Alexander W. Chase photographs of Klamath, Modoc, and Tolowa Indians, circa 1870
NAA.PhotoLot.2003-10

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.2003-10
Creators:
Chase, Alexander W.
Dates:
circa 1870
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
9 prints
albumen
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Studio portraits of Klamath, Modoc, and Tolowa Indians made by surveyor Alexander W. Chase while working for the Coast Survey. Also included are photographs of artifacts from his ethnographic and archaeological collection. The photographs are mounted on brown paper with handwritten descriptions; two newspaper articles, including Alexander Chase’s own article for the Topeka Daily Capitol, are glued to the back of two of the photographs

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Alexander W. Chase (1843-1888) worked as a surveyor for the Coast Survey from 1862-1878, during which he visited several American Indian reservations near the San Francisco Bay area and southern Oregon. As an amateur artist, photographer, and ethnologist, he recorded his observations of reservation residents' daily life in a journal. He published his documentation of a visit to the Alsea Reservation in a newspaper article for the Topeka Daily Capitol, dated Sunday, November 27, 1887. He also published a longer paper on the Siletz Reservation in 1869. In addition, he was a major contributor of ethnographic and archaeological data, photographs, and sketches to Stephen Powers’ monograph Tribes of California (1877).

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
Digital surrogate is available.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Gina Rappaport, Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 2003-10

Bibliography
Bibliography
Photographs published in Thomas Blackburn, "Some Additional Alexander W. Chase Materials," Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 25, no. 1 (2005): 39-54.

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 2003-10, Alexander W. Chase Photographs of Klamath, Modoc, and Tolowa Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional Chase photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 24.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Drawings by Chase held in the National Anthorpological Archives in records of the Department of Anthropology, Division of Ethnology.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Description of Chase's archaeological collection held in National Anthropological Archives MS 3230.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Jean Prentiss through Thomas Blackburn, 2002.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Electronic finding aid available via the website of the National Anthropological Archives.
Other Finding Aids note

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Indians of North America--California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America--Plateau Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Klamath Indians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Modoc Indians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tolowa Indians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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Phone: 301.238.1300
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