A. Hyatt Verrill negatives, photographs and other materials, circa 1880-1925

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.001.015
Creators:
Verrill, A. Hyatt (Alpheus Hyatt), 1871-1954
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation
Dates:
circa 1880-1925
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 lantern slide
170 photographic prints
albumen
392 negatives (photographic)
acetate
Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center
These images depict the indigenous people of Peru, Bolivia, Suriname and Chile; the largest percentage of the images are of Panama and Guyana (British Guiana).

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Verrill collection consists primarily of photographic materials made by Verrill in Guyana and Panama. Dating from 1917 and 1925, the Guyana photographs depict mostly Carib and Patamona but also Warao, Arecuna, Akawaio (Acawai), Akurio (Acuria), Arawak, Macushi (Macusi), Waiwai, and Taruma men and women. These are mostly informal portraits, but the photographs also document dwellings and various activities, such as weaving, spinning, fishing, and canoeing. Included in the Guyana materials are also nineteenth-century (ca. 1880?) albumen prints of portraits of Wapichana (Wapishana), Waiwai, Atorai, and Taruma men and women; Verrill most likely did not make these photographs. The Panama materials date from 1924 and 1925 and are primarily portraits of Teribe (Terraba), Ngäbe (Boorabi), Coclé Guaymi (Cocle), Guaymi, Kuna (Cuna), Emberá (Choikoi), and Sabanero men and women, but the photographs also depict dwellings, ceremonials, and canoes. Among the Panama materials are photographs depicting antiquities from Penonomé. The collection also consists of 1924 photographs of the indigenous peoples of Peru, Bolivia, and Chile and 1925 photographs of the indigenous peoples of Suriname and Peru.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Negatives Arranged by negative number (N10017-N10307, N10804-N10966, N11229-N11257, N29558, N34270, N34288-N34289, N34294, N34930-N34932, N36040-N36041, N36044, N41525)
Prints Arranged by print number (P00243-P00271, P00289-P00341, P00289-P00341, P02207-P02215, P06385-P06401, P06654-P06682, P06654-P06682, P06695-P06700, P06703, P07307, P07310-P07315, P07317, P07384-P07394, P09137-P09141, P18855)
Lantern slide Arranged by lantern slide number (L00076)

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Born in 1871 in New Haven, Connecticut, A. Hyatt Verrill was an illustrator, naturalist, explorer, and author of more than 105 books. From 1889 to 1928, he either explored, made ethnological expeditions to, or excavated in Bermuda, the West Indies, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Surinam.

Administration
Processing Information note
NMAIA Review
Author

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
Restricted: Cultural Sensitivity
Preferred Citation note
A. Hyatt Verrill negatives, photographs and other materials, 1917-1926, 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
Arecuna Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Warao Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Akurio (Acuria) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Akawaio (Acawai) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of South America -- Peru Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coclé Guaymi (Cocle) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arawak Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Waiwai Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Macushi (Macusi) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographic prints Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Patamona Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of South America -- Chile Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carib Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lantern slides Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sabanero Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of South America -- Suriname Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kuna (Cuna) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Taruma Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Teribe (Terraba) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ngäbe (Boorabi) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Emberá (Choikoi) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Penonomé (Panama) -- Antiquities -- photographs Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of South America -- Bolivia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of South America -- Panama Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Negatives Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of South America -- Guiana Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center
4220 Silver Hill Rd
Suitland 20746-2863
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