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.
Photograph depicting Castle Creek valley with distant elevated view of General George Armstrong Custer's wagon train passing through. The stereograph was published as part of Illingworth's "Stereographs of the Black Hills" series.
Image of Dr. William C. Sturtevant and Professor Harold C. Conklin of Yale University in Sturtevant's office in the National Museum of Natural History on June 24, 1998. Conklin is shown wearing a pin marking the Centennial of the Philippine Declaration of Independence, in preparation for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Studio portraits of Red Cloud and possibly Little Wound, as well as one image probably of an Oglala camp near the eastern edge of Chadron, Nebraska.
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
Images of Kukukuku (Anga) men, women, and children in the Watut Valley of New Guinea.
Mostly individual and group portraits of Apache, Arapaho, Assiniboine, Delaware, Isleta, Kickapoo, Mescalero Apache, Navajo, San Carlos Apache, Sioux, Taos, and Tohono O'odham Indians. The collection also includes a self-portrait of Gary Auerbach and images of weavers, dancers, tipis, Canyon de Chelly, Taos Pueblo, and Taos cemetery. Additionally, there are biographical questionnaires and one autostereoscopic multidimensional platinum print.
Japanese cartes de visite depicting people, villages, cities, and dwellings. Many of the prints are hand colored and some of them are stamped "M. Gillet Gill," possibly a reference to Martin Gillett Gill, a tea merchant in Baltimore in 1880. He may have originally purchased or collected the cartes de visite.
Images of caches and an Inuit grave near Iqaluit, Baffin Island, Nunavut.
Photographs probably made by Ruth Bunzel during her fieldwork among the Quiche in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, in 1930-32. Images include Quiche Indians and families, a church (probably the Church of Santo Tomás), a procession and ceremony, and landscapes.