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Lumholtz, Carl, 1851-1922



  • Existence: 1851-04-23 - 1922-05-05


Carl Lumholtz was a Norwegian explorer, naturalist and ethnographer. He was born near Lillehammer, Norway in 1851 and died in 1922 in Saranac, New York. Starting in 1880, the Museum of Natural History at the University of Christiania (Oslo) sponsored his first expedition with the goal of collecting botanical and zoological specimens. This took him to Queensland, Australia where acquaintance with native people broadened his interests to include ethnography, leading eventually to his Mexican expeditions. In 1909 and 1910 he led an expedition in southern Arizona and the far north of Mexico. In 1914-1916 he conducted his last expedition, in Borneo. Lumholtz led four expeditions sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History to the northwest of Mexico from 1890 to 1898.


Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Carl Lumholtz

Identifier: Archives Anthro PH1/ 47
Scope and Contents

63 negatives and 3 glass negatives pertaining to Dr. Lumholtz's Expedition through Central Borneo.

Dates: undated

Phyllis La Farge research materials on Carl Lumholtz images

Identifier: Mss .L34
Content Description

Material compiled by Phyllis LaFarge related to her publications on the Carl Lumholtz image collections and a proposed photographic exhibit.

Dates: 2012-2015

Lumholtz face paintings photographic slides

Identifier: PSC 42
Scope and Contents

Slides of face painting designs collected by Carl Lumholtz.

Dates: undated

Carl Lumholtz photographic slide collection: Northern Mexican Huichol Indian Art

Identifier: PSC 664
Scope and Contents

Studio photographs of Northern Mexican Indian artifacts taken by John Lilly. Artifacts from the AMNH Department of Anthropology collection. Objects refer to two publications: Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History, Volume III: I-Symbolism of the Huichol Indians (by Carl Lumholtz, May 1900) and Arte Symbolico (AMNH Memoirs by the Instituto Nacional Indigenista).

Dates: 1996

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Photographic Slide Collection 2
American Museum of Natural History. Department of Anthropology. Archives. 1
Borneo 1
Huichol art 1
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New 1