William M. Pennington photographs of Navajo people, circa 1915-1925
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Pennington, William M.
circa 1915-1925
Physical Description:
11 Platinum prints

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs depicting Navajo people, including individual portraits and images of Navajos in the desert with horses and a hogan.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
From 1908-1911, William M. Pennington and Lisle Updike operated the Pen-Dike Studio in Durango, Colorado. Pennington's main focus was studio portraiture while Updike took mostly landscape photographs. In 1911, Pennington bought out Updike's share in the studio and renamed it the Pennington Studio. Pennington and Updike worked together again in the early 1920s photographing the Navajo community in and around Shiprock, New Mexico; the photographs in this collection are probably from that assignment.

Existence and Location of Copies note
Digital surrogate is available online.
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 82-2

Digital Content

Photographs published in H. Jackson Clark, Glass plates & wagon ruts: images of the Southwest by Lisle Updike and William Pennington, Niwot, CO: University Press of Colorado, 1998.

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 82-2, William M. Pennington photographs of Navajo people, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional Pennington photographs can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 59.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Marj Ulsamer, whose grandmother received them from Durango, 1981.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Inventory available in repository.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Diné (Navajo) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Updike, Lisle, 1890-1970 (possible photographer) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746