PHOENIX –The newest digital collection on the Arizona Memory Project, Select Images from Wetherill Family Photographic Collection from the Arizona State Museum was announced today by the State of Arizona Research Library.
According to Curatorial Specialist Jannelle Weakly, the Wetherills were a prominent family of ranchers, traders, explorers, and amateur archaeologists who participated in the discovery, excavation, research, and preservation of some of the most significant sites in the Four Corners area. The collection will be available indefinitely and can be viewed on any digital device at http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/digital/collection/weth.
“The Wetherill Collection has over 1,000 negatives and prints that depict life in northern Arizona in the early 1900s,” Weakly said.
This is only a small portion of the physical collection from the Arizona State Museum, which documents John Wetherill's expeditions to places like Rainbow Bridge, Monument Valley, and Mesa Verde. There are also photographs Wetherill took of the Apache, Hopi, and Navajo, including notable Navajo leaders Hosteen Luca and Wolfkiller.
For questions about this or any digital collection, or for cultural institutions interested in sharing collections on the Arizona Memory Project, contact [email protected].
The Arizona Memory Project provides free online access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.