- 1906-1932 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
ca. 2150 photographs :b&w.
Name of creator
American geologist. Employed by the United States Geological Survey, 1906-1946, as a geologist, administrator, acting director and chief Alaska geologist. Member of several survey parties engaged in topographic mapping and geologic exploration in Alaska. Further biographical information available in Who was who in America with world notables, v. 3, 1951-1960, p. 799.
Most photographs taken by P.S. Smith, but also credited with some photographs are Fred H. Moffit, Henry M. Eakin, C.E. Giffin, J.C. Doyle and others identified only as Blanchard, Becker, McPherson and Shuster.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Collection consists of photographs of geologic formations and topographic features; native peoples; northern communities; logging, mining, fishing and whaling activities; survey field parties; and miscellaneous subjects including some of U.S. Geologic Survey offices and staff. Most photographs were taken in Alaska, but also represented are the Yukon, Virginia, Maryland and Texas. Texas photographs are of oil fields and refineries, ca. 1917. Most photographs are dated and include descriptive captions. Photographs received in albums but removed for conservation purposes.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
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Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Text in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of collection.
Collection is part of the Arctic Institute of North America rare books collection.