S. K. Lothrop negatives, photographs and lantern slides, 1915-1928

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.001.010
Creators:
Lothrop, S. K. (Samuel Kirkland), 1892-1965
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation
Dates:
1915-1928
Languages:
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
1,188 acetate negatives
3 photographic prints
18 lantern slides
Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The S.K. Lothrop collection primarily contains negatives, photographic prints, and lantern slides made by Lothrop while employed by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. Lothrop traveled on behalf of the Museum to New Mexico, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Peru. The four New Mexico negatives in this collection date from 1915, before Lothrop worked for the Museum, and depict scenes around Zuni. During his 1924 trip to El Salvador, Lothrop photographed volcanos, archaeological sites, antiquities, the landscape, villages, and native peoples engaged in pottery and rope making, food preparation, house building, and ceremonial activities. The 1925 views particularly concentrate on Argentina (but also Chile and Peru). The Argentina materials include views made in the Tierra del Fuego (also part of Chile), including depictions of the daily lives and ceremonial activities of natives peoples of Tierra del Fuego--Selk'nam (Ona) and Yámana (Yagán/Yahgan); the Patagonia landscape; and excavations undertaken by the Museum's La Plata Expedition. The 1928 Guatemala views include depictions of Mayan ruins of Zaculeu and of Tz'utuhil Maya (Tzutuhil/Zutigil), Quiché Maya (Quiche), and Kaqchikel Maya (Cakchiquel) people engaged in weaving, rope making, canoeing, and ceremonial actitivies. The collection also contains photographs made by Lothrop before he worked for the Museum, including 1915 views of effigy mounds in Wisconsin and views at Hopi, Acoma, and Santa Clara; 1917 views of Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, and El Salvador; and 1918 views of Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Lantern slides Arranged by lantern slide numbers (L00101-L00103, L00577-L00579, L00584-L00585, L00589, L00597, L00622-L00629)
Negatives Arranged by negative numbers (N09139-N09140, N09147-N09308, N09316-N09389, N09760-N09997, N10310-N10577, N10803, N14031-N14212, N19372-N19620)
Prints Arranged by print numbers (P10108-P10110)

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Samuel Kirkland Lothrop was an archaeologist and photographer who extensively traveled and worked throughout Central America and South America. George Gustav Heye originally hired Lothrop to research native Guatemalan and El Salvadoran textiles and pottery. He subsequently excavated on behalf of the Museum of the American Indian in such places as the Tierra del Fuego. Here he photographed indigenous communities who would not survive the twentieth century as a distinct culture group. In 1923, he also photographed the activities of the Hendricks-Hodge Hawikku Expedition excavations. In addition to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, the Peabody Museum and the Carnegie Institute sponsored his research and archaeological work.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed by Heather Shannon, Photo Archivist, 2012.
Author
Heather Shannon
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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
Copyright: National Museum of the American Indian
Preferred Citation note
S. K. Lothrop collection of negatives, photographs and lantern slides, 1915-1928, National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Smithsonian Institution (negative, slide or catalog number).

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lantern slides Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maya (archaeological culture) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yámana (Yagán/Yahgan) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of Central America -- El Salvador -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
A:shiwi (Zuni) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
South America -- photographs Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Central America -- photographs Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Selk'nam (Ona) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Negatives Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fuegians -- Social life and customs -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kaqchikel Maya (Cakchiquel) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
North America Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zuni (N.M.) -- photographs Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tierra del Fuego (Argentina and Chile) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Argentina -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tz'utuhil Maya (Tzutuhil/Zutigil) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographic prints Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quiché Maya (Quiche) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center
4220 Silver Hill Rd
Suitland 20746-2863
nmaiarchives@si.edu
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