The S.K. Lothrop collection primarily contains negatives, photographic prints, and lantern slides made by Lothrop while employed by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. Lothrop traveled on behalf of the Museum to New Mexico, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Peru. The four New Mexico negatives in this collection date from 1915, before Lothrop worked for the Museum, and depict scenes around Zuni. During his 1924 trip to El Salvador, Lothrop photographed volcanos, archaeological sites, antiquities, the landscape, villages, and native peoples engaged in pottery and rope making, food preparation, house building, and ceremonial activities. The 1925 views particularly concentrate on Argentina (but also Chile and Peru). The Argentina materials include views made in the Tierra del Fuego (also part of Chile), including depictions of the daily lives and ceremonial activities of natives peoples of Tierra del Fuego--Selk'nam (Ona) and Yámana (Yagán/Yahgan); the Patagonia landscape; and excavations undertaken by the Museum's La Plata Expedition. The 1928 Guatemala views include depictions of Mayan ruins of Zaculeu and of Tz'utuhil Maya (Tzutuhil/Zutigil), Quiché Maya (Quiche), and Kaqchikel Maya (Cakchiquel) people engaged in weaving, rope making, canoeing, and ceremonial actitivies. The collection also contains photographs made by Lothrop before he worked for the Museum, including 1915 views of effigy mounds in Wisconsin and views at Hopi, Acoma, and Santa Clara; 1917 views of Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, and El Salvador; and 1918 views of Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua.
Samuel Kirkland Lothrop was an archaeologist and photographer who extensively traveled and worked throughout Central America and South America. George Gustav Heye originally hired Lothrop to research native Guatemalan and El Salvadoran textiles and pottery. He subsequently excavated on behalf of the Museum of the American Indian in such places as the Tierra del Fuego. Here he photographed indigenous communities who would not survive the twentieth century as a distinct culture group. In 1923, he also photographed the activities of the Hendricks-Hodge Hawikku Expedition excavations. In addition to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, the Peabody Museum and the Carnegie Institute sponsored his research and archaeological work.
Historically, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation managed all photographic and related manuscript collections separately. This collection description represents current management practices of organizing and contextualizing related archival materials.
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Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Photographs Search this
Indians of Central America -- El Salvador -- Photographs Search this
Fuegians -- Social life and customs -- Photographs Search this
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Argentina -- Photographs Search this
S. K. Lothrop collection of negatives, photographs and lantern slides, 1915-1928, National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Smithsonian Institution (negative, slide or catalog number).
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.) Search this
116 Film reels (color silent reversal; 44,350 feet, 8mm and Super 8mm)
Panama Canal (Panama)
Walter Goetz was an amateur photographer who shot films on his many vacations. This collection contains film footage from 41 trips that he took between 1949 and 1986.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains film footage from 41 trips that Walter Goetz took to North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the South Pacific, Central and South America, and Asia. Goetz's travels spanned the years 1949 to 1986, with a trip almost every year. The collection does not contain the notes and photographs that he took or the artifacts that he collected while travelling.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
The films are arranged chronologically.
Biographical / Historical:
Walter George Goetz was born November 21, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York. He was the only child of Mary and Walter Goetz Sr., who lived in Glendale, Queens. Goetz worked for many years for AT&T. From an early age, he accumulated photographs and films of his travels, becoming an accomplished photographer. He loved to share his films at family gatherings, presenting the films with help from his copious notes, using artifacts brought home from his travels to enhance his talks.
Walter and his family moved to New Jersey and then to Florida, where they lived for 23 years. Hawaii became Walter's favorite place to visit, and he and his family often travelled there for 4 to 6 weeks at a time.
At his death, Goetz asked that his films be shared. He died March 13, 2018, in Spring Hill, Florida at the age of 86.
Descriptions given to the HSFA by the Goetz family.
The Walter Goetz films were donated by the Goetz family.
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
The Story of the Human Race. Notes for Lecture. 1916. (Sketches Nos. I and IX Missing) 2. Bearing of Archeological Evidence on the Place of Origin and on the Question of the Unity or Plurality of the American Race. 1912. 3. Art in Stone. Lithic Art in History. 4. Stone Age Among Eastern and Northern Tribes. 5. The Place of Archeology in Human History. 1915. 6. American Archeology. Prepared for the International Cyclopedia. 1913. 7. Dr. Holmesʹ Letter to Colonel Sherrill, April 29, 1925 concerning erection of bronze copy of the Piney Branch Quarry group. One illustration. 8. The Great Lesson of the Quarry Shops. 9. The End of Paleolithic Man in America, 1889-1894.
10. America and the Far East. 11. Paper on trans-oceanic contacts. (First six pages of this article missing.) 12. The American Man and his Culture. 13. Handbook of Aboriginal American Antiquities. Preface and table of Contents. (Volume left unfinished with Mr. Judd, Bulletin 60, pt. 2)
14. Report to Dr. Langley suggesting archeological explorations. 1904. 15. The Story of our Local Aborigines, Historic and Prehistoric. (Lecture for museum course, 1918-19.) 16. Sites of Aboriginal Occupation. (Local) 17. On the Race History and Facial Characteristics of the Aboriginal Americans. (Taken from Art and Archeology, and incomplete.) 18. An Adventure with the Indians. 1875. 19. Letter of W. H. Jackson to W. H. Holmes, Fort Defiance, Arizona Territory, April 27, 1877. Re issue of cattle to the Navajo Indians and other matters. -- Miscellaneous scraps.
NAA MS 4695
Photographs filed separately; see separate catalog entry under Photos, 4695 (part).
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies Search this
3.03 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Latin America -- Civilization
Spain -- Civilization
Central America -- Civilization
North America -- Civilization
This accession consists of materials created by the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies and its predecessor, the Office of Folklife Programs, 1978-1991,
for the Smithsonian Institution's Columbus Quincentenary program, which marked the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's first landfall in what would become the Americas
on October 12, 1492. The unit facilitated three symposia for the program: "Seeds of the Past: A Quincentenary Symposium" (1988); "Seeds of Commerce: Cultural and Economic
Exchange in the Caribbean" (1989); and "Seeds of Industry: Transformations of Indigenous Technology in the Americas" (1990). Materials include correspondence and memoranda;
brochures; clippings; press releases; audiotapes; images; articles; resumes; lecture notes; site maps; posters; budget files; meeting agendas and notes; and other related
materials. Some materials are in electronic format.
17 Reels (16mm, black and white/color, silent. camera original reversal/print, 18,180 feet)
Tahiti (French Polynesia : Island)
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
Little is known about the filmmaker Joseph Ross He travelled extensively and also had an intense interest in gardens and gardening. The films reflect these interests. Although most document his travels, several were shot around his home of gardens being planted and mature gardens.
Scope and Contents:
The colletion consists of footage presumably shot by Joseph Ross during his travels and around his home. Hawaii, Japan, New Zealand, Tahiti, Mexico, and Guatemala are featured in the travel films. The travel films include tourist footage as well as limited documenation of local peoples and traditional cultural activities.
The collection is arranged in two series:(1) Motion Picture Films, 1937-1961; (2) Photographs, 1947
Biographical / Historical:
Little is known about the filmmaker Joseph Ross. He was the great uncle of the donor's wife and he owned a business in Albany, New York. He travelled extensively and also had an intense interest in gardens and gardening. The films reflect these interests. Although most document his travels, several were shot around his home of gardens being planted and finished gardens.
These films were donated to the National Anthropological Film Collection by Jim Shreve in 2018.
Collection is open for research use although only reference copies may be used. For more information contact the staff at HSFA@si.edu .