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Roberts Photograph Collection - Finding Aid

Abstract
Copyright
Biographical Information
Scope and Content of the Collection
Arrangement of the Collection

Collection Number

HumCo E78 C15 R62

Contact Information

The Library, Special Collections
Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521

Processed By

Frances Purser; Jean Perry and Joan Berman; Brittany Britton

Date Collection Processed

1999; 2012

Language

English

Collection Creator

Ruth K. Roberts and Arnold R. Pilling

Dates Covered by Collection

ca. 1915-1933

Size of Collection

536 photographic prints and descriptive catalog

Abstract

The Roberts Photograph Collection documents life on the Yurok Indian Reservation along the lower Klamath River in northwestern California, primarily during the period of 1915 to 1933. It is the private collection of Mrs. Ruth Kellet Roberts, containing 536 photographs, many of them taken by Mrs. Roberts herself as an amateur photographer. They include photographs of her many friends in the Yurok Indian community and their daily activities and ceremonies, early photographs of the town of Requa, of the Pecwan-Johnsons area, and various landscape features of the surrounding area.

Access

Collection is open for research

Copyright

Copyright has been assigned to the Humboldt State University Library. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Special Collections Librarian. Copyright restrictions also apply to digitial representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the Humboldt State University Library in 1969 by Dr. Arnold R. Pilling, Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University.

Biographical Information

Mrs. Ruth Roberts lived in Requa, at the mouth of the Klamath River, during the fishing season, roughly May through September, each year from 1915 to 1933. She lived in Piedmont (near Oakland) the rest of the year. Her husband, Harry C. Roberts, worked as the accountant for the Klamath River Packers Association, which operated a fish cannery in the estuary near the mouth of the Klamath River. Requa and the cannery site are near the old Yurok village of Rek'woy on the Yurok Reservation, along the north shore of the river. Mrs. Roberts became friends with a number of Yurok families in the area and took an active interest in their lives and customs. For many years she served as a liaison between the Yurok community and the San Francisco Bay area, making arrangements for young Yurok women to work for families in Oakland and Piedmont. She became a champion of local Indian causes for the rest of her life. After 1933, when the cannery closed, she no longer lived in Requa. She returned to the area in 1955 when she moved to Crescent City, and became curator of the Del Norte County Historical Society Museum and the McNulty Pioneer Home where she lived until she died on November 15, 1967.

Anthropologist Dr. Arnold R. Pilling of Wayne State University met Mrs. Roberts in the late summer of 1967 when he came to the area with his family to study the Yurok legal system under a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. They became friends and she introduced him to elders of the Yurok community. With her introductions, he began a long and productive study of Yurok history and culture that continued until his death in 1994.

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Roberts Photograph Collection documents life on the Yurok Indian Reservation along the lower Klamath River in northwestern California, primarily during the period of 1915 to 1933. It is the private collection of Mrs. Ruth Kellet Roberts, containing 536 photographs, many of them taken by Mrs. Roberts herself as an amateur photographer. They include photographs of her many friends in the Yurok Indian community and their daily activities and ceremonies, early photographs of the town of Requa, of the Pecwan-Johnsons area, and various landscape features of the surrounding area.

After Mrs. Roberts' death, her son Harry Roberts gave the photograph collection to Arnold Pilling. Both men recognized the historical and ethnographic value of the collection and wanted to preserve and make it available to the public. Dr. Pilling carefully compiled a handwritten list of the photographs along with the location where each one was taken, the subject of the photograph if known, a detailed physical description of the prints and negatives, including size, paper, markings, etc., and any comments written on the back. He also made cross references to a second set of the photographs which Harry Roberts kept for his own use, as he had access to both sets in compiling his notes. References to this other set of prints appear in the index in notations that refer to earlier existing prints; location of this set of prints is not known.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is divided into six series: RB, RC, RL, RM, RS, and RX. Although in some cases it is not entirely clear what the rationale for these divisions might be, they reflect Mrs. Roberts' organization of the collection. Note that in some cases photographs from the same roll of film ended up in different series. The series are generally organized around subject matter. The RM series includes, in square brackets, notes by Jerry Wylie of Six Rivers National Forest on locations in the Red Mountain vicinity; they are part of Dr. Pilling's notes and are included here verbatim.

Dr. Pilling donated a set of negatives and copy prints of the photographs along with a photocopy of his index to the Humboldt State University Library in 1969. Another set of the copy prints and his original manuscript notes are located in the unprocessed Arnold R. Pilling Collection at Wayne State University Archives, Detroit, Michigan.

This version of the finding aid was edited and produced by Jean Perry, a linguist who was a friend and colleague of Dr. Pilling from 1985 until his death in 1994. This work included editing for consistency and completeness and the regularization of some spellings, except for cases where notations on the back of the photographs are quoted. The physical descriptions are included only when they relate to the dating of the photographs and their relationships to each other (eg. which photographs might be from the same roll of film).

Jean Perry, May, 1999

98 of the photographs were scanned in 1997 and have been available online since 1999 through the Online Archive of California. In 2012 the entire collection was scanned by the HSU Library Special Collections staff and is available through the Humboldt Room Photograph Collections database by limiting to collection/Roberts.

