Recognized within academic circles as a scholar and writer on Navajo religious ceremonials, Franc Johnson Newcomb’s documentation of Navajo art and culture – writing, lecturing, reproduction of sand paintings and photographs, has made a significant impact on Southwestern studies.

Her work, abetted by her friendship with Navajo leader Hosteen Klah, has been instrumental in the preservation of Navajo culture.

Newcomb’s legacy, and that of the Navajo culture has been preserved in her collection of over 200 photographs taken form the time she spent with the Navajo people.