Photographs documenting life in Bali and Java. These include images of people, street scenes, agriculture, scenic views, and ancient sites. Many of the lantern slides are copies of prints in the collection and some were hand-colored by Dorothy Rankin.
Emanuel George Zies (1884-1981) was a chemist for the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory, where he pursued research in geochemical volcanology starting in 1913. He participated in the Carnegie Institution-National Geographic Society 1919 expedition to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in southern Alaska and he studied volcanoes in Indonesia and Central America in the 1920s and 1930s.
Launius, Roger D. 2010. "Toward the Poles: A Historiography of Scientific Exploration during the IPYs and IGY." In Globalizing Polar Science: Reconsidering the International Polar and Geophysical Years. Launius, Roger D., Fleming, James Rodger, and DeVorkin, David H., editors. 47–81. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Search this
3.36 Cubic feet ((2 Records center boxes) (2 flatboxes))
Scope and Contents:
This collection documents the development of space suits and accessories for post-Mercury manned missions. The material includes acceptance data packages and test papers for the suits, life support systems, and survival rucksack which chart the testing and development of these systems.
Arrangement: The papers are arranged chronologically by program, beginning with the Gemini mission in Folder One of Box One (S-1C-1). The papers continue chronologically until concluding with the Skylab and Shuttle missions in Folder 28 of Box Two. Box Three contains binders from the Blue David Clark Co., Inc. These binders include operational logs from NASA and the field, malfunction reports, maintenance logs and serialization control records. Blue prints of the systems tested are also included. Box Four includes two computer printouts. Printout number one contains the summary of hardware located at the Smithsonian as of 3-27-1973. Number two contains the summary of hardware located at the Smithsonian as of 9-10-1973.
Biographical / Historical:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was inaugurated on 1 October 1958 with the intent of conducting a manned space program. NASA took over the rocketry and propulsion work previously performed by the United States Air Force, Navy, and National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Unmanned launches began during the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) under Air Force auspices and have continued to the present with a wide variety of payloads, including space science, weather, communications, and earth observation satellites. The manned program progressed through Projects Mercury (1959-63; launches 1961-63), Gemini (1962-67; launches 1965-66), Apollo (1960-72; launches 1968-72), and Skylab (1969-74; launches 1973-74). After a hiatus following the Skylab program, the manned program focused on the Space Shuttle, a reusable spacecraft. The manned program was supported by a number of unmanned exploration vehicles in the Ranger, Lunar Orbiter, and Surveyor series throughout the 1960s, as well as research into a number of related areas.
NASA, Transfer, 1988, 1988-0114, unknown
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The collection consists of 18 drawings and 2 photostats. The drawings are copies of fragments of Aztec manuscripts collected by Alexander von Humboldt and donated to the Royal Library of Berlin (now the Berlin State Library or Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) in 1806. The drawings were made by Wilhem von den Steinen from the originals in the Royal Library. They were commissioned by Eduard Seler and the Bureau of American Ethnology to illustrate Seler's article "Mexican Picture Writings of Alexander von Humboldt" in the Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin, 28, (1904).
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian naturalist and geographer who traveled extensively in Central and South America. The records and studies he made during his travels helped establish physical geography and geophysics as disciplines. His writings such as Voyage de Humboldt et Bonpland and Kosmos also contributed to make him one of the foremost scholars of the 19th century.
NAA MS 2205
The National Anthropological Archives holds material related to the publication of these materials in BAE Bulletin 28 in MS 3251 Miscellaneous material used in Bulletin 28, Mexican and Central American Antiquities, Calendar Systems and History.
The British Museum holds copies of the Humboldt collection drawn by Agostino Aglio for Lord Kingsborough in MS 8882.
The collection is open for research.
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Works of art
MS 2205 Copies of Alexander von Humboldt collection of Mexican pictographic manuscripts, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Wynne, J. J., Mylroie, John E., Titus, Timothy N., Malaska, Michael J., Buczkowski, Debra L., Buhler, Peter B., Byrne, Paul K., Cushing, Glen E., Davies, Ashley Gerard, Frumkin, Amos, Hansen‐Koharcheck, Candice, Hiatt, Victoria, Hofgartner, Jason D., Hoogenboom, Trudi, Horodyskyj, Ulyana, Hughson, Kynan, Kerber, Laura, Landis, Margaret, Leonard, Erin J., Lesage, Elodie, Lucchetti, Alice, Massironi, Matteo, Mitchell, Karl L., Penasa, Luca, Phillips, Cynthia B. et al. 2022. "Planetary Caves: A Solar System View of Processes and Products." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 127, (11). https://doi.org/10.1029/2022JE007303.
Peenemünde Interviews Project, Acc. 1999.0038, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Launius, Roger D. 2014. "International Geophysical Year." In Antarctica and the Arctic Circle: A Geographic Encyclopedia of the Earth's Polar Regions. Hurd, Andrew J., editor. 382–386. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Jawin, Erica R., Walsh, K. J., Barnouin, S., McCoy, T. J., Ballouz, R-L, DellaGiustine, D. N., Connolly, H. C., Jr., Marshall, J., Beddingfield, C., Nolan, M. C., Molaro, J. L., Bennett, C. A., Scheeres, D. J., Daly, M. G., Al Asad, M., Daly, R. T., Bierhaus, E. B., Susorney, H. C. M., Kaplan, H. H., Enost, H. L., and Laurette, D. S. 2020. "Global Patterns of Recent Mass Movement on Asteroid (101955) Bennu." Journal of Geophysical Research. E. Planets, 125, (9) e2020JE006475–e2020JE006475. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JE006475.
Daly, R. T., Bierhaus, E. B., Barnouin, O. S., Daly, M. G., Seabrook, J. A., Roberts, J. H., Ernst, C. M., Perry, M. E., Nair, H., Espiritu, R. C., Palmer, E. E., Gaskell, R. W., Weirich, J. R., Susorney, H. C. M., Johnson, C. L., Walsh, K. J., Nolan, M. C., Jawin, Erica R., Michel, P., Trang, D., and Lauretta, D. S. 2020. "The Morphometry of Impact Craters on Bennu." Geophysical Research Letters, 47, (24) e2020GL089672–e2020GL089672. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL089672.