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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:

File folder of facsimile stencils and copies for relays, maps, documents showing the process

Collection Creator:
United Telegraph Workers.  Search this
Western Union Telegraph Company  Search this
Container:
Box 834
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements must be made to view some of the audio visual materials. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Western Union Telegraph Company Records
Western Union Telegraph Company Records / Series 27: Addenda / Addenda for Series 15, Engineering Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0205-ref11599

Biographical Information about Chester Harding

Collection Researcher:
Lipton, Leah  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1986
undated
1981-1984
Scope and Contents:
For the most part, this series is arranged geographically, containing research materials about Chester Harding's activities in Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Missouri, and Kentucky. The series contains correspondence between Leah Lipton and other scholars, private collectors, and other sources that helped her in her research. Found in this series are research materials such as notes about Chester Harding and his portraits, and copies of newspaper and scholarly articles, correspondence, publications, catalogues, maps, documents such as Harding's will, meeting minutes, and museum object information sheets.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Leah Lipton research material is owned by the Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and is available for use by researchers. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Leah Lipton research material on Chester Harding, 1980-2007, bulk 1980-1986. Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NPG.CAP.00001, Series 2
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Leah Lipton research material on Chester Harding
Archival Repository:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-npg-cap-00001-ref16

South Street Seaport

Collection Creator:
Fried, Frederick, 1909-1994  Search this
National Carousel Association.  Search this
Fried, Mary Hill  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965-1970, undated
Scope and Contents:
Consists of material including bibliographies, research notes, correspondence, draft documents outlining history, and hand-drawn maps documenting the historic district of South Street Seaport. In addition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Master Plan for the Second Century, and alphabetical list of slips, Wharves, and Basons-1812" are also included in the materials. Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by subject.
Collection Rights:
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark. Fees for commercial reproduction.
Collection Citation:
Frederick and Mary Hill Fried Folk Art Archives, circa 1662-1999, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0528, Subseries 10.3
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Frederick and Mary Hill Fried Folk Art Archives
Frederick and Mary Hill Fried Folk Art Archives / Series 10: Architectural Ornaments
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0528-ref1892

map

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated place:
Japan
Korea
ID Number:
AF.39732
Catalog number:
39732
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-7c9c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_444181

A New and Correct Map of the Unted States of America, by Samuel Able Buell, 1784

Measurements:
overall: 26 1/4 in x 24 in x 1/4 in; 66.675 cm x 60.96 cm x .635 cm
Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1783
ID Number:
AF.59416-N
Catalog number:
59416-N
Accession number:
262928
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Naval
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-8cb4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450534

Virginia

Measurements:
overall: 26 in x 20 in x in; 66.04 cm x 50.8 cm x .0254 cm
Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1789
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(1)
Catalog number:
59672-N(1)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-9309-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450535

Pennsylvania

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1787
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(2)
Catalog number:
59672-N(2)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-883e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450536

Virginia

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1787
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(3)
Catalog number:
59672-N(3)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-883f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450537

Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1795
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(4)
Catalog number:
59672-N(4)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-8840-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450538

Delaware

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1787
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(5)
Catalog number:
59672-N(5)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-8841-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450539

Maryland

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1794
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(6)
Catalog number:
59672-N(6)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-8842-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450540

North Carolina

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(7)
Catalog number:
59672-N(7)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-8843-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450541

Georgia

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1776
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(8)
Catalog number:
59672-N(8)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-8844-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450542

South Carolina

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1802
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(12)
Catalog number:
59672-N(12)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-19db-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450543

North Carolina

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1794
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(13)
Catalog number:
59672-N(13)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-84ab-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450544

Massachusetts

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1843
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(14)
Catalog number:
59672-N(14)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-84ac-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450545

New-York

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1787
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(9)
Catalog number:
59672-N(9)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-19d9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450546

New Hampshire

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1784
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(10)
Catalog number:
59672-N(10)
Accession number:
293930
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-84ad-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450547

New Jersey

Object Name:
Map
Other Terms:
Map; Documents
Associated date:
1778
Credit Line:
Herman Friis
ID Number:
AF.59672-N(11)
Catalog number:
59672-N(11)
Accession number:
293930
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-84ae-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_450548

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