[WESTERN AMERICANA - CALIFORNIA]. RUSSELL, Israel C. (1852-1906), photographer. A group of 6 albumen photographs of Mt. Dana, Yosemite. California: [ca 1880s-1890s].

Mt. Dana - Sierra Nevada. 1884. -- Mt. Dana, Sierra Nevada, from N.W. 1893. -- Mt. Dana, from Divide between Tioga + Lundy - Top of Glacier Showing to the left of the Peak. -- Glacier of Mt. Dana. -- Glacier of Mt. Dana, Sierra Nevada. 1893. -- Enlarged View of Glacier of Mt. Dana. -- Together, 6 albumen photographs in a period frame, each approximately 9 1/8 x 7 in., framed and matted to 32 1/8 x 39 in., each with period hand-written captions, 4 images signed "I.C. Russell," minor toning, not examined out of frame. 

Israel C. Russell was a professor of geology and founding member of the National Geographic Society, an early member of the US Geological Society, and president of the Geological Society of America. He was one of the first to measure the glacier movements in the Mono Lake Area in the Sierra Nevadas between 1881 and 1885, participated in early expeditions into Yosemite, and represented the United States Geological Survey in the 1889 expedition to Alaska to establish part of the state's eastern border. He published extensively and his early photographic data is still being used today to measure glacial decline. RARE: few of Russell's images ever come to auction, with most extant prints held by institutions. 

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