Courtesy of George Handy Bates Samoan Papers. University of Delaware Library, Newark, Del.

In 1886, President Grover Cleveland made George Handy Bates a “special agent to investigate conditions in Samoa.” While studying the history and culture of Samoa on behalf of the United States, George Handy Bates took more than 140 photographs. These, along with the rest of his Samoan Papers, can now be found in the Special Collections Department at the University of Delaware Library.