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George V. Allen photograph collection of American Indians and the American frontier, circa 1860-1935

Allen, George V
Barker, George 1844-1894
Barry, D. F (David Francis) 1854-1934
Batchelder, B. P (Benjamin Pierce) 1826-1891
Bates, Edw (Edward)
Beaman, Edward O
Bell, C. M (Charles Milton) approximately 1849-1893
Bell, William 1830-1910
Benecke, Robert
Bennett, H. H (Henry Hamilton) 1843-1908
Bierstadt, Charles 1819-1903
Blessing, S. T
Blosser, J. A
Bonine, Elias A. 1843-1916
Brockham, William of Morris, Minnesota
Brown, William Henry 1844-1886
Brubaker, C. B
Buehman, Henry 1851-1912
Calfee, H. B (Henry Bird) 1848-1912
Carbutt, John 1832-1905
Carter, C. W
Chamberlain, W. G (William Gunnison)
Chase, D. B (Dana B.)
Childs, B. F (Brainard F.) ca. 1841-1921
Choate, J. N (John N.) 1848-1902
Clark, George A (George Alfred) 1936-
Climo, John Saunders
Cobb, William Henry 1859-1909
Conklin, E (Enoch)
Cozzens, Samuel Woodworth 1834-1878
Croft, Thomas
Cross, W. R. (William R.)
Currier, Frank fl. 1890-1909
Curtis, Edward S. 1868-1952
Curtis, George E. 1830-1910
Cushing, W. H. fl. 1870-1889
Davis, S. fl. 1860-1880
Doremus, John P. 1827-1890
Eaton, E. L (Edric L.) b. ca. 1836
Ebell, Adrian J (Adrian John) 1840-1877
Eisenmann, Charles b. 1850
Flanders, Dudley P
Forsyth, N. A (Norman A.) 1869-1949
Fouch, John H. 1849-1933
Godkin, William R
Gardner, Alexander 1821-1882
Goodell, Abner Cheney 1831-1914
Graves, C. H (Carleton H.) d. 1943
Gurnsey, B. H (Byron H.) 1833-1880
Hamilton, J. H (James H.)
Hart, Alfred A. 1816-1908
Hawkins, B.A
Haynes, F. Jay (Frank Jay) 1853-1921
Hazeltine, M. M (Martin Mason) 1827-1903
Heller, Louis Herman (ca. 1839-1929)
Heston, Wat
Heister, H. T (Henry T.) -1895
Hillers, John K. 1843-1925
Hook, W. E (William Edward) 1833-1908
Huffman, L. A (Laton Alton) 1854-1931
Illingworth, W. H (William H.) 1842-1893
Immke, Henry W
Ingalls, George W. 1838-1920
Jackson, William Henry 1843-1942
Jacoby, W. H (William H.) 1841-1905
Jarvis, J. F (John F.) b. 1850
Johnson, W.S
Kirkland, Geo. W (George W.)
Knight, J. Lee
Landon, S. C (Seth C.) b. 1825
Line, A. A
Little, H.N
Maude, F. H (Frederic Hamer)
Marshall, William I (William Isaac) 1840-1906
Martin, Alex (Alexander) 1841-1929
Maynard, Hannah 1834-1918
Maynard, Richard 1832-1907
McIntyre, A. C (Alexander Carson)
Meddaugh, J. E
Mellen, Geo. E (George Egbert) b. 1854
Mepham, Michael S
Mitchell, Daniel S
Morrow, Stanley J
Muybridge, Eadweard 1830-1904
Newcomb, C. H
Nims, F.A
O'Sullivan, Timothy H. 1840-1882
Palmer, A. A
Parker, Joseph C
Pierron, Geo (George) b. 1816
Pollock, Charles 1832-1910
Powers, F. F
Raitt, T.G
Randall, A. F (A. Frank)
Rau, William Herman 1855-1920
Reilly, John James 1838-1894
Rinehart, F. A (Frank A.)
