Photographs of Towns and Indians of the Southwest, ca. 1880s-1890s

ca. 1880s-1890s

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
Abstract: A collection of photographs focusing on Apache and Pueblo Indians and the pueblos of Isleta, Jemez, Taos, Zuni (and dancers), Laguna, and Walpi, ca. 1880s-1890s. There are also early views of Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico, and Florence and Flagstaff in Arizona; unidentified towns; the Riordan Mansion; Casa Grande ruins (Arizona); cliff-dwellings; and a halfway rest station between Casa Grande and Florence. Mohave, Navajo, Maricopa, Moqui (Hopi), and Pima Indians are also represented. There are some views of digs and human remains unearthed by the Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition. Includes some photographs by Charles F. Lummis, Isaiah W. Taber, W. Calvin Brown, and a photographer called “Sanders.”
Language of Material: English


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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.

Scope and Content of Collection

Images of the Indians include studio portraits and candid field photographs, in particular, Moqui (Hopi) and Zuni Indian dances as well as groups of men on horseback. Other people pictured are Frank Granger Logan, a philanthropist who funded many archaeological expeditions to the Southwest, and D.B. Robinson, an Arizona businessman. 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. The photographs are arranged in their original order; therefore some subjects appear throughout the collection. 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. Copy negatives have been made for photographs (8), (12), (45), (149), and (162). 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.

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
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.)
Studio portraits

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