Robert Thomas Hill photograph collection of Central American Indians, circa 1895

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.170
Creators:
Hill, Robert Thomas, 1858-1941
Dates:
circa 1895
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 letter
29 mounted prints
albumen
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The bulk of the collection consists of photographs documenting Indians of Central America, including Cheripo, Guatuso, Talamanca, and Guatemala Indians. Additional photographs document stone artifacts found at grave sites, Panamanian women, people in Bogata, and a museum in San Jose, Costa Rica. The photographs may have been collected by Robert Thomas Hill from H. N. Rudd, a postcard publisher in Costa Rica. A letter from Rudd to Hill is also in the collection.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Robert Thomas Hill (1858-1941) was a geologist best known for his work in Texas for the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Hill was orphaned during the Civil War and raised by his grandmother. While employed at his brother's newspaper in Comanche, Texas, he developed an interest in collecting rocks and fossils. In 1887, he earned a BS in geology from Cornell University. Hill worked for the USGS from 1885 to 1903 and is credited with discovering the Comanche Series of the Lower Cretaceous strata. Additionally, he conducted some preliminary studies in Central America and the West Indies between 1894 and 1902, collecting for the Bureau of American Ethnology and the United States National Museum. Hill resigned from the USGS in 1903 to pursue personal interests in geology and Texas history.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 170

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 170, Robert Thomas Hill photograph collection of Central American Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
This collection has been relocated from Photo Lot 123.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Correspondence from Hill is held in the National Anthropological Archives in records of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Artifacts collected by Hill are held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accessions 035646, 053949, 028088, and 034831.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds a field notebook from Hill (1895, 1924) in SIA ACC. 12-126. Southern Methodist University, DeGolyer Library, and Autry National Center, Braun Research Library, hold collections of Hill's papers.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated to the Bureau of American Ethnology, probably by R. T. Hill, circa 1903.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Folder list available in repository.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Indians of Central America Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Talamanca Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guatuso Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Colombia Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Costa Rica Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guatemala Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Panama Place 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/