Container List

  • Series: RB1-RB83
  • RB1
    Group in a motor boat on the Klamath River.
  • RB2
    Shoreline in the Requa area.
  • RB3
    A shed in Requa, with the Safford house on Safford Island behind.
  • RB4
    A Klamath mountain scene.
  • RB5
    Requa: Rattlesnake Rock. Pencilled label on back in Mrs. Roberts' hand:
    May ip-yer Rattlesnake rock.
  • RB6
    Wilson Creek Beach: a partly worked canoe, drifted in as a log.
  • RB7
    Requa: Klamath River mouth, 1926.
  • RB8
    Requa: Shot of the "Williams side" from Tucker Rock.
  • RB9
    Ed Spott using an A-frame net.
  • RB10
    Pecwan: Jump Dance leader. [A. R. P.: Waukel Harry identified by Mrs. Josephine James, 7/8/1971.]
  • RB11
    Requa: Brooks' "old-fashioned" house. Shot from mid-distance of the front.
  • RB12
    Requa: Brooks' "old-fashioned" family house. Front of the house showing a bench on it.
  • RB13
    Requa: Brooks' "old-fashioned" family house. Close-up of the front.
  • RB14
    Near Requa: Hunter Creek Bridge.
  • RB15
    Klamath River Bar: Digging to open the Klamath, August, 1926.
  • RB16
    Requa: Klamath River mouth.
  • RB17
    Requa: Klamath River mouth, 1926.
  • RB18
    Requa: Klamath River mouth, with Tucker Rock in the foreground, 1926. Penned label on back written in printing, unknown hand:
    Starting to dig cannell 1926.
  • RB19
    Klamath River scene: "Williams" side from Tucker's Rock.
  • RB20
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath.
  • RB21
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath.
  • RB22
    Requa: Ed Spott taking surf fish in an A-frame net.
  • RB23
    Pecwan: Jump Dance.
  • RB24
    Pecwan: The bar with the tent for storing "Indian things," Jump Dance.
  • RB25
    Pecwan: Dance outside the dance house.
  • RB26
    Indian child in a baby basket, with a woman holding it.
  • RB27
    Pecwan: Jump Dance in the pit.
  • RB28
    Requa: Group of Indian children. Penned label on back in Mrs. Roberts' hand:
    Yurok Indian children--on rock on north beach--"Rekwoi," Cal.
  • RB29
    Group of whites on the beach.
  • RB30
    Group of Indians.
  • RB31
    Pecwan: Group at Jump Dance.
  • RB32
    Indian lady with a baby on her back.
  • RB33
    Pecwan: End of a Jump Dance table windscreen shade, with an elderly Indian man and woman. Pencilled legend on the reverse in small cursive:
    Mrs. Frank Woods
    Billys Minall.
  • RB34
    Pecwan: Jump Dance, probably in 1926. Dancers dancing outside of the pit.
  • RB35
    Pecwan: Jump Dancers, probably in 1926, posed shot.
  • RB36
    Pecwan: Jump Dancers, probably in 1926. Posed for picture. An early print exists with the blue-black ink printing which I assume to be Mr. Roberts, reading:
    Jump Dance.
  • RB37
    Pecwan: Jump Dancers, probably in 1926. Posed for picture. An early print exists with a label on it, which is clearly in Mrs. Ruth K. Roberts' hand, reading:
    Julius Fry
    Johnny Mitchell
    Rafey James
    Frank Woods
    Joe Jerry
    Dewey George
    Wm Reed
    Wm Fry
    James Donnely
    Then way at the bottom in the same hand:
    Rafey James.
  • RB38
    Pecwan: Jump Dance of 1926. Dancers in pit, including girls.
  • RB39
    Pecwan: Jump Dance of 1926. Girls in shell dresses.
  • RB40
    Pecwan: Jump Dance, probably in 1926. Dancing in pit. An early print exists with a pencilled notation in Mrs. Ruth K. Roberts' hand, reading:
    Jump dance pit.
  • RB41
    Pecwan: Jump Dance, probably in 1926. Dancing in pit.
  • RB42
    Pecwan: Jump Dance, probably in 1926. Dancing in pit.
  • RB43
    Johnsons: Stick game in 1926. One of the players is James Donnelly. An early print exists with a label on it, which is clearly in Mrs. Ruth K. Roberts' hand, reading:
    James Donnelly.
  • RB44
    Johnsons: Stick game in 1926. An early print exists, labelled in what is probably Mr. Roberts' hand, reading:
    Stick game Johnsons 1926.
  • RB45
    Johnsons: Stick game in 1926.
  • RB46
    Johnsons: One of the sweathouses. An early print exists with a label in Mrs. Roberts' hand, reading:
    An old sweat house--taken on Klamath about 1917--probably at Johnsons.
  • RB47
    Johnsons: Same sweathouse as in RB46.
  • RB48
    Requa: Trying to dig the Klamath River open, August, 1926.
  • RB49
    Requa: "Martha" high and dry at the mouth of the Klamath, 1926.
  • RB50
    Requa: "Martha" at the Klamath River bar.
  • RB51
    Requa: "Martha" near the Klamath River mouth bar, 1926.
  • RB52
    Requa: "Martha" on the Klamath River mouth bar, 1926.
  • RB53
    Requa: "Martha" high and dry on the Klamath River mouth bar, 1926.
  • RB54
    Requa: "Martha" near the Klamath River mouth bar, 1926.
  • RB55
    Wilson's Creek: The ancient village site of Omen, from the north. An early print exists, labelled in an unknown hand:
    omen.
  • RB56
    Wilson's Creek: The site of Omen from the southwest looking across Plywood Mill Creek.
  • RB57
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RB58
    Klamath River scene.
  • RB59
    Yurok grandmother in a "double-ender" canoe.
  • RB60
    Mrs. Waukell Harry holding a baby in a basket.
  • RB61
    Mrs. Waukell Harry holding a baby in a basket.
  • RB62
    Pecwan: Jump Dance, probably 1926.
    Label in Mrs. Roberts hand:
    Jump Dance.
  • RB63
    An old Yurok roof.
  • RB64
    Requa: Hooking eels at the Klamath River bar at the mouth.
  • RB65
    Requa: Hooking eels at the Klamath River bar at the mouth.
  • RB66
    Requa: Hooking eels at the Klamath River mouth.
  • RB67
    Requa: Cabin where the Roberts stayed. Label in Mr. Roberts' hand: Roberts Mansion Requa.
  • RB68
    Requa: Looking up the Klamath River after the Douglas Bridge was built.
  • RB69
    Requa: Trollers in the Klamath River mouth, 1926. Label in Mr. Roberts' hand:
    Trollers--Requa 1926.
  • RB70
    Requa: Tucker's Rock.
  • RB71
    Requa: A boat beached on the Klamath River bar, 1926 or 1925.
  • RB72
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River, August, 1926.
  • RB73
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RB74
    Requa: Looking up the Klamath River from near the mouth, 1926. Label in Mr. Roberts' hand:
    Looking up Klamath River from Mouth 1926.
  • RB75
    Requa town and Tucker's Rock.
  • RB76
    Wilson's Creek: House pits at Omen on Plywood Mill Creek.
  • RB77
    Robert Spott, Mrs. Ruth K. Roberts, young Harry Roberts.
  • RB78
    Robert Spott, _____, and Harry Roberts. Label on reverse in Mrs. Roberts' hand:
    Veratrum.
  • RB79
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RB80
    Requa: Two small boats off the mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RB81
    Requa: Launch going out the Klamath River mouth.
  • RB82
    Requa: Launch going out the Klamath River mouth.
  • RB83
    Hoopa Valley: From Willow Creek Road. Legend on reverse in Mr. Roberts' hand:
    Hoopa Valley From Willow Creek Road 1926.
  • Series: RC1-RC61
  • RC1
    Crescent City: Lighthouse and cypress by it.
  • RC2
    Crescent City: Lighthouse and cypress by it.
