John K. Hillers photographs of Ute and Paiute Indians, circa 1871-1874

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.87-2N
Creators:
Hillers, John K., 1843-1925
Dates:
circa 1871-1874
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
37 mounted prints
albumen
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The collection consists of photographs depicting Ute and Paiute Indians, mostly informal portraits, with some individuals holding baskets, bow and arrows, and rifles. The photographs may have been made on a Powell expedition. Many of the prints are the same as those normally used to make stereographs, and the mounts appear to be pages removed from an album.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
John K. Hillers (1843-1925) immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1852. He spent almost twenty years photographing American Indians and the landscape of the Indian Territories, California, the Southwest, and the Southeast, largely for the Bureau of American Ethnology and the United States Geological Survey. He began work on the Survey as a boatman on John Wesley Powell's second expedition down the Colorado River in 1871. He soon became the assistant, and then the main photographer (1872) for the expedition. From 1879 to 1900, Hillers served as the first staff photographer of Powell's Bureau of Ethnology, and in 1881 he took pictures for the United States Geological Survey.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 87-2N

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 87-2N, John K. Hillers photographs of Ute and Paiute Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional photographs by John K. Hillers can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 14, Photo Lot 24, Photo Lot 28, Photo Lot 40, Photo Lot 143, Photo Lot 83-18, Photo Lot 90-1, Photo Lot 92-46, and the BAE historical negatives.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Anthropological Archives holds Powell's inventory of photographs made on expeditions 1871-1875 (MS 1795-c).
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Anthropological Archives holds Hillers's diary from 1871-1872 and 1874, 1875 (MS 4410).
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Archives and Records Administration and the New York Public Library also hold Hillers photographs of Utes and Paiutes.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Duke University, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at University of California at Berkeley, University of Oregon, Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley, and Southern Methodist University also hold photographs by Hillers.

Contained in
Contained in
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology photograph collections, undated

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
This collection was found in 1972, along with other collections in Photo Lot 87-2, as something which had been set aside as a "problem collection," though this may only reflect that it was unprocessed.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Colorado Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arizona Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Utah Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Indians of North America -- Great Basin Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Paiute Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ute Indians Culture 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/