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Caroline Haskins Gurrey portraits of Hawaiians, 1905-1909


Collection ID:
Gurrey, C. H. (Caroline Haskins), ca. 1878-1927
Physical Description:
50 Prints
silver gelatin

Scope and Contents note

Scope and Contents note
Portraits of young Hawaiian men and women exhibited at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and made by photographer Caroline Haskins Gurrey.

Biographical/Historical note

Biographical/Historical note
Caroline Haskins Gurrey (ca. 1878-1927) was a pictorialist photographer based in Hawaii who was active during the early twentieth century. Born in Oakland, California, Gurrey was initially educated the University of California at Berkeley. In 1901, she traveled with her aunt and two cousins to Hawaii, where she met and obtained a job with photographer J. J. Williams. She was making photographs in her pictorialist style as early as 1902, when her work was praised in the newspaper, The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. She married art dealer Alfred Gurrey the following year and opened her own photo studio in 1907. Between 1905 and 1909, Gurrey produced a series of fifty portraits of Native Hawaiians and other young men and women of mixed heritage, largely depicting people from the Kamehameha School. These portraits were exhibited at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, Washington, and some were shown at the San Francisco Exposition (1915).


Gina Rappaport, Sarah Ganderup
Existence and Location of Copies note
Digital surrogate is available online.
Custodial History note
Donated to the United States National Museum by the US Department of the Interior in 1909 (USNM accession 51302).

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Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 153, Caroline Haskins Gurrey portraits of Hawaiians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

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Local Call Number(s)

Local Call Number(s)
Photo Lot 153
USNM ACC 51302


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