Parker Hitt photograph collection.

About the Collection

Parker Hitt was a civil engineering student at Purdue University (Indiana) before joining the U.S. Army in 1898; served in the Philippines, Alaska and California before writing his benchmark work on military cryptology, "Manual for the Solution of Military Ciphers," in 1915.


Collection consists of seven albumen cabinet cards with portraits of Parker Hitt from infancy through adulthood. From Hitt's tour of duty: seven panoramic photographs of the Mindanao countryside; and fifty photographs depicting members of the Tausug (Moros), sites and buildings of the area in and around Agusan, Lanao, Marawi, and Panta (Pulau, Indonesia), soldiers and officers of the United States Army, and settlements and encampments on Mindanao and Pulau.

Cabinet cards, photographs, and caricature with poem were originally contained in a photograph album. A preservation-quality photocopied facsimile of the original arrangement of the images on the album pages is included in the collection.
Images are available at the Philippine Photographs Digital Archive website (University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service, Digital Library Collections and Publications).

  • 7 cabinet cards: albumen prints ; 11 x 7 cm.-17 x 11 cm.
  • 7 photographs: silver gelatin prints ; 8 x 29 cm.
  • 50 photographs: silver gelatin prints ; 12 x 17 cm.
  • 1 art original: ink on paper ; 23 x 20 cm.

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