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Finding Aid to the Nabor Feliz Netzahualt Papers MS.639
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  • Processing history
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  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Nabor Feliz Netzahualt Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.639
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1929
    Abstract: Nabor Feliz Netzahualt (1877-1972) was a Pueblo Indian sculptor who made clay sculptures as a sideshow for many circuses from the 1920s to the 1950s, including the Al G. Barnes Circus. This collection of papers from 1920-1929 includes correspondence, legal papers, theosophical literature, newspaper clippings, and ephemera.
    creator: Hobart, John S.
    creator: Leland, C. E., Mrs.
    creator: Leland, C. E.
    creator: Leland, James E.
    creator: Netzahualt, Nabor Feliz, 1877-1972

    Biographical note

    Nabor Feliz Netzahualt (1877-1972), also known as Felix Nabor, was a Pueblo Indian and "lightening sculpture." From the 1920s to the 1950s, he made clay sculptures as a sideshow act for circuses such as Al G. Barnes Circus and the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus based in Miami County, Indiana.
    Netzahualt worked all through the continental United States and Hawaii. He traveled to Canada, India, and China. Netzahualt was a close friend of James E. Leland and his family in Highland Park, and often sent the family gifts and postcards. Netzahualt was also a member of the Theosophical Society and the Tampa Showmen’s Association.
    Source: Masterkey, volume 32, number 6, 1958.

    Preferred citation

    Nabor Feliz Netzahualt Papers, 1920-1929, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.639; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Processing history

    Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 25, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).


    Donated by James Leland, 1958 June 3.


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Scope and contents

    This collection contains correspondence from friends and family, correspondence regarding Feliz's court case in 1926, correspondence regarding Feliz's land in San Diego, tax papers, Theosophical Society and Young Theosophists of Los Angeles correspondence and papers, newspaper clippings, notes, and papers. This collection also includes a Mexican feather picture of a bird. Materials are dated 1920-1929.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Photographs and postcards related to this collection are in the Braun Research Library photo archives.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Theosophical Society.
    Young Theosophists of Los Angeles.
    Legal documents
    San Diego (Calif.)