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Louie H. Ewing papers, [ca. 1940]-1982

Creator:
Ewing, Louie H., 1908-1983  Search this
Citation:
Louie H. Ewing papers, [ca. 1940]-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Navajo Indians -- New Mexico  Search this
Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Pictorial works  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7022
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209155
AAA_collcode_ewinloui
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209155

W. Langdon Kihn papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1904-1957

Creator:
Kihn, W. (Wilfred) Langdon, 1898-1957  Search this
Subject:
Wiggins, Guy C. (Guy Carleton)  Search this
Skinner, Constance Lindsay  Search this
Oakley, Thorton  Search this
Wellcome, Henry S., Sir (Henry Solomon)  Search this
Stirling, Matthew Williams  Search this
Lecomte du Noüy, Marie  Search this
Laubin, Reginald  Search this
Lecomte du Noüy, Pierre  Search this
Kihn, Helen Butler  Search this
Kihn, Alfred  Search this
Laubin, Gladys  Search this
Dale, Maud  Search this
Dixon, Maynard  Search this
Downs, Olin  Search this
Fisher, Franklin L.  Search this
Artzybasheff, Boris  Search this
Barbeau, Marius  Search this
Dale, Chester  Search this
National Geographic Society (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Sketches
Photographs
Poetry
Writings
Citation:
W. Langdon Kihn papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1904-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Book illustrators -- Connecticut  Search this
Indians of North America -- Pictorial works  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7081
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209214
AAA_collcode_kihnwlan
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209214
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Cyrus Dallin scrapbook, 1893-1896

Creator:
Dallin, Cyrus E. (Cyrus Edwin), 1861-1944  Search this
Citation:
Cyrus Dallin scrapbook, 1893-1896. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Indians of North America -- Pictorial works  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10384
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213738
AAA_collcode_dallcyrs
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213738

Edwin Willard Deming papers, [undated] and 1923-1925

Creator:
Deming, Edwin Willard, 1860-1942  Search this
Subject:
Deming, Therese O. (Therese Osterheld)  Search this
Citation:
Edwin Willard Deming papers, [undated] and 1923-1925. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Indians of North America -- Pictorial works  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10720
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214326
AAA_collcode_demiedwi
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214326

Dancing for our tribe Potawatomi tradition in the new millennium Sharon Hoogstraten

Title:
Potawatomi tradition in the new millennium
Photographer:
Hoogstraten, Sharon  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 284 pages illustrations (chiefly color) 34 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Date:
2022
Topic:
Potawatomi Indians--Clothing  Search this
Clothing and dress--Symbolic aspects  Search this
Potawatomi Indians--Social life and customs  Search this
PHOTOGRAPHY / General  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156856

