Photographs relating to Philippine peoples, including Ifugao, Ilongot, Philippine Negrito, Hanunoo (Mangyan), Subanun, Igorot, Tinguian, Samal Moro, and Bagobo. Images depict clothing, body decoration, and scenery, and many are frontal and profile portraits of individuals. The collection also includes some lantern slides of maps of the Philippines, as well as a photocopy of a booklet with the price list for photographs.
Most of the lantern slides were prepared by Charles Martin. Some are from negatives by Martin but others are possibly by researchers with whom he worked, including Philippine Secretary of the Interior Dean C. Worcester.
The Philippine Bureau of Science, originally called the Bureau of Government Laboratories, was established to promote Philippine commercial and industrial resources and disseminate scientific and technical information. The Division of Ethnology, originally the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes, was transferred to the Bureau of Science in 1906, expanding its mission to include the islands' peoples. Charles Martin was an official photographer with the Bureau of Science from around 1901-1915, after which he became a staff photographer with the National Geographic Magazine until 1940.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 81-58B
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional Bureau of Science photographs can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 87-18.
Additional photographs by Worcester can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 8 and Photo Lot 97.
The University of Michigan Library holds Dean C. Worcester's papers and photographs of the Philippines.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology holds film by Worcester and Martin.
The Peabody Essex Museum also holds photographs by Charles Martin.
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Photo Lot 81-58B, Philippines Bureau of Science photographs of Philippine peoples, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution