This set of photographs, titled “The Frederick Monsen Ethnographic Indian Photographs” by the photographer Monsen, focuses
on Native Americans of the Southwest in mostly candid photographs taken in Pueblo communities, approx. 1886-1911. Views include
portraits, ceremonies, dances, pueblos, livestock and scenes of daily activities. A smaller portion of the collection consists
of landscapes, cliff-dwellings, ruins, gold miners, wagons and scenes of pioneer life in the West.
Frederick I. Monsen was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1865, and emigrated to Utah Territory with his parents in 1868. He grew
up in the West, where his adventurous spirit and artistic talents drew him to the explorations and surveys taking place there
in the late 19th century. He worked variously as an artist, topographer, writer and photographer, and spent the later years
of his life as a lecturer and expedition leader.
373 photographs: prints (approx. 11 x 14 inches) on oversize mounts (approx. 21 x 26 inches). Also includes 1 box of ephemera.
All requests for permission to publish or reproduce in any format must be
submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs.
Collection is open to qualified researchers. For more information, please contact
the Curator of Photographs.