Edward S. Curtis photogravure plates and proofs for The North American Indian

Photographer:
Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952  Search this
Extent:
96 Photomechanical prints (photogravure proofs)
184 Printing plates (copper printing plates)
Culture:
Twana  Search this
Hoh  Search this
Walla Walla (Wallawalla)  Search this
Wishram  Search this
Suquamish  Search this
Skokomish  Search this
Quinault  Search this
Quileute  Search this
Apache  Search this
Tolowa  Search this
Hupa  Search this
Hopi Pueblo  Search this
Squaxon  Search this
Mewuk (Miwok)  Search this
Achomawi (Pit River)  Search this
Klamath  Search this
Yurok  Search this
Kumeyaay (Diegueño)  Search this
Cayuse  Search this
Northern Paiute (Paviotso)  Search this
Santa Ysabel (Santa Isabela) Diegueño  Search this
Kalispel (Pend d'Oreilles)  Search this
Salish (Flathead)  Search this
Spokan  Search this
Yakama (Yakima)  Search this
Sahnish (Arikara)  Search this
Numakiki (Mandan)  Search this
Pikuni Blackfeet (Piegan)  Search this
Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne)  Search this
Sicangu Lakota (Brulé Sioux)  Search this
Niimíipuu (Nez Perce)  Search this
A'aninin (Gros Ventre)  Search this
Apsáalooke (Crow/Absaroke)  Search this
Tsuu T'ina (Sarcee)  Search this
Kainai Blackfoot (Kainah/Blood)  Search this
Denésoliné (Chipewyan)  Search this
Cree  Search this
Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo)  Search this
San Ildefonso Pueblo  Search this
Tewa Pueblos  Search this
A:shiwi (Zuni)  Search this
Kewa (Santo Domingo Pueblo)  Search this
K'apovi (Santa Clara Pueblo)  Search this
Laguna Pueblo  Search this
Jemez Pueblo  Search this
Serrano  Search this
Washoe (Washo)  Search this
Kutzadika'a (Mono Paiute)  Search this
Kupangaxwichem (Kupa/Cupeño)  Search this
Piipaash (Maricopa)  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Oglala Lakota (Oglala Sioux)  Search this
Quechan (Yuma/Cuchan)  Search this
Hualapai (Walapai)  Search this
Akimel O'odham (Pima)  Search this
Tohono O'odham (Papago)  Search this
Mojave (Mohave)  Search this
Niuam (Comanche)  Search this
Wichita  Search this
Ponca  Search this
Osage  Search this
Yokuts  Search this
Chukchansi Yokuts  Search this
Southern Mewuk (Southern Miwok)  Search this
Wailaki  Search this
Pomo  Search this
Wappo  Search this
Maidu  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photomechanical prints
Printing plates
Photogravures
Photographs
Date:
1899-1927
circa 1980
Summary:
The Edward S. Curtis photogravure plates and proofs for The North American Indian include photogravure printing plates and associated proofs made from Curtis photographs and used in the publication of The North American Indian volumes 1-9 and 12-19. The bulk of the images are portraits, though there are also images of everyday items, ceremonial artifacts, and camps.
Scope and Contents:
The collection comprises 183 photogravure plates (101 folio and 82 octavo) and 96 associated proofs used in the printing of The North American Indian volumes 1-9 and 12-19. The original photographs used to make the photogravures were made circa 1903-1926 and the photogravure plates were made in 1907-1930. The bulk are portraits, though there are also images of everyday items, ceremonial artifacts, and camps. About half of the proofs in the collection are originals used for Curtis's publication, though the collection also includes proofs made in the process of later publication by the Classic Gravure Company (circa 1980). Vintage proofs include handwritten notes, likely made by Curtis Studio employees in Seattle and Los Angeles. Many of the photogravure plates do not have matching proofs; in particular, there are no proofs for the octavo plates.
Arrangement:
The plates and proofs are arranged by the volume of The North American Indian in which they were published. They are described in this finding aid by the caption and plate number with which they were published.
Biographical / Historical:
Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) was an American photographer best known for his monumental and now-controversial project, the twenty-volume publication The North American Indian. Here he sought to document in words and pictures the "vanishing race" of American Indians.

Born in Wisconsin in 1868, Edward Curtis grew up on his family's farm in Le Sueur County, Minnesota, from 1874 to 1887. In 1887, he and his father Johnson Curtis settled on a plot near what is now Port Orchard, Washington, and the rest of the family joined them the following year. When Johnson Curtis died within a month of the family's arrival, the burden of providing for his mother and siblings fell to 20-year-old Edward, and Edward set out to do so through his photography. In 1891, Curtis moved to the booming city of Seattle and bought into a joint photo studio with Rasmus Rothi. Less than a year later, he formed "Curtis and Guptill, Photographers and Photoengravers" with Thomas Guptill; the enterprise quickly became a premier portrait studio for Seattle's elite. In 1895, Curtis made his first "Indian photograph" depicting Princess Angeline, daughter of the chief for whom Seattle had been named. The following year he earned his first medal from the National Photographic Convention for his "genre studies."

In 1899, Edward Curtis joined the Harriman Alaska Expedition as official photographer, a position which allowed him to learn from anthropologists C. Hart Merriam and George Bird Grinnell while documenting the landscapes and peoples of the Alaskan coast. This expedition and the resulting friendship with Grinnell helped to foster Curtis's ultimate goal to "form a comprehensive and permanent record of all the important tribes of the United States and Alaska that still retain to a considerable degree their primitive customs and traditions" (General Introduction, The North American Indian). Curtis made several trips to reservations from 1900 to 1904, including a trip with Grinnell to Montana in 1900 and multiple trips to the Southwest, including the Hopi Reservation. He also hired Adolph Muhr, former assistant to Omaha photographer Frank A. Rinehart, to manage the Curtis studio in his absence, a decision which would prove more and more fruitful as Curtis spent less and less time in Seattle.

