Earl Chester Waggoner (1916-1990) was born in
Oakland CA, on March 19, 1916. The son of a railroad man, Lonnie
Waggoner, and his wife, Edith May Quick
of Ben Hur, CA, Earl spent the first years of his life in Oakland, CA.
As a young man, Earl contracted tuberculosis and left the San
AZ where he attended high school. It was in Arizona
that Earl's curiosity about and love of the Navajo developed.
As an adult he returned to San Francisco to follow
a career in banking, but he never forgot the Navajo. He
studied anthropology at the University of California extension
Francisco and in the spring
and fall, he would return to Arizona and Monument Valley to photograph
the beauty of the land and the simplicity of the people. His
photographs won numerous awards in San Francisco and Chicago
His award winning photographs have been published
by Crocker Bank in San Francisco.
The photographs in this collection are archived
at the Bancroft
Library, University of California, Berkeley.
They have also been
displayed at the Museum
of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ and decorate the
offices of the Navajo
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