  • RC3
    Crescent City: Cypress on lighthouse rock.
  • RC4
    Two children.
  • RC5
    Wildflowers along road-cut.
  • RC6
    Two Indian women and two Indian children.
  • RC7
    Two Indian women, two Indian girls, and a man.
  • RC8
    Two Indian women, two Indian girls, and a man.
  • RC9
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, garden, and garage.
  • RC10
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, house, garden, and greenhouse.
  • RC11
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, house, greenhouse, and garden.
  • RC12
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, house, garden, greenhouse, and garage.
  • RC13
    Crescent City: Log or double-ender canoe on pickup truck.
  • RC14
    Crescent City: Trees in bloom.
  • RC15
    Crescent City: Trees in bloom.
  • RC16
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, greenhouse, and garden.
  • RC17
    Crescent City: NcNulty Pioneer Home, house, gate, and flowering tree.
  • RC18
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, greenhouse, back gate, and garden.
  • RC19
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, front of house and bell.
  • RC20
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, side of house, greenhouse, and garage.
  • RC21
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, house, garden, greenhouse, and garage.
  • RC22
    Crescent City: Sunset from the Lighthouse.
  • RC23
    Crescent City: Sunset from the Lighthouse.
  • RC24
    Crescent City: The harbor from the Lighthouse.
  • RC25
    Crescent City:
  • RC26
    Crescent City:
  • RC27
    Crescent City: Lighthouse and adjacent cypress.
  • RC28
    Crescent City: Lighthouse and adjacent cypress.
  • RC29
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, rear of the house, greenhouse, gardens, and garage.
  • RC30
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, greenhouse.
  • RC31
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, greenhouse and garden.
  • RC32
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, side of the house and greenhouse.
  • RC33
    Crescent City: Lighthouse, view of the back.
  • RC34
    Crescent City: Lighthouse and adjacent cypress from the east.
  • RC35
    [blank]
  • RC36
    [blank]
  • RC37
    Crescent City:
  • RC38
    [blank]
  • RC39
    Crescent City: Harry Campbell Roberts.
  • RC40
    Crescent City: Whale Rock and harbor from the Lighthouse.
  • RC41
    Crescent City: Waves breaking over the breakwater near the hospital.
  • RC42
    Crescent City: Waves breaking over the breakwater near the hospital.
  • RC43
    Crescent City: Waves breaking over the breakwater near the hospital.
  • RC44
    Crescent City: Group of visitors at the Lighthouse, adults.
  • RC45
    Crescent City: Group of children at the Lighthouse; adult in an Indian shell dress.
  • RC46
    Crescent City: Group of children at the Lighthouse; adult in an Indian shell dress.
  • RC47
    Crescent City: A woman in an Indian shell dress and a basketry cap.
  • RC48
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, garden and garage.
  • RC49
    Crescent City: Front of the McNulty Pioneer Home.
  • RC50
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, greenhouse, garden, and garage.
  • RC51
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, garage and garden.
  • RC52
    Crescent City: Side of the McNulty Pioneer Home.
  • RC53
    Crescent City: Elderly Indian woman in the garden of the McNulty Pioneer Home.
  • RC54
    [blank]
  • RC55
    Crescent City: The side of the McNulty Pioneer Home.
  • RC56
    Crescent City: The side of the McNulty Pioneer Home.
  • RC57
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, garden.
  • RC58
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, greenhouse and garden.
  • RC59
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, garden and side of house.
  • RC60
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer Home, back garden.
  • RC61
    Crescent City: McNulty Pioneer home, back garden.
  • Series: RL1-RL87
  • RL1
    Johnsons (?): Indian sweathouse; still in use.
  • RL2
    Klamath River scene, some place between Johnsons and Klamath Glen.
  • RL3
    Requa: Indian woman and child.
  • RL4
    Requa: A group of Indian children, probably Alice Spott's.
  • RL5
    Alice Spott (Taylor), probably at Requa. Pencilled label on reverse of photo:
    Alice Spott 1917
    Taylor
    Handwriting of the first line is Mrs. Roberts'. Handwriting of the second line has been added much later.
  • RL6
    Red Mountain: The last sugar pine that survived there.
  • RL7
    On the Klamath, possibly at Blue Creek.
  • RL8
    Requa: Captain Jack, a profile.
  • RL9
    A group of Indian boys.
  • RL10
    Requa: Captain Jack with a gun, a close-up, full face.
  • RL11
    A picnic group on the Klamath River.
  • RL12
    Group of Indian children, either at Requa at Safford Island Indian Day or at Pecwan at the Jump Dance.
  • RL13
    Requa: Captain Jack, beating a gambling drum.
  • RL14
    Requa: Captain Jack with a gun, full face.
  • RL15
    Indian woman and a tame deer: Alice Spott.
  • RL16
    Johnsons: The main street, with the Shaker Church in the rear. An early print exists. Pencilled on reverse in an unknown hand:
    Johnsons ca. 1940
    Harry says this label was probably written when Mrs. Roberts was just guessing; he said it could not be that late.
  • RL17
    Requa: Rattlesnake Rock and "Cannery men's bunkhouse." Label on the reverse of the photo:
    Cannery men's house.
    Handwriting unidentified.
  • RL18
    Requa: From the "Williams' side," before the trees had started growing on the hills.
  • RL19
    Indian children.
  • RL20
    Klamath Glen (Terwer Flat): A mule load of chrome ore from Red Mountain, ca. 1917.
  • RL21
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath.
  • RL22
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath with the "Martha" stuck on the Bar, 1926. Legend written in fine printed black ink:
    Martha on Beach Golden West. ot Shar. 1926
    Writer is unknown, but might be Mr. Harry Roberts, Sr., as he almost certainly took the shot. The date is certainly correct as the 1926 date for the Martha on the bar and the channel digging is well established.
  • RL23
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River, with Tucker's Rock in the mid-distance.
  • RL24
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RL25
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RL26
    Requa area: Douglas Memorial Bridge in the distance.
  • RL27
    Requa:
  • RL28
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RL29
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RL30
    Requa: Bringing in the catch.
  • RL31
    Klamath mountain scene.
  • RL32
    Klamath River scene.
  • RL33
    Klamath mountain scenes (double exposure).
  • RL34
    Klamath mountain scene.
  • RL35
    Klamath River scene.
  • RL36
    Klamath Glen (then "Terwer Flat"): Starting on a pack trip into the Klamath Mountains.