In 1906, Curtis struck a deal with financier J. P. Morgan, whereby Morgan would support a company – The North American Indian, Inc. – with $15,000 for five years, by which time the project was expected to have ended. Systematic fieldwork for the publication began in earnest that summer season, with Curtis accompanied by a team of ethnological researchers and American Indian assistants. Arguably the most important member of Curtis' field team was William Myers, a former newspaperman who collected much of the ethnological data and completed most of the writing for the project. The first volume, covering Navajo and Apache peoples, was published at the end of 1907, but already Morgan's funding was incapable of meeting Curtis's needs. Despite heaping praise from society's elite, Curtis spent much of his time struggling to find people and institutions willing to subscribe to the expensive set of volumes. After the initial five years, only eight of the proposed twenty volumes had been completed. Fieldwork and publication continued with the support of J. P. Morgan, but Curtis's home life suffered because of his prolonged absences.

In 1919, Curtis's wife Clara was awarded a divorce settlement which included the entire Curtis studio in Seattle. Exhausted and bankrupt, Edward Curtis moved with his daughter Beth Magnuson to Los Angeles, where they operated a new Curtis Studio and continued work on the volumes; volume 12 was published in 1922. The constant financial strain forced Myers to leave the North American Indian team after volume 18 (fieldwork in 1926) and Curtis made his last trip to photograph and gather data for volume 20 in 1927. After the final volumes were published in 1930, Curtis almost completely faded from public notice until his work was "rediscovered" and popularized in the 1970s.

Curtis's "salvage ethnology," as scholar Mick Gidley describes it, was mildly controversial even during his life and has become ever more so as his legacy deepens. In his quest to photograph pre-colonial Indian life through a twentieth-century lens, he often manipulated and constructed history as much as he recorded it: he staged reenactments, added props, and removed evidence of twentieth-century influences on "primitive" life. Curtis's work continues to shape popular conceptions of American Indians and so, while problematic, his legacy--his vision of American Indian life--continues to be relevant.
Related Materials:
NMAI also holds Edward Curtis photographs documenting the Harriman Expedition (1899) as well as platinum prints and photogravures of the images published in The North American Indian.

The Smithsonian Institution, National Anthropological Archives holds Edward Curtis prints submitted for copyright (Photo Lot 59) as well as many of his original negatives, photographs, and papers.

Steve Kern donated photogravure plates to the Center for Creative Photography and the Seattle Art Museum at the same time that he donated this set to MAI.
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Steven and Arlene Kern to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, in 1984.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadcast materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Indians of North America -- Pictorial works  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photogravures
Photographs
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Edward S. Curtis photogravure plates and proofs for The North American Indian, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.080
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Edward S. Curtis photogravure plates and proofs for The North American Indian
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv47bb7e1cf-cd0f-42a1-ac5b-8ee402c1ab8f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-080
Online Media:

Mni wiconi water is life : honoring the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and everywhere in the ongoing struggle for indigenous sovereignty John Willis ; with contributions from Lakota people and allies ; a foreword by Terry Tempest Williams ; afterword by Shaunna Oteka-McCovey

Photographer:
Willis, John 1957-  Search this
Writer of foreword:
Williams, Terry Tempest  Search this
Writer of afterword:
McCovey, Shaunna Oteka  Search this
Physical description:
243 pages color illustrations, color maps 29 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Ouvrages illustrés
Illustrated books
Illustrated works
Place:
Standing Rock Indian Reservation (N.D. and S.D.)
North Dakota
Dakota du Nord
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota
United States
Standing Rock Indian Reservation
Date:
2019
Topic:
Indian activists  Search this
Environmental justice  Search this
Water-supply  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America--Water rights  Search this
Protest movements  Search this
Contestation  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156844

In the fifth world : portrait of the Navajo Nation / Adriel Heisey + Kenji Kawano ; foreword, Peterson Zah

Author:
Heisey, Adriel  Search this
Kawano, Kenji  Search this
Subject:
Navajo Nation  Search this
Physical description:
88 p. : ill. ; 23 x 25 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Date:
2001
C2001
Call number:
E99.N3 H455 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_665391

Columbus to Catherwood, 1494-1844 : 350 years of historic book graphics depicting the islands, Indians, and archaeology of the West Indies, Florida, and Mexico = De Colón a Catherwood, 1494-1844 : 350 años de gráficas de libros históricos descripción de las islas, Indios y arqueologìa de las Indias, Florida y México / by Lee Allen Parsons

