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Native American and Indigenous Peoples: Photography Collections

A guide to collections that depict Native American and Indigenous peoples from the late 19th-century to mid-20th century.

Images from the Collections

Great Plains and Rocky Mountains

William Henry Holmes Photograph Album of the U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories and Washington D.C., approximately 1868-1877
Photographs of the American West including views by John K. Hillers of Paiute Indians (1873), made in Nevada and Utah during the United States Survey under John Wesley Powell. There is also one view of Nez Perce Indians in front of a tepee.
Call number: photCL 96

George W. Ingalls Photograph Collection
Glass plate negatives and prints collected by Major George W. Ingalls, a United States Indian agent, 1872-1875, who worked among Paiute and other tribes in the American West, as well as among Great Plains, Great Basin and Eastern tribes relegated to Indian Territory.
Call number: photCL 275

[Photographs of Yellowstone National Park, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Colorado and of Indians, 1870-1875] by Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942, photographer
Photographs of Yellowstone National Park, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Colorado and of Native Americans taken as part of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories.  Call number: photCL 298


The North American Indian ; being a series of volumes picturing and describing the Indians of the United States and Alaska / written, illustrated, and published by Edward S. Curtis; ed. by Frederick Webb Hodge, foreword by Theodore Roosevelt; field research conducted under the patronage of J. Pierpont Morgan.
Call number: 76556

The North American Indian ; list of large plates supplementing v. 1-20.
Call number: 76556