Hershkovitz, Philip, Colombia, 1941-1943, photographs

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The more than 300 black-and-white photographs document Paul Hershkovitz's field work in Colombia. There is an envelope indicating that work from 1942 was completed in part for the Walter Rathbone Bacon Fellowship. Most photographs are packaged in one of 6 envelopes groups of 50. Envelopes are labeled with number range, creator, and location; some photographs are numbered, but most are unlabeled. Subject matter varies greatly, and includes live mammals and specimens, candid images of individuals, examples of terrain (vistas, from high elevations, hillsides, rain forest, river valleys), communities and landmarks (statues), river ferries, detail images of vegetation (trees), farms, petroglyphs(?), and an excavation site with exposed skeletal remains. An additional envelope includes photographs of the excavation (possibly copies in envelope 1-50), with lengthy descriptions of site, skeleton, and urn found. There is mention that excavation site was near an airfield, and envelope includes a note stating photographs were intended for Alexander Wetmore. Locations include Rio Magdalena.

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  • Colombia
  • Magdalena


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Black-and-white photographs

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-244

Collection name

Division of Mammals, Philip Hershkovitz Photograph Collection, 1941-1943

Physical Description

300 black-and-white photographs

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Mammals