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Photograph Album of Colorado Frontier Towns
photCL 216  
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library Photo Archives
    Title: Photograph album of Colorado frontier towns
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 216
    Physical Description: 1 Volume (113 photographs)
    Date (inclusive): 1860s-1871
    Abstract: A photograph album of early Colorado towns, buildings, scenery, and some carte-de-visite portraits, 1860s-1871.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Photograph album of Colorado frontier towns, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Sotheby's, June 1977.

    Scope and Contents

    A photograph album containing 113 images of frontier towns, scenery, and residents of Colorado, 1860s-1871. The album is inscribed: "Photos brought home from Colorado - U.S. by J. V. Smedley, May 1871" and contains handwritten captions. Georgetown, Denver, Blackhawk, and other frontier towns are seen in bird's-eye-views and street scenes, along with some portraits dating from the 1860s. Views of Denver include the first buildings, streets with storefronts, and an 1868 photograph by Williams & McDonald of a covered wagon train lined up in a circle with several teams of horses. Landscape photographs depict the Rocky Mountains, Garden of the Gods, Pike's Peak, and two images of a farm and small town titled "Maxwell Land Grant, New Mexico." A few Native Americans are seen in carte-de-visite portraits captioned: "Spotted Tail, Chief of the Cheyennes"; "Pia, Chief of the Utes, a notorious scalp taker"; and "Jack & Pop. Utes." Other portraits are identified as "Mariano Modena - A Mexican"; "Jim Baker"; and "James P. Beckwourth" (a.k.a. Beckwirth, Beckwith), the African American frontiersman and adventurer.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff, circa late-20th century. In 2020, Suzanne Oatey created a finding aid derived from a collection file.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    African Americans -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century
    Cheyenne Indians
    Frontier and pioneer life -- Colorado
    Indians of North America -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century
    Ute Indians
    Wagon trains
    Colorado -- History
    Maxwell Land Grant (N.M. and Colo.)
    Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
    Photograph albums
    Beckwourth, James Pierson, 1798-1866
    Medina, Mariano, 1812-1878
    Williams & McDonald (Denver, Colo.)