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A. Frank Randall Photographs of Apache Indians
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Description
This disbound album contains studio and field photographs of Apache Indians taken by photographer A. Frank Randall 1883-1888, during the U.S. campaign to capture Apache renegades during the Apache Wars. The photographs have descriptive captions written by Randall, most identifying their subjects. Though presumably the photographs are all by Randall, research has shown some images may be the work of Ben Wittick. Notable portraits include those of A. Frank Randall, Geronimo, Naiche, and Nelson A. Miles. There are also some scenes of Indian agencies and camps in Arizona. The last part of the album ends with views in Southern California, including Rancho Camulos, scenes of Santa Barbara, missions, and San Diego. There are also views of Guaymas, Mexico.
Background
A. Frank Randall was born March 2, 1854 in Massachusetts. Little is known about his early years, but in 1883, he accompanied General George Crook’s expedition as a newspaper correspondent and photographer in the campaign to capture Apache Indians in Mexico. For the next four years, Randall traveled around Arizona and New Mexico photographing various Apache tribes, including the Chiricahua, Warm Springs, Mescalero, and Jicarilla Apaches. In 1887, Randall moved to California and spent his final years in Alameda County, where he died of a heart attack on March 4, 1916.
Extent
123 prints in 1 disbound album; photographs 18 x 11 cm. (7.25 x 4.5 in.). See itemized list under “Additional collection guides.”
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.