The National Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with the National Anthropological Archives, has recently placed the James E. Taylor Album online for ready access. James E. Taylor was a professional artist who worked throughout the last four decades of the nineteenth century, supplying numerous national newspapers with illustrations and drawings based on on-site descriptions and first-hand observations. Over his long career, Taylor collected photographs and newspaper clippings, which he compiled into scrapbooks, along with various letters and other printed ephemera. Taylor's eye for thematic organization is demonstrated by some of the highlighted scrapbook pages available for inspection on the Web site, including those dealing with gold mining, frontier life, and the Meeker tragedy. Visitors to the site can look at any of the 748 images contained here in detail, or browse through the different album pages. The site is rounded out by an extended biographical essay about Taylor and his work, which illuminates his role in creating the popular (and largely mythical) image of the West and its inhabitants.
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