Isleta sketches


Date: 1936-1941 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet, 189 items


189 original watercolor and ink drawings of pueblo activities drawn by Joe Bartolo Lente, a resident of Isleta Pueblo of New Mexico. In 1962, 140 of the paintings were published by the Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology entitled Isleta Paintings.

Background note

Elsie Clews Parsons was a sociologist, anthropologist, and folklorist.

Collection Information

Physical description

189 items.

189 items.


Restrictions on Access:

All of the images in this collection have been designated as culturally sensitive or potentially culturally sensitive. Reproduction, including Reading Room photography, is restricted. Please consult the Manuscripts Department for more information.


Presented by the Parsons family and accessioned, 1949.

Related material

See the Elsie Clews Parsons Papers, Ms. Coll. 29, for fuller description and other related materials.

Indexing Terms

Personal Name(s)

  • Lente, Joe Bartolo
  • Lente, Joe Bartolo
  • Parsons, Elsie Worthington Clews, 1875-1941
  • Parsons, Elsie Worthington Clews, 1875-1941


  • Indians of North America -- New Mexico
  • Isleta Indians -- Art
  • Isleta Indians -- Social life and customs
  • Isleta paintings
  • Southwest Indians