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Wittick, Ben, 1845-1903
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Ben Wittick Photographs of Hopi Villages
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 2.5 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of a large bound volume of nine black-and-white photographs by American West photographer Ben Wittick, probably taken between 1880 and 1903.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of a large bound volume of nine black-and-white photographs by Wittick, probably taken between 1880 and 1903. The photographs are of different views of various Hopi Indian villages in northern Arizona with some of their inhabitants.

Collection Creator Biography:

Ben Wittick (1845-1903) was an American photographer known for his photographs of landscapes, railroads, and Native American peoples in the American Southwest. Born in Pennsylvania, Wittick traveled westward in 1878 and initially worked for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, later establishing a studio in Gallup, New Mexico, and then Fort Wingate. Among his subjects were Apache, Navajo, and Zuni people; and landscapes of Canyon de Chelly and other scenes on the traditional lands of the Navajo and Pueblo peoples. He died from a rattlesnake bite in 1903.

Collection History

Processing Information:

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Ben Wittick Photographs of Hopi Villages; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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