George Crews McGhee photograph collection of New Guinea, circa 1970s

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.2003-08
Creators:
McGhee, George Crews, 1912-
Dates:
circa 1970s
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 pages
Report :
62 mounted color prints
154 color prints
Album :
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs possibly made by George McGhee depicting people, dwellings, carvings, masks, and ceremonies in New Guinea. The collection also includes an album of photographs portraying artifacts purchased by McGhee from dealers in New Guinea; McGhee's collection of artifacts was donated to the National Museum of Natural History along with these photographs. There is also a report, possibly written by McGhee, describing the yam ceremony in Maprik.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
George Crews McGhee (1912-2005) was a geologist and United States diplomat. He worked with oil companies in the United States and established his own McGhee Production Company before joining the U.S. foreign service after World War II. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey (1952-1953), Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs during the Kennedy Administration and U.S. Ambassador to West Germany (1963-1968). McGhee was also instrumental in dealings with the Republic of the Congo and the Dominican Republic in the early 1960s. During the 1970s, McGhee purchased artifacts from New Guinea, the Trobriand Islands, New Britain, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu from dealers in New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 2003-08
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USNM ACC 390923

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 2003-08, George Crews McGhee photograph collection of New Guinea, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Artifacts collected by McGhee held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accession 390923.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by George C. McGhee to the National Museum of Natural History in 1994 in accession 390923. Transferred to the National Anthropological Archives in 2002.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Abelam (Papua New Guinean people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New Guinea Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Masks Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carving (Decorative arts) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rites and ceremonies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
http://www.anthropology.si.edu/naa/