John Andrew & Son photogravures of Edward S. Curtis portraits of Plains Indians, circa 1908

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.84-8
Creators:
Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952
Dates:
circa 1908
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
3 Prints
photogravure
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photogravures made from Edward S. Curtis portraits of American Horse, Oglala Indian; Hollow Horn Bear, Brule Indian; and an Assiniboine/Gros Ventre man. Curtis copyrighted the original photographs in 1907 and 1908.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) was a professional photographer known for his images of Native Americans and of the American West. Born in Wisconsin, Curtis moved with his family to Cordova, Minnesota, shortly after his brother's birth in 1874. In 1887, Curtis moved again with his father to Seattle in the Washington Territory, where he built partnerships with several area photographers. Around 1895 Curtis began to photograph American Indians in the Seattle area. He joined the 1899 Harriman Expedition to Alaska as the expedition's official photographer and spent the summer of 1900 with George Bird Grinnell on a trip to document the Sun Dance on the Piegan Reservation in Montana. These experiences fueled Curtis' interest in American Indians and their culture and he set out to document every North American tribe before they "vanished." These photographs became the basis for his twenty volume "The North American Indian," a set of books which combined ethnographic descriptions and high-quality photogravures.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
Digital surrogate for one print available online.
Author
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 84-8

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
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Conditions Governing Use note
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Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 84-8, John Andrew & Son photogravures of Edward S. Curtis portraits of Plains Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Addl. KW Subj
Addl. KW Subj
Assiniboin; Assiniboine
Sioux

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional Curtis photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 24, Photo Lot 59, Photo Lot 90-1, Photo Lot 96-17, and the BAE historical negatives.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Anthropological Archives also holds the Edward S. Curtis investigation of the Battle of Little Bighorn (MS 2000-18).
Location of Other Archival Materials
Curtis photographs also held in the National Museum of the American Indian Archives in the Edward S. Curtis photogravure plates and proofs for The North American Indian and Mary Harriman Rumsey collection of Harriman Alaska Expedition photographs.

Related Archival Materials note
Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952 Assiniboin boy - Atsina 1907 AAH4494NA (GEAC)00096320

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Part of the Margaret Mead estate, these prints were transferred to the National Anthropological Archives by the Library of Congress through the Smithsonian General Counsel's Office, 1981.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Indians of North America -- Great Plains Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brulé Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oglala Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photogravures Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gros Ventre Indians (Montana) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Assiniboine Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Horse, 1840-1908 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
John Andrew & Son, printer Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
http://www.anthropology.si.edu/naa/