New York Zoological Society photographs of Tlingit totem pole and house
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.204
Creators:
Sanborn, Elwin R. (Elwin Roswell)
New York Zoological Society
Dates:
September 23, 1904
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
12 Photographs
Repository:
This collection contains photographs depicting the erection of a Tlingit totem pole and chief's house near the Mammals' Pond at the New York Zoological Society on September 23, 1904.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
N37501-N37505, P15989-P15995
This collection contains 7 photographs shot by Elwin R. Sanborn depicting the erection of a Tlingit [Sanya (Cape Fox)] totem pole and chief's house near the Mammals' Pond at the New York Zoological Society (now known as Bronx Zoo) on September 23, 1904 and later in the year. The collection also contains 5 copy negatives made from the original photographs by Museum of the American Indian staff in the late 1960s. E. H. Harriman collected the totem pole and house from an abandoned Tlingit village at Cape Fox, Alaska during the Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899. He then shipped the pieces to Seattle and donated them to the New York Zoological Society for installation at the zoo.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Arranged by catalog number.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Dedicated to the study of zoology and preservation of wildlife, New York Zoological Society opened their 265 acre zoo in the Bronx borough of New York City on November 8, 1899. The Society was later renamed the Wildlife Conservation Society and the zoo was renamed the Bronx Zoo.
The Harriman Alaska Expedition studied the Alaskan coast from Seattle to Siberia in June and July 1899. Funded by Union Pacific Railroad President Edward Henry Harriman, the expedition team consisted of prominent scientists, naturalists, photographers, artists, and writers. The expedition findings were published in the thirteen-volume Harriman Alaska Series.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Emily Moazami, Supervisory Archivist, 2019.
Author
Emily Moazami
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the New York Zoological Society, 1942.

Digital Content

Bibliography
Bibliography
A description of the totem pole and house can be found in Zoological Society Bulletin, Jan. 1905, No. 16.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Preferred Citation
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); New York Zoological Society photographs of Tlingit totem pole and house, catalog #, NMAI.AC.204; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Use
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Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Tlingit Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Totem poles -- Tlingit Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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