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Collection Overview

Creator:
Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Photographs of North American Indians
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/jq085k72z
Dates:
1840-1879
Size:
10 boxes and 13.0 linear feet
Storage Note:

This collection is stored onsite at Firestone Library.

Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of two disbound photograph albums containing 1,025 mounted albumen photographs of North American Indians, including portraits of delegates to Washington, D.C.; expedition photographs; and early Western studio portraits by American photographers. Most of the photographs in the albums are described in William Henry Jackson's Descriptive Catalogue of the Photographs of North American Indians (1877). This collection is included in the Princeton University Digital Library.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Consists of two disbound albums containing 1,025 mounted albumen photographs of North American Indians, including portraits of delegates to Washington, D.C.; expedition photographs; and early Western studio portraits. Also included are photographs of ruins in the American Southwest and Mexico, of Southwestern Indian pottery and implements, and of models of Southwestern ruins. Most of the photographs in the albums are described in William Henry Jackson's Descriptive Catalogue of the Photographs of North American Indians (1877). Manuscript numbering, possibly in Jackson's own hand, matches enumeration in a unique copy of the catalogue at Princeton University. Pages from the DCPNAI are pasted on leaves at the beginning of each volume.

Item-level descriptions that end with the initials PRF were dated or otherwise reviewed by Paula R. Fleming, author of The Shindler Catalogue (Smithsonian 2003) and a photograph specialist familiar with the original negatives.

This collection is included in the Princeton University Digital Library.

Complete list of known photographers: C. M. (Charles Milton) Bell, Mathew B. Brady, Charles William Carter, Savage & Ottinger, W. G. (William Gunnison) Chamberlain, Désiré Charnay, Thomas M. (Thomas Martin) Easterly, Edric L. Eaton, John H. Fitzgibbon, T. M. Galey, Alexander Gardner, John K. Hillers, J. D. Hutton, J. Gurney & Son, Jackson Brothers (Omaha, Neb.), William Henry Jackson, James E. McClees Studio, N. Brown & Son, Savage & Ottinger, A. Zeno (Antonio Zeno) Shindler, C. S. Stobie, Ulke Brothers, Orloff R. Westmann, Joel E. (Joel Emmons) Whitney.

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged by volume and leaf number into ten boxes. Volume 1 (leaves i-iv, 1-99) is arranged in boxes 1-5, Volume 2 (leaves i-iv, 1-91) in boxes 6-10.

Collection Creator Biography:

American photographer, artist and explorer, William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) is known for his iconic Indian portraits and landscape photographs of the American West. After working for the Union Pacific Railroad and the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) throughout the 1870s, Jackson moved to Denver in 1879 and opened a commercial studio. There he continued to photograph the West, taking on many side projects photographing for hotels and railroad companies like the Mexican Central, New York Central, and the Baltimore & Ohio.

American photographer, artist and explorer, William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) is known for his iconic Indian portraits and landscape photographs of the American West. After working for the Union Pacific Railroad and the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) throughout the 1870s, Jackson moved to Denver in 1879 and opened a commercial studio. There he continued to photograph the West, taking on many side projects photographing for hotels and railroad companies like the Mexican Central, New York Central, and the Baltimore & Ohio.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Prof. William Libbey, Class of 1877, Department of Geology, circa 1895-1897. Accession numbers AM 125286 and AM 125287.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was identified, researched, and described by Heather Shannon in 2005, with further research and description by Valerie Addonizio in 2009. Finding aid written by Valerie Addonizio in 2012. Researcher Paula R. Fleming also provided date and attribution information on specific items.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Photographs of North American Indians; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/jq085k72z
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184

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Alternative Form Available:

This material is available in digital format at the Princeton University Digital Library.

Where dates and other descriptive information differ, this finding aid should be considered the most recent information available.

Publication Note:

Descriptive and historical notes of the Bureau of American Ethnology Collection of Glass Negatives at the National Anthropological Archives, accessed online at http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/guide/_b3.htm in 2010 and 2012. Descriptive and historical notes of Manuscript 4420 in the Bureau of American Ethnology-United States National Museum Collection of Indian Photographs, accessed online at http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/guide/appx_g.htm in 2010 and 2012. Fleming, Paula R. Native American Photography at the Smithsonian: The Shindler Catalogue. Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Books, 2003. Jackson, William H., and F. V. Hayden. Descriptive Catalogue of the Photographs of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories for the Years 1869 to 1875, Inclusive, Miscellaneous Publications, Number 5. Washington: G.P.O., 1875. Jackson, William H. Descriptive Catalogue of the Photographs of North American Indians, United States Geological Survey of the Territories, Miscellaneous Publications, Number 9. Washington: G.P.O., 1877.

Subject Terms:
Indians of Mexico -- Photographs.
Indians of North America -- Photographs.
Genre Terms:
Albumen prints.
Ethnographic photographs.
Portrait photographs.