
Citation:
Photo Lot 170, Robert Thomas Hill photograph collection of Central American Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.170
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-170

Portrait of Woman Wearing Arrow Made from Bark of Caoutchouc Tree 1887

Physical description:
1 photoprint 006 in x 008 in mounted on 007 in x 009 in
Culture:
Guatuso  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1887
Local number:
NAA INV 04221700
OPPS NEG 84-10865
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_54974
Additional Online Media:

Portrait of Group in Costume 1887

Physical description:
1 photoprint 009 in x 008 in mounted on 010 in x 008 in
Culture:
Guatuso  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1887
Local number:
NAA INV 04221800
OPPS NEG 91-967
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_54975
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Portrait of Woman in Costume n.d

Creator:
Pittier, Henri  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 006 in x 008 in mounted on 008 in x 010 in
Culture:
Guatuso  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04221900
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_54976
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Bark Cord (1 Hank)

Donor Name:
Government Of Nicaragua  Search this
Culture:
Guatuso  Search this
Object Type:
Cord
Place:
Costa Rica, Central America
Accession Date:
1895
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
029404
USNM Number:
E176328-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8351686
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