Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh collection of photographs and drawings of the Colorado River region.
Scope and Contents
Series I, Photographs , (boxes 1-5) contains early photographs by E. O. Beaman, James Fennemore, and John K. Hillers, photographers on the 1871 Powell expedition. The collection also includes relief halftones of their photographs, which evidently were created to be used as illustrations for Dellenbaugh's books, primarily The Romance of the Colorado River and A Canyon Voyage. In addition, there are photographs by Dellenbaugh and other amateur photographers who traveled in the West, as well as by professionals, including William Henry Jackson and the Kolb Brothers. Locations depicted include Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, and Havasu Canyon, the Colorado and Green Rivers, Zion National Park, miscellaneous photographs of Arizona, California, Colorado, and Utah. The portraits are of expedition members and Native Americans.
The photographs are organized alphabetically by photographer: under each photographer, they are listed alphabetically by subject. The photographs were primarily identified by caption information. Where captions were not present, identifications were drawn from reference to Dellenbaugh's published works. Unidentified photographs are listed at the end of the series, arranged by subject. Many of these are early albumen prints and may be by Beaman, Fennemore, or Hillers. Copy prints produced from negatives acquired with the collection are interfiled where appropriate.
Series II, Drawings , (box 6) contains 24 drawings by Dellenbaugh which were used as illustrations in The Romance of the Colorado River and Breaking the West.
Oversize , (box 7) contains material from Series I, and is organized in box order.
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3.48 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Language of Materials
FREDERICK SAMUEL DELLENBAUGH (1853-1935)
The expedition embarked at Green River, Wyoming, and passed the winter of 1871-72 at Kanab, Utah. In the early spring and summer of 1872, Dellenbaugh and Thompson explored north of Kanab through Potato Valley and discovered the Escalante River, the last major river discovered in the contiguous United States. They continued on to the Aquarius Plateau and the Henry Mountains. In August and September 1872, the expedition traveled through the Upper Grand Canyon, but Powell called a halt to the expedition at Kanab Creek, due to the dangerous currents in the Canyon. The group spent the winter of 1872-1873 creating a map of the area they had explored.
Following the expedition, Dellenbaugh traveled in the West, lived with the Hopi Indians for six months, and studied painting in France. He married Harriet Otis in 1885 and settled in New York. There he wrote and lectured about the West, publishing in 1902 The Romance of the Colorado River and in 1908, A Canyon Voyage, which described the second Powell expedition.
In 1899, Dellenbaugh served as expedition artist on E. H. Harriman's expedition to Alaska and Siberia. In 1906, he accompanied Harriman on an expedition to Spitzbergen, Norway. In later years he continued to travel in the West, served as librarian to the National Geographic Society, and founded the Explorer's Club. He died in New York City on January 29, 1935.
- Arizona -- Pictorial works
- Beaman, E. O. (Elias Olcott), 1837-1876
- Colorado -- Pictorial works
- Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -- Pictorial works
- Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 -- Portraits
- Fennemore, James, 1849-1941
- Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Utah and Ariz.) -- Pictorial works
- Grand Canyon National Park (Ariz.) -- Pictorial works
- Green River (Wyo.) -- Pictorial works
- Havasu Canyon (Ariz.) -- Pictorial works
- Hillers, John K., 1843-1925
- Klemm, Robert C.
- Kolb Bros
- Photographic prints -- West (U.S.)
- Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902
- Scharff, Seward
- Tintypes (prints)
- Utah -- Pictorial works
- Zion National Park (Utah) -- Pictorial works
- Guide to the Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh Collection of Photographs and Drawings of the Colorado River Region
- Under Revision
- by Diana Smith
- December 2000
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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