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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
The Orphan Photograph collection houses unrelated photographic prints, negatives, slides and other visual media created for or by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, dating from circa 1926 to 1985. The collection has an unknown custodial history; it appears to have been gathered together over time due to the random nature of the images and lack or loss of any connection between individual images and other larger collections. Researchers will find images of a variety of animal and plant specimens; photos taken during a few Academy events and multiple Academy sponsored expeditions; exhibits; as well as numerous portraits and snapshots of people affiliated with the institution. In addition, there are a handful of photographs and negatives produced or collected by the Public Relations Department for use in the Academy newsletter, Frontiers and other publications. Of particular note, are the photographs taken during Academy sponsored expeditions, especially those few snapshots taken during George Vanderbilt's trans-Africa expedition in the 1940s.
There is no known custodial history for this collection.
The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
This collection was minimally processed to the folder level.
The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project. This collection is minimally processed to the folder level.
This collection is open for research.
Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Archives with requests for copying and for authorization to quote or reproduce the material.
Animals: bat, fish specimens, undated.
Box 1Folder 1
Animals: birds, undated.
Box 1Folder 2
Animals: deer, undated.
Box 2Folder 1
Animals: fish, snapping turtle, frog and others (negatives), 1956-1959, undated.
Box 1Folder 3
Animals: muskoxen, undated.
Box 2Folder 2
Animals: terns, owl, squirrel and others, 1926, 1935, undated.
Box 1Folder 4
Animals and plants, undated.
Box 1Folder 5
[Archives]: Union Pacific Railroad documents (loose slides), undated.
Box 1Folder 6
Book, unidentified (negative), undated.
Folder Roll 1
Events: "Death by Chocolate" (slides), undated.
Box 1Folder 7
Events: "Outside-In", undated.
Box 1Folder 8
Events: Richard Hopper Day medal presentation to Lewis Thomas at annual meeting, 1985.
Box 1Folder 9
Events: unidentified (slides), undated.
Box 1Folder 10
Expedition: Alaska circa 1895-1896 (reprints), undated.
Box 1Folder 11
[Expedition]: Alaska, salmon fishing, undated.
Box 1Folder 12
[Expedition]: Cambodia (negatives), undated.
Box 1Folder 13
[Expedition]: Delaware River, circa 1949.
Box 1Folder 14
Expedition: Africa, George Vanderbilt Trans Africa Expedition, circa 1945.