Rodocker, D (David)
Rothrock, George H
Rudy, W. Ira
Russell, Andrew J
Rutter, Thomas H. 1837-1925
Savage, C. R (Charles Roscoe) 1832-1909
Seaver, C (Charles)
Sedgwick, S. J (Stephen James)
Shipler, James William 1849-1937
Smith, O. C
Soule, John P
Stoddard, Seneca Ray 1844-1917
Taber, I. W (Isaiah West) 1830-1912
Thorne, G.W
Thurlow, J. 1831-1878
Towne, Bertram C
Trager, George E
Upton, B. F (Benjamin Franklin)
Watkins, Carleton E. 1829-1916
Weitfle, Charles 1836-1921
Wendt, Julius M
Whitney, Joel E (Joel Emmons) 1822-1886
Williscraft, W.H
Wittick, Ben 1845-1903
Woodburn, J. R
Zimmerman, Charles A. 1844-1909
Leonard & Martin
Alvord, Kellogg, & Campbell
E. & H.T. Anthony (Firm)
Bailey & Whitesides
Bailey, Dix, & Mead
Beal's Gallery
Bennett & Brown
Black Hills View Company
Brooks Photo
Brubaker and Whitesides
Calfee & Catlin
Caswell & Davy
Continent Stereoscopic Company
Copelin & Son
Cosand & Mosser
Cunningham & Co. (1880-1889)
D.D. Merrill, Randall & Co
C. Duhem & Bro
Eaton of Ralston, Oklahoma
Florida Club (Cooperative)
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Griffith & Griffith
Gurnsey & Illingworth
Hamilton and Hoyt
Hamilton and Kodylek
Hansard & Carden
Thomas Houseworth & Co
Ingersoll View Company
Judd and McLeish
Keystone View Company
Kilburn Brothers a
Lawrence & Houseworth
Martin's Gallery
M.S. Mepham & Bro
Montgomery Ward
Ramsour & Pennel
Reed & McKenney
J.J. Reilly & Co
Rodocker & Blanchard
Savage & Ottinger
Henry L. Shepard & Co
Underwood & Underwood
Union View Company
Universal Photo Art Co
Webster & Albee
Whitney & Zimmerman
Wittick & Bliss
Wittick & Russell
Young & Chase
American Horse 1840-1908
Big Bow Chief
Mató-Tópe Mandan chief d. 1837
Iron Bull (Crow Indian chief)
Red Cloud 1822-1909
Red Dog (Oglala chief)
Red Shirt 1845?-1925
Sitting Bull 1834?-1890
Spotted Tail 1823-1881
Monroe, Mark 1930-
Two Guns White Calf Blackfoot
Harding, Warren G (Warren Gamaliel) 1865-1923
Bogy, Lewis V (Lewis Vital) 1813-1877
Mix, Charles E
Cushing, Frank Hamilton 1857-1900
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe 1850-1915
Moran, John 1831-1903
Kelly, Luther S (Luther Sage) 1849-1928
Reynolds, Joseph Jones 1822-1899
Hough, Walter 1859-1935
Chilocco Indian School
United States Indian School (Carlisle, Pa.)
Haskell Indian Nations University
Albuquerque Indian School
Castillo de San Marcos (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Yankton Mission (Yankton Indian Reservation, S.D.)
Geological Survey (U.S.)
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
circa 1860-1935
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Physical Description
circa 1000 stereographs : albumen and silver gelatin (some tinted)
circa 50 printed stereographs : halftone and color halftone
circa 239 mounted and unmounted prints : albumen (including cartes de visite, imperial cards, cabinet cards, and one tinted print) and silver gelatin (some modern copies)
Album : 96 prints : silver gelatin
21 postcards : silver gelatin, collotype, color halftone, and halftone
67 lantern slides
26 negatives : glass
10 negatives : nitrate
6 autochromes
Local number
NAA Photo Lot 90-1
Cheyenne Indians
Choctaw Indians
Dakota Indians
Salish Indians
Gros Ventre Indians (Montana)
Hopi Indians
Navajo Indians
Tonkawa Indians
Zuni Indians
Modoc Indians
Osage Indians
Apache Indians
Kansa Indians
Umatilla Indians
Shawnee Indians
Fox Indians
Mandan Indians
Arikara Indians
Tlingit Indians
Haida Indians
Cree Indians
Crow Indians
Acoma Indians
Quapaw Indians
Paiute Indians
Pueblo Indians
Micmac Indians
Seminole Indians
Potawatomi Indians
Comanche Indians
Pima Indians
Maricopa Indians
Pomo Indians
Iroquois Indians
Washo Indians
Nez Percé Indians
Shoshoni Indians
Bannock Indians
Omaha Indians
Cochiti Indians
Ute Indians
Yavapai Indians
Pawnee Indians
Sauk Indians
Mohave Indians
Isleta Indians
Kwakiutl Indians
Miwok Indians
Winnebago Indians
Laguna Indians
Assiniboine Indians
Havasupai Indians
Taos Indians
Kalispel Indians
Kickapoo Indians
Nootka Indians
Diegueño Indians
Puyallup Indians
Tohono O'Odham Indians
Ojibwa Indians
Indians of North America California
Indians of North America Subarctic
Indians of North America Great Basin
Indians of North America Northeast
Indians of North America Northwest Coast of North America
Indians of North America Great Plains
Indians of North America Plateau
Indians of North America Southern States
Indians of North America Southwest, New
Arctic peoples
Digital surrogates for many photographs are available online.
