Scope and Contents
This collection consists of single and group portraits of scientists (professional and amatuer), many affiliated with the Academy. When known, Academy affiliation and scientific field of interest is noted (botany, entomology, geology, paleontology, zoology, ichthyology, ornithology, diatoms, etc.). Portraits show scientists in the field and at work as well as posed portraits. Thus far, the collection includes 1680 persons or groups. Formats include photographic prints, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, engravings, etchings, lithographs, lantern slides, film negatives, glass negatives, tintypes, photocopies, and other reproductions. Prints are black and white unless otherwise stated. Signed images are noted.
- c. 1835-1983, undated
Biographical / Historical
The Portrait Collection is an artificial collection compiled by Academy librarians and archivists over a long stretch of time. The photographs, prints, etc., have been culled from numerous accessions and collections already in the archives. Some photographs were requested or transferred with the specific purpose of being added to the collection. The collection was created with continuous accrual in mind. The last addition to the collection seems to have been in the 1980s or early 1990s. The collection is now closed and no new additions will be made.
15.25 linear feet
Language of Materials
Arranged in alphabetical order by person's last name or (in the case of group portraits) corporate heading.
The portraits within this collection were received singly or in small groups from various sources at various times.
- Mary Hammer
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- Cataloging made possible by The Getty Grant Program