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Edward S. Curtis Photographs, 1900-1926

The Edward S. Curtis Photographs consists of three photographic prints, a platinum print and two photogravures, acquired by Gerald W. Williams, that document aspects of Native American life between 1900 and 1926.  The prints are titled, Caches at Celilo, Woman's Costume and Baby Swing - Assiniboin, and The Clam Digger. All of these images appear in Curtis' 20-volume set, The North American Indian.  Edward S. Curtis was known for his exceptional photography and his ethnological work that sought to document Native American groups and their cultures.
ID: P 333
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet
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Statement on Access: The collection is open for research.
Statement on Description: The three photographic prints in this collection were orginally part of the Gerald W. Williams collection (MSS WilliamsG).  "Caches at Celilo" was part of Accession 2014:059.  The other two prints may have been part of the main Gerald W. Williams collection acquired in 2007.  The three images were separated from the main collection in 2016 to form the Edward S. Curtis Photographs collection in 2016.
Acquisition Note: These three prints were originally part of the Gerald W. Williams (MSS WilliamsG) collection,  Accessions 2007:100 and  2014:059.  The Edward S. Curtis photographs were separated from the Williams collection in 2016.
Acquired: 2007.
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Series 1: Photographic Prints, 1900-1926 Add to Shelf
Box-Item 1.1: Caches At Celilo, 1909 Add to Shelf

Text below image: "E. S. Curtis. From Copyright Photograph.1909." Mounted photogravure print  (8 x 7 inches).

This image appears in The North American Indian, volume 8 and was used to illustrate "the method commonly enjoyed along the river of storing the summer-house materials at the fisheries."

Box-Item 1.2: Woman's Costume and Baby Swing – Assiniboin, 1926 Add to Shelf
Text below image: "E.S. Curtis. From Copyright Photograph. 1926." Mounted photogravure with embossed plate mark (13 x  11 inches). Assiniboin woman in native costume looking at baby in swing, that is attached by rope to two small trees. This image appears in The North American Indian, volume 18.
Box-Item 2.1: The Clam Digger, 1900 Add to Shelf

Text below image: E.S. Curtis. Photo Number: 24. 1900.

Framed platinum print. (12 x 16 inches). Native American woman digging for clams using a clamming stick on the shoreline,  possibly on Puget Sound. The woman is Princess Angeline,daughter of Chief Seattle. A woven basket lies to the side of the woman and a canoe is pulled up on the shore next to her. This image appears in volume 9 of The North American Indian.

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