Mounted photographs, probably from a small exhibit relating to Ferdinand V. Hayden's surveys, 1872-1874. The collection includes copies of photographs and drawings depicting Hayden in 1872, Hayden and his assistants in 1874, Hayden's assistants in 1924, the entire survey party at Yellowstone, and a cliff house photographed during the surveys. The collection includes one photograph made by William Henry Jackson.
Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden (1829-1887) was a physician and geologist best known for his expeditions and geological surveys of the late 19th century. After the American Civil War, Hayden joined the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (now the US Geological Surveys) and led the first congressionally-authorized explorations into the geology of the western territories. After receiving appropriations in 1867-1869 for exploration in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado, Hayden presented a plan to Congress that outlined geological and geographical exploration and the creation of territorial maps. In 1871, Hayden led a geological survey into the Yellowstone area, during which photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran produced landscape artwork. As the geologist-in-charge of the USGS, Hayden was accompanied by his assistants, Jackson, William Henry Holmes, George Benjamin Chittenden, and Story B. Ladd.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 73-43A
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional Hayden survey photographs in the National Anthropological Archives are held in Photo Lot 4605, Photo Lot 4420, Photo Lot 90-1, Photo Lot R79, and Photo Lot 95-20, as well as in the Smithsonian Institution Archives and the USGS Photo Library.
The collection is open for research.
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Photo Lot 73-43A, Photographs from an exhibit relating to the Hayden Surveys, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.