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Emma A. Koch photograph collection of India, South Asia, and Australia

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Catalog Data

Koch, Emma Augusta, 1847-1932  Search this
Bourne & Shepherd  Search this
Scowen & Co.  Search this
Shepherd & Robertson  Search this
Bourne, Samuel, 1834-1912  Search this
Shepherd, Charles  Search this
165 mounted prints (circa 165 mounted prints, albumen)
Pushtuns  Search this
East Indians  Search this
Burmese  Search this
Andamanese (Indic people)  Search this
Assamese  Search this
Fakirs  Search this
Pakistanis  Search this
Sinhalese (Sri Lankan people)  Search this
Kashmiri (South Asian people)  Search this
Bengali (South Asian people)  Search this
Tibetans  Search this
Nepalese  Search this
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Mounted prints
Assam (India)
Bengal (India)
Rajasthan (India)
Tibet (China)
Sri Lanka
Andaman Islands (India)
Jammu and Kashmir (India)
circa 1862-1885
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs collected by Emma A. Koch documenting the people and natural and built environments of India, South Asia, and Australia. The collection largely consists of images of East Indian peoples, structures, scenery, and activities, including tea making and entertainment; areas of India most commonly depicted are Assam, Bengal, and the Andaman Islands. Additional photographs portray people, architecture, and scenery in Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Tibet, and Australia. Most of the photographs were likely taken by Samuel Bourne and Charles Shepherd (Bourne & Shepherd), with some made by Scowen & Co., Shepherd & Robertson, Benjamin F. Simpson, Reynolds, and Ganey.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 161, USNM ACC 40922
Location of Other Archival Materials:
This collection has been relocated from Photo Lot 79-38.
Photographs in the Koch Collection (accession 40922), previously filed in Photo Lot 97 and Photo Lot 8, have been relocated and merged with Photo Lot 161. These photographs were also collected and donated by Koch in 1903 and form part of this collection.
Additional photograhs by Bourne & Shepherd can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 82-44, Photo Lot 91-27, and Photo Lot 97.
Additional photographs by Shepherd & Robertson can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 8.
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives hold additional photographs by Benjamin Simpson, Samuel Bourne, Bourne & Shepherd, Scowen & Co., and Shepherd & Robertson.
Material found in Gus Van Beek's office can also be found in the National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 79-34.
Koch also donated an album of dried flowers to the Department of Anthropology as part of accession 40922.
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Emma A. Koch photograph collection of India, South Asia, and Australia, circa 1862-1885
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Architecture -- India  Search this
Tea trade  Search this
Photo lot 161, Emma A. Koch photograph collection of India, South Asia, and Australia, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives