A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.

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A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT.
Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.

Sold for US$ 44,062 inc. premium
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT.
Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.

A remarkable album of Curtis prints of tribes covered in volumes VII, XII, XVII and XVIII of the NAI, part of the inventory of the Curtis Studio that Mrs. Curtis won in the 1919 divorce, but which was returned to Edward Curtis after the death of his wife in 1932. Included are stunning images of tribes of the Southwest and Northwest, taken over decades, and including such images as: "Yakima, Indian Wigwams in eastern Washington"; "Neah Bay"; "Bringing in the Willows"; "Spectators--Blackfoot Dance"; "Snake Lodge—Blackfoot"; "The Cutting of the Hide"; "'Crow Eagle' Blessing Family"; "Moki Girl at Mealing Stone"; "Water Carriers"; "Navajo Woman Weaving Blanket"; "Snake Dance"; "Snake Chief Entering Kiva"; "Navajo Babe in Carrier"; "Me and Another Donkey"; "Antelope Dance"; "Preparation Flute Dance at Katchina House"; "Snake Dance Shrine"; "Walpi"; "Waiting For Candy"; "Moki Children"; and many more.
Provenance: Purchased by Dr. Billy Utley from Manford "Mag" Magnuson.

Accompanying this album is an affidavit from Mag Magnuson dated January 10, 1987, listing the title and inventory number of each print in the album, along with a note regarding its history: "These prints were made from original negatives in the Curtis Studio in Seattle. This album has been in the Curtis family for many years. Following the divorce between Edward S. Curtis and his wife Clara, Curtis lost all rights to the entire "Curtis Studio" property, including all copyrighted material ... Following the death of Mrs. Clara Curtis ... [the youngest Curtis daughter Katherine] packed all the Curtis Studio material and brought it to her father when she moved to Southern California .. Included in the material brought from Seattle were many of the original negatives ... cyanotype prints ... [and] this sepia album containing several tribes including Yakima, Blackfoot, Hopi, Navajo and a few Alaska prints."
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A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
A CURTIS STUDIO ALBUM OF 149 PRINTS TAKEN FOR THE NAI PROJECT. Album of 149 gelatin silver prints, most 6 x 9 inches (a few 3.5 x 8 inches or 5 x 6 inches), nearly all titled and numbered in the negatives, all laid down to sheets and additionally titled at the lower margin, 1898-1917.
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