Title:
De Colón a Catherwood, 1494-1844
Author:
Parsons, Lee Allen 1932-  Search this
Jay I. Kislak Foundation  Search this
Physical description:
121 p. : ill. ; 20 x 26 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Florida
Caribbean Area
West Indies
Mexico
Date:
1993
Topic:
Indians of the West Indies--First contact with other peoples  Search this
Indians of North America--First contact with other peoples  Search this
Indians, Treatment of  Search this
Anthropological illustration  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_745921

The Drake manuscript in the Pierpont Morgan Library : Histoire naturelle des Indes / preface by Charles E. Pierce, Jr. ; foreword by Patrick O'Brian ; introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg ; translations by Ruth S. Kraemer

Title:
Histoire naturelle des Indes
Author:
Kraemer, Ruth S  Search this
Klinkenborg, Verlyn  Search this
Pierpont Morgan Library  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 272 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Early works to 1800
Facsimiles
Pictorial works
Place:
Caribbean Area
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1996
Topic:
Natural history--Early works to 1800  Search this
Indians--First contact with other peoples  Search this
Manuscripts, English  Search this
Natural history illustration--Early works to 1800  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Early works to 1800  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
F2171 .D73 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_521530

Artist explorers of the 1830's: George Catlin ... Karl Bodmer ... Alfred Jacob Miller ... also drawings by plains Indians. [Exhibition] May 1-September 2, 1963

Author:
Joslyn Memorial Art Museum, Omaha  Search this
Subject:
Catlin, George 1796-1872  Search this
Bodmer, Karl 1809-1893  Search this
Miller, Alfred Jacob 1810-1874  Search this
Physical description:
35 p. illus. (part col.) map. 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Pictorial works
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
1963
1963]
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.C36 J8
ND237.C36 J8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_102950

Concrete tipi : the Native American experience in New York City : a postcard book / from the National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center

Title:
Native American experience in New York City
Subject:
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) George Gustav Heye Center  Search this
Physical description:
1 postcard booklet [20] leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 12 x 19 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Urban Indians  Search this
Call number:
E78.N7 C66 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_840690

Re-collecting Black Hawk : landscape, memory, and power in the American Midwest / Nicholas A. Brown and Sarah E. Kanouse

Author:
Brown, Nicholas A  Search this
Kanouse, Sarah E  Search this
Subject:
Black Hawk Sauk chief 1767-1838 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 279 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Middle West
Date:
2015
Topic:
Black Hawk War, 1832--Influence  Search this
Names, Geographical  Search this
Names  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Sauk Indians (Algonquian)--Historiography  Search this
Indians in popular culture  Search this
Collective memory  Search this
White people--Relations with Indians  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1056390

Roots to reckoning : [the photography of: Armet Francis, Neil Kenlock, Charlie Phillips] / [interviews by Aneka Lee]

Author:
Lee, Aneka  Search this
Francis, Armet  Search this
Kenlock, Neil  Search this
Phillips, Charlie  Search this
Physical description:
118 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Biography
History
Place:
England
London
London (England)
Date:
2005
©2005
Topic:
West Indians  Search this
Black people--History  Search this
Black people  Search this
Ethnic relations  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1075062

Inka Könige der Anden : grosse Landesausstellung Baden-Württemberg '13 herausgegeben von Doris Kurella und Inés de Castro

Editor:
Kurella, Doris  Search this
Castro, Inés de 1968-  Search this
Host institution:
Linden-Museum Stuttgart  Search this
Lokschuppen in Rosenheim  Search this
Subject:
Linden-Museum Stuttgart  Search this
Physical description:
347 pages illustrations (chiefly color), color maps 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Pictorial works
Expositions
Ouvrages illustrés
Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition, pictorial works
History
Place:
Andes Region
Date:
2013
Topic:
Incas--Antiquities  Search this
Incas--History  Search this
Inca art  Search this
Inca architecture  Search this
Incas--Antiquités  Search this
Incas--Histoire  Search this
Art inca  Search this
Architecture inca  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Incas  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1115525

