The collection consists of photographs documenting archeological excavations at Powell Farm in Fairmont, Illinois, 1931; Safety Harbor, Florida, 1930; and Canaveral, Florida, 1932. The photographs are mounted on unbound pages from a photograph album and the covers are included with collection.
The papers of Francis P. Conant document his anthropological work and, to a lesser extent, his previous career as a journalist and photographer. Francis Paine Conant was a cultural anthropologist who pioneered the use of satellite data in anthropology. He conducted fieldwork in Nigeria and Kenya, and his research interests spanned cultural ecology, AIDS, malaria, and sex and gender studies. He was also Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Hunter College, where he taught from 1962 to 1995.
Portraits of Samuel Pierpont Langley, probably made by a Smithsonian photographer.
Individual portraits of anthropologists, including George A. Dorsey in naval uniform, Wenzhong (W. C.) Pei in Beijing, and Davidson Black at Zhoukoudian. Pei and Black are noted as having both been involved in the discovery of Sinanthropus pekinensis, an ancient species of human.
Images of the Grand Canyon, including views from the rim and various trails.
Aidan Southall (1920-2009) was a social anthropologist whose research focused on rural and urban settings in East Africa. Marshall Barron Clinard (1911-2010) was a sociological criminologist who conducted research in a number of countries, including Sweden, India, Switzerland, and Uganda. This collection, consisting mostly of questionnaires, represents Southall and Clinard's research on nutrition and crime in Kampala, Uganda.
Photographs depicting Korean hatter Chong Choon Mo and Korean weaver Kim Jum Soon demonstrating their crafts at the 1982 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The photographs were probably made by a Smithsonian photographer.
Ethel M. Albert was an ethnologist whose research focused on communication and speech, and values and ethics. She pursued these themes cross-culturally across a wide spectrum of social classes, ethnic groups and locations. She received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1949 and taught a several institutions of higher learning before becoming a faculty member of Northwestern University in 1966. The Ethel Mary Albert papers consist of writings, photographs and sound recordings produced during the course of Albert's ethnological studies as Ford Fellow in Burundi in the late 1950s; field research among the Navaho; and materials related to a later cross cultural study of fatalism.
These papers document Jon Breslar's fieldwork on Mayotte, Comoro Islands for his dissertation as well as his work developing a new housing policy for Mayotte. The collection contains his professional correspondence, field notes, research notes, his writings, writings by others, newspaper clippings, teaching materials for his Shimaore language course, photographs, maps, plant specimens, and sound recordings.
Photographs probably made by Ruth Bunzel during her fieldwork among the Quiche in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, in 1930-32. Images include Quiche Indians and families, a church (probably the Church of Santo Tomás), a procession and ceremony, and landscapes.