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Awat'ovi photograph collection

Identifier: ARC-AWO

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of eight photographs from the excavations at Awat'ovi on the Hopi Indian Reservation. The photographs feature members of the excavation party and many are labeled with names. Captions for the photographs follow:

1: Earl H. Morris and A. V. "Ted" Kidder seated outside a doorway.
2: Unidentified young child, Al Lancaster, J. O. Brew, and Evelyn Brew standing next to car and open gate.
3a: Group photo with tents in background. J. O. Brew seated in armchair center foreground.
3b: Verso side of photo 3a showing a list of people pictured.
4: Al Lancaster with pith helmet.
5: Two unidentified men sitting on trench walls.
6: E. B. Sayles, Charles Amsden, A. V. Kidder, Emil Haury, unidentified, and J. O. Brew.
7: Hattie Cosgrove, an unidentified woman, and Evelyn Brew with sun hats on site.
8: Charlie Foote and Everette Harris engaged in a boxing match.


  • Creation: 1936-1939


Historical Note

Awat'ovi (also spelled Awatovi, Awatobi, Ahua-tuby, A-wa-to-bi, Aguatubi) is an archaeological site on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Northeastern Arizona. The Peabody Museum at Harvard University sponsored excavations at the site between 1935 and 1939. Excavations were supervised by J. O. (John Otis) Brew.


8 photographs

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Custodial History

These photographs were taken by Hattie Cosgrove, supervisor of pottery analysis at the excavation. Charlie Foote (a camp assistant at the excavation) acquired them, presumably as a gift from Hattie, and subsequently sold them to Don Woodard. Don Woodard donated the photographs to the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History in 1982.

Processing Information

Will Gregg and Ashley Muggli processed this collection in April 2022. The collection was created from materials previously arranged in the Earl H. Morris papers. It came to Will's attention that these photographs might relate to Awatovi and might have a provenance not related to Morris. Ashley confirmed this suspicion through research and also identified the chain of custody for the photographs.

Finding aid to the Awat'ovi photograph collection.
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Finding aid in English.
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This is the first edition of this finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the CU Museum of Natural History Repository

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