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A. Frank Randall Photographs of Apache Indians
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: A. Frank Randall Photographs of Apache Indians
    Dates: 1888
    Collection Number: photCL 101
    Creator/Collector: Randall, A.F. (A. Frank)
    Extent: 123 prints in 1 disbound album; photographs 18 x 11 cm. (7.25 x 4.5 in.). See itemized list under “Additional collection guides.”
    Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
    San Marino, California 91108
    Abstract: This disbound album contains studio and field photographs of Apache Indians taken by photographer A. Frank Randall 1883-1888, during the U.S. campaign to capture Apache renegades during the Apache Wars. The photographs have descriptive captions written by Randall, most identifying their subjects. Though presumably the photographs are all by Randall, research has shown some images may be the work of Ben Wittick. Notable portraits include those of A. Frank Randall, Geronimo, Naiche, and Nelson A. Miles. There are also some scenes of Indian agencies and camps in Arizona. The last part of the album ends with views in Southern California, including Rancho Camulos, scenes of Santa Barbara, missions, and San Diego. There are also views of Guaymas, Mexico.
    Language of Material: English


    Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    A. Frank Randall Photographs of Apache Indians. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Given by Mrs. Lyman Thompson in December 1957.

    Biography/Administrative History

    A. Frank Randall was born March 2, 1854 in Massachusetts. Little is known about his early years, but in 1883, he accompanied General George Crook’s expedition as a newspaper correspondent and photographer in the campaign to capture Apache Indians in Mexico. For the next four years, Randall traveled around Arizona and New Mexico photographing various Apache tribes, including the Chiricahua, Warm Springs, Mescalero, and Jicarilla Apaches. In 1887, Randall moved to California and spent his final years in Alameda County, where he died of a heart attack on March 4, 1916.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The first page is a dedication written by Randall, saying: “This album is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Captain Emmet Crawford who offered his life as a sarafice [sic] to the Apache race, a brave and noble man, the idol of his friends. Murdered by Mexicans in Mexico January 11th 1886. A. Franklin Randall, artist.” A newspaper cutout of Captain Crawford’s portrait has been pasted on the dedication page. On the reverse side of the page, Randall wrote: “Presented to Claire W. Murphy. Christmas 1888. The Author [Randall].” Part of this presentation note includes a phrase written in Greek. The majority of Randall’s photographs are portraits of men, women, and children from various Apache subtribes in Arizona and New Mexico. Among these photographs are images of a fox tamer; a fiddler; a flutist; a well-dressed, possibly high-ranking Apache man; medicine men; young girls; mothers and their infant children; and Apache chiefs. Portraits of United States Army officers and scouts include Nelson A. Miles, Leonard Wood, Wilber E. Wilder, Roger Ames, Henry W. Lawton, William A. Thompson, Amos S. Kimball, John A. Dapray, Thomas J. Clay, Frank P. Bennett, Buffalo Jack, a female Indian scout, and Apache scouts. Randall also included photographs of Rancho Camulos, many of which show people dramatizing scenes from Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel “Ramona.” Antonio Franco Coronel appears in some scenes. Other images include views of Missions Santa Barbara and San Juan Capistrano, what may be Vasquez Creek and Tujunga Canyon near Los Angeles, and street scenes of Guaymas, Mexico. Sources used in the creation of this finding aid include: Faulk, Odie B. "The Geronimo Campaign." Oxford University Press: New York, 1969. / Kraft, Louis. "Gatewood & Geronimo." University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque, 2000. / Lane, Jack C., ed. "Chasing Geronimo: The Journal of Leonard Wood, May-September, 1886." University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque, 1970. / Radbourne, Allan. “Capturing the Apaches: The Photographs of A. Frank Randall.” Wild West, February 2004. / "A Researcher’s Guide to the Apache Indian Photographs made by A. Franklin Randall in Arizona and New Mexico 1883-1887: Part Two: The Mescalero Apache Reservation, N.M., and Fort Bowie, A.T., 1885-1886."

    Indexing Terms

    Apache Indians
    Apache Indians--Wars, 1883-1886
    Chiricahua Indians
    Chiricahua Indians—Wars
    Fort Bowie (Ariz.)
    Fort Huachuca (Ariz.)
    Indians of North America--Southwest, New
    Indian scouts
    Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885. Ramona—Pictorial works
    Jicarilla Indians
    Mescalero Indians
    Mission San Juan Capistrano
    Mohave Indians
    Rancho Camulos (Ventura County, Calif.)
    Santa Barbara Mission
    United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Fort Apache Agency
    United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. San Carlos Agency
    Warm Spring Apache Indians
    Chato, 1860?-1934
    Clay, Thomas Jacob, 1853-1939
    Coronel, Antonio Franco, 1817-1894
    Crawford, Emmett
    Geronimo, 1829-1909
    Lawton, Henry Ware, 1843-1899
    Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925
    Naiche, ca. 1857-1921
    Randall, A.F. (A. Frank)--Portraits
    Victorio, Apache Chief, d. 1881
    Wilder, Wilbur Elliott, 1856-1952
    Wittick, Ben, 1845-1903
    Wood, Leonard, 1860-1927
    Guaymas (Sonora, Mexico)
    New Mexico
    Photograph albums
    Studio portraits

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