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The Burns People and Places Collection encompasses various peoples, cultures, and places worldwide. It houses thousands of photographs, ranging from travel and architecture to ethnology and eugenics. The Archive houses private and commercial images of the men and women who were the undisputed leaders in their fields, from Orville Wright to Frank Lloyd Wright. Part of the collection consists of photographs by ethnologists Curtis, Rinehart, Dixon, and Nowell. From the grand cities of Europe, the ruins of Egypt, and the exotic cultures of the East, the Archive contains thousands of photographs by tourists and natives alike. An extensive collection of hand-colored Japanese photography resulted in numerous exhibitions and the books Geisha: A Photographic History, 1872-1912 and Setting Sun: Painted Photographs of Meiji Japan. 

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