William R. Pywell photographs from the Yellowstone Expedition, 1873

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.166
Creators:
Pywell, Wm. R. (William Redish), 1843-1886
Dates:
1873
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
13 contact prints
10 stereo negatives
glass
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs made by William R. Pywell documenting the Yellowstone Expedition of 1873. They largely consist of images of the expedition's camps, transportation, and members (including George A. Custer and Bloody Knife), as well as some images of frameworks for American Indian dwellings.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
William Redish Pywell (1843-1886) received photographic training from Alexander Gardner and worked as a photographer in a Washington, D.C., studio owned by Matthew Brady during and after the Civil War. After opening his own studio in Washington, Pywell became official photographer for the Yellowstone Expedition in 1873. The expedition was assigned to escort and protect the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey and included several US Army companies, including George A. Custer's 7th Cavalry. The scientific corps was organized by the Smithsonian, but was paid and equipped by the Army, causing some confusion regarding ownership of Pywell's negatives after the expedition was completed.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
Digital surrogates of glass negatives are available.
Author
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 166
,
NAA MS 4498

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 166, William R. Pywell photographs from the Yellowstone Expedition, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

Addl. KW Subj
Addl. KW Subj
Sioux

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
This collection has been relocated from Photo Lot 78.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Contact prints of these and some additional Pywell negatives, previously filed in MS 4498, have been relocated and merged with Photo Lot 166. The prints were made from these negatives, probably by the Bureau of American Ethnology, and form part of this collection.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Archives holds Pywell negatives transferred by the BAE circa 1948 (Record Group 106) and the E. Marshall Pywell Photographic Collection, circa 1874 - circa 1975.

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William R. Pywell photographs from the Yellowstone Expedition, 1873

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
All or almost all of Pywell's negatives came to the Smithsonian Institution after the expedition in 1873, possibly through the War Department. Pywell borrowed them from the Smithsonian in March 1876 for an unknown period of time.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Hunkpapa Indians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Great Plains Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bloody Knife, approximately 1840-1876 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Custer, George Armstrong, 1839-1876 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
http://www.anthropology.si.edu/naa/