Taylor states that the selection of materials was curated according to whatever photos could be accurately dated from this particular voyage and that they are presented in an order not defined by either Sterling or Hedberge. Intellectual property rights are no problem, as the collection is owned by the Smithsonian. There are no official indicators of authority, though many of Sterlings journal entries correspond directly to photographs or films, which provides its own type of direct authority I suppose. Taylor perhaps had interoperability in mind when he wrote "
Thursday, March 5, 2009
By Aereoplane to Pygmyland
"By Aeroplane to Pygmyland" is a robust online collection created from the materials recorded by American Matthew Sterling and Dutch Stanley Hedberg on their 1926 journey by boat among the tribes and locales of New Guinea. Neither Sterling nor Hedberg ever published the materials they produced from this journey, and Curator/Historian Paul Michael Taylor does an excellent job of collecting and displaying them. This exhibit includes a plethora of photographs, a downloadable collection of film, complete transcriptions of both Sterling and Hedberg's journals, and a few interpretive essays Taylor composed about sorting through and organizing the collection.