Collection 121 - Roland Reed collection

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Roland Reed collection

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8 photographs : sepia and b&w prints

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(June 22, 1864 – December 14, 1934)

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Roland W. Reed was an American artist and photographer. Born in Wisconsin, he held a variety of jobs that took him throughout the western United States - including work on railways, sawmills, and as an Associated Press photographer. It was not until the age of 43 that he devoted his time to photographing Native Americans in the western United States. This is the work that he is best known. It is typically described as being pictorialist in nature.

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Collection consists of photographic prints by Roland Reed, featuring Native Americans and scenery of the western United States.

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Photographs donated to archives by Linda Borton Alexander. They were given to her by her parents, Joan and Joseph Borton, who had received them from her grandfather, Bayard Taylor. It is not certain who gave them to her grandfather. He most likely received the photographs from Reed himself or from one of Reed's friends or relatives.


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Created May 2016 by Katie Ferrante

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  • Box: Oversized 29