Photographs of Guatuso people and activities including pottery making, as well as images of artifacts, mainly whistles from the collections of the National Museum in San Jose. ALso included is a sheet of music.
Henri Francois Pittier de Fabrega (1857-1950) was a Swiss-born geographer, botanist, and anthropologist who carried out most of his work in Central and South America. Educated in civil engineering at the University of Lausanne and Jena University, he moved to Costa Rica in 1887, where he became founder-director of the Instituto Fisico-geografico. In about 1904, Pittier took a position as "Special Agent in Botanical Investigation in Tropical Agriculture in the Bureau of Plant Industry" for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He continued to work for the USDA until 1919, though his title was changed to Botanist in 1912. In 1919, he left the United States to become director of the Commercial Museum in Caracas, Venezuela, where he conducted extensive studies of the nation's flora.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 128
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional Pittier photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 14, Photo Lot 40, and Photo Lot 93.
Correspondence from Pittier is in the National Anthropological Archives in the records of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
Artifacts donated by Pittier are held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accessions 45947, 45831, 44747, and 65286.
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds Henri Pittier field notes (SIA Acc 12-350) and records relating to Pittier in SIA RU000192.
"Colombian mahogany" (Cariniana pyriformis) : its characteristics and its use as a substitute for true mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni) / by George B. Sudworth and Clayton D. Mell ; with a description of the botanical characters of Cariniana pyriformis, by Henry Pittier