  • RL37
    Klamath Mountains: A pack trip.
  • RL38
    Klamath Mountains: A pack trip.
  • RL39
    [blank]
  • RL40
    Trail through the Redwoods.
  • RL41
    Pecwan: Jump Dance in the early 1920's; entering the dance house.
  • RL42
    Pecwan: Jump Dance in the early 1920's; leaving the dance house.
  • RL43
    Pecwan: Jump Dance in the early 1920's; dancing in the pit.
  • RL44
    Pecwan: Jump Dance in the early 1920's; lined up in the pit.
  • RL45
    Pecwan: Jump Dance in the early 1920's; dancing outside the dance house.
  • RL46
    Pecwan: Jump Dance in the early 1920's; entering the dance house.
  • RL47
    Pecwan: Jump Dance in the early 1920's; one of the tables. An early print exists. The reverse of it has on it in Mrs. Roberts' hand:
    Peckwan ? Jump Dance--about 1920
    Mrs._____ camp.
  • RL48
    Requa: Captain Jack in 1926. Indian name: CHAIR (Frank Douglas informant). An early print exists. The reverse has on it in a fine printing, probably that of Mr. Harry Roberts, Sr., the following:
    Capt. Jack-1926.
  • RL49
    Klamath River: Alice Spott with paddle.
  • RL50
    An "old-fashioned" house at its rear.
  • RL51
    Requa: Group of children in front of the Brooks' house.
  • RL52
    Requa: Mary Ann Frank, pounding acorns.
  • RL53
    Requa: Mary Ann Frank, pounding acorns.
  • RL54
    Requa: Mary Ann Frank, standing before Brooks' old house.
  • RL55
    Requa: Mary Ann Frank, carrying driftwood in a burden basket. A relatively modern print exists. The following has been written on the back in Mrs. Roberts' hand:
    Mary Ann Frank Robert Spott's mother.
  • RL56
    Requa: Mary Ann Frank, carrying a burden basket. A relatively modern print exists. Written on back:
    Mary Ann Frank--Robert Spott's mother.
  • RL57
    Requa: Mary Ann Frank, carrying driftwood in a burden basket, at a beach wood pile.
  • RL58
    Requa: Mary Ann Frank, working on a basket. Passage on reverse reads:
    Mary Ann Frank Roberts mother.
  • RL59
    Requa: Mary Ann Frank, in front of Brooks' old house.
  • RL60
    Requa: Captain Jack, holding a long-barrelled gun.
  • RL61
    Stawen Bill and Mrs. Frank Woods. An early print exists with the following in Mrs. Roberts' cursive:
    Starwin Bill & Mrs. Frank Woods.
  • RL62
    In the redwoods, on the "Redwood Highway."
  • RL63
    In the redwoods, on the "Redwood Highway."
  • RL64
    Requa: Ter-per Rock on the north shore of the Klamath River. An early print is known with data on it. It reads in Mrs. Roberts' hand:
    Ah-terp, "Rekwoi," Cal.
    The reverse of the existing early print of this photo in Mrs. Roberts' hand reads:
    Ter-per (a man) his wife is a rattle snake who lives on Tucker rock. She came from the rock at Johnsons just back of Mrs. Maston's house--Skerwich-clemey-gep-yer.
  • RL65
    Requa: Man rock on the north shore of the Klamath River. An early print exists. The legend on back of it in Mrs. Roberts' hand reads:
    Quer'rap-(man rock) "Rekwoi", Cal.
  • RL66
    Requa: One of the cannery boats at the mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RL67
    Requa: One of the cannery boats.
  • RL68
    Wooden bridge on a roadway.
  • RL69
    Johnsons: Cemetery. Incorrectly alleged to be ca. 1940. An early print exists. On its reverse is the following label in an unidentified cursive:
    Cem at Johnsons ca 1940.
  • RL70
    Johnsons: End of the sweathouse at the top of the roadway. An early print exists. A legend on the reverse in Mrs. Roberts' hand reads:
    Yurok Indian sweat house, Klamath River, Cal.
  • RL71
    Johnsons: Yurok cemetery with a "White man" dwelling at the rear. An early print exists, with the label:
    Johnsons Yurok grave c. 1940?
  • RL72
    Johnsons: Side or end entrance of sweathouse; cemetery in the rear.
  • RL73
    A Klamath River scene.
  • RL74
    Johnsons: Graves, during the 1920's.
  • RL75
    Requa: North side of the Klamath River mouth, Tucker Rock in the rear.
  • RL76
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River from its north. Pencilled on back in Mrs. Roberts' cursive:
    Wissach culver.
  • RL77
    Requa: Klamath River near its mouth. River bar is in the rear.
  • RL78
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River from the north bank of the river. Cooking salmon on sticks. Mrs. Roberts' label reads:
    Waterhouse Wissach Culver.
  • RL79
    Klamath River scene.
  • RL80
    Requa: Klamath River lagoon, coaster on the far side of the bar.
  • RL81
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RL82
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River, summer of 1926.
  • RL83
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River, summer of 1926.
  • RL84
    Requa: Lagoon at the mouth of the Klamath River, summer 1926.
  • RL85
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RL86
    Klamath River scene.
  • RL87
    Klamath River scene, "old-fashioned" canoe, "double-ender" canoe, and a large "double-ender" at a boat landing. Also firewood pile.
  • Series: RM1-RM131
  • RM1
    Requa: Roof of the Brooks house, before it collapsed. A print is known with the following label on its front:
    OCT 1957
    Written on its back in Mrs. Roberts' handwriting:
    Roof of Brooks house
    I assume that this is an early photograph, taken between 1915 and 1930, which Mrs. Roberts had reprinted in 1957. Mrs. Roberts' identification appears to be correct.
  • RM2
    Requa: The old white man who lived on Turkey Island.
  • RM3
    Requa: The old white man who lived on Turkey Island. A print of this shot exists, printed on the front with the date:
    OCT 1957
    On the reverse in Mrs. Roberts' hand is the legend:
    Dr S A Barret-left Dept, Anthropology, U.C Taken about 62
    This legend is totally incorrect, for I knew Sam Barrett and this is not he. Both men had similar beards, and I must assume that Mrs. Roberts labelled the back of this shot when she was nearly blind.
  • RM4
    Johnsons: The old Johnson store.
  • RM5
    Indian cabin.
  • RM6
    Requa: The Requa Inn and the rest of town. An early print exists.
  • RM7
    Requa: A group of children in the main street.
  • RM8
    Requa: Klamath River bar.
  • RM9
    Indian children.
  • RM10
    Martin's Ferry: View down the Klamath River from the middle of the bridge. ca. 1926.
  • RM11
    Martin's Ferry: The whole community from the "South Bank," ca. 1927.
  • RM12
    Fishermen on the bar, probably Requa, maybe part of digging out the bar, 1926.
  • RM13
    Requa: Klamath River bar, all across.
  • RM14
    Klamath mountain scene.
  • RM15
    Requa: The Brooks house, with Harry Roberts, Sr., and Surgone George in front. [A. R. P.: Billy Brooks, Jimmie James indentified 7/8/1971.]
  • RM16
    Johnsons: A street scene. Legend on the back in small cursive: trail into Johnsons ca. 1930.
    [For update, see Palmquist 1983, p.13]
  • RM17
    Johnsons: A street scene. Legend on the back in Mrs. Roberts' cursive:
    Johnsons Klamath River Houses made after whites come into country. Old grave yard in foreground about'40.
