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Carl Newland Werntz Photographs

Identifier: PAC 035

Scope and Content

Important collection of original photographs of Hopi, Apache, Havasupai peoples, Fort Apache and other locations, dated circa 1900. As an established artist, Werntz had a highly sophisticated approach to photography. No accession records for this collection. The work of William H. Simpson somehow seems to be tied to this collection but there is no paper trail to verify that.


  • 1900


Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers on an appointment basis only, pending approval of application to view original material.

Copy Restrictions

Permission to publish must be obtained from Photo Archives. Online Request Permission form available at: User responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

Carl Newland Werntz was a well known Chicago painter, fine arts photographer, illustrator, cartoonist and educator who founded the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Born in Sterling, Illinois in 1874 Werntz and his wife were wide ranging world travelers who, through painting and sketching expeditions, played an important role in the development of painting in the Southwest. Werntz was a camera pictorialist photographer. In the early 1900s he visited the Hubbell Trading Post in Arizona, spending a great deal of time with the Apache as well as other sites in Arizona and New Mexico, documenting Native American life. Because Werntz was passionate about the American Southwest, he retained New Mexico artists such as Victor Higgins and William Penhallow Henderson to teach at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He died in 1944 on a trip to Mexico during World War II, when travel to Europe or Asia was impossible


.75 Linear Feet

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Carl Newland Werntz Collection, 1900
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Finding aid is in English

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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the NMHM Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Repository

113 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA