Guide to the Donald Orth geological survey photograph collection, 1869-1876

Donald Orth geological survey photograph C0233


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Orth, Donald J.
Title Donald Orth geological survey photograph collection
Date 1869-1876
Physical Characteristics 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract 49 black and white copy photographs that document the exploration of the American West in the late 19th century.
Collection Number C0233
Language English

Historical note

This collection consists of photographs that originated from the United States Geological Society, with the majority taken by William Henry Jackson. Most of the photographs depict the American West, with notable photograph subjects like Yellowstone National Park and Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden, a geologist who served as the head of the United States Geological and Geographic Survey of the Territories in the late 19th century. Hayden, along with Jackson, were integral in documenting the landscape of the West and helping establish Yellowstone National Park. In addition to Jackson's photographs, there are photographs taken by John K. Hillers, who was also exploring the American West with Jhn Wesley Powell, particularly the Grand Canyon, around the same time. There are also photographs of Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian explorer and scientist, and his boat "Fram" which he used during his expedition to the Arctic in 1893.

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Scope and Content

49 black and white copy photographs that document the exploration of the American West in the late 19th century. The photographs appear to be reprints of the originals made in 1869-1874 except for the photographs of Niagara Falls and Washington, D.C. that appear to be original. The collection is arranged alphabetically by state with three exceptions: Niagara Falls, Portraits, and Unknown.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by state with three exceptions: Niagara Falls, Portraits, and Unknown.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Donald Orth Geological Survey Photograph collection must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds the Harold T. Rib aerial photograph collection and the Soil Conservation Service Prince William County aerial photograph collection.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Hayden, F. V. (Ferdinand Vandeveer), 1829-1887
Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942

Geographical Names:

Arizona--Photographs.
Colorado--Photographs.
Montana--Photographs.
New Mexico--Photographs.
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)--Photographs.
Utah--Photographs.
Washington (D.C.)--Photographs.
Wyoming--Photographs.

Document Types:

Photographic prints.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Donald Orth Geological survey photograph collection, C0233, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Donald Orth to the Special Collections Research Center on June 10, 2013.

Processing Information

Processing and EAD markup completed in November 2013 by Kerry Mitchell. Finding aid updated by Amanda Brent in April 2020.

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Contents List

Donald Orth geological survey photograph collection, 1869-1876
Box Folder
1 1 Arizona, circa 1869-1876
1 Colorado, circa 1869-1876
2 Montana, circa 1869-1876
2 New Mexico, circa 1869-1876
2 Niagara Falls, circa 1869-1876
2 Portraits, circa 1869-1876
3 Unknown, circa 1869-1876
4 Utah, circa 1869-1876
4 Washington, D.C., circa 1869-1876
5 Wyoming, circa 1869-1876
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