The collection consists of five small blueprints, a large tracing of the blueprints, a annotated drawing, and a letter of transmittal from Gilbert Thompson. The drawings were made in October 1881 and depict petroglyphs near Fort Wingate, New Mexico.
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Gilbert Thompson (1839-1909) was a Union soldier and topographical engineer. He joined the Union army as a private in 1862 and became a corporal in the Regular Battalion of Engineers, serving until May 1865. After the war, he became involved with the U.S. Geographical Survey, and was made head of its Appalachian division in 1884.
This Series includes photographic prints, negatives and slides taken by Ernest and Eloise between 1950 and 1976 in Bolivia, Mexico and the American Southwest. This series is organized into four subseries: Subseries 1.1: Mexico and Bolivia, Landscapes and People, 1950-1951, 1964; Sub Series 1.2: US Southwest: Landscapes and Petroglyphs, 1964-1973; Sub Series 1.3: Object Photography: Kachinas, Pottery, Baskets, 1967-1975; Sub Series 1.4: Educational materials and Other Selected Studies, 1970-1973. The bulk of the collection is from the work the Carters did between 1964 and 1975 photographing petroglyph and pictograph sites in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado (Subseries 1.2). There is also a signficant amount of object photography documenting the Carters large collection of Kachinas, pottery, baskets and other materials. The photographs in this series were sent to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation over the course of ten years, often with corresponding documentation. It has been noted where to find accompanying documents (in Series 2) which often have additional descriptions and information about what is photographed.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ernest S. and Eloise Carter collection, Item Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.