Photographs of Tohono O'odham and Yuma Indians relating to a W. J. McGee expedition, circa 1894-1900

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.144
Creators:
McGee, W. J., 1853-1912 (expedition leader and possible collector)
Dates:
circa 1894-1900
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
26 cyanotypes
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs relating to a W. J. McGee expedition to southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. They document Yuma and Tohono O'odham Indians, dwellings, archery, and pottery.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
W. J. McGee (1853-1912) was a self-educated geologist, anthropologist, and hydrologist best known for his work with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). He was hired as a geologist for the USGS by its director, Major John Wesley Powell. McGee stayed with the USGS until 1893, when he resigned to join the Bureau of American Ethnology, again working under Powell. During his time with the BAE, McGee made three expeditions to southern Arizona and northern Sonora in 1894, November 1895 - January 1896, and 1900. McGee's first expedition, which focused on the Tohono O'odham Indians of southern Arizona, was documented by photographer William Dinwiddie. Tohono O'odham interpreter Jose Lewis accompanied the group. The latter two expeditions were organized to study the Seri Indians, a small band of whom McGee had encountered in 1894. These expeditions were photographed by J. W. Mitchell and De Lancey Gill, respectively. McGee resigned from the BAE in 1903.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 144

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 144, Photographs of Tohono O'odham and Yuma Indians relating to a W. J. McGee expedition, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Addl. KW Subj
Addl. KW Subj
Papago (Tohono O'odham)

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional photographs made on these expeditions can be found in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 89 and the BAE historical negatives.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Anthropological Archives also holds W. J. McGee biographical materials, photographs, and publications, 1883-1914, 1971 (MS 2003-31).
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Library of Congress holds the W J McGee papers, 1880-1916.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
The photographs were found in 1977 attached to a letter ifrom W. H. C. Pynchon in the correspondence series of the Records of the Bureau of American Ethnology. It was determined at that time that the photographs likely did not relate to the letter at all and documented W. J. McGee's expedition.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Tohono O'Odham Indians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sonora (Mexico : State) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yuma Indians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yuma County (Ariz.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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