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Bureau of American Ethnology collection of stereographs relating to American Indians, late 19th century-early 20th century

Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
Barker, George 1844-1894
Bennett, H. H (Henry Hamilton) 1843-1908
Brown, William Henry 1844-1886
Childs, B. F (Brainard F.) ca. 1841-1921
Brubaker, C. B
Cross, W. R. (William R.)
Doerr, H. A (Henry A.) 1826-1885
Haynes, F. Jay (Frank Jay) 1853-1921
Heister, H. T (Henry T.) -1895
Hillers, John K. 1843-1925
Jackson, William Henry 1843-1942
Jarvis, J. F (John F.) b. 1850
Singley, B. L (Benjamin Lloyd)
Morrow, Stanley J
Payne, H. T
Robinson, H. N
Savage, C. R (Charles Roscoe) 1832-1909
Soule, John P
Whitney, Joel E (Joel Emmons) 1822-1886
Wittick, Ben 1845-1903
E. & H.T. Anthony (Firm)
Bennett & Brown
Caswell & Davy
Continent Stereoscopic Company
J. Gurney & Son
Keystone View Company
Underwood & Underwood
Whitney & Zimmerman
Florida Club (Cooperative)
Sitting Bull 1834?-1890
Curly ca. 1856-1923
Red Cloud 1822-1909
late 19th century-early 20th century
Collection descriptions
Physical Description
circa 70 stereographs : albumen
Local number
NAA Photo Lot 140
Arikara Indians depicted
Cheyenne Indians depicted
Dakota Indians depicted
Hidatsa Indians depicted
Hopi Indians depicted
Isleta Indians depicted
Kiowa Indians depicted
Laguna Indians depicted
Mandan Indians depicted
Oglala Indians depicted
Ojibwa Indians depicted
Seneca Indians depicted
Shoshoni Indians depicted
Sisseton Indians depicted
Southern Paiute Indians depicted
Tewa Indians depicted
Tuscarora Indians depicted
Ute Indians depicted
Winnebago Indians depicted
Indians of North America Great Plains
Indians of North America Northeast
Indians of North America Southwest, New
Indians of North America Great Basin
Arctic peoples
Digital surrogates for some photographs are available online.
Additional photographs by these photographers can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in additional collections of stereographs relating to American Indians (MS 4551 and Photo Lot 90-1)
The photographs were given by various donors between 1919 and 1944. Predominant donors are William S. Appleton, Mrs. Winthrop Coffin, and Edna W. Copp.
Addl. KW Subjects
San Juan (Ohkay Owingeh)
Alaskan Eskimo
Canadian Eskimo
Stereographs documenting American Indians and their built and natural environments, including studio portraits and depictions of camps and dwellings, graves, infants in cradleboards, and pottery. Specific images portray Sitting Bull's camp at Fort Randall, Curly at the Custer monument, and a Southern Plains delegation at the White House Conservatory. Photographed tribes include the Winnebago, Tuscarora, Tesuque, Seneca, San Juan, Pecos, Ojibwa, Oglala, Ute, Kaibab, Sisseton, Arikara, Mandan, Hopi, Shoshoni, Isleta, and Laguna Indians, as well as natives of Alaska and Labrador. Frequently commissioned by railroad companies, the photographs were published by a variety of firms including E. & H. T. Anthony & Company, George Barker, H. H. Bennett, Bennett & Brown, W. Henry Brown, Caswell & Davy, Childs Art Gallery, B. B. Brubaker, Continent Stereo Company, W. R. Cross, H. A. Doerr, J. Gurney & Son, Haynes, H. T. Hiester, John K. Hillers, William H. Jackson, J. F. Jarvis, Keystone View Company, B. L. Singley, S. J. Morrow, H. T. Payne, H. N. Robinson, C. R. Savage, John P. Soule, Underwood & Underwood, Whitney's Gallery, Whitney & Zimmerman, and Ben Wittick.
Cite as
Photo lot 140, Bureau of American Ethnology collection of stereographs relating to American Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Data Source
National Anthropological Archives