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William Egbert Schenck Southwest and Indian Country Photographs

Identifier: PICT-2020-006

Scope and Content

The collection consists of seventy three 5” x 3½" photos and eighty three 3¼” x 2¼” photos, taken by William Engbert Schenck. Images depict roads, landscapes, trading posts, and archaeological sites, mostly in AZ, but also in CO, NM, and CA.

The Arizona portion of Schenck’s journey focuses on the Navajo reservation, including Monument Valley, Keet Seel, Kayenta, Teec Nos Pos, Chinle Wash. Trading posts were visited along the way, including Wade’s, Peach Springs, and Red Lake. A few photos include the Wetherills in Kayenta. Hopi Country/Moenkopi was also visited, as was Oatman and the Grand Canyon (El Tovar and Hermit’s Rest).

Colorado images include Wolf Creek Pass and documentation of a visit to Mesa Verde, including meeting with Superintendent, Jesse Nusbaum. A stop was made at Aztec Ruins in NM. In California photographs were taken in Riverside, Redlands, Cajun Pass and Cajun Canyon.


  • 1921


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

William Egbert Schenck was born in Memphis, Tennessee on September 11, 1884 and died in Carmel, CA on September 17, 1956. Schenck journeyed to China in 1906, and then moved to a post in Tokyo with the F. W. Horne Co., importers of heavy American machinery. He became executive director in 1920. Mr. Schenck designed and brought in the machinery for the first floating cannery plant to be used by Japanese crab fishermen.

In 1911 he came to the United States for his marriage with Miss Sara Moffatt of Kansas City, Missouri. Together, they returned to Japan. In addition to carrying out his business interests, Schenck served during World War I in the American Embassy at Tokyo, and in connection with Red Cross activities related to the American Siberian campaign. He declined a commission as major in the Army at that time, feeling that he could advance the military effort more effectively as a civilian. For a brief period in 1920-1921 he served as American vice-consul in Hong Kong.

Schenck’s anthropological career began after his return to the United States. His wife was a companion spirit in his anthropological interests. Schenk’s anthropological standing was recognized by his appointment as Honorary Assistant Curator in the Museum of Anthropology, University of California, December 1, 1924. On April 10, 1928, his title was changed to Honorary Associate Curator, which he held until June 30, 1931.



156 items (1 box) : 156 black and white photographs ; 5 x 3.5 in. and 3.25 x 2.25 in.

Language of Materials



The collection consists of photographs from William Egbert Schenck’s 1921 road trip through Indian country and the Southwest.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.
Finding Aid of the William Egbert Schenck Southwest and Indian Country Photographs, 1921
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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