State Railway of Thailand photographs of Miao people, 1967

Collection ID:
Kānrotfai hǣng Prathēt Thai
Physical Description:
8 Prints
silver gelatin
1 Copy negative

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs made by a staff photographer for the State Railway of Thailand near the king's mountain palace at Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, March 30 - early April 1967. Photos document Miao people in their villages, including a man playing a kaeng (a bamboo wind instrument used to communicate with spirits). Additionally, there is one image of Yukta Na Thalang (Director of the State Railroads of Thailand) and Sir Jordon MacKay (Director of a division of the World Bank) with donor Martha Lubekke and her husband Gunther Lubbeke.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The official State Railway of Thailand began as the Royal State Railways of Siam, established under the Ministry of Public Works in 1890. The department controlled all state and private railways in the country. In 1951, the State Railway of Thailand Act B.E. 2494 renamed the organization and established it as a state enterprise. Gunther Lubbeke was an employee of the World Bank, for which he may have appraised Thailand's railway systems.

Existence and Location of Originals note
According to donor Martha Lubbeke, the original negatives were kept by the State Railway of Thailand.
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 4960

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
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Conditions Governing Use note
This copy collection may be restricted by copyright. Contact the repository for terms of use and access.
Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 4960, State Railway of Thailand photographs of Miao people, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Addl. KW Subj
Addl. KW Subj

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Three photographs donated as part of MS 4960 were previously filed with Photo Lot 97. These have been relocated and merged back into MS 4960.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 97 may contain more State Railway of Thailand photographs.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Martha Lubbeke through Dr. William Crocker, Department of Anthropology, in March 1968.

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