National Anthropological Archives

Antonio Zeno Shindler photographs of Native Americans and agents, circa 1867-1871

Collection ID:
Shindler, A. Zeno (Antonio Zeno), 1823-1899
circa 1867-1871
Physical Description:
22 Negatives

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The collection consists of studio portraits of men, probably Native Americans and Indian agents. The photographs were probably made by Antonio Zeno Shindler, though they may have been made by De Lancey W. Gill, and may relate to those commissioned by William Henry Blackmore.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Antonio Zeno Shindler (1823-1899) was a photographer and artist for the Smithsonian Institution and benefactor of William Blackmore during the second half of the 20th century. Though the facts of his young life are highly speculative, he was probably born Antonio (or Antonion) Zeno in Bulgaria or Romania. He adopted the name Shindler from a patron in Geneva, Switzerland, with whom he moved to and lived with in Paris, where he studied art. While it is uncertain exactly when Shindler first arrived in the United States, he is listed in an 1852 directory for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as working as a drawing instructor. From then until 1863, he exhibited his artwork in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1867, Shindler moved with his family and his brother-in-law's family to Washington, DC. In Washington, Shindler took propriotorship of the Addis Photographic Gallery, where he worked under the name Shindler and Company with his brother-in-law. Shindler was commissioned by English philanthropist William Henry Blackmore and the Smithsonian to make copies of Blackmore's collection of photographs, create a catalog for their exhibition, and photograph delegations of Native Americans visiting Washington. The Blackmore project was completed circa 1872 and Shindler continued to work for the Smithsonian as an artist until his death in July 1899.

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Existence and Location of Copies note
Digital surrogates are available online.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The negatives are in special storage and will normally not be made available to researchers.
Conditions Governing Use note
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 31, Antonio Zeno Shindler photographs of Indians and agents, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional Shindler and Gill negatives are available in the National Anthropological Archives in the BAE historical negatives.

More Information
Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 31

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Glass negatives Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gill, De Lancey, 1859-1940 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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Suitland, Maryland 20746