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New Mexico : glass plate negatives with prints of Navajos at Bosque Redondo
MSS.PHOTO.0195  
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Description
This collection contains glass plate negatives (and later photographic prints from those negatives) depicting Navajo (Diné) people during the time of their forced relocation at Bosque Redondo between 1864 and 1868. They are some of the earliest photographs taken of Navajo.
Background
The forced removal of the Navajo ((Diné) people, which later became known as the Long Walk, began in January 1864. After U.S. military forces destroyed their homes, farms and livestock, more than 8,000 men, women, and children were forced to vacate their homelands in what is now northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico to make the 300-mile trek to the Bosque Redondo Reservation (in Navajo Hwéeldi), an internment camp in eastern New Mexico Territory near the military base of Fort Sumner. At least 200 people died of starvation and exposure during the journey.
Extent
1 Linear Feet (13 plate negatives & 13 later prints in 2 boxes)
Restrictions
These materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.
Availability
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Negatives have been scanned and are available digitally.