Contents and Arrangement

University of Pennsylvania Museum Photograph Album Documenting the Installation of George G. Heye's Collection of Native American Artifacts, circa 1910

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a photograph album containing thirty-four photographs documenting the installation of George G. Heye's collection of Native American artifacts at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, which was on deposit there from 1910 to 1916. Most of this collection is now part of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. The first dozen photographs depict exhibition cases prepared for the collection and with the exhibits in place under the heading of "North American Ethnography." Other photographs show items from the collection, including a ghost dance dress (Cheyenne), Lone Dog's Winter Count (Yanktonais Nakota Sioux), a buffalo robe with drawings, sacred medicine bundles, a dance shield, a baby carrier, moccasins, beaded sashes, a drum, ceremonial masks, wampum belts, and other objects. The photographs may have been taken by William Witte (born 1873), the University of Pennsylvania's museum photographer from 1902 to 1937.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History


AM 2021-44 Purchased from James Cummins Bookseller in 2021 .


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lisa Yankowitz during the summer and fall of 2010 . The finding aid was written by Lisa Yankowitz in January 2011 and was regularly updated with new acquisitions by Faith Charlton, Kelly Bolding, Armando Suárez, Amy C. Vo, Kalliopi Balatsouka, and Lauren Williams.

Collection-level notes were revised by Faith Charlton in 2024 to more accurately describe the nature of this collection.

No additions will be made to this collection. Single item acquisitions will be added to Princeton University Library Single Item Acquisitions (C1771).

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

University of Pennsylvania Museum Photograph Album Documenting the Installation of George G. Heye's Collection of Native American Artifacts; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
Ethnology -- North America -- Exhibitions
Genre Terms:
Photograph albums -- 20th century.