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A. Frank Randall Photographs of Apache Indians: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: A. Frank Randall Photographs of Apache Indians
    Dates (inclusive): approximately 1883-1888
    Collection Number: photCL 101
    Creator: Randall, A.F. (A. Frank)
    Extent: 123 photographs in 1 disbound album; prints 18 x 11 cm. (7.25 x 4.5 in.)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: rarebooks@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This disbound album contains 123 photographs taken by photographer A. Frank Randall between 1883 and 1888. The images include studio and field photographs of Apache Indians taken during the United States military campaign to capture Apache renegades during the Apache Wars. 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.
    Language: English.

    Access

    The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.  

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    A. Frank Randall Photographs of Apache Indians. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of Mrs. Lyman Thompson in December 1957.

    Bibliography

    Sources used in the creation of this finding aid include:
    Faulk, Odie B. The Geronimo Campaign. Oxford University Press: New York, 1969.
    Kraft, Louis. Gatewood & Geronimo. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque, 2000.
    Lane, Jack C., ed. Chasing Geronimo: The Journal of Leonard Wood, May-September, 1886. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque, 1970.
    Radbourne, Allan. "Capturing the Apaches: The Photographs of A. Frank Randall." Wild West, February 2004.
    A Researcher's Guide to the Apache Indian Photographs made by A. Franklin Randall in Arizona and New Mexico 1883-1887: Part Two: The Mescalero Apache Reservation, N.M., and Fort Bowie, A.T., 1885-1886.

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This disbound album contains 123 photographs taken by photographer A. Frank Randall between 1883 and 1888. The photographs have descriptive captions written by Randall, most identifying their subjects. The images include studio and field photographs of Apache Indians taken during the United States military campaign to capture Apache renegades during the Apache Wars. 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.
    The majority of Randall's photographs are portraits of men, women, and children from various Apache subtribes in Arizona and New Mexico. Among these photographs are images of a fox tamer; a fiddler; a flutist; a well-dressed, possibly high-ranking Apache man; medicine men; young girls; mothers and their infant children; and Apache chiefs. Portraits of United States Army officers and scouts include Nelson A. Miles, Leonard Wood, Wilber E. Wilder, Roger Ames, Henry W. Lawton, William A. Thompson, Amos S. Kimball, John A. Dapray, Thomas J. Clay, Frank P. Bennett, Buffalo Jack, a female Indian scout, and Apache scouts. Randall also included photographs of Rancho Camulos, many of which show people dramatizing scenes from Helen Hunt Jackson's novel Ramona. Antonio Franco Coronel appears in some scenes. Other images include views of Missions Santa Barbara and San Juan Capistrano, what may be Vasquez Creek and Tujunga Canyon near Los Angeles, and street scenes of Guaymas, Mexico.
    The first page of the album is a dedication written by Randall, saying: "This album is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Captain Emmet Crawford who offered his life as a sarafice [sic] to the Apache race, a brave and noble man, the idol of his friends. Murdered by Mexicans in Mexico January 11th 1886. A. Franklin Randall, artist." A newspaper cutout of Captain Crawford's portrait has been pasted on the dedication page. On the reverse side of the page, Randall wrote: "Presented to Claire W. Murphy. Christmas 1888. The Author [Randall]." Part of this presentation note includes a phrase written in Greek.
    Though presumably the photographs are all by Randall, research has shown some images may be the work of Ben Wittick.
    Item titles transcribed from A. Frank Randall's handwritten captions.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  
    Apache Indians -- Photographs.
    Apache Indians--Wars, 1883-1886 -- Photographs.
    Chiricahua Indians -- Photographs.
    Chiricahua Indians—Wars -- Photographs.
    Fort Bowie (Ariz.) -- Photographs.
    Fort Huachuca (Ariz.) -- Photographs.
    Hotels—Arizona -- Photographs.
    Indians of North America--Southwest, New -- Photographs.
    Indian scouts -- Photographs.
    Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885. Ramona—Pictorial works -- Photographs.
    Jicarilla Indians -- Photographs.
    Medicine-man -- Photographs.
    Mescalero Indians -- Photographs.
    Mission San Juan Capistrano -- Photographs.
    Mohave Indians -- Photographs.
    Rancho Camulos (Ventura County, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Santa Barbara Mission -- Photographs.
    United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Fort Apache Agency -- Photographs.
    United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. San Carlos Agency -- Photographs.
    Warm Spring Apache Indians -- Photographs.
    Chato, 1860?-1934 -- Photographs.
    Clay, Thomas Jacob, 1853-1939 -- Photographs.
    Coronel, Antonio Franco, 1817-1894 -- Photographs.
    Crawford, Emmett -- Photographs.
    Geronimo, 1829-1909 -- Photographs.
    Lawton, Henry Ware, 1843-1899 -- Photographs.
    Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925 -- Photographs.
    Naiche, ca. 1857-1921 -- Photographs.
    Randall, A.F. (A. Frank)--Portraits
    Victorio, Apache Chief, -1881 -- Photographs.
    Wilder, Wilbur Elliott, 1856-1952 -- Photographs.
    Wittick, Ben, 1845-1903 -- Photographs.
    Wood, Leonard, 1860-1927 -- Photographs.
    Arizona -- Photographs.
    Guaymas (Sonora, Mexico) -- Photographs.
    New Mexico -- Photographs.
    Photographs.
    Photograph albums.
    Studio portraits.