Photographs made by Adam Clark Vroman, ca. 1892-1909,
spanning various subjects, primarily his bookstore in Pasadena, California, and
scenes from his travels to Pueblo villages of the Southwest. Other topics include
scenery, towns and buildings on the West and East coasts, and photographs of people
and architecture in Japan. Of particular significance is Vroman's handwritten
journal of a trip to see the Snake Dance at Walpi, Arizona, in 1895, written
sequentially on the back of 19 mounted photographs.
Adam Clark Vroman was born in La Salle, Illinois, on April 15, 1856, to parents of
Dutch ancestry. In 1893, after several years working on the railroads, he moved to
Pasadena, California, where he hoped the climate might help his wife, Esther Griest,
who had tuberculosis. Her health did not improve and she died in September 1894.
169 photographs: 131 prints and 38 glass negatives in 5 boxes
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