Henry B. Collins, Jr. with Skull Collection

ID: SIA2009-2053 and 4892

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1928

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9528, Box 1, Henry B. Collins, Jr., Oral History Interviews

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Henry B. (Henry Bascom) Collins, Jr., (1899-1987) sits at a table that has numerous skulls on it. Collins appears to be studying one skull. Behind him is a bookshelf loaded with reference books and pamphlets. Collins was originally trained in geology and became involved in anthropology as an assistant on archaeologist Neil M. Judd's expeditions to New Mexico in 1922-1924. He became an aide in the Division of Ethnology of the United States National Museum in 1924, was promoted to assistant curator, and in 1938 became associate curator in the same division. In 1939, he was made a senior ethnologist with the Bureau of American Ethnology. He became that organization's director in 1963, and was the senior scientist in the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History from 1966 to 1987.


  • Collins, Henry Bascom 1899-
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Entomology


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Photograph included in the transcript of Henry B. Collins, Jr., Interviews by Pamela M. Henson, March 5, 1985, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9528, Box 1, Henry B. Collins, Jr., Oral History Interviews

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Archaeology
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Anthropology
  • Museums
  • Skulls
  • Physical anthropology
  • National Collections
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Museum curators
  • Archaeologists


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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SIA2009-2053 and 4892

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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