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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
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-086
Online Media:

It is not our fault : the case for amending present nationality law to make all members of the Tohono O'odham Nation United States citizens, now and forever / edited by Guadalupe Castillo and Margo Cowan ; photography by Jeffry Scott

Title:
It is not our fault : Tohono O'odham Nation
Author:
Castillo, Guadalupe  Search this
Cowan, Margo  Search this
Subject:
Tohono O'odham Nation  Search this
Physical description:
92 p. : col. ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Tohono O'odham Reservation (Ariz.)
Date:
2001
Topic:
Legal status, laws, etc  Search this
Civil rights  Search this
Illegal aliens--Legal status, laws, etc  Search this
Illegal aliens--Civil rights  Search this
Indian reservations--Law and legislation  Search this
Undocumented immigrants  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_662501

Facts about the Papago Indian Reservation and the Papago people / [Papago Tribe of Arizona, Bureau of Indian Affairs Papago Agency, U.S. Public Health Service]

Author:
Papago Tribe of Arizona  Search this
United States Bureau of Indian Affairs Papago Agency  Search this
United States Public Health Service  Search this
Physical description:
31, [14] leaves of plates, A11 pages : illustrations, map ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Tohono O'odham Reservation (Ariz.)
Date:
1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1029369

The Papago Indian Reservation and the Papago people / [William M. Tatom, editor]

Title:
Papago Tribe
Facts about the Papago Reservation and the Papago people
Author:
Tatom, William M  Search this
Papago Tribe of Arizona  Search this
Physical description:
54 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Tohono O'odham Reservation (Ariz.)
Date:
1975
1975]
Call number:
E99.P25 P37 1975
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_903742

Archaeological studies of the Avra Valley, Arizona : excavations in the Schuk Toak District / edited by Allen Dart ; contributions by Holly DeMaagd ... [et al.]

Title:
Excavations in the Schuk Toak District
Author:
Dart, Allen  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill., maps ; 28 cm. + 2 computer disks (3 1/2 in.) + 1 booklet (12 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.)
Type:
Books
Place:
Arizona
Avra Valley
Tohono O'odham Reservation (Ariz.)
Avra Valley (Ariz.)
Date:
1994
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Indians of North America--Antiquities  Search this
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Call number:
E99.P25 A73 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_920723

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