The George L. Waite “Desert Sheiks” Lantern Slides consists of 47 lantern slides, some hand-colored, made by George L. Waite, photographer and cinematographer on the 1930 Beloit College Logan Museum Expedition to Algeria. The set appears to have been made to illustrate a talk by Waite entitled, “Desert Sheiks.”
George L. Waite was a photographer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the spring of 1930 when he was about 60 years old, Waite volunteered as photographer for the sixth Beloit College Logan Museum of Anthropology Algerian expedition, led by Alonzo W. Pond. His primary role was to provide photographic and cinematic documentation of the excavation activities and daily lives of the 20 expedition members.
The collection consists of 47 lantern slides, some hand-colored, that appear to have been made to illustrate a talk by Waite entitled, “Desert Sheiks.” Images show Algerian nomadic people, their camps, and activities including animal husbandry, Algerian towns and villages, and views of the Algerian countryside. Included are several images of the Beloit College expedition camp and participants, including one photograph of George Waite taping up film cans.
The collection was donated to the National Anthropological Archives in 2010 by Ty Lindberg, who purchased the lantern slides at a flea market.
The Human Studies Film Archives at the Smithsonian holds several films relating to the 1930 expedition to Algeria and George L. Waite’s role as photographer (HSFA 82.5.1, HSFA 82.5.2-1, HSFA 82.5.2-2, HSFA 82.5.8).