Contents and Arrangement

Series 4: Photographs, 1893-1989

3 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of Virginia Card's personal photographs and her historical photograph collection (totaling approximately 450 photographs). The personal photographs include photographs of herself, friends, and family members as well as photographs of the Sacramento Indian Center and other Native American groups and events, ranging from 1935-1989. The historical photograph collection (1893-1979) consists of lots purchased at auctions and yard sales, which Card maintained out of interest. It contains groups of photographs related to Western Americana, including historical postcards and photographs of gold mining in the West, Yosemite, and portraits of Native Americans. In addition, it includes historical photographs of several other families and one set of photographs showing a parade with a Greek mythology theme. Formats in this series include Polaroid, silver gelatin and albumen prints, and 35mm color prints, among others.


Arranged alphabetically by title. Family photographs are described at the beginning of the series; the historical photograph collection is described at the end.

Collection History


The United Tribes Sunbeam and the Moccasin Telegraph were transferred to the rare book collections in 1991; they may be requested through the library's online catalog. 0.4 linear feet of photocopies of published law articles readily available from other sources were discarded in 2011.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dexter Palmer and Jannon Stein in 2001. Finding aid written by Dexter Palmer and Jannon Stein in 2001. Finding aid updated by Regine Heberlein in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 4: Photographs; Virginia Card Papers, WC033, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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