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Photographs of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Mexican-American Border Region

Call Number: WA Photos Folio 213
Description of Photographs

Photographs created by John Willis and printed as 98 inkjet color prints that document sites chiefly at South Dakota and the Mexican-American Border Region as well as Nebraska and North Dakota in 2018-2019, although predominantly in 2019.

Images at South Dakota principally relate to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation including the communities of Batesland, Kyle, Pine Ridge, Potato Creek, and Sharps Corner as well as other sites at South Dakota including the Black Hills, Interior, Manderson, Pierre, and Rapid City.

Events documented at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation include a fireworks celebration for the Fourth of July and a prairie fire at Pine Ridge, an automobile show at Kyle, and a powwow at Batesland. Portraits of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation residents include Duane Reddest, Emma Waters, Kathy Waters, and Thomas C. Casey, also known as Crash. Images at Pierre consist of interior views of the South Dakota State Capitol.

Images at the Mexican-American Border Region includes views of immigrants and settlements at Ambos Nogales (Spanish for "both Nogales"), which encompasses the two adjoining border cities of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, as well as Boquillas del Carmen in Mexico and Big Bend National Park and Terlingua in Texas. A group of images document floral tributes to victims of a mass shooting on August 3, 2019, which were left at the site of the tragedy at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

Images at North Dakota include a view of Lake Oahe as well as views of former camp sites near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and at the eastern edge of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation for activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Images at Nebraska document the site of the Whiteclay Makerspace, a planned community workspace in a repurposed liquor store at Whiteclay as well as a view of a Family Dollar store.

Conditions Governing Access

The John Willis, Photographs of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Mexican-American Border Region are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from John Willis on the Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2020.


Organized into two series: I. Inkjet Prints, 13 x 19 inches (32.8 x 48.2 centimeters), 2018-2019. Inkjet Prints, 24 x 31 inches (61 x 78.7 centimeters), 2019.

6 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
58 broadsides
Related Names
John Willis
Willis, John, 1957-
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