The North American Indian – The Vanishing Race represents the life work of Edward Sheriff Curtis, a massive nearly 40-year project, financed by JP Morgan and sponsored by President Theodore Roosevelt. The endeavor required Curtis to trek through the American West with wagons and cameras to document "The Vanishing Race" of Native American Tribes.
The work is published in twenty volumes of narrative text and ‘small’ photogravure images. Four additional volumes of ‘large’ photogravure images accompany these twenty volumes.
The first volume of the twenty volumes was published in 1907, and the final volume of the twenty volumes was published in 1930.The entire publication may be viewed online at the Digital Library Collections at Northwestern University.