Plate Covers

Plate covers are hand-made envelopes individually created to store the copper photogravure plates used in the printing of The North American Indian. Each plate had a separate cover that included a now well-worn envelope, a proof print attached to the front, and hand-written notations listing the title, copyright date, volume number, printing notes, and other relevant details. Some include ink thumbprints of the printers and other evidence of the printing process. Each cover and proof print is unique, and we are very fortunate to have a small collection of these important historical items. 

Two Hopi women care for melon plants that have been carefully maintained in the sandy plains of Arizona.

A Melon Field

Two Hopi women care for melon plants that have been carefully maintained in the sandy plains of Arizona.

1920

Image Dimensions: 4 1/8 x 7 7/16 in. (10.48 x 18.89 cm

Published in volume 12

Cover Dimensions: 6 7/16 x 8 11/16 in. (16.35 x 22.07 cm.)

A Yokut woman gathers reeds along a rocky shore.

Among the Tules - Yokuts

A Yokut woman gathers reeds along a rocky shore.

1924

Image Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 5 3/8 in. (18.42 x 13.65 cm.)

Published in volume 14

Cover Dimensions: 10 3/8 x 8 5/8 in. (26.35 x 21.91 cm.)

Kwakiutl (traditionally known as Kwakwaka’wakw) men prepare for a journey in a large ocean-going canoe.

Embarking

Kwakiutl (traditionally known as Kwakwaka’wakw) men prepare for a journey in a large ocean-going canoe.

1914

Image Dimensions: 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (13.34 x 19.05 cm.)

Published in volume 10

Cover Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 in. (21.59 x 27.94 cm.)

Hopi women fire clay pottery in a small wood fire kiln.

Firing Pottery

Hopi women fire clay pottery in a small wood fire kiln.

1920

Image Dimensions: 4 15/16 x 7 3/8 in. (12.54 x 18.73 cm.)

Published in volume 12

Cover Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 10 1/16 in. (20.48 x 25.56 cm.)

A group of Hopi flute dancers look toward their pueblo.

Flute Dancers Returning to Walpi

A group of Hopi flute dancers look toward their pueblo.

1905

Image Dimensions: 4 7/8 x 7 3/8 in. (12.38 x 18.73 cm.)

Published in volume 12

Cover Dimensions: 8 x 10 1/16 in. (20.32 x 25.56 cm.)

San Juan Pueblo hunters perform a dance before going on a hunt,

Good-Luck Dance by San Juan hunters

San Juan Pueblo hunters perform a dance before going on a hunt,

1925

Image Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 7 5/8 in. (13.97 x 19.37 cm.)

Published in volume 17

Cover Dimensions: 8 3/8 x 10 1/16 in. (21.27 x 25.56 cm.)

Inupiaq whale hunters venture out in a large ocean-going canoe.

Start of the Whale Hunt - Cape Prince of Wales

Inupiaq whale hunters venture out in a large ocean-going canoe.

1927

Image Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (13.97 x 19.05 cm.)

Published in volume 20

Cover Dimensions: 8 7/16 x 10 7/16 in. (21.43 x 26.51 cm.)

Hopi Katsina dancers perform around a well at Hano, Arizona

Súmaikuli Katsina at Hano

Hopi Katsina dancers perform around a well at Hano, Arizona

1921

Image Dimensions: 5 1/4 x 7 3/8 in. (13.34 x 18.73 cm.)

Published in volume 12

Cover Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 10 in. (20.96 x 25.40 cm.)

An exterior view of the plaza at Walpi, Arizona, with thee turkeys in the foreground.

The Plaza at Walpi

An exterior view of the plaza at Walpi, Arizona, with thee turkeys in the foreground.

1920

Image Dimensions: 5 5/16 x 6 9/16 in. (13.49 x 16.67 cm.)

Published in volume 12

Cover Dimensions: 7 3/16 x 7 5/8 in. (18.26 x 19.37 cm.)

An old Native man sits on a rocky ledge above Crater Lake, Oregon

Thinking of the Old Days - Klamath

An old Native man sits on a rocky ledge above Crater Lake, Oregon

1923

Image Dimensions: 5 3/4 x 7 7/16 in. (14.61 x 18.89 cm.)

Published in volume 13

Cover Dimensions: 8 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (20.64 x 25.72 cm.)

San Juan Pueblo women winnow wheat in a courtyard.

Winnowing Wheat - San Juan

San Juan Pueblo women winnow wheat in a courtyard.

1905

Image Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 7 7/16 in. (13.97 x 18.89 cm.)

Published in volume 17

Cover Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 10 7/16 in. (20.96 x 26.51 cm.)