NORTH ADAMS -- "John Henry Haynes: The Father of Archaeological Photography" is a special exhibit on display at the North Adams Public Library during the month of November.
It covers Haynes’ life, education, accomplishments and photography.
Haynes was born in Rowe in 1848, and graduated from Drury Academy and Williams College. He spent the final years of his life on Hall Street, North Adams, and is buried in Hillside Cemetery.
He is renowned for archaeological discoveries and photography from his 19th-century expeditions to Anatolia (Turkey) and Nippur ( Iraq). His discovery of 23,000 cuneiform tables at the "Temple Library" in Nippur in 1900 is the foundation for much of what is known of the Sumerian literacy tradition. Haynes also served as the first U.S. consul to Baghdad (1888-92).
Haynes’ photography is receiving renewed attention following exhibits of his work in Athens and Istanbul, and the 2011 publication of the book, "John Henry Haynes: A Photographer and Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881-1900" by Robert G. Ousterhout.
The Haynes exhibit is on loan to the North Adams Public Library from the Rowe Historical Society.
The North Adams Public Library is at 74 Church St. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For additional information, visit www.naplibrary.com