U Penn Museum Opens Digital Archive of Tlingit Art and Culture

Louis V. Shotridge (1882-1935) was a Tlingit ethnologist from Southeast Alaska who worked for the Penn Museum. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology recently opened the Louis Shotridge Digital Archive of Tlingit Art, Culture, and Heritage at penn.museum/collections/shotridge/index.html.

According to the website, “The Louis Shotridge Digital Archive makes available, for the first time, 4,000 high resolution digital images of Louis Shotridge’s objects, papers, photographs, and sound recordings. The Penn Museum initiated this project in 2006, in response to the interest expressed by members of the Tlingit community who were striving to regain knowledge of their Tlingit history and heritage and to engage in conversations with the Penn Museum around the Shotridge collections.”

There is an Alaska State Library connection to this digital archive. Here’s how Historical Collections’ Anastasia Tarmann explained it:

“Historical Collections was given a box of approximately 400 note cards that Louis Shotridge used to meticulously record Tlingit history and culture. The cards describe genealogical information, including clan relations, and material culture, including the history and context of the cultural objects, or ‘specimens’ as they are identified on the cards.”

The CCL Catalog record is at www.ccl.lib.ak.us/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/x/x/0/5?searchdata1=ocm42064606.

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