Western History books from Bored Feet Press

Do you want to know more about the history of photography in the Western USA? From Native Americans to Chinese Americans to Italian Americans in the Western USA, you'll find fascinating reading and research material with these selections from Bored Feet Press.

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Elusive Truth:
Four Photographers at Manzanar

Ansel Adams, Clem Albers,
Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake

by Gerald H. Robinson
Introduction by Archie Miyatake

In 1942 the United States government declared 110,000 American Japanese residents of the U.S. a threat to national security and incarcerated them in eleven relocation camps around the country. This book tells the story of one such camp, Manzanar, located near Lone Pine in the Owens Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Bury My Bones in America

The Saga of a Chinese Family

by Lani Ah Tye Farkas

One of the few published histories of a Chinese family in America, this book provides a rare glimpse of dynamic people who came to America from China during one of the most colorful times in our history. Through the Gold Rush, Tong Wars, early San Francisco, the 1906 Earthquake, gambling and opium dens, and a role in international diplomacy, the Ah Tye family was at the forefront of monumental change in California.

Great Spirit

North American Indian Portraints

by Edward McAndrews

Portraits of Native Americans by little-known photographers.

Searching for Joaquin

Myth, Murieta and History in California

Bruce Thornton

This fascinating, though-provoking and ground- breaking book has so very much to offer—enough history and myth to enthrall any Californian or any student of its chaotic early history—the great human influx and clash of cultures of the Gold Rush, the dastardly deeds of outlaw gangs, revenge for injustice, vigilantism, romance and passion, crooked politicians, shoot-outs between posses and their prey, and an ending worthy of a carnival sideshow.

An Everyday History of Somewhere

Ray Raphael

This classic award-winning people's history of California's north coast is an evocative blend of oral history and narrative. These stories resonate with truth for anyone who has ever visited the area. As the subtitle says “Being the true story of Indians, deer, homesteaders, potatoes, loggers, trees, fishermen, salmon, and other living things in the back woods of Northern California.

Little White Father

Redick McKee on the California Frontier

by Ray Raphael

If U.S. Indian Agent Redick McKee had succeeded in his 1850s efforts, the bloodshed against Native Americans would have stopped and natives and immigrants might have lived in peace, leading to a more equitable multicultural society.

The Savage View

Charles Savage, Pioneer Mormon Photographer

by Bradley W. Richards, M.D.

The only full length biography of an excellent western photographer who emigrated to Utah in 1855, then captured more than 50 years of western landscapes, faces,and places. Savage took the most famous images of the 1869 Golden Spike ceremony completing the transcontinental railroad.

The Remarkable Carlo Gentile

Pioneer Italian Photographer

by Cesare Marino

This book tells the intriguing story of Buffalo Bill's first Wild West Show photographer. The Italian photographer Carlo Gentile left his native land at age 21 and traveled around the world, landing in San Francisco in the 1850s.


California Photographer (1879–1957)

by Peter Palmquist; Researched and edited by Susan Herzig and Paul Hertzmann

This beautiful book is the first about an influential, superb California photographer widely published in his day and the winner of numerous prizes and honors.

The Lovely Sea View

A Study of the Marine Photographs
Published by Gustave Le Gray, 1856-1858

by Ken Jacobson

This important monograph on the photographer Le Gray was published in a limited edition. Gorgeous duotones and extraordinary detective work transport the reader into the world of French and English art photography in the 1850s.

Humble Work and Mad Wanderings

Street Life in the Machine Age

by Ken Appollo

This remarkable book presents fascinating images from an impassioned photo-historian of street life. Striking images and stories depict street people from the last half of the 19th century and the early 20th century.

Photographers in Arizona 1850–1920

A History and Directory

by Jeremy Rowe

This book presents a 70-year visual history of a legendary land, an exciting window into one of the most colorful periods and places in our western heritage.

Biographies of Western Photographers

Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West

by Carl Mautz

This monumental work covers 15,000+ 19th century photographers who worked in 27 western states and Canadian provinces. A must for researchers, it includes a text on collecting old photographs, plus an alphabetical index by state, province or category of all photographers listed.

Woodleaf Legacy

Story of a California Gold Rush Town

by Rosemary Mossinger

This lively history, told in engaging style, describes life in a small northern Sierra town. The author begins with the native Maidu village, then documents the fur traders, the early mines that birthed the town, through years of resorts, stagecoaches and stage robbers, social life, toll roads and lumbering.

Thirty Years Ago 1849–1879

Gold Rush Memories of a Daguerrotype Artist

by George Dornin

A forty-niner and photographer spins his true life Gold Rush story. Edited by renowned photo historian Peter Palmquist.

Ohio Photographers 1839–1900

A History and Directory

by Diane VanSkiver Gagel

Winner of the 1998 U.S.Grant Award for Genealogical Research Aide, this is the story of Ohio's visual history, from the earliest images in 1839 until the dawning of the 20th century.

American Photographic Patents

The Daguerrotype & Wet Plate Era 1840-1880

by Janice G. Schimmelman

This new book lists invention and design patents pertaining to a wide range of photographic processes, equipment and methodology. The book will be of great interest to scholars, researchers and collectors of patents, early photographic equipment and images, and anyone interested in the history of photography

William Henry Jackson

An Annotated Bibliography 1862–1995

by Thomas H. Harrell

An essential resource on a great western photographer.

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