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Ralph Aspaas collection

Creator:
Aspaas, Hans  Search this
Aspaas, Ralph  Search this
Names:
Aspaas, Allie Ward  Search this
Aspaas, Carl Henry  Search this
Aspaas, Ellanette  Search this
Aspaas, Max Herndon  Search this
Aspaas, Ralph  Search this
Aspaas, Ralph Ward  Search this
Wirt, Emmet  Search this
Wirt, Emmet  Search this
Extent:
26 Photographic prints
181 Negatives (photographic)
Culture:
Jicarilla Apache  Search this
Tohono O'odham (Papago)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Negatives (photographic)
Correspondence
Marriage certificates
Place:
Tohono O'odham Reservation (Ariz.)
Jicarilla Indian Reservation (N.M.)
Arizona
Dulce (N.M.)
New Mexico
Date:
1900-1915
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains 207 photographs documenting U.S. Allotting Agent Ralph Aspaas (1876-1939), his work, his family, and his travels around the United States southwest circa 1900-1915. The bulk of the materials in this collection depict scenes from the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in New Mexico and the Tohono O'odham (Papago) in Arizona. The photographs may have been shot by Aspaas or his brother Hans Aspaas (1873-1968).
Arrangement:
This collection is organized into three series: Jicarilla Apache Reservation, Tohono O'odham (Papago) Reservation, and Colorado, Utah, and unidentified locations.
Biographical / Historical:
Ralph Aspaas served as an Allotting Agent for the United States Indian Service (now the Bureau of Indian Affairs). He was first assigned to the Jicarilla Apache reservation from circa 1900 to 1910 and then to the Tohono O'odham reservation from circa 1912 to 1915. As an Agent, he allotted land within these reservations to individual tribal members and for tribal community use. Born in 1876, Aspaas married schoolteacher Allie Maud Ward (1881-1959) on July 15, 1905. Together they had six children- Ralph Ward Aspaas (1906-1972), Carl Henry Aspaas (1908-1975), Max Herndon Aspaas (1911-1971), Ellanette Aspaas (b. 1913), Helen Marie Aspaas (1920-2012), and Ruth Louise Aspaas (1922- 1966). By 1920 Ralph was working as a farmer and rancher in Breen, La Plata County, Colorado. He died on September 30, 1939 in Colorado.
Separated Materials:
The nitrate negatives are stored at the National Anthropological Archives.
Provenance:
Gift of Helen R. Aspaas, 2006.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Thursday, 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 -- Southwest -- Photographs  Search this
Indians of North America -- Arizona -- Photographs  Search this
Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Photographs  Search this
Indians of North America -- Social life and customs  Search this
Indian land transfers -- New Mexico  Search this
Indian land transfers -- Arizona  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence -- 1910-1920
Marriage certificates
Photographic prints
Negatives (photographic)
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ralph Aspaas collection, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.086
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Ralph Aspaas collection
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv4ebcf03e5-d6a8-4a9d-8b49-2ed98e210847
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-086
Online Media:

The Jicarilla Apache of Dulce / Veronica E. Velarde Tiller and Mary M. Velarde

Author:
Tiller, Veronica E. Velarde  Search this
Velarde, Mary M  Search this
Physical description:
127 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
History
Place:
New Mexico
Jicarilla Indian Reservation (N.M.)
Dulce (N.M.)
Date:
2012
©2012
Topic:
Jicarilla Indians--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091255

The Jicarilla Apache : a portrait / photographs by Nancy Hunter Warren ; essay by Veronica E. Velarde Tiller

Author:
Warren, Nancy Hunter  Search this
Tiller, Veronica E. Velarde  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 89 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
New Mexico
Jicarilla Indian Reservation (N.M.)
Date:
2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_814234

Reconfiguring the reservation : The Nez Perces, Jicarilla Apaches, and the Dawes Act / Emily Greenwald

Author:
Greenwald, Emily 1965-  Search this
Subject:
United States General Allotment Act (1887)  Search this
Physical description:
x, 186 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Nez Percé Indian Reservation (Idaho)
Jicarilla Indian Reservation (N.M.)
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Land tenure  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_680612

Dulce : Anglo family life on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation / Patricia Williams-Lein

Author:
Williams-Lein, Patricia 1935-  Search this
Subject:
Williams-Lein, Patricia 1935-  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Biography
Place:
New Mexico
Jicarilla Indian Reservation (N.M.)
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Indian agents  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1015383

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