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Nowinski (Ira) California Native American Photograph Archive
BANC PIC 2006.079  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
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  • Separated Materials
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Note
  • Scope and Content

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Ira Nowinski California Native American photograph archive
    creator: Nowinski, Ira
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 2006.079
    Physical Description: approximately 4,770 photographs 11 boxes, 17 oversize boxes, 14 oversize folders, and 1 album : color digital prints ; 92 x 62 cm or smaller
    Physical Description: approximately 30,000 photographs : digital NEF files on 1 hard drive
    Date (inclusive): approximately 2006-2011
    Abstract: An extensive survey of contemporary California Native American groups with emphasis on festivals and other gatherings which demonstrate the preservation and/or revival of traditional cultures throughout the state.
    Language of Material: English.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.
    COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
    Oversize prints (B, C, D, F): RESTRICTED DUE TO FRAGILITY: Use 8 x 10 reference prints (BANC PIC 2006.079--PIC) which contain nearly all the images found in the ovesize material. Restricted items accessible only by permission of the appropriate curator.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright transferred, by purchase agreement, from Ira Nowinski to The Bancroft Library and the Regents of the University of California.
    In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ira Nowinski California Native American Photograph Archive, BANC PIC 2006.079, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Separated Materials

    Digital image files transferred to the Digital Collections Unit of The Bancroft Library.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchase; from Ira Nowinski ; 2006-2012.


    Majority of oversize prints captioned, dated and signed by photographer.

    Scope and Content

    Photographic prints: selections made by photographer as representative of entire project. An extensive survey of contemporary California Native American groups with emphasis on festivals and other gatherings which demonstrate the preservation and/or revival of traditional cultures. Photographs document tribal ceremonies and other activities such as dancing, singing and preparing food; traditional regalia; baskets and other examples of material culture; ceremonial structures; regional environments; and other subjects. Includes many individual and group portraits. Includes documentation of the following tribes and locations: Yurok, Hoopa (Hupa), Pomo, Maidu, Kule Loklo Village, Museum of the American Indian, Yosemite Valley Indian Village, Indian Grinding Rock State Park (Miwok), Tuolumne Me-Wuk, Ohlone, Chumash, Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians, Malki Museum and Morongo Reservation (Morongo Band of Mission Indians), Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Torres Martinez Destert Cahuilla, Dorothy Ramone Learning Center, Pala Band of Mission Indians, and the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation (CRIT). Also includes documentation of the following events: California Indian Storytellling Festival, California Indian Basketweavers Association gatherings, Elders Day Gathering (California Indian Museum, Sacramento), California Indian Conference, Language Is Life Conference, Native American Environmental Conference, Lowell Bean Symposia, Salmon Aid, Alcatraz Island 40th Anniversary, and Indigenous Peoples Day (American Indian Movement). Among the individuals depicted are Katherine Siva Saubel, Julia Parker, Lowell Bean, Desmond "Merkie" Oliver, David Gensaw, Ernest Siva and Bill Means. Also includes an album compiled by the photographer featuring portraits of Katherine Siva Saubel. Also includes photographs of casinos affilliated with the aforementioned tribes and other groups throughout California. Also includes the photographer's research files for the project. Digital files, currently unprocessed, contain entirety of images taken during project.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Indians of North America -- California
    Nowinski, Ira