Dates: 1900-1930

Product: 20 bound volumes of text and photogravures (images made with an engraved printing process) with 20 folio volumes of photogravure plates

Research: Curtis and his assistants

Some of the regions visited by Curtis during the North American Indian Project
Some of the regions visited by Curtis during the North American Indian Project
  • made 40,000 photographs
  • transcribed 350 myths and legends
  • recorded 10,000 pieces of music and speech in 75 languages
  • traveled 40,000 miles (64,372 km)
  • made a feature length film to fund the Project
  • studied and photographed more than 70 Indian tribes in the western third of the United States, Canada, and Alaska. Curtis fell short of his goal to research all of the several hundred North American Indian tribes.

Total Cost: estimated $1.5 million

Finances: The chief means of support was the sale of prepaid orders (subscriptions) of sets of books and prints at $3,000 per set. Curtis sold only 300 of the 500 subscriptions he had hoped to sell, leaving the Project in debt. Other funds came from loans, donations, lecture fees, and Curtis's other jobs. J.P. Morgan and his family also provided substantial help.