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David Grant Noble Portfolio of Photographs of American Indians

Identifier: PICT-2020-004

Scope and Content

The12 black and white photographs in this portfolio depict scenes of contemporary Native American life across the United States (NM, MN, NY, SD, WI). Photographs were taken by David Grant Noble between 1970 and 1972, and copyrighted in 1973.

Scenes include the Corn Dance, Deer Dance, and a hunt priest at San Juan Pueblo, NM; wild rice harvesters, a Chippewa hunter, and a Chippewa centenarian in Minnesota; Mohawk steelworkers in New York City; Onondaga lacrosse players in Onondaga, NY; a Sioux farmer and Sioux girl in South Dakota; and a Chippewa couple in Odanah, WI. Descriptions by the photographer are written on the back of each photograph.


  • 1970-1973

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.

Biographical Information

David Grant Noble was raised in rural Massachusetts and attended Yale University. He began photographing seriously in 1962 while serving in army Counterintelligence in Vietnam. In the 1960s, while living in New York City, he wrote and photographed for the weekly newspaper, Manhattan East, and also documented Mohawk iron workers, a project which led to photographing the Ojibwe wild rice harvest.

After moving to New Mexico in 1971, he was the photographer on the School for Advanced Research’s archaeological excavations at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, a 14th-century site near Santa Fe. He remained on the SAR staff until 1989. He has long studied the Southwest’s history and archaeology, and traveled widely to photograph sites, rock art, and landscape.

David Grant Noble has been represented by galleries in New York City, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Dallas, and other cities. His pictures have been collected by the Museum of New Mexico, Yale University’s Beinecke Library, New York City Public Library, City of Phoenix, Dallas Museum of Art, and the National Museum of the American Indian. He received the Victor Stoner Award from the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society for his “outstanding efforts to bring historical and archaeological awareness of the Southwest to the general public.” He also received the Emil Haury Award from the Western National Parks Association for “outstanding contributions in scientific research or other activities that advance the understanding and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources of western national parks.”

Source: David Grant Noble website


12 items (1 box) : 12 black and white photographs mounted on board

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The portfolio consists of 12 photographs depicting scenes of contemporary Native American life across the United States (NM, MN, NY, SD, WI)

Physical Location

B2. Shelved in Big Box location by Pictorial Number
Finding Aid of the David Grant Noble Portfolio of Photographs of American Indians, 1970-1973
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131