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Cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins, & Indian life in the South West / Photographs by Sumner W. Matteson, Denver.

Cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins, & Indian life in the South West / Photographs by Sumner W. Matteson, Denver.

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Creator: Matteson, Sumner W., 1867-1920.
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Date: ca. 1899-1903.
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Sumner Matteson, a bicycle salesman in Denver who became a photographer, traveled around the West between 1899 and 1903, photographing the Mesa Verde and Pueblo Bonito cliff-dwellings, Navajo Indians, Penitentes in New Mexico, Hopi Snake and Flute ceremonies in Arizona, the Pueblo villages of Acoma and Isleta, Montana wagon trains, and cattle and sheep roundups. He sold his own photographs, wrote articles and provided illustrations for popular magazines, and provided photographs for several books on Southwestern Indians written by others.
Accompanied by a contemporary typescript containing captions and often explanatory background for almost all of the photographs in the album. Typescript titled "Index to the Frank Klepetko Album. Photos and Data by Sumner W. Matteson" and signed "Sumner W. Matteson, D.A.C. [Denver Athletic Club] Denver, Colo. Jan. 1903."
Individual photographs are 12 x 17 cm. and smaller.
157 of the photographs are platinum prints.
Album and copy prints in 2 boxes.
Purchased from Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc. on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 1996.
Captions for digitized photographs taken from original typescript.
Abstract:
Photograph album created by Sumner Matteson from a selection of his photographs of the Southwest, Montana, and Colorado. The photographs, which are captioned in a typed list that accompanies the album, date from 1899 to 1902, and depict a variety of places and events. The majority of the photographs are of the Hopi Indians, their Snake, Antelope, and Flute ceremonies, kiva interiors, as well as weaving, grinding corn, courting, working in fields, making pottery, and marketing at the Moenkopi, Mishongnovi, Shipolovi and Shongopovi Pueblos. There are also photographs of cliff-dwellings at Mesa Verde and Mancos Canyon, Colorado; Canyon de Chelly, Arizona; Pueblo Indians at Isleta and Acoma, New Mexico; Navajo and Ute Indians in New Mexico and Colorado; Penitentes in Abiquiu, New Mexico; and views of wagon trains, Indian encampments, mines, and sheepherding in Montana.
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1 album (199 photographic prints) : b & w ; 19 x 26 cm.
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The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Curatorial Area: Beinecke Library
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High Resolution (image/tiff)
Object ID: 16199150
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