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526 negatives (photographic)
The Ernest S. and Eloise Carter collection includes photographic prints, negatives and slides taken between 1964 and 1976 in the American Southwest and Mexico. The Carters were research associates for the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation during this time and focused much of their research on petroglyphs and pictographs. In addition to photographic material there is also correspondence and documentation about the photographs in the collection.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Ernest S. and Eloise Carter collection includes photographic prints, negatives and slides taken between 1964 and 1976 in the American Southwest and Mexico. The negatives include images of archaeological sites in Oaxaca, Mexico as well as images of petroglyphs in California, New Mexico and Arizona. The photographic prints also include images of petroglyphs in these areas but also include images of pictographs and the objects the Carters collected. There is also a small amount of photographs of the Carters themselves out in the field and at home. Geographic locations include; Painted Desert and Canyon de Chelly in Arizona; Dark Canyon, Cosumnes River, Amador County, Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, the Coso Range, and other locations in California; Colorado National Monument in Colorado; Winnemucca Lake, Lagomarsino Canyon, Lower Hickison site, Pyramid Lake, Valley of Fire, and the Fallon Reservation (Stillwater Reservation) in Nevada; Taos Pueblo and the Rio Grande in New Mexico; Circleville, Sevier River Canyon site, Pleasant Creek Canyon, San Rafael Reef, Indian Springs, Colorado River Canyon, Sego Canyon and the Talus slope of Lagomarsino Canyon in Utah. There are a number of oversize photographic prints which have little or no information associated with them. In addition to photographic material there is also correspondence and documentation about the photographs in the collection which can be found in Series 2. The majority of the correspondence is with Frederick Dockstader, director of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation (MAI), regarding the donation of photographs and objects from the Carters to the museum. The documentation about the photographs includes notes, maps and drawings.
This collection is arranged into two series. Series 1: Photographs is currently arranged by catalog number. Series 2: Correspondence and Photograph Documentaion is arranged alphabetically and then by document number.
Ernest Carter was born Ernest (Eryst of Eruie) Sigmund Schickler in Vienna, Austria in 1922. Following World War II, he left Europe for South America where he spent four years in the Andes on climbing expeditions. He changed his name from Schickler to Carter when he moved to the United States in 1951 and officially became an American citizen in 1957. Eloise Carter was born in Nebraka in 1928 and eventually became a dental assistant in the Bay Area, California, where she met and married Ernest around 1960. In 1964 Ernest and Eloise were made research associates of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation which began a long term relationship with the MAI. During this time the Carters traveled throughout California, Nevada and other location in the Southwest and Mexico to photograph petroglyphs and pictographs which were subsequently shipped to the Museum. They also collected objects which were donated to the MAI including baskets, pottery and kachinas among other items. Their relationship with the MAI tapered off after Frederick Dockstader left the museum in 1975. The Carters continued to travel and work with communities in the southwest and eventually settled in Mountain View, California.
Processing Information note
The Carter Collection was initially processed by Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation staff in 1986. The document numbers listed on the correspondence and photograph documentation were added during this processing and not by the Carters.
Processed by Rachel Menyuk, NMAI Processing Archivist, in 2018.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Ernest and Eloise Carter between 1964-1975 with additional photographs donated in 1986.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to email@example.com. For personal or classroom use, users are invited users to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not changed, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian.
Preferred Citation note
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ernest S. and Eloise Carter collection, Item Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
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