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Mary Harriman Rumsey collection of Harriman Alaska Expedition photographs

Collector:
Rumsey, Mary Harriman, 1881-1934.  Search this
Names:
Harriman Alaska Expedition (1899)  Search this
Photographer:
Averell, William H.  Search this
Coe, Wesley R. (Wesley Roswell), 1869-1960  Search this
Cole, Leon J. (Leon Jacob), 1877-1948  Search this
Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952  Search this
Devereux, W. B.  Search this
Gilbert, Grove Karl, 1843-1918  Search this
Harriman, Edward Henry, 1848-1909  Search this
Keen, Dora, 1871-  Search this
Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942  Search this
Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)  Search this
Ridgway, Robert, 1850-1929  Search this
Artist:
Schreyvogel, Charles, 1861-1912  Search this
Extent:
396 Lantern slides
286 Photographic prints
1 Map
Culture:
Suquamish  Search this
Hopi Pueblo  Search this
Pikuni Blackfeet (Piegan)  Search this
Yakutat Tlingit  Search this
A:shiwi (Zuni)  Search this
Apache  Search this
Yuit (Siberian Yup'ik)  Search this
Tlingit  Search this
Alaskan Eskimo  Search this
Unangan (Aleut)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Lantern slides
Photographic prints
Maps
Place:
British Columbia
Siberia (Russia)
Alaska
Date:
1898-1900
1903
1914
bulk 1899-1899
Summary:
The Mary Harriman Rumsey collection largely consists of photographic prints and lantern slides documenting the Harriman Expedition to Alaska in summer 1899. These depict members of the expedition and Alaskan scenery and people. The collection also includes scenic photographs of Alaska taken by Dora Keen in 1914 and photographs of Blackfeet, Hopi, Apache, and Suquamish Indians made by Edward Curtis in 1900 and 1903.
Scope and Contents:
The bulk of the collection comprises photographic prints, lantern slides, and one map documenting the Harriman Alaska Expedition from May to July of 1899. These photographs were made by members of the expedition, most prominently its official photographer Edward S. Curtis, funder Edward Henry Harriman, and lead scientist C. Hart Merriam. They depict Alaskan scenery, members of the expedition, and Native people and settlements that they encountered. Mary Harriman Rumsey's collection also includes later platinum prints of American Indians made and signed by Curtis (1900, 1903), photographs of glaciers in Alaska by Dora Keen (1914), a photograph of a painting by Charles Schreyvogel (1903), and a photograph of White Pass by Arthur Clarence Pillsbury (1898).
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in three series: photographs relating to the Harriman Expedition; photographs of Alaska that were not made on the Harriman Expedition; and other photographs relating to American Indians. The Harriman series is arranged in a rough chronological order.
Biographical / Historical:
Mary Harriman Rumsey (1881-1934) was an important American philanthropist and the oldest child of railroad tycoon Edward Henry Harriman. In 1901, while studying at Barnard College, she co-founded the Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements (later named the Junior League of the City of New York), which facilitated charitable work by privileged women among New York's impoverished groups. Rumsey's efforts lead to the establishment of the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. in 1921. Additionally, Rumsey co-founded Today magazine with her brother Averell Harriman and others, and in 1933 she chaired the Consumer Advisory Board of the National Recovery Administration.

In 1899, Mary Harriman was among the Harriman family members who accompanied the Harriman Alaska Expedition. Originally planned as a bear-hunting trip for the family, the expedition, was funded by Edward Henry Harriman and organized with the help of ethnographer and naturalist Clinton Hart Merriam. The party of accomplished scientists, naturalists, photographers, artists, and writers cruised from British Columbia to Siberia and back on a private ship, the SS George W. Elder, in June and July of 1899. The scientists' findings were published in the thirteen-volume Harriman Alaska Series, and Harriman also paid the expedition's official photographer, Edward S. Curtis, to compile souvenir albums from the over 5,000 photographs made during the course of the expedition.
Related Materials:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives, University of Washington Special Collections, and Library of Congress have photo albums relating to the Harriman Alaska Expedition. The SI Archives also holds the Harriman Alaska Expedition Collection and photogravure plates from the Harriman Alaska Series.

NMAI holds photogravure plates and proofs made from Edward Curtis's later photographs and Frederick Dellenbaugh's expedition notes in the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation records. The National Anthropological Archives also holds Curtis photographs and papers.
Separated Materials:
The following materials were also part of Mary Harriman Rumsey's estate, gifted to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, in 1934. Where possible, their current locations have been noted.

33 artifacts, most of which were likely collected in Alaska by the Harriman Alaska Expedition, are now housed in the NMAI object collection (catalog numbers 18/6460 - 18/6494)

A set of Harriman Alaska Expedition books, probably now in the Cornell University Libraries

4 phonograph records

A bundle of botanical specimens
Provenance:
This collection was donated as part of the estate of Mary Harriman Rumsey to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, in May 1934.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited users to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not changed, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian.
Topic:
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mary Harriman Rumsey Collection of Harriman Alaska Expedition Photographs, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.053
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Mary Harriman Rumsey collection of Harriman Alaska Expedition photographs
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv4043dd48c-ff74-4ab4-8c80-e46a55517c90
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-053
Online Media:

Robert Ridgway Sitting at a Desk

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 5w x 7h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
c. mid 1890s
Topic:
Ornithologists  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Birds  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-0031
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_12510

Robert Ridgway's Drawing of a Robin

Author:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 11w x 8h; Type of Image: Drawing; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Drawing
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1900
Topic:
Ornithologists  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Birds  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Art and science  Search this
Art  Search this
Scientific illustration  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-1695
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13519

Robert Ridgway's Drawing of a Junco

Author:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 11w x 8h; Type of Image: Drawing; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Drawing
Date:
c. 1900
Topic:
Ornithologists  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Art and science  Search this
Art  Search this
Scientific illustration  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-1696
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13520

Robert Ridgway

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 8w x 10h ; Type of Image: Person, candid ; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1884
Topic:
Curators  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Birds  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Ornithologists  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2010-1672 or 91-2158
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_7863

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #120

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00114]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368646

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #56

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00110]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368657

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #60

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00113]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368677

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #121

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00115]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368678

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #148

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00117]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368680

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #148

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00118]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368681

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #149

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00119]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368682

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #149

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00120]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368683

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #149a

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00121]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368684

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #149a

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00122]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368685

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #150

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00124]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368687

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #150

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00125]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368688

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #151

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00126]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368689

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #151

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00127]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368690

Robert Ridgway Bird Head Drawing #152

Creator:
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Type:
Drawings (visual works)
Local number:
SIA RU007167 [SIA2014-00128]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368691

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