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Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore photographs relating to Japan and China

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah, 1856-1928  Search this
Names:
Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942  Search this
Thompson, E. B. (Ezra Bowen), 1865-1951 (possible photographer or publisher)  Search this
Extent:
50 Negatives (glass)
23 Negatives (nitrate)
120 lantern slides
Culture:
Japanese  Search this
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Negatives
Lantern slides
Photographs
Place:
Japan
China
Philippines
South America
Date:
circa 1914-1916
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs made and collected by Scidmore documenting life in Japan and China. They depict people, agriculture, crafting and jewelry, and natural and urban settings. Some additional photographs were made in South America and possibly the Philippines. The collection includes lantern slides published by the William H. Jackson Photo and Publishing Company of Denver and E. B. Thompson of Washington, DC.
Biographical/Historical note:
Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore (1856-1928) was an author, journalist, lecturer, and collector who traveled extensively and helped to bring the Japanese cherry blossoms to Washington, DC. She spent her early life in Madison, Wisconsin, and then moved during the Civil War to Washington, DC, with her mother and brother. She was educated for two years at Oberlin College before obtaining a position as a newspaper correspondent covering the capitalʹs social scene. Her career as a travel writer began in 1883 during a trip to Alaska which she documented in her first book, Alaska, Its Southern Coast and the Sitkan Archipelago (published 1885). Shortly thereafter, she lived for long periods of time in southern and eastern Asia, particularly in China, India, Japan, Java, and the Philippines. Scidmore promoted intercultural understanding and cooperation and particularly encouraged the relationship between America and Japan, where her brother served as a Consul General in Yokohama. She was decorated by the Japanese emperor for her sympathetic reporting of Japanʹs treatment of prisoners of war during the Russo-Japanese War. Though Scidmore contributed articles to many popular magazines, she was most active for National Geographic (between 1893 and 1914) and her photographs accompanied many articles. She also served on the National Geographic staff and on its board of managers.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 139
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional photographs made and collected by Scidmore are held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 97 and in the National Geographic Society archives.
The Department of Anthropology collections holds several artifacts donated by Scidmore.
Restrictions:
Original nitrate negatives are in cold storage and require advanced notice for viewing.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Handicraft  Search this
Transportation -- Japan  Search this
Agriculture -- Japan  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 139, Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore photographs relating to Japan and China, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.139
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-139
Additional Online Media:

Folder 7 Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah - Scofield, William. Correspondents include: Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore (1894-1898); Philip Lutley Sclater of the Zoological Society of London (1884-1896), regarding the work, "The Published Writings of Phillip Lutley Sclat...

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0189-refd1e6161

View Along Street Showing Group of Men in Costume n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04502000
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57980

View Along Street Near Fa-Ti Gardens Showing Four Men In Costume, One with Fan n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04502100
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57981

Children on Street Near Fa-Ti Gardens n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04502200
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57982

Women in Costume with Bound Feet in Fa-Ti Gardens n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 005 in x 004 in mounted on 005 in x 004 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04502300
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57983

Bamboo Plants Trained to Grow in Various Shapes in Fa-Ti Gardens n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04502400
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57984

Bamboo Plants Trained to Grow in Various Shapes in Fa-Ti Gardens n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04502500
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57985

Tree in Fa-Ti Gardens Trained to Grow in Shape of Dragon n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04502600
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57986

Tree in Fa-Ti Gardens Trained to Grow in Shape of Lion n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04502700
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57987

Plants in Fa-Ti Gardens Trained to Grow in Shape of Mandarins n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04502800
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57988

Plants in Fa-Ti Gardens Trained to Grow in Shape of Mandarins n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04502900
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57989

Plants in Fa-Ti Gardens Trained to Grow in Shape of Pagodas n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04503000
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57990

Courtyard in Howqua House n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04503100
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57991

Potted Plants in Courtyard of Howqua House n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04503200
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57992

Ancestral Temple of Howqua Family n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04503300
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57993

Image Inside Buddhist Temple of 500 Genii n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04503400
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57994

Child in Houseboat in Line of Houseboats; Man in Costume Stooping in Water Near Stone Landing; Basket Nearby n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04503500
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57995

Group in Costume and in Houseboats on Water n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 005 in x 004 in mounted on 005 in x 004 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04503600
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57996

Old Woman in Costume on Houseboat, Drawing Water from River n.d

Creator:
Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 005 in mounted on 004 in x 005 in
Culture:
Chinese  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04503700
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57997

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