  • RM18
    Requa: Fishermen return.
  • RM19
    Girl in front of house.
  • RM20
    Indian children.
  • RM21
    Klamath River Indians.
  • RM22
    Johnsons: Yurok Indian woman. [A. R. P.: Eliza Lindgren per Ray Burns.]
  • RM23
    Yurok Indian man.
  • RM24
    Johnsons: Poker Bob's daughter. Legend on Reverse:
    Poker Bob's daughter.
  • RM25
    Red Mountain: Ruins of a prayer alter.
  • RM26
    Two Yurok women.
  • RM27
    Requa:
  • RM28
    Requa: Klamath River mouth.
  • RM29
    Requa: Klamath River mouth.
  • RM30
    Requa: The Hughes mill in Panther Creek.
  • RM31
    Indian woman and child.
  • RM32
    Johnsons: Group shot in town.
  • RM33
    Yurok Indian woman.
  • RM34
    Johnsons: Group of Yurok men.
  • RM35
    Requa: Brush Dance. Legend on reverse in small cursive:
    Brush Dance at Requa ca. 1922.
  • RM36
    Requa:
  • RM37
    Redwood Highway: Between Damnation Ridge and Endert Beach, Del Norte State Park.
  • RM38
    Dad's Camp area from Requa. This shot was clearly taken at the same occasion as is an illustration in the following book:
    Graves, Charles S. 1929 Lore and Legends of the Klamath River Indians. Yreka, California: Press of The Times; 157 pp. Shot noted on page 84.
  • RM39
    Requa: Tucker's Rock and the Klamath River mouth.
  • RM40
    Johnsons: Taken from the area of Paddle Inn (then Crutchfield's).
  • RM41
    Requa: Two fishermen; one Indian.
  • RM42
    Requa: Ira Stevens at the mouth of the Klamath River, ca. 1920. Label on back in an unknown hand reads: Ira Stevens Mouth of Klamath about 1920 Note fishnet drying poles, fishnet, and net floats.
  • RM43
    Requa: Brush Dance.
  • RM44
    Requa: Center of town, about 1926. Label on back in small cursive:
    Requa ca 1926
    Obviously taken within minutes of RM36.
  • RM45
    Requa: Canoe at wharf.
  • RM46
    Requa: Jump Dance, Robert Spott in the center of the line. A postal exists with the legend on its bottom:
    "Brush Dance" of the Klamath Indians ~Jones~
    It shows the same male dancers in the same order, but no female dancers. The background is the same. The angle of the shot means it was taken from the front right of the dance line. In the postal, the male dancers are wearing their deer skin waist wraps, rather than having them laid in front.
  • RM47
    Requa region: View up the Klamath River toward the new town of Klamath. Two prints, apparently of early date, are known.
  • RM48
    Requa region: View up the Klamath River toward the new town of Klamath.
  • RM49
    Requa: View of the roof of Brooks' "old-fashioned" house at Rekwoi.
  • RM50
    Requa: View of the roof of Brooks' "old-fashioned" house at Rekwoi.
  • RM51
    Requa: The front of Brooks' "old-fashioned" house. Note bench in front.
  • RM52
    Requa: The front of Brooks' ""old-fashioned" house.
  • RM53
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RM54
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RM55
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RM56
    Requa: Tucker's Rock above the mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RM57
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RM58
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RM59
    Klamath: The Douglas Bridge.
  • RM60
    Johnsons: A street scene; probably about 1926. A label on the reverse in the hand of Mrs. Ruth Roberts reads:
    Street in town of Johnsons--on Klamath River. Houses are at end of trail. about '40.
  • RM61
    Across from Johnsons: Whiskey Joe and wife threshing beans. Existing print has a legend on back, in small cursive, reading:
    Whiskey Joe & wife across from Johnsons threshing beans.
  • RM62
    Johnsons: Graves with garments hung on them. Legend on back, in Mrs. Roberts' cursive, reads:
    Grave yard at Johnsons. Clothing hanging over graves. About '40.
  • RM63
    Johnsons: Door on the long side of sweathouse. Data on reverse in Ruth Roberts' hand reads:
    Yurok Indian--mens sleeping quarters Door to mens "sweat house"--at Johnsons on Klamath River about '40
    Later print has a legend on back in Mrs. Roberts' hand:
    Sweat house door Johnsons
    On front is the OCT 1957 label.
  • RM64
    Johnsons: Old family house, rear view.
  • RM65
    Johnsons: "Old family house" and its doorway board and platform.
  • RM66
    Johnsons: "Old-fashioned" sweathouse at the side of the old family house.
  • RM67
    Johnsons: "Old-fashioned" house and "white man" house, adjacent.
  • RM68
    Johnsons: The "upper" trail at Wautek.
  • RM69
    Entrance on the long side of sweathouse.
  • RM70
    Entrance on the long side of sweathouse.
  • RM71
    Entrance on the long side of sweathouse.
  • RM72
    Boat "Pecwen" on the Klamath River.
  • RM73
    Packers with pack horses in "High Country."
  • RM74
    Indian cabin.
  • RM75
    Indian baby in a baby basket.
  • RM76
    Johnsons: Nora John, sister of Lucy Thompson. Two early prints exist. One reads:
    Lucy Thompson's sister
    The other, in Mrs. Roberts' hand, reads:
    Nora John (Wautek).
  • RM77
    Eliza Lindgren, a Yurok woman. [A. R. P.: Axel Lindgren's grandmother per Ray Brown]. Label in Mrs. Roberts' hand reads:
    Yurok Eliza Linger.
  • RM78
    Indian male.
  • RM79
    Requa: Ira Stevens and some Yurok women, at the mouth of the Klamath.
  • RM80
    Two Indian women.
  • RM81
    Requa: Elder Yurok male, Tucker Rock in the distance.
  • RM82
    Two Yurok men.
  • RM83
    Yurok woman on her steps.
  • RM84
    Yurok woman and children.
  • RM85
    Mrs. Ruth K. Roberts and Yurok woman.
  • RM86
    Requa: Elderly Yurok male with gnarled cane.
  • RM87
    Yurok male holding "A-frame" fish net.
  • RM88
    Klamath River scene from the ridge above it. [J. W.: Klamath River from hills to east. Was probably taken on the north end of Starwein Ridge, ca. three miles east of Klamath Glen, which shows left of center on the flat to the right of the river. USGS Ship Mt. 15' quad shows a low standard road in this vicinity coming up from the latter and continuing up to Red Mt.]
  • RM89
    "High Country." [J. W.: Klamath--further uphill. Seems to be a more northwesterly view from the same position as RM88, showing the ascending ridge and behind it Terwer Creek.]
  • RM90
    "High Country." [J. W.: Klamath River--further uphill.]
  • RM91
    "High Country." [J. W.: Bare ridge.]
  • RM92
    "High Country." [J. W.: Bare ridge (out of focus). . .with low stunted, dead trees in foreground.]
  • RM93
    "High Country." [J. W.: Prayer seat (semicircular) atop large piece of bedrock. Brushy ridge in background, and an unusual rock outcrop (50' high?) almost obscured by trees. Approx. 30 rocks. Another, flatter, rock outcrop visible in far distance (RM94?), off the ridge and separated from the viewer by trees.]
  • RM94
    "High Country." [J. W.: Possible prayer seat. This one is surrounded by more brush than above and is located on more of an irregular bedrock surface. Partially bare ridge in distance with a large rock outcrop (RM93?).]
  • RM95
