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Papers of Charles Fletcher Lummis

Papers of Charles Fletcher Lummis

Charles Fletcher Lummis, 1859-1928, was an American author, editor, librarian, promoter of the Southwest.

Collection includes journals, correspondence, writings, notebooks, and photographs, chiefly 1890-1920, of Charles Fletcher Lummis, mostly relating to his family and career with the Southwest Society and Los Angeles Public Library. Selected correspondents include members of the Lummis family, Abeita family, Amado Chaves, Edgar Hewett, F.W. Hodge, Denis Riordan, and Mary Austin. Letters to his wife Eva Frances in 1892 are from Peru, where Lummis was a member of the Villard Expedition. Also present are drafts of Turbese Lummis Fiske's biography of her father. One of his notebooks chronicles his time as a reporter during the Apache campaign of 1886. Original photographs taken by Lummis include cyanotypes of antiquities, landscapes, pueblos, and Native Americans in New Mexico and Arizona.