Matilda Sprinkel glass plate negatives of the Rosebud Reservation, 1904-1910
NMAI.AC.083
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.083
Creators:
Sprinkel, Matilda Inez Murphy
Dates:
1904-1910
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
11 glass plate negatives
4x5 in.
Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This collection contains 11 glass plate negatives photographed by Matilda Inez Murphy Sprinkel, circa 1904-1910. Sprinkel and her husband Frederick Kemper Sprinkel were trading post operators and possibly Indian Agents on the Rosebud Reservation when she shot these photographs. It is possible that some of the photographs may have been shot by Frederick as well.
The bulk of the photographs are portraits of individuals probably from the Sicangu Lakota (Brulé Sioux) community and include 2 photos of Chief Red Fish; an outdoor photo of Charging Elk and Broken Legs, with one of them wearing an Indian police badge; a photo of Big Face holding a rifle; 2 photos of Chief Bear Heels; an outdoor portrait possibly of Bear Heels' wife; and 2 unidentified Lakota women. There are also 2 baby photos of the Sprinkels' first child Margaret Paulina Sprinkel (1908-2006).
The backgrounds on several of the glass plate negatives have been masked out with red paint either by Matilda Sprinkel, or perhaps by her daughter Margaret who worked as a photograph retoucher. Notes such as names and locations were also etched in the emulsion on several glass plates presumably by Matilda.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The materials in this collection are organized in 1 box.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Matilda Inez Murphy Sprinkel was born in Ligonier, PA in 1880. She married Frederick Kemper Sprinkel (1877-1936) on September 26, 1906. The couple operated a trading post on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and were possibly Indian Agents as well. They had several children including Margaret Paulina Sprinkel (1908-2006), Frederick Kemper Sprinkel, Jr. (1910-1998), and Rose Hume Sprinkel Rosse (1914-1992). Matilda Inez died in Richmond, VA in 1966.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed by Emily Moazami, Assistant Head Archivist in 2017.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Emily Moazami
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Donated by Murphy Sprinkel and Mary Jane Stout, 2016.

Container
1

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use note
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadcast materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.
Conditions Governing Access
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Preferred Citation note
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Matilda Sprinkel glass plate negatives of the Rosebud Reservation, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Bear Heels, Chief Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Big Face Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Charging Elk Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Red Fish, Chief Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sprinkel, Margaret Paulina Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass negatives Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America--South Dakota Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rosebud Indian Reservation (S.D.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sicangu Lakota (Brulé Sioux) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center
4220 Silver Hill Rd
Suitland , Maryland, 20746-2863
Phone: 301.238.1400
nmaiarchives@si.edu