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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
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-053
Online Media:

Crevasses. Muir Glacier

Photographer:
Coe, Wesley R. (Wesley Roswell), 1869-1960  Search this
Collection Collector:
Rumsey, Mary Harriman, 1881-1934.  Search this
Extent:
1 Lantern slide
1 Photographic print
Container:
Photo-folder 10
Box 11
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Slides
Lantern slides
Photographic prints
Date:
1899 June 9-14
Scope and Contents:
View of crevasses in the Muir Glacier, with snow-capped mountains in the background in Alaska.
Collection 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).
Collection 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.
Collection 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, Item P10914, L00826
See more items in:
Mary Harriman Rumsey collection of Harriman Alaska Expedition photographs
Mary Harriman Rumsey collection of Harriman Alaska Expedition photographs / Series 1: Harriman Alaska Expedition / 1.9: Glacier Bay
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-053-ref677

Wesley Roswell Coe (1869-1960)

Subject:
Coe, Wesley R (Wesley Roswell) 1869-1960  Search this
Peabody Museum of Natural History  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Paleontology  Search this
Zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-1021]
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
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_367711

Harriman Alaska series

Title:
Alaska
Smithsonian Institution
Harriman Alaska series of the Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Harriman Alaska Expedition (1899)  Search this
Washington Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Copyright holder:
Harriman, Edward Henry 1848-1909  Search this
Editor:
Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart) 1855-1942  Search this
Contributor:
Burroughs, John 1837-1921  Search this
Muir, John 1838-1914  Search this
Grinnell, George Bird 1849-1938  Search this
Dall, William Healey 1845-1927  Search this
Gilbert, Grove Karl 1843-1918  Search this
Emerson, Benjamin Kendall 1843-1932  Search this
Cardot, Jules b. 1860  Search this
Ashmead, William H (William Harris) 1855-1908  Search this
Rathbun, Mary Jane 1860-1943  Search this
Coe, Wesley R (Wesley Roswell) 1869-1960  Search this
Robertson, A.  Search this
Eisen, G.  Search this
Bush, Katharine J (Katharine Jeannette) 1855-1937  Search this
Nutting, Charles Cleveland 1858-1927  Search this
Verrill, A. E (Addison Emery) 1839-1926  Search this
Curtis, Edward S. 1868-1952  Search this
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Subject:
Harriman, Edward Henry 1848-1909  Search this
Physical description:
12 volumes in 13 parts, leaves of plates (some folded) : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Alaska
Date:
1910
1914
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
Q115 .H25X 1910
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1112764

The pelagic nemerteans / by Wesley R. Coe

Author:
Coe, Wesley R. (Wesley Roswell) 1869-1960  Search this
Subject:
Albatross (Steamer)  Search this
Physical description:
244, [1] p. illus., 30 pl. (part col.; incl. map) 30 x 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pacific Ocean
Date:
1926
Topic:
Nemertia  Search this
Worms  Search this
Call number:
QL391.N6 C67 1926
QL391.N6C67 1926
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_355746

The anatomy and development of the terrestrial nemertean (Geonemertes agricola) of Bermuda / by Wesley R. Coe

Author:
Coe, Wesley R. (Wesley Roswell) 1869-1960  Search this
Bermuda Biological Station for Research  Search this
Physical description:
p. [531]-570, [3] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Bermuda Islands
Date:
1904
1904]
Topic:
Nemertea  Search this
Worms  Search this
Call number:
QL447 .C68 1904
QL447.C68 1904
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_363568

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