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- About this Collection
- Arrangement and Access
- Edward Curtis and the Background of the Collection
- Selected Bibliography
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- Collection Scope and Description
- Tribe Index
- Rights And Restrictions
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Arrangement and Access
Arrangement of the Photographic Prints
The Library of Congress staff organized the photographs into twenty-two groups (LOTs 12310 through 12331) primarily by geographical area and thereunder by tribal group and, when a Curtis number exists, numerically by the number Curtis assigned to the image. LOT 12331 consists of 11" x 14" and larger photographs, representing several different peoples, grouped together because of the photographs' size. A complete alphabetical list of tribal groups represented in the collection, followed by corresponding LOT number and corresponding North American Indian volume number is available in the Tribe Index. It is also available in the Curtis finding aid in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room.
Automated Records for Individual Images and LOT Descriptions
More than 1,000 photographs have been digitized in response to requests for reproductions and for special projects. Descriptions for each of thge twenty-two LOTs summarize the contents of the groups of photographs. Online searches across all categories in the online catalog for a specific tribal group (such as "Hopi" and "Cayuse") or subject (such as "ceremonies" and "baskets") will yield appropriate individual images as well as appropriate LOT descriptions.
Access to the Photographic Prints
The original photographic prints in LOTS 12310 through 12331 can be viewed in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room. Note that these LOTs contain some images which have been neither described nor digitized currently.
The North American Indian
A reprint of the original Curtis work is housed in the Prints and Photographs Division reference book collection [LC call number: E77 C98 and E77 C98 suppl]. The first twenty volumes contain illustrations and text. Twenty supplemental sections consisting of large reproductions of the original photogravures are bound in an additional four volumes. The North American Indian volumes in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room have been marked with a LOT number and any existing Curtis file number and reproduction number when a corresponding photographic print can be found in a Curtis Collection LOT. A complete alphabetical list of tribal groups with corresponding LOT number and The North American Indian volume number is located at the beginning of each large supplemental volume.
Card Indexes in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room
The Edward S. Curtis shelflist by Curtis number is arranged by Curtis file number (by title for images without a number). Most cards note Curtis number, LOT number, title, copyright date, tribal group, geographical location, reproduction number, and description. If the image was published in The North American Indian, the volume and plate or page number are also noted. A second card index is arranged by LOT number and tribal group.