Parker Hitt photograph collection.

About the Collection

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


This collection includes cabinet cards with portraits of Parker Hitt from infancy through adulthood. From Hitt's tour of duty, it also includes panoramic photographs of the Mindanao countryside and photographs depicting members of the Tausug (Moros); sites and buildings of the area in and around Agusan, Lanao, Marawi, and Pantar (Lanao del Norte); soldiers and officers of the United States Army; and settlements and encampments on Mindanao and Pulau.

  • 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.

Cabinet cards, photographs, and a caricature with poem were originally contained in a photograph album. A preservation-quality facsimile of the original arrangement of the images on the album pages is included in the collection.

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Last modified: 06/28/2018