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Selected Bibliography on Edward S. Curtis and The North American Indian

Adam, Hans Christian, ed. The North American Indian: the Complete Portfolios. Koln and New York: Taschen, 1997.
English translation of a German publication, reproducing the photogravures from the twenty portfolios plus some of the volume illustrations, with introductory essay.

Cardozo, Christopher and Joseph D. Horse Capture. Sacred Legacy: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
With a forward by N. Scott Momaday.

Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952. Edward Sheriff Curtis: Visions of a Vanishing Race / text by Florence Curtis Graybill and Victor Boesen ; introduction by Harold Curtis. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2000.
Compiled by Curtis’s daughter Florence; an earlier edition appeared in 1986.

Curtis, Edward S. Prayer to the Great Mystery: The Uncollected Writings and Photography of Edward S. Curtis. Edited by Gerald Hausman and Bob Kapoun. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995.

Curtis, Edward S. The North American Indian [promotional brochure] 1914?
This ten-page brochure, aimed at influential subscribers to supplement initial funding by J.P. Morgan, includes quotes from supporters and newspaper reviews of the first volumes.

Davis, Barbara A. Edward S. Curtis: The Life and Times of a Shadow Catcher. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1985.

Day, Sara, ed. Heart of the Circle: Photographs by Edward S. Curtis of Native American Women. San Francisco: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1997.
A Library of Congress publication.

Gidley, Mick, ed. Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian Project in the Field. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003.
Unpublished documents provide insights into the Curtis team’s approach to anthropological fieldwork, in the context of contemporary views and practices.

Gidley, Mick. Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, Incorporated. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Comprehensive history of Curtis’s publishing effort.

Gidley, Mick, ed. The Vanishing Race: Selections from Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian. New York: Taplinger Publishing, 1977; 1987.
1987 edition includes "preface to the paperback edition."

Lawlor, Laurie. Shadow Catcher: the Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis. New York: Walker, 1994.

Lyman, Christopher M. The Vanishing Race and Other Illusions: Photographs by Edward S. Curtis. New York: Pantheon Books, 1982.

Makepeace, Anne. Coming to Light; Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians: a Film. Oley, Pa.: Bullfrog Films, 2000.
A documentary film on Curtis seeks his work’s legacy among descendents of the photo portrait subjects.

Makepeace, Anne. Edward S. Curtis: Coming to Light. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2003.
Describes making of the documentary film.

Pritzer, Barry. Edward S. Curtis. New York: Crescent Books, 1993.

University of Washington. University Libraries Special Collections. Guide to the Edward S. Curtis Papers 1893-1983.
An online finding aid which describes the correspondence and manuscripts donated by Curtis and his brother, Asahel Curtis. The library’s Special Collections department also holds original photographs by both Curtis brothers.



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