The Dean C. Worcester Photographic Collection

From 1890 to 1913, Dean Conant Worcester took thousands of photographs of people and places throughout the Philippines.   The majority was taken while Worcester served as the controversial Secretary of Interior in the US colonial government from 1901-1913.  Simultaneously disturbing and beautiful, these photographs portray the perspectives and emphases of a leading proponent of the colonial mission.  

This exhibition features a subset of the nearly 5000 glass negatives and lantern slides in the Museum of Anthropology’s Worcester Collection. Thanks to Carla Sinopoli, professor and director of the Museum of Anthropology, Julia Falkovitch-Khain, web designer, and the Museum of Anthropology, owner of the Worcester collection. 

The exhibit was developed with funds from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. 

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