Romyn Hitchcock photographs of Ainu people, Japan, and Korea, circa 1885-1895

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.77-38
Creators:
Hitchcock, Romyn, 1851-1923
Dates:
circa 1885-1895
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
200 prints
circa 200 prints: albumen, cyanotype, silver gelatin, halftone
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs documenting Ainu people and villages and Japanese boats, paintings, artifacts, structures, burial mound, tombs, and scenery. They also include some images of people and a village in Korea. Many of the mounted prints have been annotated for publication, some for the 1890 Annual Report of the National Museum.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Romyn Hitchcock (1851-1923), was a Smithsonian curator, scientist and author with degrees in chemistry from Cornell University and Columbia University. He spent four years curating for the Smithsonian's National Museum. In 1887, Hitchcock was put in charge of photographic work for the United States Eclipse Expedition to Japan and appointed professor of English at the Koto Chu Gakko, the Japanese government school in Osaka. His studies in Japan led to a number of articles in the Smithsonian Annual Reports in 1890 and 1891. In the early 1890s, he became a commissioner to China for the World Columbian Exposition and later served as an official of the exposition.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
Digital surrogate is available online.
Author
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 77-38

Bibliography
Bibliography
Photographs published in "Ancient Pit-Dwellers of Yezo," USNM Annual Report, 1890, p. 417-427; "Ainos of Yezo," USNM Annual report, 1890, p. 429-502; "Shinto, or Mythology of the Japanese," USNM Annual Report, 1891, 489-509; "The Ancient Burial Mounds in Japan," USNM Annual Report, 1891, 511-523; and "Some Ancient Relics in Japan," USNM Annual Report, 1891, 525-526.
Bibliography
Some photographs also published in William W. Fitzhugh and Chisato O. Debreuil, Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People, [Washington, D.C.]: Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Association with University of Washington Press, 1999.

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 77-38, Romyn Hitchcock photographs of Japan and Korean and Ainu people, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
R.M. Bartleman photographs of Venezuela, previously filed in 77-38, have been relocated to National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 156.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Photographs in the Hitchcock Collection, previously filed in Photo Lot 97 and Photo Lot 8, have been relocated and merged with Photo Lot 77-38. These photographs were also made by Romyn Hitchcock and form part of this collection.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Hitchcock donated artifacts from Japan, China, and Sri Lanka to the Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, in accessions 022393, 022392, 055059, 021640, 021675, 022518, 021963, 022633, 025499, 014786, 021689, and 023462.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library holds Romyn Hitchcock's papers.

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Romyn Hitchcock photographs of Ainu people, Japan, and Korea, circa 1885-1895

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Part of this collection was donated by Robert Elder, 1977. The rest was likely donated as part of the publication of Hitchcock's articles in the USNM Annual Report. Three photographs of Ainu people were originally in the Division of Physical Anthropology photograph collection.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Boats and boating Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Koreans Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Korea Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ainu Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
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