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Finding Aid for Views of Madagascar, ca. 1895
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Views of Madagascar
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1895
    Number: 2002.R.38
    Physical Description: 50.0 photographs (1 album)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The album contains 50 photographic prints by an anonymous photographer. The photographs depict the indigenous peoples of Madagascar and their surroundings from a (French) colonial perspective.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Views of Madagascar, ca. 1895. Research Library, The Getty Research Insititute, Accession no. 2002.R.38

    Acquisition Information

    Received in 2002.

    Processing History

    Processed by Shilpa Rele

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The album contains 50 photographic prints. They are taken from a colonial perspective. They capture social life and customs, public gatherings, and oratory or Kabary traditions.There are portraits of women belonging to different tribes, showing their hairstyles and different types of dress. Numerous photographs also capture the natural beauty of the island i.e. waterfalls, lakes, clearings within forests and so on.
    The album also includes several images of the French colonial or military presence. Two photographs capture French public celebrations of Bastille Day (July 14th). There are also photographs of a harbor and large ships which attest to the French military presence in Madagascar.
    Handwritten captions appear on the album page below each photograph and are transcribed as they appear. Cataloger's notes are in brackets.
    Album cover is red cloth. Photographs are gelatin silver printing-out paper (p.o.p.) prints.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Bastille Day--Madagascar
    Indigenous peoples--Madagascar--Social life and customs

    Subjects - Places

    Madagascar--Colonization--19th century
    Madagascar--Description and travel
    Madagascar--History--French Invasion, 1895

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Gelatin silver prints--Madagascar--19th century
    Photograph albums--Madagascar--19th century
    Photographs, Original