Bonaparte, Roland, prince, 1858-1924Alternative names
Prince Roland Bonaparte was a grand nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. He had no royal aspirations; instead he turned to study science, geography, geology, botany, ethnology, and anthropology. He focused on the documentation of physical characteristics, in particular the shape and dimension of the skull as a way to established relations between the human races. He perceived photography as a scientific tool for preserving data from his expeditions, and used it to document the American Indians, Surinamese, Hottentots and other ethnic groups. Bonaparte was president of the "Société de géographie (France), from 1910 till his death, and was also a member, then president of the "Académie des sciences (France)".
Alfred Ayotte was a French (?) journalist, photographer and traveler who was interested in the anthropological aspects of the natives of the countries he visited.
From the description of Collection anthropologique du Prince Roland Bonaparte: American Indians, ca. 1883. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 156045919
|creatorOf||Bonaparte, Roland, prince, 1858-1924. Collection anthropologique du Prince Roland Bonaparte: American Indians, ca. 1883.||Princeton University Library|
|creatorOf||Bonaparte, Roland, Prince, 1858-1924. Autograph letter signed : London, to an unidentified correspondent, 1872 Jan. 11.||Pierpont Morgan Library.|
|referencedIn||American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIi, 1897||American Philosophical Society|
|referencedIn||American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIj, 1898-1988||American Philosophical Society|
|referencedIn||Jesse Shepard Papers, 1868-1959||San Diego History Center Document Collection|
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