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Christopher Cardozo Collection of Photographs of Native Americans


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Christopher Cardozo (1948-2021) was a white American art collector, dealer, publisher, and photographer with a lifelong interest in Native American culture. Cardozo devoted his career to promoting the photography of Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), an earlier white photographer and ethnographer whose work also focused on Indigenous people of North America. Cardozo curated numerous exhibitions and authored nine monographs on Curtis, and also founded the Minnesota-based Cardozo Fine Art, through which he bought and sold Curtis's works. In 2014, he initiated the 10,000 Print Repatriation Project, which sought to find the descendants of Indigenous people who posed for Curtis's portraits and provide them with high-quality reproductions.

Consists of a selected group of over sixty photographs of Native American people collected by Christopher Cardozo (1948-2021), an American art collector, dealer, publisher, and photographer. Mostly taken by white photographers in the mid to late 19th century and around the turn of the 20th century, these photographs depict people from the following Indigenous communities (and likely others that are unidentified): Sioux, Dakota, Chippewa (Ojibwa), Winnebago, Duwamish, Paiute, Ute, Yuma, Mojave, Arapaho, Apache, Gila, Maricopa, Kiowa, Nez Perce, Flathead (Salish), and Comanche. Photographers include Frank A. Rinehart, J. E. Whitney, C. Alfred Campbell, H. C. Miller, F. J. Haynes, C. R. Savage, Daniel P. Sink, John Karl Hillers, Charles H. Devenny, Elias A. Bonine, Ross Calgary, A. F. Randall, W. H. Jackson, Arthur Benjamin Smith, Forman Hanna, Rose & Hopkins, Karl Moon, F. A. Hartwell, Carleton E. Watkins, Edward S. Curtis (possibly), and others.

While the photographs are mostly miscellaneous, there are several notable groupings of material, including a series of eleven carte de visite photographs by Joel E. Whitney related to the Sioux Uprising of 1862. These images picture Cut Nose, Wowinape, Wa-Kan-O-Zhan-Zhan/Medicine Bottle, Ta-Tanka-Nazin/Standing Buffalo, Anpetu-Tokeca/Other Day, and Old Bets (Sioux); Mis-Ko-Pe-Nen-She/Red Bird (Lake Winnipeg Band of Chippewas); Po-Go-Nay-Ke-Shick/Hole in the Day (Chippewa); Little Hill (Winnebago); and Nah-Gun-E-Gah-Bow/Standing Forward (Rabbit Lake Band of Chippewas). There is also a small group of photographs by Elias A. Bonine documenting Gila, Yuma, and Maricopa people in Arizona (circa 1870s-1880s), as well as a number of photographs by Frank A. Rinehart depicting Arapaho, Sioux, Kiowa, Flathead (Salish), and Apache leaders (circa 1880-1900). Rinehart's photograph of Geronimo has a 1898 Trans Mississippi and International Exposition sticker attached to it.

Additional people who appear in portraits and who are identified in captions include Tachiar, Ce-Gee-Che, Ta-Wee, Tau-ruv, and Sai-ar and family (Ute); Geronimo and Daisy White Mountain (Apache); Black Bird, John Hollow Horn Bear, and High Hawk (Sioux); Chief Whiteman (Kiowa); Paul (Flathead/Salish); Man who Packs the Eagle (Pabaska/Cut Head Dakota); Chief Joseph (Nez Perce); Princess Angeline (Duwamish); Quanah Parker and Tonarcy (Comanche); Little Bear; Alice White Bear; Fred Harvey; and Charlie Rudy. Spellings of names are often taken from photograph captions and may be incorrect.

Some of the original photograph captions contain racial slurs.

Materials are physically housed into three boxes by size but have not been arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Purchased from Christopher Cardozo Fine Art in 2021 (AM 2022-077). This collection was acquired by the Friends of Princeton University Library in honor of James Axtell.

Baseline processing of this collection was completed by Kelly Bolding in January 2022. Materials have not been arranged or described below the collection-level. A collection-level finding aid was written by Kelly Bolding in January 2022. The following sources were consulted when drafting the finding aid and biographical note: the Cardozo Fine Art website, including Christopher Cardozo's obituary drafted by Mark Schwartz.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2022 processing.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Kelly Bolding
Finding Aid Date
Baseline processing of this collection was sponsored by the Delafield fund.
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Christopher Cardozo Collection of Photographs of Native Americans, circa 1862-1910. 3 boxes.
Physical Description

3 boxes

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