    "High Country." [J. W.: Trees and snow patch (underexposed).]
  • RM96
    Lake in "High Country." [J. W.: Small pond (50-100' diam.)
    surrounded by fairly tall trees and some grassland. Man standing on opposite shore.]
  • RM97
    "High Country." [J. W.: Tall trees with a possible rock feature beneath.]
  • RM98
    "High Country." [J. W.: Trail, trees, snow patch and woman (?). Hill in distance brushy on one side, timbered on other.]
  • RM99
    Red Mountain: "High Country." [J. W.: Stunted trees and glade area. Pilling's notes identify this and the following four scenes as "Red Mt."]
  • RM100
    Red Mountain: "High Country." [J. W.: Trail (?) through dead, stunted trees. (Out of focus.)]
  • RM101
    Red Mountain: Timber line scrub in "High Country." [J. W.: Mouth of Klamath as viewed from high country to east (out of focus). This location can be fairly accurately identified as Red Mt., probably the trail just to the south and west, Section 14, T. 13 N., R. 2 E. The bend in the Klamath in the far distance is the one immediately south of Klamath, with Flint Ridge the highest point beyond.]
  • RM102
    Red Mountain: From "High Country" looking down on the Klamath River. [J. W.: Same as above, except from a position further down the hill to the west. The mid-foreground shows the same terrain as at the beginning of the trip (cf. RM88, 89, 80).]
  • RM103
    Red Mountain: The remains of a medicine altar in the "High Country." [J. W.: "Remains of a medicine altar in 'high country'" (Pilling's notes). Amorphous pile of 75-100 various-sized rocks. Although the immediate setting is different, the shadows indicate this was taken at about the same time (mid-day) as RM102. Low brush and low-medium-sized trees widely spaced show in the background. Appears to be situated on a gentle (5-10 degree) sideslope.]
  • RM104
    Prairie in the "High Country." [J. W.: Large prairie, about 200x200 yds., ringed by tall, thick trees. Snow patches indicate the view here is approx. SW.]
  • RM105
    "High Country." [J. W.: Brush, xeric slope with large, irregular rock outcrop on ridge in distance.]
  • RM106
    Mountains in the "High Country." [J. W.: View of Doctor Rock and Peak 8 from the west. Ridge in lower righthand corner may be the same as in the upper lefthand corner of RM98. Was taken from somewhere east of Red Mt. Lookout and west of Doctor/Peak 8, probably closer to the former. The drainage visible in the middle background is either Crescent City Fork Blue Creek, or Goose Creek, an effluent of South Fork Smith River (cf. JWC 4-17-75:28).]
  • RM107
    A valley in the "High Country." [J. W.: Looking down broad, deep, heavily timbered valley, series of distinctive-looking ridge systems and peaks in the distance. Furthest peak may be Preston, which would make this the Smith River watershed. May have been taken from a point on the Boundary Trail a mile or so southeast of Red Mt. Meadow (RM104?). If so, the view is northeast of the upper Goose Creek drainage. Such an interpretation is consistent with the far peaks; the largest and highest is probably Preston Peak, ca. 25 miles distant.]
  • RM108
    Trees in the "high country." [J. W.: Trail in heavy timber.]
  • RM109
    Trees in the "High Country." [J. W.: Trail in light timber.]
  • RM110
    Johnsons: Trail on the course of the 1968 road, church in the distance. Label in Mrs. Roberts' cursive reads:
    Street in Yurok town of Johns about 20 miles up the Klamath river about '45.
  • RM111
    Klamath River: From the ridge above Meta. Legend in Mrs. Roberts' hand reads:
    From the Metta hills. '32 Christmas greetings From the Klamath river Indians, Harry, Ruth & Harry Roberts Jr.
  • RM112
    Requa: Harry C. Roberts, Sr., and Captain Jack, at Inn. Legend on reverse reads:
    Capt Jack & H C Roberts.
  • RM113
    Requa: View of Burden Basket Hill above Dad's Camp. Label on back in Mrs. Roberts' cursive reads:
    View of Kaay-way (burden basket) hill--from Requa, Cal.
  • RM114
    Safford's Island: Stick game. Label in small cursive reads:
    stick game
    Photographer's stamp on back says OCT 33. This date probably means printing in 1933, but clothes, especially hats and cars, suggest an early 1920's date.
  • RM115
    Safford's Island: Stick game.
  • RM116
    Requa: Off-shore rocks.
  • RM117
    Requa: Anchovies on the Klamath River bar.
  • RM118
    Requa: Klamath River mouth in July, '29. Mrs. Roberts' pencilled cursive on back reads:
    Present mouth of river, July 29.
  • RM119
    Requa: Klamath River mouth , date unknown.
  • RM120
    Requa: Klamath River mouth, unknown date.
  • RM121
    Requa: Spott's house and Tucker's Rock. Label on back in small cursive reads:
    Spott's hse Requa.
  • RM122
    Requa: Tucker's Rock and mouth area of the Klamath River.
  • RM123
    Requa: Harry C. Roberts, Sr., and Captain Jack, at Inn. Label on back in printing attributed to H. C. Roberts, Sr. reads:
    Capt. Jack Nurse in background.
  • RM124
    Requa: Island Cannery and Burden Basket Hill.
  • RM125
    Requa: A view up the Klamath River.
  • RM126
    Klamath Town: From about half way between the 1926 and 1966 bridges.
  • RM127
    Across from Johnsons: Johnsons in the distance. Label on back in small cursive reads:
    across from Johnsons ca 1926.
  • RM128
    Johnsons: Francis Roberts and other women and children of the town.
  • RM129
    Johnsons: A family house with a sinlge-pitched roof. Label on back in small cursive reads:
    family hse Johnsons ca 1940.
  • RM130
    Johnsons: A sweathouse. Label on back reads:
    Sweat houses Johnsons ca. 1940.
  • RM131
    Johnsons: A street scene about 1926. Label on back in Mrs. Roberts' cursive reads:
    Street in Johnsons on Klamath River. about '40.
  • Series: RS1-RS105
  • RS1
    Requa: Indian woman in a plank boat, rowing.
  • RS2
    Klamath River: Taken from a log raft.
  • RS3
    Klamath River: A "double-ender" at the shore.
  • RS4
    Klamath River: A "double-ender" at anchor.
  • RS5
    Klamath River: A "double-ender" with a mast, but no sail.
  • RS6
    Klamath River: A boat being paddled.
  • RS7
    Klamath River: An "old-fashioned" Indian canoe, at anchor.
  • RS8
    Klamath Glen (then Terwer Flat): Bags of chrome ore from Red Mt.
  • RS9
    Indian boat on the Klamath River; a "double-ender."
  • RS10
    Requa: Poker Bob and others.
  • RS11
    Requa: Tucker Rock. A modern print exists, with a label in Mrs. Roberts' cursive: Oregos.
  • RS12
    Requa: Showing Tucker's Rock and Indian house in the foreground.
  • RS13
    Requa: The trail to Tucker's Rock before autos had travelled it.
  • RS14
    Requa: An Indian child in front of the Klamath Inn.
  • RS15
    Requa(?): An Indian child, standing: female.
  • RS16
    Requa(?): Hatless Indian woman with baby basket against her.
  • RS17
    Requa(?): An Indian woman, standing in front of a porch.
  • RS18
    Requa(?): An Indian woman, carrying a baby in a basket, profile.
  • RS19
    Johnsons: Three Indian children on a sweathouse platform.
  • RS20
    Requa(?): Indian woman holding a child.
