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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Turquoise Room

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Turquoise Room
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This photograph shows from left to right: artists Pop Chalee (Merina Lujan) and Chief Edward Lee Natay with Jimmy McHugh, noted song writer and president of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, inside the "Turquoise Room" aboard the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super Chief. Pop Chalee and Natay worked as artists and good will ambassadors for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's advertisement

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's advertisement
Creator: Villa, Hernando Gonzallo, 1881-1952
Date: Between 1926 and 1936
This photograph shows a Navajo Indian viewing the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The illustration is a Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company advertisement.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's track crew, Arizona

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's track crew, Arizona
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: October 1978
These five colored slides show a group of Navajo Indian workers, from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's track crew, repairing a rail line in Arizona.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's track crew, Arizona

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's track crew, Arizona
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: October 1978
These five colored slides show a group of Navajo Indian workers from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's track crew repairing a rail line in Arizona.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company employees

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company employees
Creator: Bradley, R. Collins
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This photograph shows two Navajo Indian workers from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company listening to a tape recorder during a possible class on railcars.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company employees

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company employees
Creator: Bradley, R. Collins
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This photograph shows two Navajo Indian workers from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company with instructor Brugge after a possible class on railcars.


Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company train, New Mexico

Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company train, New Mexico
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1960
This colored slide shows an Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company TOFC (trailer on flat car) train in northern New Mexico. A Navajo weaver is in the foreground.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company worker

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company worker
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This black and white photograph shows a Navajo Indian from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company working on a tie replacement project in Oro Grande, California.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company workers

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company workers
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This black and white photograph shows workers from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company maintaining tracks at an unidentified location. The men have been identified from left to right as: Oscar Lorenzo from the Acoma Indian tribe and Ray Jonson from the Navajo Indian tribe.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company workers

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company workers
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This black and white photograph shows a group of Navajo Indian workers from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company. The men are using racine hand tampers to tamp ballast along a new rail line near Edwards Air Force Base in California.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company workers

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company workers
Creator: Bradley, R. Collins
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This photograph shows a group of Navajo Indians from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company during a possible class on railcars. Some of the material that the men are reading include: Popular Mechanics, Science and Mechanics and National Geographic.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company workers

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company workers
Creator: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows a group of Navajo Indians from the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company during a possible class on railcars.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company workers, Gallup, New Mexico

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company workers, Gallup, New Mexico
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This black and white photograph shows a group of Navajo Indians shifting rails into proper alignment near Gallup, New Mexico, for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company.


Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: 1928-1938
Louis Palenske photographed Canyon de Chelly, located in the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, while on a photographic excursion through northern New Mexico and northern Arizona. The Navajo people, and before them the Hopi and the ancient Pueblo civilizations lived in the canyon for over 5,000 years. The canyon was designated as a National Monument in 1931. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


"Drumhead" of the Santa Fe Super Chief

"Drumhead" of the Santa Fe Super Chief
Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall
Date: Between 1937 and 1957
A exterior view of the Santa Fe Super Chief "Drumhead" with a tribal member of the Navajo Nation standing nearby. The logo of the "Drumhead" often adorned the ends of the observation cars on the Super Chief. The streamlined train built by the Budd company in late 1936 traveled once a week on a round trip between Chicago Illinois and Los Angeles, California. The Super Chief comprised eight cars that included: a baggage car, a dining car called the "Cochiti", a lounge car know as the "Acoma", and sleeping cars know as the "Orabi", "Taos", "Laguna", "Isleta" and the "Navajo".


Karl Menninger, M.D.  with members of the Navajo Indian Conference

Karl Menninger, M.D. with members of the Navajo Indian Conference
Date: 1978
Photographs taken in Dr. Karl Menninger's office during the Navajo Indian Conference. His office was in the Neiswanger Building on Menninger West Campus, Topeka, Kansas.


Little Colorado Canyon near Cameron, Arizona

Little Colorado Canyon near Cameron, Arizona
Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: 1928-1938
The Little Colorado River canyon is a very deep, narrow gorge formed by the Little Colorado River, a tributary which dumps into the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The Little Colorado River Gorge is often called the Grand Canyon East and is located in the Navajo Nation. Louis Palenske photographed this view of the canyon with his Korona Panoramic View Camera. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Navajo Tribal Fair

Navajo Tribal Fair
Creator: Erb, Don
Date: Between 1959 and 1960
This black and white photograph shows members of the Navajo Indian Tribe buying chance for a 1959 GMC truck at the Navajo Tribal Fair.


Navajo Tribal Fair

Navajo Tribal Fair
Creator: Erb, Don
Date: Between 1959 and 1961
This black and white photograph shows spectators watching the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's inter-tribal band at the Navajo Tribal Fair. The band was organized in 1923 when three Native American musicians performed during a company picnic at the Santa Fe shops in Winslow, Arizona, later referred to as the "Santa Fe All Indian Band." Members consisted primarily of employees from the Santa Fe Railroad and representatives from as many as twelve Native American tribes. The band performed at a number of functions across the country including President Dwight Eisenhower's inaugural parade. In 1964, the band disbanded due to the lack of members.


Navajo Tribal Fair

Navajo Tribal Fair
Creator: Erb, Don
Date: Between 1959 and 1960
This black and white photograph shows bronc riding at the Navajo Tribal Fair.


Navajo Tribal Fair

Navajo Tribal Fair
Creator: Erb, Don
Date: Between 1959 and 1960
This black and white photograph shows a member of the Navajo Indian tribe demonstrating the art of sand painting at the Navajo Tribal Fair.


Navajo Tribal Fair

Navajo Tribal Fair
Creator: Erb, Don
Date: Between 1959 and 1960
This black and white photograph shows E. L. Duggan, System Superintendent of Safety for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company, and A. M. Hansen, Assistant to the Superintendent of Safety, at the Navajo Tribal Fair.


Navajo Tribal Fair, Window Rock, Arizona

Navajo Tribal Fair, Window Rock, Arizona
Creator: Erb, Don
Date: 1953
This black and white photograph shows a Navajo women attempting to fry bread during the Navajo Tribal Fair in Window Rock, Arizona.


Navajo Wand Dancers

Navajo Wand Dancers
Creator: Bradley, R. Collins
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows a group of Navajo Wand Dancers waiting to participate in a parade in Gallup, New Mexico.


Navajo Wand Dancers

Navajo Wand Dancers
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows two Navajo Wand Dancers possibly preparing for the inter tribal parade held in Gallup, New Mexico.


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