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

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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


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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.

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.

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.)

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