James Baenen Native American Slides, 1962-1979

Overview of the Collection

Baenen, James A., 1938-2017
James Baenen Native American Slides
1962-1979 (inclusive)
0.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 Box), (1190 Items)
Collection Number
PC 193 (collection)
Photographic slides depicting Native American life, some original and some reproductions of other materials. Of most interest are likely original archeological slides in the northwest and southwest series.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James “Jim” Anthony Baenen (July 2, 1938-Oct. 5, 2017) received a B.A. from the University of Idaho before getting an M.A. in Anthropology at Washington State University in 1965. His WSU thesis dealt with hunting and fishing rights of the Nez Perce Indians. Baenen became a professor of Anthropology at Seattle Central Community College.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collections consists of slides of and relating to Native Americans. Included are personal slides as well as commercial slides; these were apparently used both in his own research and for instruction purposes. About half of the slides are labeled with additional information, often including sources (for the reproductions) or dates.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

James Baenen Native American Slides, 1962-1979 (PC 193)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The slides are housed in slide sheets, each holding up to 20 slides, and each individual slide sheet came from a single source in the original organization (i.e. no slide sheets were combined in processing). Those original sources were combined and organized into several series which are organized alphabetically by geographic region, and then alphabetically by subject within those. The few non-geographic materials, as well as unidentified sets, are located at the end. Dates are given in the folder descriptions below only for original photographs, and only where they could be determined.

Acquisition Information

James Dunne purchased these slides at at Jim Baenen’s estate sale in Lynnwood, WA on June 13th, 2019. He donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) on August 24th, 2020, where they were retained as UPC 20-02.

Processing Note

University Archivist Mark O’English processed this collection in January, 2021. The slides were originally received as six slide carousels (each holding up to 140 slides), three plastic slide cases (each up to 36 slides), twenty-one small boxes of slides (each up to 40 slides), and 22 loose sheets of slides (each up to 20 slides). Those not already in slide sheets were rehoused, making every attempt to retain their original order. All materials were retained in processing, excepting one sheet labeled “dark” which was too dark to be usable, one sheet of Smithsonian exhibit photographs, and one sheet of modern and unrelated motorcycle images.

Related Materials

James Baenen Nez Perce Audio Recordings, 1963 (Cage 938)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1: NorthwestReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Ozette. From filmstrip.
57 items
1 2
9 items
1 3
Plateau archaeology. 1962, 1968.
42 items
1 4
Skagit dig.
11 items
1 5
St. John. WSU mammoth dig. 1962.
10 items
1 6
Swinomish fish trap. Snee-oosh Point. 1973.
102 items
1 7
Swinomish. Lone Tree Point, 1973.
35 items
1 8
Yakima. Appears to be from filmstrip: Indians of Eastern Washington Today, Part 1, by J.W. Thompson.
46 items

Series 2: SouthwestReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 9
Cliff dwellings. 1972-1973.
140 items
1 10
Navajo. 1972-1978.
119 items
1 11
Photographs by Adam Clark Vroman (reproductions from originals created 1895-1904).
65 items
1 12
Pueblo. 1972-1979.
107 items
1 13
Taos. 1972-1974.
37 items

Series 3: Other regionsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 14
Eastern woodlands.
25 items
1 15
"KOT 2." 1970. (Far northern; only label is "oogruk!" This might be related to Netsilik?)
25 items
1 16
Nepal. 1977.
7 items
1 17
11 items
1 18
64 items

Series 4: Non-geographic setsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 19
Native American art.
219 items
1 20
Unlabeled sets.
59 items

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Indians of North America -- Photographs

Personal Names

  • Baenen, James A., 1938-2017 -- Archives.