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A. W. Peters Glass Negative Collection No. 236


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A self-taught photographer, A. W. Peters (1866-1959) produced a remarkable body of images throughout his lifetime. In 1895-96, Peters was hired by engineer John Eastwood to photograph the power plant’s construction near the North Fork of the San Joaquin River. During these months in the Sierra mountains, Peters made friends with the Mono (Monache) Indians and, because of these friendships, he was able to record a series of images detailing their lifestyle during a period of transition. Of particular note are the bark and grass dwellings, basketry, and individual/group portraits.