Contents and Arrangement

Iron Wing, Sioux chief, 1879

1 item

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Warning

Dehumanizing and harmful descriptions using racist, colonialist, and sexist language were used to describe many of the items in this collection. In most cases, descriptions were creator-supplied. In other cases, in which photographs lacked identifying information, descriptions were created by an archivist. However, the collection is a candidate for ongoing reparative description work. We hope that researchers will engage in a dialogue with staff about issues in the collection and changes that could help.

Scope and Contents

Title from printed caption. Inventory number "24" hand-inked on image and corresponding to caption, likely cut from Choate's "Indian Pictures" catalogue. Attribution and date information from glass-plate negative at the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. Image appears on leaf with manuscript title "Indian Training School. Carlisle, PA. Capt. Pratt in charge."


The collection is arranged by folio (determined by manuscript foliation) into three boxes. Folio 1 (leaves 1-19) is in Box 1, Folio 2 is in Box 2 (leaves 1-17) and Box 3 (leaves 18-32).

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was 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.

The existence of harmful language was noted in the collection-level description note by Faith Charlton in 2023 as an initial step per reparative description-related work.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Iron Wing, Sioux chief; Sheldon Jackson Collection of Indian Photographs, WC055, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box 3

Find More


Jackson, Sheldon. Alaska, and Missions on the North Pacific Coast. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1880. 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:
Dakota Indians
Catholic Church
United States Indian school Carlisle, Pa.
Sheldon Jackson College (Sitka, Alaska)
Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology.
Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942