Access to Alexander Agassiz's Expedition Images


The Alexander Agassiz collection of about 1,000 gelatin dry plates, film negatives and prints dating from the late 1890s to the early- 20th century is important because it uniquely adds to Agassiz scholarship, providing access to many unpublished images from expeditions. Alexander Agassiz (1835-1910) was a pioneer in oceanographic research, zoological investigation, & mining engineering, devoting four decades to expanding & developing the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology. He was best known as a naturalist & for his expeditions, conducting deep-sea investigations, & studying coral islands & reefs. The material is primarily glass negatives with some film negatives & print photographs that chronicle Agassiz's voyages on the Albatross, Challenger, Croydon, Yaralla and other ships between 1890 & 1909. There are also some domestic scenes from Agassiz's Rhode Island home. The collection includes images of expedition sites, primarily, but also some research materials.


Cataloging Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded

Year Added



Museum of Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology


  • Constance Rinaldo

Collection Size

1000 objects

Date Range

1890 - 1910

Geographic Scope

all over the world.