Edward S. Curtis

Large Edward S. Curtis exhibit in Elysian

The work of former Le Sueur County resident Edward S. Curtis, a world renowned photographer of Native Americans during the late 1800s and early 1900s, is being celebrated in the form of a free exhibit in the lower-level of the Elysian Area Library and Heritage Center, now through mid-March. With...
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Helen M. Lewis presents on Edward S. Curtis

Helen M. Lewis, WITCC instructor, will discuss Edward S. Curtis’ Native American photographs at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 24 at Betty Strong Encounter Center. Lewis will also discuss the connection between Curtis’ Native American portraits and American president Theodore Roosevelt. She proposes that the portraits and first-hand study of numerous Native American tribes influenced Roosevelt’s shift from discrimination against Native Americans to acceptance of tribal peoples in the U.S. The program will be live at the Encounter Center with refreshments to follow. It will also be posted to Facebook and website later in the week: and
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Buffalo Collection will host Edward S. Curtis showing

Edward S. Curtis was born on February 19, 1868, on a farm near Whitewater, Wisconsin. Curtis left school in the sixth grade and soon built his own camera. In 1906, J. P. Morgan provided Curtis with $75,000 to produce a series on Native Americans. This work was to be in 20 volumes with 1,500 photographs. Morgan’s funds were to be disbursed over five years and were earmarked to support only fieldwork for the books, not for writing, editing, or production of the volumes. Curtis received no salary for the project, which was to last more than 20 years. Under the terms of the arrangement, Morgan was to receive 25 sets and 500 original prints as repayment.

Edward S. Curtis Photographs on Display at Santa Fe Art Auction

The Santa Fe Art Auction honors the descendants of one of Edward S. Curtis’s most famous photographs this weekend. Christopher Cardozo, often anointed as the foremost private collector of works by Edward S. Curtis, couldn’t shake the nagging feeling of a white man owning thousands of photographs of Native Americans. Curtis, an American photographer and ethnologist, is known for his portraits of Indigenous people in the first half of the 20th century.