Glass plate negatives, Mexico, 1890s-1900s

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These 250 glass plate negatives document the field research of Nelson and Goldman in Mexico. Depicted in these negatives are the flora (particularly figs, palo verde, and cactus) and fauna (particularly birds) of various Mexico locations. Photographs also reflect ethnological observations: social customs, mummies, architecture. Images of maps are included. Four glass negatives from Goldman's service with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, 1918-1919 are also included. Locations include but are not limited to La Barca, La Salada, Sihuatanejo, Omilteme, Alcapulco, Papayo, and Baja California in Mexico, and France.

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Plants
  • Botany
  • Ornithology


  • Acapulco de Juárez
  • La Barca
  • Baja California
  • Mexico
  • Los Papayos
  • France
  • La Salada


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Glass negatives

Accession #

SIA RU007364

Collection name

Edward William Nelson and Edward Alphonso Goldman Collection, circa 1873-1946 and undated

Physical Description

250 glass negatives

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Boxes 37-46