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Lee Howard Marmon photographic prints and contact sheets

Creator:
Marmon, Lee Howard, 1925 -  Search this
Names:
Bolger, Ray  Search this
Eisenhower, Mamie Doud, 1896-1979  Search this
Hope, Bob, 1903-2003  Search this
Lewis, Lucy M.  Search this
Extent:
36 Photographic Prints (black and white; color)
2 contact sheets (2 contact sheets (9 photographs each), color)
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic Prints
contact sheets
Portraits
Photographs
Place:
New Mexico
Date:
circa 1950-1987
Summary:
The Lee Howard Marmon photographic prints and contact sheets contain 36 color and black and white photographic prints and two color contact sheets of 9 images each. Subjects include Laguna and Acoma elders (1950-1965), publicity images of celebrities (1967-1973), Native American portraiture (circa 1987), the New Mexico pueblos and landscape, and the potter Lucy M. Lewis, her daughters, and their pottery (1987).
Arrangement note:
Prints: organized in folders; arranged numerically by image number
Biographical/Historical note:
Lee Howard Marmon was born as the second son of Lily and Henry "Hank" Marmon on September 25, 1925 in Laguna, New Mexico. Marmon's interest in photography was sparked when he took his first photograph at the age of 11 of an automobile accident on Route 66. Initially planning to attend the University of New Mexico to study geology, Marmon dropped out after several semesters to begin his World War II career as a Sergeant-Major on Shemya Island, Alaska in 1943. Marmon's service to the United States in the Aleutian chain lasted until 1946, after which he returned to Laguna.

Marmon retained an interest in photography and purchased his first professional camera, a 2¼ x 2¾ Speed Graphic. Later in his career, he would use a 4x5 Speed Graphic, a Rolleiflex, a Hasselblad Superwide, and a Hasselblad C model. When Marmon began photographing, he favored Kodachrome sheet film (ASA 8) and super speed B&W (ASA 100). As Marmon was learning this new hobby, his civilian life included employment as the Laguna postmaster and as a worker in his father's store, The Laguna Trading Post. Photography escalated from a hobby to a more serious pursuit after Marmon's father suggested that his son bring a camera along while making store deliveries in order to take portraits of the Laguna elders. These early black and white photographs, taken using fixed-lens cameras and natural light, became some of Marmon's most well-known images.

While Marmon mainly focused on documenting the traditions and lifestyles of the Laguna and Acoma Pueblos, a departure from this theme occurred when he moved from New Mexico to Palm Springs, California in 1966. As the official photographer for the Bob Hope Desert Classic Golf Tournament from 1967 until 1973, Marmon took publicity photographs of golfers participating in the competition along with celebrity entertainers and guests at the accompanying Bob Hope Ball. Marmon also worked as a freelance photographer throughout this time, contributing to publications such as Time Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, working as a still photographer for Columbia Pictures, and completing a commission from President and Mrs. Nixon to photograph a collection of New Mexican Puebloan pottery.

Marmon moved back to Laguna in 1982, and in the following years he showed his work in a variety of venues, opened a bookstore called The Blue-Eyed Indian, and won an ADDY award for his contribution to the PBS documentary series, Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People. In 2003, Marmon published a book, The Pueblo Imagination: Landscape and Memory in the Photography of Lee Marmon, in collaboration with his daughter, author Leslie Marmon Silko, and poets Joy Harjo and Simon Ortiz. The book was heralded as a success, collecting first place awards from The Mountains and Plains Bookseller's Association and from Independent Publisher Online.

