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Western Americana

Collections of Western Americana within the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Blog: Twitter: @PrincetonWA

Mexico in the 1880s: Villa Lerdo.

"The Flying Head Put to Flight by a Woman Parching Acorns" from David Cusick’s Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations, first published in 1826 or 1827, likely the earliest account of Native American folklore to be written and published in English by a Native American author.

Brigham Young's Plea to Harriet Cook Young: Come West!

Thanks to the generous gift of Larry S. Pierce, the library recently acquired an 8×10 field camera manufactured by the Rochester Optical Co., ca. 1905. The camera, labeled as the “Improved Empire State,” was used by the Drake Brothers Studio, in Silverton, Oregon.

Glass plate negative of “Desiderio, The Tigua War-Captain,” taken in 1895 by Charles F. Lummis.

One of the earliest depictions of the American bison, taken from Francisco López de Gómara's Primera y segunda parte dela historia general de las Indias... (Caragoça, 1553). Call Number: Americana 1553q López de Gómara.