Dedicated to the Legacy and Preservation of Edward Curtis




“A very worthwhile project is being realized with great success, and I am so pleased to be able to promise access to this stunning, modern, yet soon-to-be classic, edition to students and researchers who come to Harvard from all over the world to use our library collections.”
—Janet Steins, Tozzer Library, Harvard University



“Little Earth is the only Native preference housing community in the nation. It is a vibrant Minneapolis community that also faces systemic, multigenerational challenges. Average annual household income is less than $5,500 and unemployment is approximately 90 %. Links to our cultural roots and identities are weak. We have discovered that one of the primary keys to healing is reconnecting with our culture, heritage and identity. For us, real change must start with knowing who we are and from where we come. The work of Edward Curtis remains of singular importance in this regard. It is through his artistry and his collaboration with Native people that we are allowed to see who we really are. His unique gifts and perspective give us insight into our own identities and allow us to witness and reclaim pride in being Native. For the Little Earth community to have access to, and to preserve for future generations, the work of Edward Curtis, would be of great benefit and a privilege. Powerful images of our ancestors which show us their humanity and true selves is something that can be used to teach and inform, and to heal and grow. Having access to the rich and extensive text about our history, culture, and identities would provide current and future generations with a resource of extraordinary and lasting value.
– Ethan Flatten, Development Director of Little Earth Community

“For readers interested in Curtis’ words as well as in his pictures, the elegant and clear typographical redesign of the text makes the new Cardozo edition much easier to read. It is evident that a great deal of thought and care and love have been poured into this ambitious project and Mr. Cardozo and his team should be very proud of their accomplishment.”
– Scott Krafft, Curator, McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University




“I wanted you and your Republication team to know how pleased the Seattle Public Library is with its acquisition of your new edition of The North American Indian. It will make an important and valuable addition to Special Collections. It will enhance the preservation of our original Set, significantly increase access for broader audiences, and make more efficient use of our staff resources. You have made important improvements to the layout, design and readability of the text … Everyone wants to see the images, but the narrative is so important – anything that encourages people to pause and read it is good. The cost of this new edition is 1-2 % of an original Set of The North American Indian and will over time play an important supportive role in bringing Curtis to a much wider audience.”
– Jodee Fenton, Manager of Special Collections, Seattle Public Library

“In terms of elegance and sumptuousness, what the Cardozo Fine Art team has accomplished can stand alongside the parent edition as a worthy successor thereto. Its sensuous, tactile qualities evoke exactly the immersive experience that Curtis intended to deliver to those who read its texts and engaged with its images. An artisanal landmark, this new edition offers as beautiful an approximation as one can imagine of a hands-on, eyes-on encounter with Curtis’ masterpiece in its original form.”
—A.D. Coleman, Photographic Critic & Historian


“Having direct access to the Edward S. Curtis Collection is a privilege and opportunity that cannot be over-estimated. Putting this type of resource in the hands of students energizes them and allows them to have a unique window into the past.  As a teacher, I’m over the moon about this collection and I can’t wait to see how my students will use them to enhance their historical thinking. The ability of students to examine historical photographs, to understand what is in the frame, what is not in the frame, and why and how images are composed the way there are is particularly relevant to understanding media today.”

                                                  – Guy Elliott on the Reference Edition