Forty-Fifth Meeting Aug. 22 1896. American Association for the Advancement of Science.
A rare photograph of the participants in the 45th meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in Buffalo, New York in late August 1896.
Formed in 1848, the AAAS is now “...the world’s largest general scientific society.” Their current activities include the publication of the journal Science, founded in 1880. The September 4, 1896 issue of Science (New Series, Vol. IV, No. 88) includes a full report of the 1896 meeting in Buffalo and notes the names of many of the attendees.
Notable among them and seen in the photograph were anthropologist Franz Boas (1858–1942)—third row from the top, fourth from the left—and paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope (1840–1897), seen in the doorway on the left wearing a hat.
Other attendees included chemist and physicist Edward W. Morley (1838–1923, president-elect of the Association); archaeologist and ethnologist Daniel Garrison Brinton (1837–1899), seen in the fifth row from the top, second from the left; and Oliver Wolcott Gibbs (1822–1908)—fifth row from the top, eighth from the left—Harvard chemistry professor emeritus, who was elected an honorary fellow of the Association at the meeting.
Women were in attendance too; among them Mary Foster of the Geological Society of London who was elected as a foreign associate at the Buffalo meeting. A group of eight women appear at the front in the photo and there are two others in the windows above.
Description: Forty-Fifth Meeting Aug. 22 1896. American Association for the Advancement of Science.
[Buffalo: Bliss Bros. Phot’s, 1896.] Large original landscape-view photograph, 16¼ x 13 inches. Small closed tear at top margin, else fine condition with outstanding contrast and tonal quality.