This collection of photographs documents Native Americans living in Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma between 1904 and 1917.
The primary tribes represented are Hopi, Navajo and Taos Pueblo Indians, but there are also Osage, Apache and several other
Southwestern tribes. There are many portraits, as well as posed, romantic scenes depicting storytelling, hunting, weaving,
or playing instruments. Additional candid views show people in their daily activities, pueblos, and dance ceremonies.
Carl E. Moon (originally spelled Karl) was born in Wilmington, Ohio in 1878. After graduation from high school, he served
two years with the Ohio National Guard before apprenticing with various photographers in Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. He
moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1903, where he set up a photography studio and began making "art studies" of the Native
Americans of the Southwest, both in photographs and in oil paintings, sometimes living for weeks at a time in Navajo villages.
From 1905-1906, Moon had a short-lived partnership in Albuquerque with businessman Thomas F. Keleher, called the Moon-Keleher
Studio. After the partnership dissolved, Moon continued working, photographing carefully selected Indian “subjects” in a romantic,
posed style. His photographs began appearing in magazines and he exhibited at the Museum of Natural History in New York. President
Theodore Roosevelt invited Moon to exhibit his Native American photographs at the White House.
293 photographs: prints (approx. 13 x 16 inches) on oversize mounts (approx. 22 x 26 inches). Also includes a typescript index
by Carl Moon and 1 box of ephemera and newspaper clippings.
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.