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Sylvester M. Lambert Photographs

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1389 digital objects.


Photographs taken by American public health physician Sylvester Maxwell Lambert (1882-1947) during extensive travels throughout Oceania between 1919 and 1939. Many of the photographs were taken in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu. The Solomon Island photographs include documentation of Lambert's visits to Rennell, Bellona and other Polynesian outliers. The Vanuatu photographs include many taken on Malakula. The Tonga photographs include interesting sequences of the royal family. Other images were taken in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Queensland and Samoa. There are many images of dance, social gatherings, indigenous and colonial architecture, canoes, Christian missions, and scenes of village life, as well as images relating to Lambert's medical work and the Fiji School of Medicine. The images were digitized from original photographs and lantern slides held by the UC San Diego Library.

Creation Date
  • 1919-1939
Location Of Originals

From the Sylvester M. Lambert Papers. MSS 682. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.


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