John G. Verkamp photograph collection of the Grand Canyon, circa 1915

Collection ID:
Verkamp, John G. (John George), publisher
circa 1915
Physical Description:
15 prints
Album :
tinted photogravure
National Anthropological Archives

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Images of the Grand Canyon, including views from the rim and various trails.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
John George Verkamp (circa 1877-1944) moved from Ohio to the developing South Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1898, where he began selling American Indian crafts out of a tent at the head of the Bright Angel Trail. At the end of the summer he sold his inventory to a hotel operator and returned to Flagstaff. In 1905, he and his wife Catherine returned to the South Rim and began the construction of their new store, Verkamp's Curios. They opened for business on January 31, 1906, and built a successful business which employed American Indian craftsmen.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 98-25

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
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Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 98-25, John G. Verkamp photograph collection of the Grand Canyon, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Cline Library Special Collections and Archives Department at Northern Arizona University holds the Verkamp Collection, 1905-2002 (NAU.MS.401; NAU.PH.2008.1; NAU.MI.2008.1).

Keywords table of terms and types.
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Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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Phone: 301.238.1300