PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE

AFTER THE RAILWAY

Leontine Lowe Visiting the Hopi Indians in Arizona

Leontine Lowe at  the Agate Bridge in the future Arizona Petrified Forest National Park

Loan of Leontine Lowe's Native American Basket Collection by William Fitzhugh to the California Academy of Sciences in 1915

A corner in the Indian basket hall of the Museum of the California Academy of Sciences - 1917

(Courtesy of Russell P. Hartman - Senior Collections Manager of the Department of Anthropology, California Academy of Sciences)

Baskets made by Indians of Northern California; William M. Fitzhugh collection at the Museum of California Academy of Sciences - 1917

(Courtesy of Russell P. Hartman - Senior Collections Manager of the Department of Anthropology, California Academy of Sciences)

Indian baskets from Arizona and New Mexico, a portion of the William M. Fitzhugh collection in the Museum of the California Academy of Sciences - 1917

(Courtesy of Russell P. Hartman - Senior Collections Manager of the Department of Anthropology, California Academy of Sciences)

 


A portion of the William M. Fitzhugh Indian basket collection in the Museum of the California Academy of Sciences - 1917

(Courtesy of Russell P. Hartman - Senior Collections Manager of the Department of Anthropology, California Academy of Sciences)

Following the death of Leontine Lowe, the collection of baskets, southwestern pottery, textiles, and other Native American items was put up for auction on March 31, 1914 at the Sutter Street Salesrooms in San Francisco. The sales catalog listed 1719 lots including 1430 baskets. It appears that William Fitzhugh a trustee of the California Academy of Sciences and a wealthy San Francisco businessman bought the entire collection. He offered it "on loan" to the Academy shortly thereafter. The collection was on display at the Academy until 1934. William Fitzhugh died in 1929 and in 1936 his widow authorized the sale of the collection except the baskets and mounted trophy heads to the Museum of the American Indian in New York. This museum is now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. The sale included some 8,000 items that included items that Fitzhugh had added to the Lowe collection. The collection of baskets are last mentioned in Academy records in October, 1938 at which time they were still in storage at the California Academy of Sciences. It appears that the Fitzhugh family eventually took possession  and sold the basket collection piecemeal to many museums and private collections. Courtesy of Russell P. Hartman - Senior Collections Manager of the Department of Anthropology, California Academy of Sciences.

 

INDEX PAGE

BEFORE THE WAR

CIVIL WAR YEARS

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

NORRISTOWN PENNSYLVANIA YEARS

PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

AFTER THE RAILWAY

LOWE FAMILY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES