Edwin F. Coffin negatives and photographs, 1918-1932
NMAI.AC.001.009

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.001.009
Creators:
Coffin, Edwin F. (Edwin Francis), b. 1883
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
Dates:
1918-1932
Languages:
No_linguistic_content
Physical Description:
93 acetate negatives
Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The Edwin F. Coffin collection consists of photographs made by Coffin on behalf of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. Aside from a number of views of New York real estate owned by the Museum (1924), the remainder of the collection contains Museum of the American Indian excavation photographs made in the Bee Cave Canyon rockshelter in Brewster County, Texas (1929); in the Burson Bell Farm in Montague, New Jersey (1932); and in the Bronx and on Staten Island, New York City (1918 and 1922 respectively).

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Negatives Arranged by negative numbers (N02289-N02302, N03374-N03375, N07787-N07791, N08591, N08767-N08775, N18677-N18735, N20566)

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Around 1922, George G. Heye hired former racecar driver Edwin F. Coffin to be the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation's first official staff photographer, a position he retained until 1932. Coffin was a capable archaeological photographer--in 1918, 1921, and 1923, he also photographed the activities of the Hendricks-Hodge Hawikku Expedition excavations--and eventually conducted fieldwork in Texas.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed by Heather Shannon, Photo Archivist, in 2012.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Heather Shannon
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Historically, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation managed all photographic and related manuscript collections separately. This collection description represents current management practices of organizing and contextualizing related archival materials.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Access is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
Some materials are restricted due to cultural sensitivity.
Preferred Citation note
Edwin F. Coffin collection of negatives and photographs, 1918-1932, National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Smithsonian Institution (negative, slide or catalog number).

Keywords
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Excavations (Archaeology)--Texas--Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center
4220 Silver Hill Rd
Suitland , Maryland, 20746-2863
Phone: 301.238.1400
nmaiarchives@si.edu