William Gedney Beatty glass plate negatives collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.160
Creators:
Beatty, William Gedney
Dates:
circa 1892-1900
Languages:
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
5 glass plate negatives
1 contact print
Repository:
The William Gedney Beatty glass plate negatives collection contains 5 photographs depicting Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwelling sites at Mesa Verde, Colorado prior to restoration, circa 1892-1900. The collection was photographed or collected by architect and artist W. Gedney Beatty.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection contains 5 glass plate negatives (and 1 contact print) depicting Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwelling sites (pre-restoration) at Mesa Verde, Colorado, circa 1892-1900. The photographs depict Spruce Tree House and Cliff Palace prior to archaeological preservation.
It is unclear whether architect W. Gedney Beatty (1869-1941) shot the photographs or he collected them.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Photographs arranged in catalog number order in glass plate negative box 56-2.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William Gedney Beatty was born in New York on Jun 27, 1868 to John C. Beatty and Hetty Bull Beatty. W. Gedney worked in New York City as an architect and painter. He was also a collector and bequested large collections of books and gemstones to museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His siblings included Robert Beatty (1872- 1942) and Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968), who was a successful mining entrepreneur and collector. W. Gedney died on July 1, 1941.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Emily Moazami, Supervisory Archivist, 2019.
Author
Emily Moazami
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of A. Hyatt Mayor, 1956.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Access is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment.
Preferred Citation
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Gedney Beatty glass plate negatives collection, image #, NMAI.AC.160. National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.

Related Materials
The National Museum of the American Indian Archives Center also holds the John Wetherill lantern slide collection (NMAI.AC.106), which contains glass lantern slides depicting Mesa Verde shot by Wetherill circa 1892.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Mesa Verde National Park (Colo.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pueblo (Anasazi) (archaeological) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass plate negatives Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Museum of the American Indian
4220 Silver Hill Rd
Suitland 20746-2863
nmaiarchives@si.edu
http://nmai.si.edu/explore/collections/archive/