1,195 Prints (albumen, silver gelatin, and platinum)
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs of geologic features and the natural environment of the American West, Alaska, and Mexico, most of which were created during government surveys and the expansion of railroads during the 1800s. There are also photographs collected and made by individuals who worked or traveled in the west. Depicted locales include Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming, and there are some additional images of artifacts, artwork, and portraits. Photographers represented include William Henry Jackson, John K. Hillers, Timothy H. O'Sullivan, E. O. Beaman, James Fennemore, William Bell, and other professional and amateur photographers.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 37
Varying Form of Title:
Scenic Views of North America
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Charles Savage photographs previously filed in Photo Lot 37 have been relocated to National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 156.
Bourne & May photographs previously filed in Photo Lot 37 have been relocated to National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 159.
The National Anthropological Archives holds additional photographs by photographers or from accessions represented in this collection in Photo Lot 24, Photo Lot 40, and other photo lots.
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Photographs of North American geology and scenery, 1871-1912
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America Search this
1886 or 1887
Scope and Contents:
Photograph of Chief Shakes' canoe full of people at Fort Wrangell. In the background is Chief Shakes' house with its two mortuary poles: Bear-Up-The-Mountain and Go-na-ka-dot (Guna.kade.t), a wealth-bringing water monster.
Biographical / Historical:
Chief Shakes' canoe was acquired for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and came to the Smithsonian after the Fair closed. The carved bears on the canoe--the watchman at the bow and a female emerging from the stern--gave the boat one of its names: "Brown Bear Canoe" Hootz York. When exhibited at the World's Fair the canoe showed elaborate paintings along its side: at the extreme bow was painted a pilot-fish, a small whale that the Tlingit believed helped herd seals towards killerwhales, with a large killerwhale painted along the side. Chief Shakes' wife was from the Raven clan, and a raven is depicted at the stern. In the photograph, the boat does not appear to have painted designs along the side when it was in use in 1886-1887.
Information provided by Stephen Loring (January 28, 2008).