George Gibbs, Northwest Geologist & Ethnologist - c. 1865


George Gibbs, Northwest Geologist & Ethnologist - Gardner

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George Gibbs was born in Astoria - the Astoria in New York, not Oregon. However, as a geologist and ethnologist, he contributed to the history of the Pacific Northwest, based on his studies of the languages of the indigenous peoples here.

For a while he did live in Astoria, Oregon, where he worked as a customs official. Gibbs wrote several books on Native languages, including the "Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon, or, Trade Language of Oregon." Based on his fluency and familiarity with the tribes, he participated in numerous treaty negotiations.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0692
Photographer Alexander Gardner
Location Washington, D.C.
Subject Portraits
Decade 1860s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type CDV
Size of Original 2.1 x 2.7 inches
Photographer's Number No