Frederick M. Bayer collection of photographs on Ifalik Atoll,
1953

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.2008-20
Creators:
United States. Navy
Bayer, Frederick M.
Dates:
1953
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
159 prints (visual works)
(1 document box)
silver gelatin
122 negatives (photographic)
(1 negative box)
acetate
0.58 linear feet
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of 122 photographs of people and marine life made by Bayer while on Ifalik Atoll in 1953, as well as 68 aerial photographs of the Atoll. The aerial photographs are stamped on verso as official Navy photographs. Bayer's marine life photographs include underwater images of coral, fish, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Photographs of Ifalik Atoll inhabitants include images of the Atoll's chiefs, as well as a gathering to welcome for visitors from Woleai, and women performing a dance for the Woleai visitors. Several images show the Fan Nap, or public assembly house, and outrigger canoes. SIM team members, including ocean geologist Joshua I. Tracey, and their local assistants are shown surveying the area and collecting specimens.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is organized into 2 series: 1) People and marine life of Ifalik Atoll, 2) Aerial photographs of Ifalik Atoll.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Frederick M. Bayer (1921-2007) was a research zoologist who specialized in the study of Octocorillia (soft corals). He worked at the Smithsonian Institution from 1947-1961 and 1975-1996, and taught at the School of Marine Science at the University of Miami in the interim years. The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History hired Bayer as a curator in 1947 and immediately sent him to survey marine fauna at the Bikini Atoll. In 1950 the Office of Naval Research sponsored the Scientific Investigations of Micronesia (SIM), a program administered through the Pacific Science Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Bayer was a member of the SIM team that surveyed the Ifalik Atoll in 1953.
Ifalik Atoll comprises several small islets: Falarik, Falalap, Ella and Elangalap. The atoll forms part of the Caroline Islands archipelago in the state of Yap, Micronesia.

Administration
Processing Information note
Catalog record, created 2009-12-16, Carrie Gehrer
Processing note
Not all of the negatives have associated prints. The collection does not include the negatives for the aerial photographs. The collection was processed by Gina Rappaport, 2009.
Author
Gina Rappaport

General note
General note
Collection and image descriptions provided in this finding aid were compiled using the best available sources of information. Such sources include the creator's annotations or descriptions, collection accession files, primary and secondary source material (i.e. documents, publications, and websites), and subject matter experts. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, it is understood that errors may reveal themselves following review by other subject experts, and new information is welcome.
General note
Ifalik Atoll is comprised of several small islets: Falarik, Falalap, Ella, and Elangalap. The atoll forms part of the Caroline Islands archipelago in Yap County of Micronesia.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 2008-20, Frederick M. Bayer collection of photographs on Ifalik Atoll, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access note
Contact the repository for terms of use.

Location of Other Archival Materials Note
Location of Other Archival Materials Note
The photographs are part of a donation that contained 8 artifacts purchased by Bayer while on Ifalik Atoll. The artifacts, which include a conch shell used for signaling, grass skirts, fishhooks and basketry, form accession no. 2028523 in the Department of Anthropology's ethnology collections at the National Museum of Natural History.
Location of Other Archival Materials Note
The Joshua Irving Tracey Jr. papers, accession no. 02-021, in the Smithsonian Institution Archives contains materials relating to the Scientific Investigations of Micronesia, including field notes and photographs from the 1953 survey of Ifalik Atoll.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Frederick M. Bayer donated the photographs, along with a collection of artifacts from Ifalik Atoll to the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, in 2003. The photographs were transferred to the archives in 2008.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Finding aid available online.
Other Finding Aids note

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Caroline Islands -- Social life and customs Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ifalik Atoll (Micronesia) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Crustacea Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aerial Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ethnology Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alcyonaria Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gelatin silver prints Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Bayer, Frederick M. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tracey, Joshua I. (Joshua Irving), 1915- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
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