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Guide to the Charles Lummis Photographs
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The bulk of the Charles Lummis Photographs are of Peru, Native Americans in New Mexico, central Mexico, the San Fernando Mission in California, and portraits of friends and acquaintances of Lummis.
Lummis, Charles Fletcher (1 Mar. 1859-25 Nov. 1928), author, editor, and explorer was a lifetime supporter of Native American culture and worked to preserve national landmarks such as the California missions. Lummis is known for numerous undertakings, including city editor of the Daily Times, chief librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, editor of Land of Sunshine (later retitled Out West), and founder of the Southwest Museum. Charles Lummis was also an avid and prolific photographer, documenting his travels across the Southwest and trips south of the American border. His most commonly printed cyanotypes, a process that was relatively portable and easy to do. Many of his photographs regularly appeared in Land of Sunshine and Out West.
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