Finding Aid for Views of Madagascar, ca. 1895

Finding aid prepared by Shilpa Rele.

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
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Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
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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

Container List

Box 1, Item 1

Type de femme Betsimisaraka

Box 1, Item 2

Militaires indigens et leurs familles (Betsilio)

Box 1, Item 3

Passe etrade de Cap Diego. Vue prisé du Cap

Box 1, Item 4

14 Juillet, rejouissances publiques

Box 1, Item 5

Anl[?]anabarbe, Flore de riviere

Box 1, Item 6

Malle de france, (Melbourne) en rade de Diego

Box 1, Item 7

Artisbese, Village Malgache, type de cases

Box 1, Item 8

Captation d'une riviere

Box 1, Item 9

14 Juillet Kabary de femmes Malgaches

Box 1, Item 10

Type de femme de Ste. Marie

Box 1, Item 11

Anl[?]anabarbe, femme portant l'eau o/. la tête

Box 1, Item 12

Type de femme bourjane de Tananarive

Box 1, Item 13

Disposition d'un village

Box 1, Item 14

Type de femme [Belialimena?] (Tamatave)

Box 1, Item 15

Forêt d'ambre – Grande Cascade 76 m/d de haut

Box 1, Item 16

Pileurs de riz

Box 1, Item 17

Types de femmes de tirailleurs

Box 1, Item 18

Construction du case

Box 1, Item 19

Riviere du Sa[karomy]

Box 1, Item 20

Sous le manguier

Box 1, Item 21

Habitation d'un colon

Box 1, Item 22

Cascade du mont de N[?]esse (30 metres de haut)

Box 1, Item 23

Forêt d'Ambre – Grand lac

Box 1, Item 24

Dans la forêt (Halte)

Box 1, Item 25

Bazar Malgache (marché)

Box 1, Item 26

Types d'enfants – Ste. Marie

Box 1, Item 27

Militaires indigiens – apres le travail - Repos

Box 1, Item 28


Box 1, Item 29

Dans la forêt – Reservoir d'eau

Box 1, Item 30

Types de femmes Antaukara

Box 1, Item 31

Dans la forêt – [Padres?]

Box 1, Item 32

Forêt d'Ambre – Petit lac

Box 1, Item 33

Type de femme Hova

Box 1, Item 34

Clariere dans la forêt

Box 1, Item 35

Femme de Ste. Marie

Box 1, Item 36

Type de femme du nord de l'Ile

Box 1, Item 37

Passage d'une riviere par des bourjanes

Box 1, Item 38

Lavoir Malgache

Box 1, Item 39

Type de femmes Malgache Diego Suarez

Box 1, Item 40

Type de coiffure Malgache

Box 1, Item 41


Box 1, Item 42

Kabary dans un village à l'arrivée du chef de District

Box 1, Item 43

Forêt d'Ambre – Lac Maudit

Box 1, Item 44

Jeune Fille

Box 1, Item 45

Malgache se [suivrant?] à ses ablutions

Box 1, Item 46

Type de coiffure

Box 1, Item 47

Sous les bois?!!!

Box 1, Item 48

Petit cascade

Box 1, Item 49

Exploitation [forestier?]

Box 1, Item 50

Cascade du Sa[karamy] Kel (10 mètres)