W. Langdon Kihn papers

Creator:
Kihn, W. Langdon  Search this
Names:
National Geographic Society (U.S.)  Search this
Artzybasheff, Boris, 1899-1965  Search this
Barbeau, Marius, 1883-1969  Search this
Dale, Chester, b. 1883  Search this
Dale, Maud, 1875-1953  Search this
Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946  Search this
Downs, Olin  Search this
Fisher, Franklin L.  Search this
Kihn, Alfred  Search this
Kihn, Helen Butler  Search this
Laubin, Gladys  Search this
Laubin, Reginald  Search this
Lecomte du Noüy, Marie  Search this
Lecomte du Noüy, Pierre, 1883-1947  Search this
Oakley, Thorton, 1881-1953  Search this
Skinner, Constance Lindsay, 1882-1939  Search this
Stirling, Matthew Williams, 1896-1975  Search this
Wellcome, Henry S., Sir (Henry Solomon), 1853-1936  Search this
Wiggins, Guy C. (Guy Carleton), 1883-1962  Search this
Extent:
8.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Sketches
Photographs
Poetry
Writings
Date:
1904-1990
bulk 1904-1957
Summary:
The papers of painter and illustrator W. Langdon Kihn measure approximately 8.5 linear feet and date from 1904-1990, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1904-1957. Papers document Kihn's career and travels associated with his interests in documenting the native American tribal nations of the United States and Canada in portraiture and writings. Found here are biographical materials, voluminous correspondence, memoirs and writings, one travel diary, printed material, financial records, three sketchbooks, sketches, and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter and illustrator W. Langdon Kihn measure approximately 8.5 linear feet and date from 1904-1990, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1904-1957. Papers document Kihn's career and travels associated with his interests in documenting the native American tribal nations of the United States and Canada in portraiture and writings. Found here are biographical material, voluminous correspondence, memoirs and writings, one travel diary, printed material, financial records, three sketchbooks, sketches, and photographs.

Biographical materials include address books, membership cards, exhibition and price lists, legal and travel documents, as well as biographical notes. Additional biographical sketches are found in the Writings and Notes series.

Correspondence is the largest series in the collection, almost half of the papers. In addition to letters to W. Langdon Kihn, this series include both originals and drafts of his outgoing letters; letters to his wife Helen from friends; third party business correspondence between his father, Alfred Kihn, and various parties undertaken on his son's behalf; and third party correspondence addressed to his friend and colleague, the Canadian ethnographer, Marius Barbeau. In addition to Barbeau, significant correspondents include Constance Lindsay Skinner, Chester and Maud Dale, Sir Henry Wellcome, Pierre and Marie "May" Lecompte du Noüy, and Reginald and Gladys Laubin. Although there is little correspondence with other artists, those represented with cards and letters in this collection include Boris Artzybasheff, Maynard Dixon, Olin Dows, Thornton Oakley, and Kihn's summer art school partner, Gus Wiggins. Correspondence with Franklin L. Fisher, Chief of National Geographic Magazine's Illustrated Division and Matthew W. Striling, Chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution dominate the period spanning from 1935 - 1952, the years of Kihn's close association with the National Geographic Society.

Writings and notes includes manuscripts and typescripts of articles, poems, lectures, memoirs, and other writings by Kihn and others. There is one travel diary dated circa 1924-1925, and numerous writings about Kihn's travels and documentation of native American Indians.

Printed materials include exhibition catalogs, travel brochures, and magazine and newspaper clippings. Also found here are copies of Kihn's illustrations for books by other authors, including Beaver, Kings and Cabins, by Constance Lindsay Skinner, as well as proofs from the National Geographic series on American Indians arranged by geographic location. Financial records consist of invoices and receipts related to Kihn's artwork, traveling, and exhibitions.

