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W. E. Hook photographs of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

 Collection
Call Number: WA Photos 511

Scope and Contents

Photographs collected by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library that document the photography of W. E. Hook, 1885-1908. The collection chiefly includes photographs of sites in Colorado, as well as some images of New Mexico and Texas. Photographs in the collection document the different presentation methods used by Hook to market his images, including cabinet photographs, as well as the variant titles he used in negatives and on photographic mounts.

Images of sites in Colorado include Cascade Canyon, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, Leadville, Manitou Springs, Mount of the Holy Cross, North Cheyenne Canyon, Pikes Peak, Royal Gorge, South Cheyenne Canyon, Ute Pass, and Williams Canyon. An exterior group portrait of Ute Indians in Colorado includes Chief Sapiah, also known as Buckskin Charlie. Images of New Mexico consist of an overview of Santa Fe and an exterior group portrait of Tewa Indians at the Tesuque Pueblo. The collection also includes a view of the Franklin School in El Paso, Texas.

Dates

  • 1885-1908

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The W. E. Hook Photographs of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas is 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

Acquired by gift and purchase. For more information see the finding aid.

Arrangement

Organized into one series: I. Photographs, 1885-1908.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.hook

Overview

Photographs collected by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library that document the photography of W. E. Hook, 1885-1908. The collection chiefly includes photographs of sites in Colorado, as well as some images of New Mexico and Texas. Photographs in the collection document the different presentation methods used by Hook to market his images, including cabinet photographs, as well as the variant titles he used in negatives and on photographic mounts.

W. E. Hook (1833-1908)

William Edward Hook (1833-1908) was born in Litchfield, England. His family immigrated briefly to the United States in 1834, but returned to England by 1851. In 1857, he married Eleanor Jane Dore (circa 1833-1914) and they had six children.

In 1867, Hook returned to the United States without his family. Two years later he established a photography studio in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. In February 1875, two of his sons joined him in the United States: Theodore Hook (circa 1859-circa 1875) and William Edward Hook, Jr. (circa 1864-1907).

In 1877, Hook closed his photography studio in Wisconsin, and he and his surviving son, William, worked as traveling photographers from a home base in Missoula, Montana. Over the next four years, they travelled and captured images throughout Montana and Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park, Alberta, Northwest Territory, and the Canadian Northwest Rockies. By 1881, Hook established a photography studio in Marquette, Michigan, from which he marketed his images of the American West.

In April 1885, Hook established a photography studio in Manitou Springs, Colorado. In September 1885, he filed a homestead claim on the nearby Ruxton Creek near Pikes Peak, which he named "Artist's Glen." Over the years, Hook specialized in marketing landscape views of Colorado to tourists.

In 1887, Hook traveled to England. He returned to Colorado with his wife and their daughters, Eleanor "Nellie" Hook (born circa 1858) and Alice M. Hook (born circa 1864, later Mrs. Edward M. De La Vergne); their son, William also rejoined the family. Over the years, the Hook family filed additional homestead claims around Ruxton Creek. They also operated a boarding house for tourists until 1890, when the construction and operations associated with the Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway – a steep grade railway from Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak – prompted the family to relocate to Colorado Springs. Hook then operated a photography studio in Colorado Springs until his death from heart failure.

General note

Title devised by cataloger.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

Former call number: WA Photos File
Title
Guide to the W. E. Hook Photographs of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas
Author
by Matthew Daniel Mason
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.