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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 Indians  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:

Rhythm stick/Time keeping stick (Image withheld)

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Old Bob, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Rhythm stick/Time keeping stick (Image withheld)
Media/Materials:
Wood, paint
Techniques:
Carved, painted
Object Type:
Ceremonial/Ritual items: Shamanic objects
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Date created:
1870-1880
Catalog Number:
10/214
Barcode:
100214.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Ceremonial/Ritual items: Shamanic objects
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_108078

Loom and unfinished weaving

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Artist/Maker:
weaving: Noel Purser (Noel Purser Rosario), Suquamish; loom: Rob Purser, Suquamish  Search this
Seller:
Noel Purser (Noel Purser Rosario), Suquamish  Search this
Rob Purser, Suquamish  Search this
Object Name:
Loom and unfinished weaving
Media/Materials:
Wood, wool yarn, dye/dyes
Techniques:
Drilled, pegged, dyed, twill-woven
Dimensions:
122 x 87.5 x 14 cm
Object Type:
Weaving tools/equipment
Place:
Cultural Resources Center, National Museum of the American Indian; Suitland; Prince Georges County; Maryland; USA (inferred)
Date created:
weaving: August 8-11, 2005; loom support: 2015
Catalog Number:
26/5831
Barcode:
265831.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Weaving tools/equipment
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_282058
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Marjorie Meriweather Post photograph collection

Creator:
Post, Marjorie Merriweather  Search this
Names:
Lehman & Duval Lithrs.  Search this
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Angeline Suquamish Indian, d.1896  Search this
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917  Search this
Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952  Search this
Geronimo, 1829-1909  Search this
King, Charles Bird, 1785-1862  Search this
Picart, Bernard, 1673-1733  Search this
Extent:
2 Lithographs
1 Postcard
1 Engraving
1 Print (mounted in frame)
1 newspaper clipping in squirrel frame
9 Prints (silver gelatin)
Culture:
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northeast  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Dakota Indians  Search this
Apache Indians  Search this
Duwamish Indians  Search this
Ojibwa Indians  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Lithographs
Postcards
Engravings
Prints
Photographs
Place:
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (S.D.)
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs collected by Marjorie Meriweather Post relating to American Indians. They include images of Post's home at Camp Topridge, Geronimo, Buffalo Bill Cody, Indian chiefs and US officials at Pine Ridge in 1891, and Princess Angeline. Additionally, there are lithographs of Caa-tou-see and Shin-Ga-Ba-Wossinis, and a B. Picart engraving of American Indians circling a burial mound and a newspaper clipping ("Out of Human Skin") in a squirrel pelt frame.
Biographical/Historical note:
Marjorie Meriweather Post (1887-1973) was a Washington, D.C., businesswoman, philanthropist, and collector of decorative art objects. Her father Charles W. Post was the owner of Postup Cereal Company, later General Foods Corporation. In 1973, Marjorie Post's philanthropy earned her the first ever James Smithson Society Medal, the Smithsonian Institution's highest benefactor award. After her death, Post willed her Hillwood estate to the Smithsonian along with her American Indian artifact collection at Camp Topridge.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 75-46
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives holds the Marjorie Merriweather Post papers (MS 7278).
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds the records of Post's Hillwood Estate, 1960-1976 (SIA RS00740).
Related Archival Materials note:
Timeche, Bruce Hahai-I Wuhti (Pour Water Woman/Kachina Mother/Kachina Grandmother) Wearing Mask and in Costume and Holding Basket Tray 1957 AAH5661NA (GEAC)00098249 USNM ACC 75046
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Lithographs
Engravings
Citation:
Photo lot 75-46, Marjorie Meriweather Post photograph collection, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.75-46
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-75-46

Basket

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mary Sam, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Basket
Media/Materials:
Woodsplints, vegetal fiber
Techniques:
Wicker-plaited, plaited
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7298
Barcode:
097298.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104403
Online Media:

