Edward S. Curtis: A Man of Vision and Focus
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More than a century ago, Edward Curtis photographed and documented the lives of North American Indians and presented his work in a twenty-volume set, covering more than 80 tribes west of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers from the Arctic to Mexico. On November 3, 1921, Dartmouth College signed a subscription contract with the North American Indian, Inc. for $3,500 to receive all twenty volumes of this priceless opus magnum. This set, number 467, and the accompanying portfolios are held in the Rauner Special Collections Library.

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This lecture will begin Curtis's life, photographic beginnings, and the thirty years he dedicated to this endeavor. Examples of his photography will be shown including portraits, landscapes, architecture, livelihoods, and artifacts. A concluding section will cover his legacy and renewed interest in his work. In the 1970's when concern for the civil rights of indigenous tribes corresponded with the discovery of original Curtis plates, photogravures, and books, a resurgence of interest in Curtis began. Now in 2018 during the 150th celebration of his birth that interest expands to include more exhibits and lectures.

Marna Murray is an independent researcher. After a lengthy career providing continuing professional education to state judiciaries, she returned to Vermont in 2010. Ms. Murray began researching Edward Curtis in 2014. She sought out original documents at libraries (such as the Rauner Special Collections) and museums. The Curtis lectures began in 2016 at McGill University, Community College of Vermont and other community venues. Ms. Murray will be presenting at the"Beyond the Frame Symposium" in Seattle as part of the celebrations 150 years since the birth of Edward Curtis.

Free and open to the public.


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