  • RS21
    Requa: Two Indian men sitting in front of the Cannery.
  • RS22
    Requa(?): An Indian woman, carrying a baby in a basket, rear view.
  • RS23
    Klamath River: Indian woman and child with a masted "double-ender" at the rear.
  • RS24
    Requa (?): Indian woman on her front porch.
  • RS25
    Indian woman.
  • RS26
    Klamath River: Mrs. Harry Roberts, poling a "double-ender".
  • RS27
    Klamath River: Indian male stearing a "double-ender" with a paddle.
  • RS28
    Requa: Indian woman paddling a "double-ender."
  • RS29
    Requa(?): Indian woman, carrying a baby basket on a chest tumpline.
  • RS30
    Klamath Glen (Terwer Flat): People in front of bags of chrome ore. ca. 1917.
  • RS31
    Klamath River: "Double-ender" loaded, on the river.
  • RS32
    Harry Roberts at age seven to ten with a group of Indian children.
  • RS33
    Indian woman and children.
  • RS34
    Requa: Poker Bob (left center) and others. A print exists, with writing on back: Poker Bob left center.
  • RS35
    Klamath River: Picnic group.
  • RS36
    Redwoods: Indian woman on a fallen log.
  • RS37
    Indian woman in the woods.
  • RS38
    Mrs. Roberts standing in a sweat house side exit.
  • RS39
    Requa: A group of Indian men gambling at the side of the old lower cannery.
  • RS40
    Requa: A canoe in the Klamath River near its mouth; Tucker Rock at the right.
  • RS41
    Requa: A canoe before the Rattlesnake Rock, a "double-ender."
  • RS42
    Requa: The mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RS43
    Requa: The mouth of the Klamath River.
  • RS44
    Requa: The old cable ferry crossing the Klamath; Requa in the distance.
  • RS45
    Requa: Klamath River bar from Requa, looking at the south side of the mouth. Harry noted the small marshy ponds on the south side, to the south of the Klamath River in this shot.
  • RS46
    Requa: Indian men in a "double-ender" at the cannery dock.
  • RS47
    Klamath River: A camping group on the river, including Ruth Roberts.
  • RS48
    Harry Roberts and a female age-mate.
  • RS49
    Mrs. Ruth Roberts by the main entrance of a sweat house.
  • RS50
    Mrs. Ruth Roberts by the main entrance of a sweat house.
  • RS51
    Requa(?): Harry Roberts at ca. 10 years paddling a "double-ender."
  • RS52
    Requa(?): Harry Roberts at ca. 10 years paddling a "double-ender."
  • RS53
    Requa(?): Harry Roberts and an Indian woman holding a good fish catch.
  • RS54
    Requa(?): An Indian woman with Indian children.
  • RS55
    Klamath River: "Old-fashioned" canoe, carrying Harry K. Roberts and Ruth Roberts.
  • RS56
    Indian baby in a baby basket.
  • RS57
    Requa: Klamath River mouth.
  • RS58
    Requa: Klamath River mouth, north side with Tucker's Rock.
  • RS59
    Howinquit: Surf fish drying, in the Smith River pattern. A modern print exists. Label on back in Mrs. Roberts' cursive, reads: Smelt drying June 1962 at Smith River--on ocean at Smith River reservation Amelia Browns camp.
  • RS60
    Howinquit: Amelia Brown's fish drying camp.
  • RS61
    Smith River: (l. to r.) Sam Barrett, Amelia Brown, Ruth Roberts, 1961.
  • RS62
    Smith River: (l. to r.) Sam Barrett, Amelia Brown, Ruth Roberts, 1961.
  • RS63
    Smith River: (l. to r.) Ruth Roberts, Amelia Brown, Sam Barrett.
  • RS64
    Requa: Reconstruction of the old Brooks house; Jimmy Brooks. A modern print exists with a label in an unknown hand, reading: Jimmy Brooks.
  • RS65
    Requa: Reconstruction of the old Brooks house.
  • RS66
    Requa: Reconstruction of the old Brooks house.
  • RS67
    Indian males.
  • RS68
    Requa: Reconstruction of the old Brooks house.
  • RS69
    Requa: Reconstruction of the old Brooks house.
  • RS70
    An Indian male, an early shot.
  • RS71
    Johnsons: "Sweathouse," an early shot, "ca. 1918." An early print exists with the following label on the reverse: door to sweathouse Johnsons ca. 1918.
  • RS72
    Sweathouse and family graveyard.
  • RS73
    Requa: Two Indian men seated.
  • RS74
    Johnsons: The stone-ended sweathouse with a puppy on it.
  • RS75
    Johnsons: The stone-ended sweathouse.
  • RS76
    Johnsons: Old-fashioned family house.
  • RS77
    Johnsons: Old-fashioned family house.
  • RS78
    Man in a Brush Dance costume holding a dance knife.
  • RS79
    Requa: Indian men with a drum, seated.
  • RS80
    Johnsons: The stone-ended sweathouse.
  • RS81
    A group of White and Indian adults and children.
  • RS82
    Klamath River scene: "Double-ender" canoes.
  • RS83
    A girl at a fence.
  • RS84
    Mrs. Roberts on the beach, lying face down.
  • RS85
    Klamath River scene: "Old-fashioned" canoe along the river bank.
  • RS86
    Klamath River scene: "Double-ender" canoe in use.
  • RS87
    Requa: Small children in front of the doorway of the Brooks' house.
  • RS88
    Klamath River scene: "Double-ender" canoe in use.
  • RS89
    Requa: "Osprey" beached on the Klamath River bar.
  • RS90
    Harry K. Roberts in the woods.
  • RS91
    Klamath Glen (Terwer Flat): Chrome ore being stacked.
  • RS92
    Klamath River scene: Towing and paddling a canoe upriver. Shot was probably taken on a 1918 trip, as were RS23 and RS102. The canoe looks to be the Roberts' "double-ender" canoe.
  • RS93
    Johnsons: Two "old-fashioned" family houses, nearing collapse.
  • RS94
    Sweathouse.
  • RS95
    Harry K. Roberts on log; Yurok woodpile behind.
  • RS96
    Requa: Child dressed up at the doorway of the Brooks' house. An early print exists, with a legend on the reverse in Mrs. Roberts' cursive: Yurok Indian child at door of the old Yurok Indian family house at "Rekwoi", Cal.
  • RS97
    Klamath River Scene: Towing a "double-ender" canoe under sail.
  • RS98
    Yurok woodpile.
  • RS99
    Old Yurok woman.
  • RS100
    Requa: Dad's Camp.
  • RS101
    Klamath River scene: "Double-ender" sailing with farm produce.
  • RS102
    Klamath River scene: "Double-ender" on the river bank.
  • RS103
    Requa: Klamath River mouth.
  • RS104
    A middle-aged couple. [A. R. P.: Actually Ruth Roberts and Samuel Kellett, according to Robert Brogden (RR's nephew). 6/10/87]
  • RS105
    Beach scene.
  • Series: RX1-RX69
  • RX1
    Johnsons: A woman using a shoulder tumpline on Johnsons bar.
  • RX2
    Johnsons: An Indian man [R. Burns: Trinidad Pete ?]
  • RX3
    Johnsons: An Indian man.
  • RX4
    Jonhsons: Stone-ended sweathouse. An early print exists with a label on back reading: door to sweathouse Johnsons ca. 1918.
  • RX5
    A woman holding a baby in a baby basket.
  • RX6
    Boy with a dog.
  • RX7
    Eureka: Captain Crone. Original photograph in an oval mount has a label on back: Captain Krone.
  • RX8
    A northern California coastal scene.
  • RX9
    Indian against a fence. Photo taken by Charles S. Graves.
  • RX10
    Two Indian children against a fence. Photo taken by Charles S. Graves.
  • RX11
    Indian teenage female. Photo probably taken by Charles S. Graves.
  • RX12
    Brush Dance. An early print exists, with a label on back, in what is probably Charles S. Graves' handwriting: Brush Dance.
