Guide to the Owen Wister Collection of Photograph

Finding aid created by Russell Michalak
Claremont University Consortium July 7, 2008
Claremont Colleges
Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library
800 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Claremont Colleges. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.
800 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Special Collections. Honnold/Mudd Library.
Claremont, CA 91711
Creator: Wister, Owen, 1860-1938.
Title: Owen Wister Collection of Photographs
Dates: 1894-1895
Quantity: .05 feet (1 box)
Abstract: In 1894 and 1895 Owen Wister, in search of authentic Western material for his writing, spent some time on a ranch at Apache Tejo in southwestern New Mexico. The people he met at Apache Tejo were the inspirations for his famous novel, the Virginian.
Identification: H2008.4
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
Physical Location: Special Collections, Honnold/Library. Claremont University Consortium.

Information for Reserchers

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with Scripps College. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Owen Wister Collection of Photographs. Special Collections. Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California.

Acquisition Information

Deaccessioned from the MacPherson collection

Processing Information

Arranged and Processed by Russell Michalak


No addition to the collection is anticipated.

Biographical Note

Owen Wister travelled to New Mexico from the east coast in 1894. He stayed with Frederic Remington in New Mexico for two years, 1894 to 1895. He made this trip to study authentic Westerners as a character study for his writing. These photographs represent his stay at the ranch at Apache Tejo in southwestern New Mexico. The men he met becamse the inspirations for his famous hero in the novel, the Virginian.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains nine photographs taken by Owen Wister in 1894-1895 at Apache Tejo, New Mexico. Owen Wister wrote captions below most of the photographs.

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection
Wister, Owen, 1860-1938
Western Americana, 1850-1900
New Mexico

Detailed Description of the Collection


Owen Wister Photographs, 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 1

Bad men, did you say?, 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 2

Honey Boy, adds insult to injury, 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 3

Horizontal section of Apache Tejo, 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 4

Only respectable person at Apache Tejo, 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 5

After you, sir, 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 6

Fashionable summer resort, 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 7

Poor old Smiley!, 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 8

Apache Tejo, 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 9

Apache Tejo, 1894-1895