Adrian John Ebell photograph of women and children guarding corn, 1862

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.2000-15
Creators:
Ebell, Adrian J. (Adrian John), 1840-1877
Dates:
1862
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1 Stereograph
albumen
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Stereoview of Dakota women and children with a canopy in corn fields, guarding corn from birds. The photograph was made by Adrian John Ebell, shortly before the Sioux uprising in Minnesota, 1862.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Adrian John Ebell (1840-1877) immigrated to the United States from Ceylon as a youth and entered Yale University in 1859. In 1862, he hired University of Chicago student Edwin R. Lawton as his assistant on a trip to photograph Native Americans in Minnesota. They rented camera equipment from St. Paul photographer and gallery operator Joel E. Whitney, who would later publish many of Ebell's photographs. On August 17, Ebell and Lawton stayed at Dr. Thomas S. Williamson's mission near the Upper Sioux Agency and fled with the other refugees when news of the revolt reached the mission the next day. Ebell created his most widely published photograph of the refugees resting on the prairie during this flight. After the group stopped in Henderson, Ebell and Lawton continued on to St. Paul, where Ebell gave his exposed glass plates to Whitney for publication and wrote articles about the experience for the St. Paul Daily Press. Ebell then briefly joined Colonel Henry Hastings Sibley's expedition, photographing the Dakota captives at Camp Release, before returning to his studies at Yale. In June 1863, his account of the uprising, entitled "The Indian Massacres and War of 1862," was published in Harpers New Monthly Magazine.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 2000-15

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 2000-15, Adrian John Ebell photograph of women and children guarding corn, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

Addl. KW Subj
Addl. KW Subj
Sioux (Eastern)

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional Ebell photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 90-1.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Minnesota Historical Society also holds Ebell photographs from 1862.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Ed Italo, 1999.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Sioux Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Great Plains Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zimmerman, Charles A., 1844-1909 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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Suitland 20746
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