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Edith Metcalf Collection of Navajo Indian Lantern Slides
photCL 517  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edith Metcalf Collection of Navajo Indian Lantern Slides
    Dates: ca. 1910
    Collection Number: photCL 517
    Extent: 71 lantern slides, 58 copy negatives, and 64 copy transparencies in 4 boxes; lantern slides 8 x 10 cm. (3 x 4 in.). See itemized list under “Additional collection guides.”
    Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
    San Marino, California 91108
    Abstract: These lantern slides depict Baptist missionary work with Navajo Indians at Two Gray Hills Mission near Ship Rock, New Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century. Images of interest include Baptist preachers E.E. Chivers, N.B. Rairden, O.B. Sarber and his wife, and R.B. Wright and his wife and daughters (Helena and Clara).
    Language of Material: English


    Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.

    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

    Edith Metcalf Collection of Navajo Indian Lantern Slides. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Given by Edith Metcalf on October 28, 1977.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The lantern slides show Christian hymns and Bible illustrations designed to help educate the Navajos in the Christian faith; Navajo interpreter Tom Cartin(?); Navajo mission helper Gertrude; Joseph R. Wilkin and his trading post; Navajo women weaving; Navajo children at the mission school; Navajo men gambling; Ute Indians; hogans; a sweathouse; Navajos working in the cornfields; Ship Rock; a mission school with Navajo children; a silversmith; sheepherders; and the New Mexico desert. Also included in this collection are copy transparencies that appear to be made from negatives that are not in this collection. These copy transparencies have no accompanying information, but they do seem to have been created around the same time as the lantern slides. The copy transparencies show portraits of Tom Cartin(?) and Gertrude; Navajo men on horseback; Navajo women and their children; desert landscapes; Baptist missionary families (including the Wrights); pictographs; and horses and wagons. Fifty-eight copy negatives are also a part of the collection. Lantern slides 5, 13-33, 35-45, 47-49, 51-54, 56-58, 60-69, and 71 have matching copy negatives.

    Indexing Terms

    Families of clergy
    Indian interpreters
    Indians of North America—Southwest, New
    Missionary settlements
    Navajo Indians
    Navajo Indians--Subsistence activities--1900-1910
    Pueblo Indians—Structures
    Trading posts—New Mexico
    Ute Indians
    Ship Rock Peak (N.M.)
    Two Grey Hills (N.M.)
    Lantern slides

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