Basket

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Mary Sam, Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mary Sam, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Basket
Media/Materials:
Cedar root/roots, woodsplints, wood
Techniques:
Twill-plaited
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7299
Barcode:
097299.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104404
Online Media:

Basket

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Mary Sam, Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mary Sam, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Basket
Media/Materials:
Conifer root, grass, hide thong/babiche
Techniques:
Coiled
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Native Term:
t³alabo'ltc
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7300
Barcode:
097300.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104405
Online Media:

Spoon

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mary Sam, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Spoon
Media/Materials:
Wood
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Food/Beverage Serving
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7301
Barcode:
097301.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Food/Beverage Serving
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104406
Online Media:

Spoon

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mary Sam, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Spoon
Media/Materials:
Wood
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Food/Beverage Serving
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7302
Barcode:
097302.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Food/Beverage Serving
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104407
Online Media:

Spoon

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mary Sam, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Spoon
Media/Materials:
Mountain goat horn
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Food/Beverage Serving
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7303
Barcode:
097303.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Food/Beverage Serving
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104408
Online Media:

Spoon

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Jack Davis, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Spoon
Media/Materials:
Wood
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Food/Beverage Serving
Place:
Indianola, Port Madison Reservaiton (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7304
Barcode:
097304.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Food/Beverage Serving
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104409
Online Media:

Hide scraper

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Jack Davis, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Hide scraper
Media/Materials:
Stone
Techniques:
Ground
Object Type:
Hide working tools
Place:
Indianola, Port Madison Reservaiton (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7305
Barcode:
097305.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Hide working tools
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104410
Online Media:

Knife

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Jack Davis, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Knife
Media/Materials:
Serpentine
Techniques:
Pecked
Object Type:
Food Gathering and Preparation
Place:
Indianola, Port Madison Reservaiton (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7306
Barcode:
097306.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Food Gathering and Preparation
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104411
Online Media:

Anchor

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Jack Davis, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Anchor
Media/Materials:
Stone
Techniques:
Grooved
Object Type:
Watercraft and accessories
Place:
Indianola, Port Madison Reservaiton (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7307
Barcode:
097307.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Watercraft and accessories
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104412
Online Media:

Anchor

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Jack Davis, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Anchor
Media/Materials:
Stone
Techniques:
Perforated
Object Type:
Watercraft and accessories
Place:
Indianola, Port Madison Reservaiton (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7308
Barcode:
097308.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Watercraft and accessories
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104413
Online Media:

Spoon

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mrs. Peter Rodgers, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Spoon
Media/Materials:
Mountain goat horn
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Food/Beverage Serving
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7352
Barcode:
097352.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Food/Beverage Serving
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104427
Online Media:

Spoon

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mrs. Edward Alfred, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Spoon
Media/Materials:
Horn
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Food/Beverage Serving
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7353
Barcode:
097353.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Food/Beverage Serving
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104428
Online Media:

Mat creaser

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mrs. Peter Rodgers, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Mat creaser
Media/Materials:
Wood
Techniques:
Carved
Object Type:
Basketmaking and fiber-working tools
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7354
Barcode:
097354.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Basketmaking and fiber-working tools
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104429
Online Media:

Basket

Culture/People:
probably Skokomish (attributed); collected among the Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mary Sam, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Basket
Media/Materials:
Cedar bark, bear grass
Techniques:
Plaited, twined
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7355
Barcode:
097355.000
See related items:
Skokomish
Suquamish
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104430
Online Media:

Basket

Culture/People:
Suquamish  Search this
Previous owner:
Mary Sam, Suquamish  Search this
Collector:
Dr. Thomas Talbot Waterman (T. T. Waterman), Non-Indian, 1885-1936  Search this
Object Name:
Basket
Media/Materials:
Cedar, vegetal fiber
Techniques:
Twined
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Port Madison Reservation (Suquamish Reservation); Kitsap County; Washington; USA
Catalog Number:
9/7356
Barcode:
097356.000
See related items:
Suquamish
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_104431
Online Media:

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