United States Department of Agriculture photographs relating to a sugar expedition to New Guinea, 1928-1929
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Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.91-8
Creators:
United States. Department of Agriculture
Dates:
1928-1929
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
2 negatives: acetate
3 negatives: nitrate
100 prints
ca. 100 prints: silver gelatin
120 prints
ca. 120 glass negatives
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Images of settlements, people (including Negritos), artifacts, agriculture (especially sugarcane), headdresses, tattooing and body marking, members of the expedition, and the expedition's plane. This collection contains photographs by every member of the expedition. Other images are from Frank Hurley's documentary, "Pearls and Savages", or were made by the Department of Agriculture at installations where sugarcane was grown. Finally, many photographs of specimens and people working with specimens were taken by National Geographic after the expedition had returned to the United States.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Most of the photographs were made during the 1928 Sugar Expedition to the Territories of Papua and New Guinea organized by the United States Department of Agriculture. The expedition traveled to places in the eastern half of New Guinea. Its primary purpose was to collect living samples of various sugarcane plants to be used for developing disease-resistant strains for the American grower. The expedition was led by E. W. Brandes and included R. K. Peck, Jacob Jeswiet, and, at times, a priest named Kirschbam. The expedition visited native settlements in the vicintiy of Port Moresby, along the upper Fly River and Lake Marray, on the Sepik River, and in northeastern New Guinea. During the expedition, photographs were made for the National Geographic Society and specimens were collected for the Smithsonian Institution.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
Digital surrogates available for some photographs.
Author
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 91-8

Digital Content

Bibliography
Bibliography
Photographs in E. W. Brandes, "Into Primeval Papua by Seaplane," National Geographic Magazine, volume 56 (September, 1929), pages 253-332; and E.W. Brandes and G.B. Sartoris, "Sugar Cane: Its Origin and Improvement," in United States, Department of Agriculture, Yearbook, 1936, pages 561-623.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
National Geographic photographs cannot be copied without permission of the National Geographic Society.
Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 91-8, United States Department of Agriculture photographs relating to a sugar expedition to New Guinea, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Human Studies Film Archives holds Frank Hurley's "Pearls and Savages" (HSFA 89.1.1) and the Department of Agriculture's "Sugar Plant Hunting by Airplane in New Guinea" (HSFA 82.7.1).
Location of Other Archival Materials
Photographs of New Guinea artifacts collected by Brandes also held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 97.
Location of Other Archival Materials
New Guinea artifacts collected by Brandes held in the Department of Anthropology in USNM ACC 106509.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional photographs by Edwin L. Wisherd held in the National Anthropological Archives in the Neil Merton Judd Papers.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Body marking Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cities and towns Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
headgear Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sugarcane Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Agriculture Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Papua New Guinea Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Negritos Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wisherd, Edwin L. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Geographic Society (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peck, R. K. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hurley, Frank, 1885-1962 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brandes, E. W. (Elmer Walker)), b. 1891 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kirschbaum, Father Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jeswiet, Jacob Personal Name 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/