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Mongolian woman. Div. of Physical Anthropology 07416200

Mongolian woman. USNM Dept. of Anthropology, Division of Physical Anthropology Collection.

About Our Digital Images
To create the highest-quality digital images we use Kodak Eversmart Supreme and iQsmart3 scanners and a Leaf Aptus 75 digital camera back. Their high dynamic range, true optical resolution and versatility allow us to produce digital images that consistently match the sharpness, resolution and tone of our original photographs. Our workflow is entirely color-managed.

About Our Inkjet Prints
Our professional quality digital inkjet prints are produced on high quality archival inkjet paper with UltraChrome K3 pigmented inks,
a combination shown to produce lasting, fade-resistent prints in accelerated light stability tests conducted by Wilhelm Imaging Research, an independent image permanance research firm.

According to Wilhelm, Epson digital inkjet prints will maintain their color fidelity for 60-200 years — exceeding the lightfastness of photographic color prints — when exhibited or stored under optimal conditions.

 


Digital Image Order and Permission Request Form
 — Submit for every order

Application for Reproduction of Materials in the HSFA
 — Film and video orders only


 

 

 

 

 

 

Mannequin of Jeremiah of Angola. Photo Lot 97

Mannequin of Jeremiah (Mbamba, Angola), sculptured by Theodore Mills in 1890. Photograph by T.W. Smillie. USNM Department of Anthropology, Division of Ethnology Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAE insignia designed by W.H. Holmes

Bureau of American Ethnology insignia designed by William Henry Holmes. MS 4817.

 

 

Ordering Instructions


 

Digital Images

The National Anthropological Archives offers digital images of every photograph and work of art in its collection, including its rare historic glass plate negatives. High-resolution images in TIFF format, suitable for printing or publication, are available for $50. Images can be sent via FTP or provided on a CD-ROM.

To place an order, simply send a completed image order form with the Inventory Number (Local Number) of the photograph or artwork as it appears in SIRIS, the Smithsonian's online catalog. Our staff can also help you locate an appropriate image. If you plan to reproduce the image in any form, please complete the appropriate section of the image order form. Please refer to our Rights and Reproductions Guidelines for additional information.

Archival Quality Inkjet Prints

Our high-quality archival inkjet prints are produced on demand from high-resolution digital images and are available on matte paper in sizes ranging from 8x10 to 13x19 inches. The cost per print is $50.

To place an order, simply send a completed image order form with the Inventory Number (Local Number) of the photograph or artwork as it appears in SIRIS, the Smithsonian's online catalog. Our staff can also help you locate an appropriate image. If you plan to reproduce the image in any form, please complete the appropriate section of the image order form. Please refer to our Rights and Reproductions Guidelines for additional information.

Manuscripts

Orders for photocopies should be submitted on our Photocopy Order form. The cost is 50¢ per page.  Maximum total order is 300 pp.  A $25.00 surcharge may be included on orders that require special handling or layout. Please allow at least five weeks for us to complete your request.

Your credit card will be charged after we complete your order. Please do not include your credit card information on your Photocopy Order form if you are sending the form via email. Please fax your order/credit card information to 301.238.2883, or speak with us by phone at 301.238.1310.

The Papers of John Peabody Harrington are available on 494 reels of microfilm from ProQuest.

Sound Recordings

The most frequently requested sound recordings in the NAA are the Native American myths, legends, stories and songs recorded by John Peabody Harrington (1884-1961) for the Bureau of American Ethnology. Working with storytellers and performers from thirty-five tribes, Harrington and his field assistants produced more than 1,300 sound recordings on wax cylinders and aluminum disks between 1912 and 1941. The archives has all of Harrington's aluminum disks, as well as newly mastered reel-to-reel audio tapes from which duplicate cassettes are produced on demand.

Duplicate sound recordings from the Harrington Collection can be purchased for $30 each. To place an order, please refer to the recording's Inventory Number in SIRIS (the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System). To begin, select Archival, Manuscript, and Photographic Collections, then select National Anthropological Archives from the list of repositories. A keyword search for Harrington recording Juaneno, for example, will retrieve a list of 151 sound recordings. To display individual records, select Full Description. The Inventory Number (INV) appears as the final item in each record.

Sound recordings from the Harrington Collection and most other collections will be transferred to audio cassette on demand. To place an order, please write naa@si.edu.

All of the Smithsonian's wax cylinder recordings – including those produced by Frances Densmore, Jesse Walter Fewkes, James Mooney, Truman Michelson and J.N.B. Hewett – were transferred to the National Archives and, later, the Library of Congress. Many of these early recordings are available on audio tape from the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. To learn more about these recordings, please consult The Federal Cylinder Project: a Guide to Field Cylinder Collections in Federal Agencies. (Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1984-1985).

Film and Video

Film and video copies of many moving image collections can be purchased from the archives for research purposes and personal use. To obtain copies, please complete our Application to Reproduce Materials in the HSFA listing the collection title(s) and number(s) as they appear in the HSFA Guide to the Collections or in SIRIS (the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System). Permission for public or commercial use of moving images is granted on a case-by-case basis and requires a signed Use Agreement. For additional information, please refer to our Rights and Reproductions Guidelines or call 301.238.1315 to speak with our Media Resource Specialist.

Please note that the archives does not lend its collections for personal or classroom use.


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