Cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins, & Indian life in the South West / Photographs by Sumner W. Matteson, Denver.
- Cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins, & Indian life in the South West / Photographs by Sumner W. Matteson, Denver.
- Matteson, Sumner W., 1867-1920.
- Published / Created
- ca. 1899-1903.
- Photograph album created by Sumner Matteson from a selection of his photographs of the Southwest, Montana, and Colorado. The photographs, which are captioned in a typed list that accompanies the album, date from 1899 to 1902, and depict a variety of places and events. The majority of the photographs are of the Hopi Indians, their Snake, Antelope, and Flute ceremonies, kiva interiors, as well as weaving, grinding corn, courting, working in fields, making pottery, and marketing at the Moenkopi, Mishongnovi, Shipolovi and Shongopovi Pueblos. There are also photographs of cliff-dwellings at Mesa Verde and Mancos Canyon, Colorado; Canyon de Chelly, Arizona; Pueblo Indians at Isleta and Acoma, New Mexico; Navajo and Ute Indians in New Mexico and Colorado; Penitentes in Abiquiu, New Mexico; and views of wagon trains, Indian encampments, mines, and sheepherding in Montana.
157 of the photographs are platinum prints.
Accompanied by a contemporary typescript containing captions and often explanatory background for almost all of the photographs in the album. Typescript titled "Index to the Frank Klepetko Album. Photos and Data by Sumner W. Matteson" and signed "Sumner W. Matteson, D.A.C. [Denver Athletic Club] Denver, Colo. Jan. 1903."
Album and copy prints in 2 boxes.
Captions for digitized photographs taken from original typescript.
Individual photographs are 12 x 17 cm. and smaller.
Purchased from Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc. on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 1996.
Sumner Matteson, a bicycle salesman in Denver who became a photographer, traveled around the West between 1899 and 1903, photographing the Mesa Verde and Pueblo Bonito cliff-dwellings, Navajo Indians, Penitentes in New Mexico, Hopi Snake and Flute ceremonies in Arizona, the Pueblo villages of Acoma and Isleta, Montana wagon trains, and cattle and sheep roundups. He sold his own photographs, wrote articles and provided illustrations for popular magazines, and provided photographs for several books on Southwestern Indians written by others.
- 1 album (199 photographic prints) : b & w ; 19 x 26 cm.
- Extent of Digitization
- Partially digitized
- Call Number
- WA Photos 204
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
- Resource Type
- Prints & Photographs
- Subject (Geographic)
Abiquiu (N.M.)--Pictorial works.
Acoma (N.M.)--Pictorial works.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument (Ariz.)
Isleta (N.M.)--Pictorial works.
Mancos Site (Colo.)
Mesa Verde National Park (Colo.)--Pictorial works.
Moenkopi Pueblo (Ariz.)
New Mexico--Religious life and customs--Pictorial works.
West (U.S.)--Pictorial works.
- Subject (Name)
Hermanos Penitentes--Pictorial works.
Matteson, Sumner W.,--1867-1920.
- Subject (Topic)
Hopi Indians--Rites and ceremonies--Pictorial works.
Indians of North America--Southwest, New--Pictorial works.
Kivas--Southwest, New--Pictorial works.
Mines and mineral resources--Montana--Pictorial works.
Navajo Indians--Pictorial works.
Pueblo Indians--Pictorial works.
Sheep ranches--Montana--Pictorial works.
Snake dance--Pictorial works.
Ute Indians--Pictorial works.
Wool industry--Montana--Pictorial works.
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- Sumner W. Matteson, Cliff Dwellings, Pueblo Ruins, & Indian Life in the South West. Western Americana Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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