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The North American Indian Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of the United States and Alaska

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The North American Indian Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of the United States and Alaska

Artist: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Author: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Publisher: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Editor: Frederick Webb Hodge (American, 1864 - 1956)

Date: 1915
Medium: ink on paper, photogravure on paper; bound brown leather spine and corners with gold embossing on spine, tan fabric boards
Dimensions:
13 × 10 1/4 × 2 1/8 inches (33 × 26 × 5.4 cm)
Classification: Documentary Artifacts
Inscribed: 4485 (lower center on title page, in ink); cat. 4/29/31 (top left edge of title page, in pencil)
Markings: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY LIBRARY (stamp, on title page)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 2013
Object number: 2013.2.30
DescriptionThe Kwakiutl
Label Text:The President of the United States wrote the Foreword to “The North American Indian." Theodore Roosevelt and Curtis were good friends. Curtis had taken portraits of the President’s children. He also photographed Alice Roosevelt’s wedding. Roosevelt admired Curtis. The president believed that “the Indian is on the point of passing away.” He cited Curtis as able to preserve a complete record. “He is a close observer, whose qualities of mind and body fit him to make his observations out in the field.” He concluded the Foreword by writing, “Mr. Curtis . . . is rendering a real and great service . . . to the world of scholarship everywhere.” Volume Ten is open to “Tenaktak Wedding Guests”.
Provenance: Acquired by subscription directly from the artist by the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.[1]; purchased December 6, 2012 through (Christies, New York, New York,[2]) by (Arader Galleries, New York, New York); purchased June 10, 2013 through (Arader Galleries, New York, New York) by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | [1] This set was stored in the National Geographic Society’s archive housed in the Society’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. | [2] "The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration," December 6, 2012, Christie’s, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, sale 2603, lot 65
Exhibitions:
  • Lasting Impressions: The Work of Edward S. Curtis