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Bill Beaver Collection, 2000-2005


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Beaver, Bill.
Title: Bill Beaver Collection,
Inclusive Dates: 2000-2005
Quantity: 90 photographic images (prints/negatives), one VHS cassette, 0.25 inches textual material
Abstract:In late 2000 and early 2001, Bill Beaver photographed the remnants of several trading posts on the Navajo Reservation with Art Lee. He also communicated with Lee about their trips. In 2005, he videotaped a tour of Hopi Salt Trail Pictographs.
Identification: NAU.PH.2004.34
Language: Material in English
Repository: Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department
Northern Arizona University
Box 6022
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6022
Phone: 928 523-5551
Fax: 928 523-3770

Biographical Note

William T. Beaver (1925-2009) was a trader near the Navajo Reservation in the mid to late twentieth century. He operated the Sacred Mountain Trading Post for several years, and is widely credited with encouraging Navajo potters to bring their work into the mainstream.

Scope and Content

This collection contains 90 photographic images (prints, negatives) from 2000-2001 taken by Bill Beaver and Art Lee of Art Lee Enterprises of the remnants from several trading posts on the Navajo Reservation, including Castle Butte Trading Post, Dilkon Trading Post, Tees Toh Trading Post, Borderland Trading Post, Sunrise Trading Post, Black Mountain Trading Post, Low Mountain Trading Post, Salina Trading Post, Smoke Signal Trading Post, and Bita Hochee Trading Post. Beaver communicated with Lee over a period of time during these visits and included their correspondence as part of the collection. He also took many notes about the trading posts and traders along the way; these are included in the collection. Also included is one VHS cassette of a tour of the Hopi Salt Trail displaying pictographs along the trail, taken in 2005.


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for Northern Arizona University, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

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Preferred Citation

Bill Beaver Collection, NAU.PH.2004.34. Special Collections and Archives. Northern Arizona University. Cline Library. Flagstaff, Arizona.

Bill Beaver Collection, NAU.MI.2005.14. Special Collections and Archives. Northern Arizona University. Cline Library. Flagstaff, Arizona.

Bill Beaver Collection, NAU.PH.478. Special Collections and Archives. Northern Arizona University. Cline Library. Flagstaff, Arizona.

Container List

NAU.PH.2004.34: Trading Post Photographs, 2000-2001
1.1 Castle Butte Trading Post, 2000
1.2 Dilkon Trading Post, 2000
1.3 Tees Toh Trading Post, 2000
1.4 Borderland Trading Post, 2000
1.5 Sunrise Trading Post, 2001
1.6 Black Mountain Trading Post, 2001
1.7 Low Mountain Trading Post, 2001
1.8 Salina Trading Post, 2001
1.9 Smoke Signal Trading Post, 2001
1.10 Bita Hochee Trading Post, 2001
NAU.MI.2005.14: Moving Images (VHS), 2005
NAU.MI.2005.14.1: Hopi Salt Trail Pictographs, 2005
NAU.MS.478: Manuscripts, 2000-2001
1.1 Correspondence with Art Lee and Rebecca Valette, 2000-2001
1.2 Notes on Trading Posts and Traders, 2000-2001