Samuel P. Langley with the Easter Island Statues

ID: 2002-12182 and MAH-5793A

Creator: Unknown

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), George Brown Goode (left) and Otis T. Mason (right) standing in the U.S. National Museum Building, now known as the Arts and Industries Building (A&I), beside one of the Easter Island statues.


  • 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
  • National Collections


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


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

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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
  • Easter Island
  • Asian Ethnology
  • Anthropology--Asian


Easter Island


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

2002-12182 and MAH-5793A

Physical description

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

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