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Catalog Data

Collection Creator:
Holstein, Otto, 1883-1934  Search this
34 Photographic prints
Photo-folder 19
Photo-folder 20
Photo-folder 21
Photo-folder 22
Photo-folder 23
Photo-folder 24
Photo-folder 25
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Scope and Contents:
This series includes photographic prints used to illustrate Otto Holstein's 1927 article "Chan-Chan: Capital of the Great Chimu" published in the American Geographical Society's Geographical Review, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Jan., 1927). The photographs include: Aerial shots of the ruins of Chan Chan; General views of Chan Chan including house ruins, walls of buildings, streets and fortifications; Before and after shots of the damage caused by the 1925 rains; Close-up shots of friezes and wall reliefs in Chan Chan; Temples of the Sun and Moon (Huaca del Sol y de la luna), including mural paintings; and examples of Chimu pottery and copper work from the collection at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Some of these same images can be found in Series 1 and Series 3. None of the aerial shots or AMNH object photography were made by Holstein. There is only one shot in this series that was not used in the publication (P08545).
Photographic prints have catalog numbers P08516-P08549.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Major Otto Holstein photographs from Chan Chan, Peru, Item Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
NMAI.AC.114, Series 2
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Major Otto Holstein photographs from Chan Chan, Peru
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian