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Copies of Stanley J. Morrow photographs, circa 1865-1887

Morrow, Stanley J
circa 1865-1887
Civil War, 1861-1865
Collection descriptions
Physical Description
434 copy prints
Restrictions & Rights
This copy collection has been obtained for reference purposes only. Permission to publish must be obtained from the Over Museum which has the copy negatives and is planning publication of some of the collection
Local number
NAA Photo Lot R4468
Arikara Indians
Hidatsa Indians
Mandan Indians
Ponca Indians
Crow Indians
Cheyenne Indians
Bannock Indians
Hunkpapa Indians
Oglala Indians
Teton Indians
Yanktonai Indians
Santee Indians
Sisseton Indians
Wahpeton Indians
Indians of North America Great Basin
Indians of North America Great Plains
The Morrow collection is at the W. H. Over Museum, University of South Dakota, in Vermillion, South Dakota, with some additions from the personal collections of G. Hubert Smith. The original glass plates were lost in a fire during Morrow's lifetime. The prints in the Over Museum were Morrow's file set (or all that remained of it) and were presented by his son Earl S. Morrow.
Additional Stanley J. Morrow photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo lot 140, MS 4751, Photo Lot 90-1, Photo lot 79, MS 4720, and the BAE historical negatives.
The National Museum of the American Indian Archives holds Stanley J. Morrow photographs and negative collection, and Morrow photographs in the General Nelson A. Miles collection.
Stanley J. Morrow (1843-1921) was a pioneer photographer who documented American Indians, forts and agencies, and military expeditions, largely in the Great Plains region. Born in Richland County, Ohio, Morrow received his first training in photography as Matthew B. Brady's volunteer assistant (ca. 1863-1865) in the US Army. Morrow was mustered out of the army in early 1865 and returned to Wisconsin to marry Iza Ketchum. Late in 1868, Morrow and his family moved to Yankton, Dakota Territory, where he opened a studio. In 1874, Morrow opened a branch photo gallery in St. Helena, Nebraska, and photographed the territorial legislature. Morrow was an official photographer under the command of General George Crook after the battle of the Little Big Horn, photographing the Battle of Slim Buttes in September 1876. He was also the photographer for the initial reburial expedition at Little Big Horn under W. K. Sanderson in 1877. The Morrow family moved to Florida in 1883, though Stanley Morrow continued to photograph in the South and East until his death.
Received from the Over Museum, through the River Basin Surveys, March 8, 1955.
Collection previously filed as MS 4468. Changed to a photo lot in May 2013.
Addl. KW Subjects
Gros Ventre; Hidatsa
Photographs made by Stanley J. Morrow depicting Plains Indians, agencies, and United States Army installations and expeditions. About half of the subjects relate to American Indians, including Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan, Ponca, Crow, Cheyenne, Bannock, Hunkpapa, Oglala, and other Teton Sioux including "Loafer Band," Yanktonai, Santee, Sisseton and Wahpeton. The rest include views of Yankton, Vermillion, Deadwood and Rapid City in the 1880s; Civil War scenes; the Battle of Slim Buttes (1876); the reburial expedition at Little Big Horn (1877); and Morrow family portraits. Though the bulk of the photographs appear to have been made by Morrow, some were likely created by other photographers.
Photographs have been published in Wesley R. Hurt and William E. Lass, "Frontier Photographer; Stanley J. Morrow's Dakota Years," University of South Dakota and University of Nebraska Press, 1956
Cite as
Photo Lot R4468, Copies of Stanley J. Morrow photographs, 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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Numbered manuscripts 1850s-1980s (some earlier)
United States
South Dakota