- Collection ID:
Ford-Bartlett East Greenland Expedition 1930
- Physical Description:
The photographs and negatives consists of views of the Ford-Bartlett expedition to East Greenland.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Ford-Bartlett East Greenland Expedition collection consists of photographic prints and negatives directly and indirectly related to the 1930 expedition. Included are two toned silver gelatin (DOP) studio portraits of Captain Robert (Bob) Bartlett, leader of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation-sponsored expedition like taken sometime in the 1920s. The photographs from the Ford-Bartlett expedition itself include images of Captain Bartlett trading with Tunumiit (Ammassalimiut Eskimo) men as well as several views of Tunumiit men in kayaks, both pulling up to and fishing near the expedition schooner. The photographer is unknown. The collection also contains a World Wide Photo Co. negative and print from it of Bartlett's schooner, the Effie M. Morrissey. The negatives are copy negatives made by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye foundation during a large photograph conservation project in the 1960s.
Scope and Contents
Prints: P09530-P09531, P09832-P09835, P11455. Negatives: N18774-N18775, N36485-N36487.
Prints are arranged in two folders; Ford-Bartlett expedition (Folder 1) and Portraits of Robert Bartlett (Folder 2). Negatives Arranged by catalg number.
For more than 50 years and on more than 40 expeditions, Captain Robert "Bob" Bartlett sailed, explored, and mapped the Arctic. During the Great Depression, in order to finance his cruises, Bartlett frequently collaborated with scientific institutions, including with the Museum of the American Indian for the 1930 Bartlett East Greenland Expedition. Led by Bartlett and financed by Museum trustee James B. Ford (1844-1928) for the Museum, the expedition allowed anthropologist Junius Bird (1907-1982) to conduct archaeological excavations of Eskimo ruins on Shannon Island and Clavering Island. Co-authored by Bartlett and Bird, "The Bartlett East Greenland Expedition" appeared in the July 1931 issue of Geographical review.
Heather Shannon, Rachel Menyuk
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Most of the photographs were part of the field collection received by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation in 1930. It is unlear when the two portraits of Bartlett arrived at the museum, it was likely around the same time.
Processed by Heather Shannon, Photo Archivist in 2012. Updated by Rachel Menyuk, Processing Archivist, in 2019.
Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation note
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ford-Bartlett East Greenland Expedition photograph collection, Item Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
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