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While primarily a photographer, I do not see or think photographically; hence the story of Indian life will not be told in microscopic detail, but rather will be presented as a broad and luminous picture... And I hope that while our extended observations among these people have given no shallow insight into their life and thought, neither the pictures nor the descriptive matter will be found lacking in popular interest...

Achomawi Acoma Algonquian Indians...

[X\S] -The Edward S. Curtis Collection offers a unique glimpse into Curtis's work with indigenous cultures. The more than 2,400 silver-gelatin photographic prints were acquired by the Library of Congress through copyright deposit from about 1900 through 1930. About two-thirds (1,608) of these images were not published in Curtis's multi-volume work, The North American Indian. The collection includes a large number of individual or group portraits, as well as traditional and ceremonial dress, dwellings and other structures, agriculture, arts and crafts, rites and ceremonies, dances, games, food preparation, transportation, and scenery. More than 1,000 of the photographs have been digitized and individually described-...

    Navaho child
    Head-and-shoulders portrait of a Navajo child, facing front. 
Contributor Names
    Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952, photographer 
Created / Published
Subject Headings
    -  Indians of North America--Children--1900-1910 
    -  Navajo Indians--Children--1900-1910 
    Photographic prints--1900-1910. 
    Portrait photographs--1900-1910. 
    -  LC no. 10. 
    -  Copyright by Edward S. Curtis. 
    -  Forms part of: Edward S. Curtis Collection (Library of Congress). 
    1 photographic print. 
Call Number/Physical Location
    LOT 12331, box 2 [item] [P&P]

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Achomawi Acoma Algonquian Indians Apache Apsaroke Arapaho Arikara Assiniboine Atsina Blackfoot (Siksika) Blackfoot (Piegan) Blood Brule Cahuilla Cape Prince of Wales Cascade Indians Cayuse Chemehuevi Cheyenne Chimakum Chinook Chinookan Chipewyan Chukchansi Clayoquot Cochiti Comanche Cowichan Cree Crow Cupeno -- [A-C] _

Diegueno Diomede Eskimo (Iniut)Gros Ventres Havasupai Hesquiat Hidatsa Hoh Hooper Bay Hopi Hualapai Hupa Inuit (Eskimo) Isleta Jemez Jicarilla (Apache) Kainah Kalispel Indians Karok Kato Keres Keresan King Island Kittitas Klamath Klickitat Kobuk Kotzebue Kutenai Kwakiutl -- [D-K] _

Laguna Maidu Mandan Maricopa Miwok Mohave Mono Nambe Pueblo Navajo Nespilim (Nespelim) Nez Perce Noatak Nootka Northern Paiute Nunivak -- [L-N] _

Taos Tesuque Pueblo Teton Sioux Tewa Tigua Tiwa Tlakluit Tohono O'Odham Tolowa Umatilla Wailaki Wappo Washo Wichita Wisham (Tlakluit) Yakima Yantonai Yaqui Yokuts Yuki Yuma Yuman Yurok Zia Zuni -- [T-Z] _

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The information that is to be gathered, for the benefit of future generations, respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost for all time. It is this need that has inspired the present task...  – [000-SRC]

"It would be a veritable calamity if a vivid and truthful record of these conditions were not kept. No one man alone could preserve such a record in complete form. Others have worked in the past, and are working in the present, to preserve parts of the record; but Mr. S-., because of the singular combination of qualities with which he has been blest, and because of his extraordinary success in making and using his opportunities, has been able to do what no other man ever has done; what, as far as we can see, no other man could do..." -Theodore Roosevelt (XLIII)

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_The [-Silverfire-Archive]- consists of more than 2,400 silver-gelatin, first generation photographic prints--some of which are sepia-toned--made from S. Curtis's original glass negatives. Most of the photographic prints are 5" x 7" although nearly one hundred are 11" x 14" and larger; many include the S. Curtis file or negative number within the image at the lower left-hand corner.

Images from each of the geo-cultural regions documented in 'The North American Indian' are represented in the collection: the Pacific Northwest, New Southwest, Great Basin, Great Plains, Plateau Region, California, and Alaska. Included are both studio and field photographs. A large number are individual or group portraits, and many subjects are identified by name. Other subjects include traditional and ceremonial dress, dwellings and other structures, agriculture, arts and crafts, rites and ceremonies, dances, games, food preparation, transportation, and scenery.

Acquired by (-X)-Surveyor- through copyright deposit from about 1900 through 1930, the dates on the images reflect date of registration, not when the photograph was actually taken. About two-thirds (or 1,608) of these images were not published in the North American Indian volumes and therefore offer a different and unique glimpse into S. Curtis's work with indigenous cultures. The original glass plate negatives--most of which had been stored and nearly forgotten in a basement of New York's Morgan Library--were unwittingly dispersed during World War II. Many others were destroyed and some were sold as junk. Although the [-Silverfire-Archive]- does not hold any of the few existing original glass negatives, copy negatives for many of the photographic prints have been made by the [-Scout-Selection]'s- Duplication Services unit.

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