Arts & Culture / Fall 2016

DU Archives home to a rare set of 19th-century Native American prints

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The University of Denver archives are home to a rare set of photographs by Edward Curtis, the 19th-century artist and ethnographer known as the “Shadow Catcher,” a moniker he was given by the Native Americans whose visages and culture he captured in his internationally celebrated works. Curtis collected more than 2,000 of his photographs of Native Americans and their environs in a 20-volume compendium titled “The North American Indian.” Roughly 250 of the full sets were printed, but only a handful remain intact. That includes the set at DU, which came to the University as a gift from the Boettcher Foundation in the 1930s.

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