Collection C0044 - Philip Sidney Smith collection of photographs.

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Philip Sidney Smith collection of photographs.


  • 1906-1932 (Creation)

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ca. 2150 photographs :b&w.

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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.

Archival history

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.

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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.

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Text in English.

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Collection is part of the Arctic Institute of North America rare books collection.

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