Photograph depicting Smithsonian officials Dr. Frank M. Setzler, Dr. David H. Johnson, and H. G. Deignan with opened boxes and artifacts from the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land in 1948. Collection includes a narrative description provided by the news service.
The Harris & Ewing photo studio, started in 1905 by George W. Harris and Martha Ewing, was both a portrait studio and news service. The news service was sold in 1945 but maintained the name, "Harris-Ewing Photographic News Service," in its publications after that time.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 80-36
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The artifacts pictured and other artifacts from the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land can be found in the Departments of Anthropology, Vertebrate Zoology, Invertebrate Zoology, and Paleobiology in accession 178294.
Additional photographs by Harris & Ewing can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 24, Photo Lot 33, Photo Lot 77-80, and Photo Lot 78-20.
The National Anthropological Archives holds the Frank Maryl Setzler Papers, which include information on his curatorial activities.
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
American Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, 1948 Search this
Photo lot 80-36, Harris & Ewing Photographic News Service photograph of Smithsonian officials unpacking boxes from American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Personal narrative of travels to the equinoctial regions of the new continent during the years 1799-1804 by Alexander de Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland : with maps, plans, &c. / written in French by Alexander de Humboldt ; and translated into English by Helen Maria Williams ; Vols. I. & II
Sources of the Nile : subscription to raise £2000 for sending an expedition under Mr. Petherick, H.B.M. Consul at Khartùm, up the Nile to Explore its sources, and to aid that of Captain Speke, already despatched by way of Zanzibar, for the same destination
Sources of the Nile: subscriptions to raise funds for Petherick and Speke's expeditions
Four years in the government exploring expedition; commanded by Captain Charles Wilkes : to the island of Madeira, Cape Verdi Island, Brazil ... &c., &c. in one volume / by Lieut. Geo. M. Colvocoresses, U.S. Navy, an officer of the expedition
Colvocoresses, George M (George Musalas) 1816-1872 Search this
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives'
record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program
staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted
by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., was interviewed for his achievements in sport fishing, his contributions to National Museum of Natural History, and his service to the Smithsonian
The Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., Interview was conducted on March 12, 2002, by Judy Terry Smith and Clyde F. E. Roper from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural
History. The interview discusses Glassell's background and early career in the petroleum industry; his adventures in sport fishing; the scientific expedition to the Indian
Ocean aboard his ship, the Argosy; the capture of the world record 1,560 pound black marlin; his induction into the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Hall
of Fame; his wife and family; his first visit to the Smithsonian Institution; the formation of the Smithsonian National Board; his views on leadership, development, and museum
outreach; the scientific expedition with the University of Miami Marine Institute (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences); and other angler friends. The collection
consists of 2.5 hours of audiotape recording, 75 pages of transcript, and occupies 0.5 cubic feet of shelf space. The interview has been digitized for preservation purposes,
so the collection also consists of 5 digital audio .wav files and 5 digital .mp3 files. Box 1 contains transcript of the interview, digital .mp3 files and cassette copies
of the original micro-cassette recordings, which are in security storage.
Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. (1913-2008), a leader in the petroleum industry and an advocate for marine biology research, was a generous supporter of the Smithsonian Institution.
He was born on March 13, 1913, in northwest Louisiana on Cuba Plantation, a remote cotton plantation near the Red River. He received a B.A. from Louisiana State University
in 1934, and in 1945, after serving approximately three and half years in the U.S. Army, he moved to Houston, Texas. Glassell traveled the world extensively hunting marlin,
blue fin tuna, and swordfish. He was a member of the U.S. Team in the International Tuna Cup Matches for seven years and served as captain of the 1952 second-place team. He
secured the world record title for hooking a 1,560 pound black marlin, the largest grander caught on rod and reel, off the coast of Cabo Blanco, Peru, on August 4, 1953. Glassell
donated the immense fish to the Smithsonian for a new hall titled Life in the Sea at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). As an accomplished sport fisherman,
he was inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame in 2001.
He organized scientific expeditions around the world aboard his vessel, the Argosy, for Yale University in 1957, and in 1961 for the University of Miami, where a
research laboratory bears his name. He was named an Honorary Member of the Smithsonian National Board of which he was a founding member. In 1991, the Smithsonian Benefactors'
Circle recognized him for a lifetime of patronage and dedication to the Smithsonian Institution. He founded the Glassell School of Art, a teaching wing at the Museum of Fine
Arts in Houston (MFAH) where his world-renowned collection of gold is housed, and he served as Chairman Emeritus of the MFAH board of trustees.
Restricted (Tapes and transcripts). The Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., oral history interview may not be used without the written permission of Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., or his heirs or assigns.
National Museum of Natural History, Biodiversity Program Search this
17 cu. ft. (17 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of records that document the administrative activities of the Smithsonian Institution's Biodiversity Program (BDP) as maintained by Marsha E.
Sitnik, Scientific Program Administrator. Some of the projects and programs represented in the files include the BIOLAT (Biological Diversity in Tropical Latin America) program;
the BDFF (Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments) project; the Neotropical Lowland Research Program; and the ICB (Institute for Conservation Biology). The files also document
collaborative projects with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Materials include conference and workshop programs; grant and research proposals; mission statements;
memoranda regarding research, exhibitions, and outreach functions; lists of specimens; reports on environmental programs; personnel records; meeting minutes; budget reports;
brochures and pamphlets; photographs; maps; curricula vitae; and other administrative material. Records predating 1990 were compiled and maintained by the Program for administrative
and reference use. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2015; Transferring office; 3/22/1996 memorandum, Shimaka to Borden; Contact reference staff for details.
