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Photographic & Nonprint Collections

The Edward S. Curtis Collection

Curtis, Edward S.The North American Indian, being a series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of the United States and Alaska. New York (printed in Cambridge, Massachussetts: Edward S. Curtis), 1907-30. 40 Volumes (20 quarto text volumes and 20 portfolios of plates). The text volumes include over 1,500 photographs. The portfolios include a total of 723 mounted prints.

Although 500 sets of this work were projected, the actual number of sets that were printed and sold is assumed to have been 280 sets. A monumental work, Curtis' North American Indian Portfolio is considered to be the finest and most valuable ever done on the American and Alaskan Indian and Eskimo. It is the most comprehensive work on the Native American Indian as well as a landmark in the history of photography.

The Disney Collection

This collection of 24 original cel paintings are from some of the early Disney films. While some of the items are undated, all were acquired before 1946. The cels were a gift to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Children's Department from Judge Sara M. Soffel.

All of the cels were framed in the 30's and 40's and have a label on the dust cover attesting to their provenance (Walt Disney Studios) and to the fact that all remaining cels were destroyed by Disney Studios.

This group of cels includes scenes from the following movies; Snow White, The Society Dog Show, Fantasia, Pinocchio, Dumbo and Snow White.