- Collection ID:
Legters, L. L. (Leonard Livingston)
No linguistic content; Not applicable
- Physical Description:
87 acetate negatives
black and white
5 x 7 inches.
244 photographic prints
3 x 5 inches.
This collection contains 244 albumen prints and 87 acetate negatives taken by Rev. L.L. Legters in 1925-1926. The images depict scenes of everyday life among various tribes in Brazil and Bolivia, including the Bororo, the Chiquito, the Nambicuara, the Terena and the Umotina.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of photographs and negatives made by Legters from 1925 to 1926 primarily in Brazil but also Bolivia. Legters made these materials while he was working as a missionary, and so he made the majority of the photographs of indigenous peoples while they were gathered at Legters's Brazil mission. The photographs document Nahukuá (Nahuqua), Borôro (Bororo), Nambikuára (Nambicuara), Umutina (Barbados), Terêna (Tereno), Kabixí (Cabichí/Cabishi), and Parecís (Paressi) men, women, and children of Brazil, and the Chiquitano (Chiquito) of Bolivia. These include informal, outdoor portraits of individuals and groups and representations of dwellings and people fishing, canoeing, trading, gathering water, carrying burden baskets, using bows and arrows, etc. Some of the negatives may be later copy negatives.
Prints Arranged by print number (P13758-P14001)
Negatives Arranged by negative number (N36892-N36924, N36945-N36955, N36967-N36999, N37077-N37086)
Best known for performing the funeral rites of Geronimo in 1909, Reverend Leonard Livingston Legters (1873-1940) was a missionary. In 1925, he conducted missionary work in the Amazon Basin in Brazil. He later served as secretary of the Pioneer Mission Agency.
Processing Information note
Collection level record by Heather Shannon, Photo Archivist, in 2012.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Historically, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation managed all photographic materials separately. This collection description represents current management practices of organizing and contextualizing related archival materials.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Access is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment.
Preferred Citation note
Rev. L.L. Legters prints and negatives, National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Smithsonian Institution (negative, slide or catalog number).
Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadcast materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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