After the publication of his book, Marmon's photographic activity began to diminish. His final show, Pueblo Faces and Places, was held in 2007 at the Sky City Cultural Center in Acoma, New Mexico. In recognition for achievements in the photographic field, Marmon was honored as the 88th Annual Inter-Tribal Ceremonial's "Living Treasure" of 2009, the first photographer to be given the award. Throughout his life, Marmon produced a great volume of work. In May of 2009, he donated his personal papers and over 65,000 photographs to the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) at the University of New Mexico. From a humble beginning of taking photographs of village elders, Marmon eventually built a career out of saving the memories of the Laguna and Acoma tribes and is now one of the country's best-known Native American photographers.
Restrictions:
Researchers must contact the NMAI Archives for an appointment to access the collection. Contact information below.
Topic:
Laguna Indians  Search this
Acoma Indians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Portraits
Photographs
Citation:
Lee Howard Marmon photographic prints and contact sheets, circa 1950-1987, National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Smithsonian Institution (negative, slide or catalog number).
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.054
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-054

The Pueblo imagination : landscape and memory in the photography of Lee Marmon / with writings by Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo and Simon Ortiz

Author:
Marmon, Lee  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Laguna (N.M.)
Date:
2003
C2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_728158

Laguna pueblo : a photographic history / Lee Marmon and Tom Corbett

Author:
Marmon, Lee  Search this
Corbett, Tom 1938-  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 200 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Laguna (N.M.)
Date:
2015
Topic:
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1037551

Lee Marmon [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Nationality:
Laguna Pueblo  Search this
Place:
United States
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Native Americans  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the National Museum of the American Indian Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_94950

(Bench with Flute Player), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Bench
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Figure group--Female--Nude  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Flute  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000403
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333936

(Well), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: cast iron and concrete; Foundation: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Architecture--Other--Well  Search this
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000404
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333937

(Fountain), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Fountain: concrete and marble; Basin: concrete and marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Figure--Child--Full length  Search this
Animal--Bird  Search this
Animal--Dolphin  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000405
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333938

(Ram's Head Planters), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Sculptures: marble; Bases: marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Decorative arts
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Animal--Sheep  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000406
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333939

(Boy and Girl with Flowers on Head), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: marble; Base: marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Children  Search this
Object--Flower  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000407
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333940

(Maiden Looking Up with Hand Holding Flowers on Head), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: marble; Base: marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Object--Flower  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000408
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333941

(Urn), (sculpture)

Title:
Birdbath, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Cast iron
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Decorative arts
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston, front steps Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Object--Flower  Search this
Animal--Bird  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000409
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333942

(Urn with Bow and Flower Design Planter), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Decorative arts
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates On Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Object--Flower  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000410
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333943

(Pineapple), (sculpture)

Title:
Pinecone, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Iron
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston, at train station Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Object--Fruit--Pineapple  Search this
Object--Foliage--Pine  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000411
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333944

(Gargoyle), (sculpture)

Title:
Griffins, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston, at train station Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Griffin  Search this
Architecture--Detail--Gargoyle  Search this
Fantasy--Monster  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000412
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333945

(Carved Flowers in Pot), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Object--Flower  Search this
Object--Other--Container  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000413
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333946

(Shrine), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: marble; Base: marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Architecture--Religious--Shrine  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000414
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333947

(Column Capital), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: marble; Base: stone
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Figure--Fragment--Face  Search this
Animal  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Scroll  Search this
Object--Flower  Search this
Object--Foliage  Search this
Object--Foodstuff--Nuts  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000415
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333948

(Boy and Girl with Horn or Bell), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: marble; Base: marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston, in garden behind mansion Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Children  Search this
Object--Musical Instrument--Bell  Search this
Object--Other--Dish  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000416
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333949

(Child with Wheat), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown (Italian) (possibly by)  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: marble; Base: marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Figure male--Child--Full length  Search this
Object--Foliage--Wheat  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000417
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_333950

(Baptismal Font), (sculpture)

Title:
Wall Fountain, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Unknown  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: marble; Base: marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Oak Ridge Estates Route 653, off Highway 29, south of Lovingston Lovingston Virginia
Administered by Marmon, Lee Route 1, Box 152 Arrington Virginia 22922
Topic:
Animal  Search this
Object--Foliage  Search this
Control number:
IAS VA000471
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_335928

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