About the Edward H. Davis Collection of Indian Photographs and Drawings
Edward H. Davis (1862-1951) was a long-time resident of Mesa Grande who documented, photographed, studied, and wrote about Indian tribes throughout San Diego County, the Southwest, and Mexico. Over 5,000 images from the E.H. Davis Collection are available online which portray the people, places, and events Davis captured while living in San Diego County and traveling abroad. The bulk of the material in this collection spans from 1903 to 1947 and includes photographs, negatives, lantern slides, photographic postcards, and field notebook pages.
The San Diego History Center strives to provide the most accurate information about these images. We rely on identifying information found in notes on the backs of the photographs, negative envelopes, field notebooks, and associated collections. However, some images remain unidentified or may be listed incorrectly.