Smillie Hired as SI Photographer

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


Thomas William Smillie is hired on contract as a Smithsonian Institution photographer. A photographic apartment is fitted up in 1870, under the charge of Smillie, to take photographs of specimens of archaeology and of natural history to illustrate the publications of the Institution and for distribution to other museums.


  • Cohner, Samuel
  • Gardner, Alexander 1821-1882
  • Hayden, F. V (Ferdinand Vandeveer) 1829-1887
  • Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942
  • Ottinger, George M
  • Savage, Charles
  • Shindler, A. Zeno (Antonio Zeno) 1823-1899
  • Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917
  • Vannerson, J
  • Whitney, Joel E


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • A collection of photographs of American Indians taken by Samuel Chner, Alexander Gardner, Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden, William Henry Jackson, George M. Ottinger, Charles Savage, Antonio Zino Shindler, Julian Vannerson, and Joel E. Whitney, to ensure preservation of their images, was published in the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 14. After the Charles Bird King and John Mix Stanley paintings were destroyed in the Castle fire, Secretary Joseph Henry argued that photography was a safer medium for preserving these images.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1873. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1874, p. 56.
  • David E. Haberstich, Photographs at the Smithsonian Institution, A History. Picturescope 32 (1): 4-20 (Summer 1985), p. 5-6.

Contact information

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




  • Photography
  • Labor unions
  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Labor
  • Museum publications


North America

Full Record

View Full Record