Three sketchbooks and loose sketches include illustrated field notes and other drawings that document Kihn's travels and of native Americans. Photographs are of Kihn, and of Kihn at work. There are also photographs of Kihn's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1916-1957 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1904-1959 (Boxes 1-5; 4.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1920-1990 (Box 5-6; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1920-1957 (Boxes 6-8, OV 10; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Financial Records, 1920-1955 (Box 8; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 6: Sketchbooks and Sketches, circa 1922-1955 (Boxes 8-9, OV 10; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1920-1955 (Box 9; 5 folders)
Biographical Note:
Born in Brooklyn, New York, W. (Wilfred) Langdon Kihn (1898-1959) is best known for his portraits of American Indians and illustrations of their history, culture and rapidly disappearing way of life. In 1919, Kihn joined his art teacher Winold Reiss on a trip to the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana where he completed his first series of portraits. This marked the beginning of his lifelong career of documenting the tribal nations of the United States and Canada. Through commissions from Canadian and American Railroad companies, Kihn spent much of the 1920s traversing both the United States and Northwest Canada where he had the opportunity to record the members and lives of various tribes. During this period, his paintings also traveled the country in a one man exhibition of his American Indian portraits, which was arranged by the Brooklyn Museum, and traveled to about 40 institutions in the United States. However his largest and best known commission was a project to research and paint North American Indians for serial publication in National Geographic. Kihn received the commission in 1935 and his association with the organization spanned two decades, culminating in the 1955 exhibition of his work at the National Geographic Museum, Washington, D.C, and the publication Indians of the Americas, with copius illustrations derived from Kihn's paintings and drawings.

In addition to his travels and work in North America, Kihn enjoyed a brief stint between 1929-1932 painting in France and Spain. Upon his return he focused upon obtaining commercial work and enjoyed success as an illustrator, whose work was featured in Beaver, Kings and Cabins (1933) and Flat Tail (1935), among other books. Kihn also wrote articles about his travels; amateur painters, whom he specialized in teaching; and American Indian legends and tribal cultures. Between 1948-1951 he was a partner in the Guy Wiggins-W. Langdon Kihn Art School in Essex, Connecticut. He married Helen Butler in 1920 and in between their travels the couple eventually settled in East Haddam, Connecticut. W. Langdon Kihn died in 1957.
Provenance:
Helen Kihn, W. Langdon Kihn's widow, donated the bulk of the collection in 1959. In 1994 Phyllis Kihn, the artist's daughter, donated pages 1-8 of Kihn's original manuscript of his memoirs and a transcript of the complete memoirs.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Connecticut  Search this
Topic:
Book illustrators -- Connecticut  Search this
Indians of North America -- Pictorial works  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Sketches
Photographs
Poetry
Writings
Citation:
W. Langdon Kihn papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1904-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kihnwlan
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W. Langdon Kihn papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93f008482-8b83-4adf-8682-b122de614058
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kihnwlan
Online Media:

Wendy Red Star delegation featuring contributions by Jordan Amirkhani, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Josh T. Franco, Annika K. Johnson, Layli Long Soldier, Tiffany Midge

Title:
Delegation
Contributor:
Amirkhani, Jordan  Search this
Bryan-Wilson, Julia  Search this
Johnson, Annika K  Search this
Long Soldier, Layli  Search this
Midge, Tiffany 1965-  Search this
Interviewer:
Franco, Josh T  Search this
Interviewee:
Red Star, Wendy 1981-  Search this
Physical description:
270 pages illustrations (chiefly color), portraits 27 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Interviews
Date:
2022
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Indians in art  Search this
Indian photographers  Search this
Call number:
TR655.R42 D44 2022
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156934

Plakatiert! Reflexionen des indigenen Nordamerika : Begleitpublikation zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung am Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main, 27. Juni bis 1. Dezember 2019 : ein studentisches Projekt Markus H. Lindner (Hg.)

Herausgeber:
Lindner, Markus Hans  Search this
Author:
Museum der Weltkulturen (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)  Search this
Physical description:
136 pages illustrations ;
Type:
Pictorial works
Exhibitions
Ouvrages illustrés
Expositions
Exhibition, pictorial works
Place:
North America
Amérique du Nord
Date:
2019
Topic:
Indigenous peoples  Search this
Autochtones  Search this
Indians of North America--Exhibitions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1115581

For all to see : The Little Bighorn Battle in Plains Indian art / by Sandra L. Brizée-Bowen

Title:
Little Bighorn Battle in Plains Indian art
Author:
Brizée-Bowen, Sandra L. 1947-  Search this
Physical description:
187 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Great Plains
Date:
2003
Topic:
Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876  Search this
Indian art  Search this
Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--Historiography  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_716418

Shadows on glass : the Indian world of Ben Wittick / Patricia Janis Broder ; foreword by Frederick J. Dockstader

Author:
Broder, Patricia Janis  Search this
Wittick, Ben 1845-1903  Search this
Subject:
Wittick, Ben 1843-1903  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill. ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Southwest, New
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
E78.S7B75 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_399738

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