  • RX13
    Callahan, Calif.: Callahan Ranch Hotel, ca. 1931. Photo by Charles S. Graves.
  • RX14
    Klamath River scene: From a ridge.
  • RX15
    Callahan, Calif.: Callahan Ranch Hotel, ca. 1931.
  • RX16
    Hoopa: Stick game players, ca. 1912. An early postal exists, written on back in the hand of Harry C. Roberts, addressed to: Mr Capt Jack Requa California The message on the left hand side reads: Hoopa June 19, 1913 Dear Sir I will send you a Card and Tell you That I am not comeing down this Summer For I have to much work Frome Harry Campbell The postmark on back reads: Hoopa Cal. JUN 23 7AM 1913.
  • RX17
    Requa: Fish nets drying along a Klamath River channel.
  • RX18
    Requa: A small coaster at the cannery wharf.
  • RX19
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River near Tucker's Rock, ca. '25. An early postal exists, addressed on back in an unknown hand: Mrs H C Roberts 239 Mather Oakland Calif. The message reads: Requa Calif. April 20--1925 Vernon sends his regards to you and Mr Roberts Hoping to see you this summer Cates Bros.
  • RX20
    Somes Bar: Klamath River scene.
  • RX21
    Near Orleans: Klamath River scene.
  • RX22
    Orleans: Hotel.
  • RX23
    Somes Bar: Sugar Loaf at the mouth of the Salmon River.
  • RX24
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River and Dad's Camp, ca. '30. An early postal exists, with a May 20, 1935 Klamath Calif. postmark. The address and message read: D R Jones Hotel Berry Sacramento Sunday 5 P.M. Arrived safely. Country lovely. R.K.R.
  • RX25
    Requa: The cheese factory. Same cabin in white, highest on the hill at the right is the Roberts' family place.
  • RX26
    Requa: Alice Spott (Taylor) in Spott family dresses.
  • RX27
    Requa: Sting ray at the cannery wharf. Cf. RX18.
  • RX28
    Requa: Mouth of the Klamath River in 1926. An early postal exists which has been printed backwards. It shows Tucker's Rock and the mouth of the Klamath River in the early fall of 1926, probably during August or early September of that year. As far as is known, at no other time did the mouth have the form shown in this shot.
  • RX29
    Requa: Jump Dance with Robert Spott at the center. An early postal exists, with the signature on back: Ruth K. Roberts.
  • RX30
    Blue Nose Bridge: Between Somes Bar and Happy Camp.
  • RX31
    Requa: Ruth Roberts in one of the Spott family dresses. Harry Roberts, Jr. notes in seeing this print that his mother had borrowed this Spott family dress to wear to a costume ball. He said that his mother was "playing Indian."
  • RX32
    Coastal scene.
  • RX33
    Requa: Restoration of Brooks' house; Mrs. Roberts in the doorway. A modern print exists with a label on back: Mrs Roberts in doorway.
  • RX34
    Requa: Restoration of the Brooks' house; laying roof boards.
  • RX35
    Requa: Doorway of the Brooks' house, in 1959. Three modern prints exist. One has a label on back in Mrs. Roberts' hand: Front of the house.
  • RX36
    Requa: Restoration of the Brooks' house, in 1959; Mrs. Roberts and group. A modern print exists, which has on back in Mrs. Roberts' cursive: "Out."
  • RX37
    Requa: Restoration of the Brooks' house, Jimmy Brooks. A modern print exists, labelled: Jimmy Brooks.
  • RX38
    Requa: Restoration of the Brooks' house.
  • RX39
    Requa: Restoration of the Brooks' house; Jimmy Brooks. A label in Mrs. Roberts' hand, reads: Alice 1 Margaret 1.
  • RX40
    Requa: Restoration of the Brooks' house, 1959. A modern print exists, with a label in Mrs. Roberts' hand: Alice 1 Roberts 1.
  • RX41
    Crescent City: Mrs. Charles, Margaret Mathews' mother, 1938. A modern print exists, in the hand of Margaret Mathews, reading: To Mrs. Roberts 2/65 A picture of my very wonderful mother. You were always so very nice to her. Margaret Mathews Passage continues at the bottom of the back: Picture taken 1938 at 51 yrs. of age A full Blooded Indian Mother--Nellie Ruben--Yurok Father--Frank Ruben Sr.--Kaurak.
  • RX42
    Klamath River scene, ca. 1918.
  • RX43
    Requa: Restoration of the Brooks' house, 1959. Shown side roof beam. Label by Mrs. Roberts reads: 1 Don Davis Rt 2 Box 260 CC 1 Roberts.
  • RX44
    [blank]
  • RX45
    Requa: Downtown scene.
  • RX46
    The Roberts and the McBeths of Klamath Glen.
  • RX47
    [blank]
  • RX48
    Requa: Teedee Spott Lewis, as a girl of ca. six years old. An early print exists. Label in unknown hand reads: Do you no who is this girl 7 years old now Teedee out side of my house at Requa.
  • RX49
    Coastline.
  • RX50
    Yurok woman.
  • RX51
    Requa: View of the whole town.
  • RX52
    Requa: Klamath River in flood; Safford Island cannery.
  • RX53
    Requa: Reconstruction of the Brooks' house, in 1959.
  • RX54
    Requa: Reconstruction of the Brooks' house, in 1959.
  • RX55
    Requa: Reconstruction of the Brooks' house; Geneva and Mrs. Roberts.
  • RX56
    Requa: Reconstruction of the Brooks' house; Geneva and Mrs. Roberts.
  • RX57
    Requa: Reconstruction of the Brooks' house, in 1959.
  • RX58
    Requa: Geneva Brooks Matz at Brooks' house restoration.
  • RX59
    Crescent City: Mary Gist in the sring of 1959. A modern class picture, reading as part of print at its bottom: School Days 58-59 Pencilled data or signature on back reads: Mee Mary Gist.
  • RX60
    Requa: Restoration of the Brooks' house. A modern print exists, with a label on back in Mrs. Roberts' hand reading: House under construction.
  • RX61
    Requa: Alice Spott (Taylor) at Brooks' house restoration, 1959. Label on back reads: Alice "bossing" the work.
  • RX62
    Requa: Alice Spott (Taylor) at Brooks' house restoration. Label on back reads: Alice Spott Taylor 1 Matz 1 Roberts.
  • RX63
    Pecwan: Jump Dance. An early print exists on thin paper. Stamp on back reads: Pasadena, California GRACE NICHOLSON.
  • RX64
    Pecwan: Jump Dance.
  • RX65
    Woman carrying a baby in a baby basket.
  • RX66
    Requa: Gambling game about 1920. Label reads: Yurok Indian gamboling game--taken about 1920.
  • RX67
    Crescent City Lighthouse: Harry Roberts, Sr.
  • RX68
    Old woman.
  • RX69
    Requa: Restoration of the Brooks' house; Mrs. Roberts in the doorway. Label reads: "Getting out."

Bibliography

Palmquist, Peter E. / The Roberts Collection of California Indian Photographs: A Brief Review. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology. Vol. 5, Nos. 1 and 2, pp. 3-32 (1983)

Pilling, Arnold R. / Mrs. Ruth K. Roberts: In Memory. Del Norte County Historical Society Bulletin. January 15, 1979, pp.3-5

Roberts, Ruth Kellet / Conservation as Formerly Practiced by the Indians in the Klamath River Region. California Fish and Game. Sacramento, October, 1932. Volume 18, No. 4, pp. 283-290

Roberts, Ruth Kellet / "Rekwoi". Part I. Pacific Sportsman. March, 1934. Vol 14, No. 8, pp. 3-4, 31-32 and Part II. Pacific Sportsman. April, 1934. Vol 14, No. 9, pp. 2, 5, 25, 29, 31, 32

Related Works

Schoenrock Photography Collection

Subject Headings

Klamath River
Yurok Indians