Langley with Easter Island Statues

ID: 2002-12173 and MAH-4072

Creator: Unknown (Thomas W. Smillie?)

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1888

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 8C

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Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906) with George Brown Goode (left) and Otis T. Mason (right) stand beside one of the Easter Island statues in the United States National Museum Building, now the Arts and Industries Building.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Mason, Otis Tufton 1838-1908
  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Original negative number is MAH-4072. According to Yochelson in 'The National Museum of Natural History' (p.97), Easter Island sculptures were acquired in 1887 and installed in USNM the following year. A similar print is MAH-5793A.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 8C

Contact information

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



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  • Pacific and South Asian Ethnology Exhibits
  • Secretaries
  • Anthropology
  • Exhibitions
  • Ethnology
  • Hall of Pacific and South Asian Ethnology
  • Statues
  • National Collections
  • Easter Island
  • Asian Ethnology
  • Anthropology--Asian


Easter Island


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

2002-12173 and MAH-4072

Physical description

Color: Cyanotype; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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