George V. Allen was an attorney in Lawrence, Kansas and an early member of the National Stereoscope Association. Between the 1950s and 1980s, Allen collected an extensive collection of photographs of the American West, mostly in stereographs, but also including cartes-de-visite and other styles of mounted prints, photogravures, lantern slides, autochromes, and glass negatives.
Appraiser's inventory and index of photographers available in repository.
Donated by George V. Allen, 1989.
This collection contains images of subjects that may be culturally sensitive, such as human remains.
Addl. KW Subjects
Sauk & Fox
Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw)
Nootka (Nuu-chah-nulth)
Kansa (Kaw)
Pima (Akimel O'odham)
Santo Domingo (Kewa)
Papago (Tohono O'odham)
Meskwaki; Sauk & Fox
San Felipe
Photographs relating to American Indian or frontier themes, including portraits, expedition photographs, landscapes, and other images of dwellings, transportation, totem poles, ceremonies, infants and children in cradleboards, camps and towns, hunting and fishing, wild west shows, food preparation, funeral customs, the US Army and army posts, cliff dwellings, and grave mounds and excavations. The collection also includes images of prisoners at Fort Marion in 1875, Sioux Indians involved in the Great Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, the Fort Laramie Peace Commission of 1868, Sitting Bull and his followers after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890.
There are studio portraits of well-known Indians, including American Horse, Big Bow, Four Bears, Iron Bull, Ouray, Red Cloud, Red Dog, Red Shirt, Sitting Bull, Spotted Tail, Three Bears, and Two Guns White Calf. Depicted delegations include a Sauk and Fox meeting in Washington, DC, with Lewis V. Bogy and Charles E. Mix in 1867; Kiowas and Cheyennes at the White House in 1863; and Dakotas and Crows who visited President Warren G. Harding in 1921. Images of schools show Worcester Academy in Vinita, Oklahoma; Chilocco Indian School; Carlisle Indian Industrial School; Haskell Instittue, and Albuquerque Indian School.
Some photographs relate to the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, 1876; World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893; Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, 1903; and Centennial Exposition of the Baltimore and Ohio Railraod, 1876. Expedition photographs show the Crook expedition of 1876, the Sanderson expedition to the Custer Battlefield in 1877, the Wheeler Survey of the 1870s, Powell's surveys of the Rocky Mountain region during the 1860s and 1870s, and the Hayden Surveys.
Outstanding single views include the party of Zuni Indians led to the sea by Frank Hamilton Cushing; Episcopal Church Rectory and School Building, Yankton Agency; Matilda Coxe Stevenson and a companion taking a photographs of a Zuni ceremony; John Moran sketching at Acoma; Ben H. Gurnsey's studio with Indian patrons; Quapaw Mission; baptism of a group of Paiutes at Coeur d'Alene Mission; court-martial commission involved in the trial of Colonel Joseph J. Reynolds, 1877; President Harding at Sitka, Alaska; Walter Hough at Hopi in 1902; and Mrs. Jesse Walter Fewkes at Hopi in 1897.
Cite as
Photo Lot 90-1, George V. Allen photograph collection of American Indians and the American frontier, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Data Source
National Anthropological Archives
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