Finding Aid to the Nabor Feliz Netzahualt Papers MS.639

Holly Rose Larson
Library and Archives at the Autry
2012 October 25
210 South Victory Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

Contributing Institution: Library and Archives at the Autry
Title: Nabor Feliz Netzahualt Papers
Creator: Leland, James E.
Creator: Leland, C. E., Mrs.
Creator: Leland, C. E.
Creator: Hobart, John S.
Creator: Netzahualt, Nabor Feliz
Identifier/Call Number: MS.639
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.
Language of Material: English .

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 (a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California), and often sent the family gifts and postcards. Netzahualt was also a member of the Theosophical Society and the Tampa Showmen's Association.
Source: The Masterkey, volume 32, number 6, 1958.

Preferred Citation

Nabor Feliz Netzahualt Papers, 1920-1929, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry Museum of the American West, 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.


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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, California, 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 Materials

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

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

folder 1

Hobart, John S. correspondence 1921

Physical Description: 12 letters
folder 2

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Leland and family correspondence 1926-1927

Physical Description: 6 letters
folder 3

Mrs. C. E. Leland correspondence 1928

Physical Description: 12 letters
folder 4

James E. Leland correspondence 1926-1928

Physical Description: 10 letters

Scope and Contents

Includes letters from his mother. Leland also known as Edwin.
folder 5

Correspondence and documents regarding Nabor Feliz court case 1926

folder 6

Correspondence and documents concerning land in San Diego owned by Feliz 1925-1928

Physical Description: 5 letters

Scope and Contents

Also includes two tax documents.
folder 7

Correspondence, general circa 1920s

Physical Description: 5 letters

Scope and Contents

Most of the correspondence in this folder are undated. There are two letters dated 1924 and one 1927. Also includes an undated Christmas card.
folder 8

Al G. Circus contracts and programs 1927-1928 and undated

Scope and Contents

Also includes one program "High Bill, Texas Giant: America's Tallest Man."
folder 9

Theosophical pamphlets and newsletter 1927 and undated

Scope and contents

Pamphlets are undated. Folder also includes one issue of Toronto Theosophical News, 1927 January 1 issue.
folder 10

Theosophical Society and Young Theosophists of Los Angeles notices 1926

folder 11

Toronto Theosophical Society and Society of Theosophists in Canada dues and notices 1925-1929

folders 12-13

Newspaper clippings 1924-1927 and undated

folder 14

Notes and memorabilia 1920-1929, undated

Language of Material: English and Spanish

Scope and contents

This folders includes notes, drawings, and ephemera collected by Feliz. It also includes a Spanish language program and flyer for a performance by Manuel S. Navarro, described on the program as "El Actor de las Simpatias."