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Guide to the Martha Maxwell photographs and clipping, 1875-1877 and undated

Summary

Collection comprises 48 stereographic photographs, 5 cartes-de-visite photographs and a clipping regarding Martha Maxwell. The cartes-de-visite photographs feature full-length portraits of Maxwell, two seated at her taxidermy work and three standing while holding a gun. Several of the stereographic photographs are also portraits, most often showing Maxwell positioned within displays of her taxidermy birds and mammals; however, the majority of the stereographs depict her displays at the Centennial Exhibition and at the Rocky Mountain Museum in Boulder. The clipping describes the birds and mammals represented at her Centennial Exhibition display and provides a review of her work.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11074
Title
Martha Maxwell photographs and clipping
Date
1875-1877 and undated
Extent
0.2 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises 48 stereographic photographs, 5 cartes-de-visite photographs and a clipping regarding Martha Maxwell. The cartes-de-visite photographs feature full-length portraits of Maxwell, two seated at her taxidermy work and three standing while holding a gun. Several of the stereographic photographs are also portraits, most often showing Maxwell positioned within displays of her taxidermy birds and mammals; however, the majority of the stereographs depict her displays at the Centennial Exhibition and at the Rocky Mountain Museum in Boulder. The clipping describes the birds and mammals represented at her Centennial Exhibition display and provides a review of her work.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Martha Maxwell photographs and clipping, 1875-1877 and undated, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Photographs and clipping
Box 1
 

Historical Note

Martha Maxwell, also known as "The Colorado Huntress," was an American naturalist, hunter, taxidermist, and author. She was born in Pennsylvania, and moved to Colorado as a bride. After seeing the work of a local taxidermist, she studied the art and began accompanying her husband on hunting trips. After shooting native birds and mammals, she prepared them for exhibit by reconstructing their frames in plaster and stretching the treated skins over them. Her display was so celebrated that she was invited to show her pieces at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.


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Provenance

The Martha Maxwell photographs and clipping, 1875-1877 and undated, were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, November, 2015