Henri F. Pittier photographs of Costa Rican people and artifacts, circa 1903-1904
NAA.PhotoLot.128

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.128
Creators:
Pittier, Henri, 1857-1950
Dates:
circa 1903-1904
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
128 prints
silver gelatin
1 page
Sheet music :
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs of Guatuso Indians and activities including pottery making, as well as images of artifacts, mainly Indian whistles from the collections of the National Museum in San Jose. A sheet of music accompanies the photographs.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Henri Francois Pittier de Fabrega (1857-1950) was a Swiss-born geographer, botanist, and anthropologist who accomplished 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. About 1904, Pittier took a position as "Special Agent in Botanical Ingestigation 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)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 128

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
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Conditions Governing Use note
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Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 128, Henri F. Pittier photographs of Costa Rican people and artifacts, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional Pittier photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 14, Photo Lot 40, and Photo Lot 93.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Correspondence from Pittier is in the National Anthropological Archives in the records of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Artifacts donated by Pittier are held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accessions 45947, 45831, 44747, and 65286.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds Henri Pittier field notes (SIA Acc 12-350) and records relating to Pittier in SIA RU000192.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Henri Pittier to the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1903 and circa 1904.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Museo Nacional de Costa Rica Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guatuso Indians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pottery craft Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Whistles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, Maryland , 20746
Phone: 301.238.1300
naa@si.edu