This accession consists of records documenting the travels and family of Melbourne Armstrong Carriker, ornithologist and entomologist specializing in bird lice. His
association with the Smithsonian Institution began in 1940, when he collected birds in Vera Cruz, Mexico, for the United States National Museum (USNM). From 1941 to 1952,
Carriker conducted collecting expeditions to Colombia for the USNM. From 1953 until his death, Carriker held the honorary post of Collaborator in the Department of Entomology
of the National Museum of Natural History.
Carriker's travels documented in this accession include expeditions and collecting trips to Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, and Costa Rica as well as family vacations throughout
the United States. Materials primarily include photographs and negatives, but also include narratives, diaries, and other writings; clippings; correspondence; and maps. Some
materials were created about Carriker shortly after his death. Also included in these records is a book written by his son, Melbourne Romaine Carriker, about the Carriker
family in 2000, titled Vista Nieve: The Remarkable True Adventures of an Early Twentieth Century Naturalist and His Family in Columbia, South America. The book was
written using the materials in this accession.
This accession consists of 31 photographs taken at Barro Colorado Island in 1930 by David B. Dill, Sr., during his scientific expedition to Panama. David B. Dill, Jr.,
joined his father on the trip. Materials also include typewritten excerpts from the younger Dill's letters written home to his mother and sister. The Panama facility was later
renamed the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
This accession consists of 76 photogravure plates from the Harriman Alaska Series, a 14-volume publication detailing the Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899. The plates
were made from photographs and drawings made during the Expedition. Prominent photographers include C. Hart Merriam and Edward S. Curtis.
3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
This accession consists mainly of the professional correspondence of John J. Wurdack, botanist, during his tenure in the National Museum of Natural History, Department
of Botany, 1960-1991; and before that, at the New York Botanical Garden. Also included are drafts of manuscripts, expedition reports, and miscellaneous files.
United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842) Search this
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
These records consist of pencil and color drawings prepared for the Report on Mollusca of the United States Exploring Expedition. Artists represented include Joseph
Drayton, Joseph P. Couthouy, Frederick M. Bayer, and A. F. Bellows. This accession relates to materials in Record Unit 7186.
Most notebooks of entomologists are retained as part of that person's papers; but for convenience, others are retained in this collection. The notebooks for the most
part contain information relating to specimens in the National Museum of Natural History.
These papers consist of correspondence with professional colleagues, mainly regarding attempts to describe material collected by the State University of Iowa Expedition
to Barbados and Antigua. Custody history of the correspondence is unknown.
Dayton Stoner (1883-1944) was educated at the State University of Iowa and served in a number of posts before becoming State Zoologist in the New York State Museum
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
This collection consists of lantern slides, a photograph album, and loose photographs taken by Henry C. Kellers on the United States Naval Observatory Eclipse Expeditions
to the Philippine Islands, 1929, and Nivafoou Island, 1930.
Henry C. Kellers (1874-1954) was born in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of the South Carolina Medical School, Kellers joined the United States Navy as a Hospital
Steward in 1903. During the First World War he served as Assistant Surgeon with the Navy. He was promoted to Lieutenant in the Medical Corps in 1920 and to Lieutenant Commander
in 1931. In 1938, he was placed on the Retired List of Officers of the Navy. He was recalled to active duty in 1939, serving until 1945 when he again retired. Kellers died
in Oakland, California.
During his career in the Navy, Kellers participated in several scientific expeditions. He was a member of the United States Naval Observatory Eclipse Expeditions of 1925,
1927, 1929, and 1930 to Sumatra, Nicaragua, the Philippine Islands, and Nivafoou Island, respectively. On these expeditions, Kellers served as a representative of the Smithsonian
Institution for the purpose of making biological collections. While in Nicaragua in 1927, he collected over 130 animals and birds for the National Zoological Park; and he
secured over 10,000 zoological specimens from the Philippine Islands in 1929.
This accession consists of the National Museum of Natural History, Field Book Project website as it existed on January 3, 2013. The Field Book Project is a joint initiative
between the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives to create a single online location for scholars and others to visit when searching
for field books and other field research materials. The website includes information about the project as well as educational activities and lesson plans. Materials are in
This accession consists of the Field Book Project blog as it existed on January 14, 2014. The Field Book Project is a joint initiative between the National Museum of
Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives to create a single online location for scholars and others to visit when searching for field books and other field
research materials. The blog highlights materials found while cataloging the materials and provides context for their creation. It was established in March 2011. Materials
are in electronic format.
This accession consists of the online exhibition "Living Fossils of the Deep: An Expedition to the Bahamian Sea Floor" on the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)
website as it existed on April 15, 2016. The exhibition documents a 1999 expedition by NMNH and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute scientists to the Bahamas to study invertebrates
and their surroundings. The web pages were created around the time of the expedition and remained largely unchanged until they were removed from the website shortly after
this crawl. Materials are in electronic format.
This record unit consists of a small amount of notes, lists, and illustrations in the Archives, and a much larger quantity of field notes, catalogs, and records kept
in the Division of Fishes, Cataloging Room.