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Eighty-three photographs taken in the American Southwest by American photographers (John K. Hillers, W. A. White, J.N. Furlong and others) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Subjects range from portraits of American Indians, their dwellings and artifacts, schools and villages to views of railroads, mining operations, cities, and natural landscapes. The albumen prints range in scale from the typical 4 x 6.5 inch cabinet cards to the 18 x 22 inch prints produced from “mammoth plates.”

John (Jack) K. Hillers (1843-1925) is represented by 27 photographs including an extensive series of posed portraits of Native Americans often wrapped in woven garments and blankets. There are also views of Zuni, Pueblo and other settlements, and of activities in those settlements.

Fifteen of the largest photographs are by the little known W. A. White (1847-1916), who opened a studio in Raton, New Mexico in 1881, capturing people and events in the developing town, as well as views of its surrounding landscapes, ranches, mines and railroads. Some of his images match the quality of well known late 19th century photographers.

The cabinet card format is well represented in the work of the Studios of J. N. Furlong (5 views of Chihuahua, Mexico; 15 views of Las Vegas, New Mexico), the Barthelmess and Schofield Co. of Fort Wingate, New Mexico, the Continent Stereoscopic Co., and others, some of unknown origin.

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Five Colleges of Ohio [Next Steps in the Next Generation Library: Integrating Digital Collections into the Liberal Arts Curriculum, 2010]

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