Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Photographs of Towns and Indians of the Southwest, ca. 1880s-1890s
photCL 215  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (56.59 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • 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: Photographs of Towns and Indians of the Southwest, ca. 1880s-1890s
    Dates: ca. 1880s-1890s
    Collection Number: photCL 215
    Creator/Collector: Brown, W. Cal.; Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928; Taber, I.W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912
    Extent: 208 prints in 1 box; prints 18 x 24 cm. (7.25 x 9.5 in.) and smaller. See list of photos by topic under “Additional collection guides.”
    Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
    San Marino, California 91108
    Abstract: This collection begins with commercial photographs focusing on early views of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Pueblo Indians and the pueblos of Isleta, Jemez, Taos, Zuni (and dancers), Laguna, and Walpi, ca. 1880s-1890s. These photographs were made mostly by Isaiah W. Taber and W. Calvin Brown, with a few by Charles F. Lummis and a photographer called “Sanders.” The second part of the collection consists of an unidentified traveler's photographs made during a train ride through California, Arizona and New Mexico. Two employees of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad appear in some photographs: D. B. Robinson, General Manager, and W. A. Bissell, Gen. Freight and Passenger Agent. They worked on the “Needles Route,” and Needles, California is identified as one of the stops in the photographs. Identified towns and locations include: Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Florence, Flagstaff, Half Way Station in Arizona; Casa Grande Ruins (Arizona); and Needles and Mojave, California. Mohave, Navajo, Maricopa, Moqui (Hopi), and Pima Indians are also represented, and many views of brush and adobe buildings. There are a few views of digs and human remains unearthed by the Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition. There are also views of a Riordan family home, lumber mill and logging in Flagstaff, Arizona.
    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

    Photographs of Towns and Indians of the Southwest, ca. 1880s-1890s. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Alta California Bookstore, February 7, 1977.

    Biography/Administrative History

    The photographs are arranged in their original order; therefore some subjects appear throughout the collection.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection is notable for late 19th-century views of western towns along a railroad route in the Southwestern United States, depicting main streets, houses, wooden buildings, boardwalks, depots and storefronts. Native Americans appear in commercial studio portraits and candid field photographs. Other people pictured are Frank Granger Logan, a philanthropist who funded many archaeological expeditions to the Southwest, and D.B. Robinson, an employee of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad. Also included is an unidentified newspaper clipping that reports on the Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition. Research has shown this article to have been published January 1888. Several photos are marked “Sellers” on the reverse, but it is unclear who this refers to. Photographs that have “Sellers” written on their versos are grouped in Folder 5. NOTE ON SOURCES used in the creation of this finding aid: Anderson, George B. “History of New Mexico: Its Resources and People. Vol. II.” Los Angeles: Pacific States Pub. Co., 1907. / Hinsley, Curtis M, and David R. Wilcox. “The Lost Itinerary of Frank Hamilton Cushing. Volume 2 of the Multivolume Work ‘Frank Hamilton Cushing and the Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition, 1886-1889.’” Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2002. / Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College. “Frank Granger Logan (1851-1937).” Accessed April 10, 2013. http://www.beloit.edu/logan/collections/collectors/.

    Indexing Terms

    Apache Indians
    Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition (1886-1894)
    Hopi Indians
    Indians of North America—Southwest, New
    Jicarilla Indians
    Maricopa Indians
    Mescalero Indians
    Mohave Indians
    Navajo Indians
    Pima Indians
    Pueblo Indians
    Yavapai Indians
    Zuni dance
    Zuni Indians
    Cities and towns -- West (U.S.)
    Frontier and pioneer life
    Lumber trade--Arizona--Flagstaff
    Adobe houses
    Railroads -- Employees
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- New Mexico
    Atlantic and Pacific Railroad
    Albuquerque (N.M.)
    Casa Grande (Ariz.)
    Flagstaff (Ariz.)
    Florence (Ariz.)
    Isleta Pueblo (N.M.)
    Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico
    Pueblo of Laguna (N.M.)
    Santa Fe (N.M.)
    Taos Pueblo (N.M.)
    Walpi (Ariz.)

    Additional collection guides