Willis G. Tilton photograph collection of American Indians, circa 1880-1930 (bulk 1899-1904)

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.89-8
Creators:
Tilton, Willis G.
Dates:
circa 1880-1930
bulk 1899-1904
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
685 Negatives
circa
glass and nitrate
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs collected by Willis G. Tilton, a dealer in artifacts and photographs relating to American Indians. Many of the photographs were made by Field Columbian Museum photographer Charles Carpenter at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904; many others were created by various photographers for Field Museum publications. Notable subjects include Big Foot, dead in the snow at the Wounded Knee battlefield; Arapaho and Cheyenne social dances; Hopi ceremonies; a reenactment of the shooting of Sitting Bull; Sun Dances (Arapaho, Assiniboin and Atsina, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Ponca); and views of the United States Indian School Building and Pawnee Indians at the the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. Other photographs include portraits and images of artifacts, basket weaving, cradles, dress, dwelling, tipis and other dwellings, and tree burials. There are also some photographs of Henry Field's expedition to Iraq in 1934 (Field museum anthropological expedition to the Near East), work elephants in Burma, Pipestone Quarry in Minnesota, a church in the Yucatan, and a rickshaw and cart in Ceylon.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Willis G. Tilton was a dealer and owner of the store, Tilton Indian Relics, in Topeka, Kansas.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
Most of the photographs have been digitized and digital surrogates are available online. Copy prints are available with the collection.
Author
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 89-8
,
NAA Photo Lot 135

Bibliography
Bibliography
Photographs published in George A. Dorsey, "The Arapaho Sun Dance: the Ceremony of the Offerings Lodge," Field Columbian Museum Publication 75, Anthropological Series, vol. 4, 1903; Dorsey, "The Cheyenne: the Sun Dance," Field Columbian Museum Publication 103, Anthropological Series, vol. 4, no. 2, 1905; Dorsey and H. R. Voth, "The Oraibi Soyal Ceremony," Field Columbian Museum Publication 55, Anthropological Series, vol. 3, no. 1, 1901; Dorsey and Voth, "The Mishongnovi Ceremonies of the Snake and Antelope Fraternities, Field Columbian Museum Publication 66, Anthropological Series, vol. 3, no. 3, 1902; Voth, "The Oraibi Summer Snake Ceremony," Field Columbian Museum Publication 83, Anthropological Series, vol. 3, no. 4, 1903; Voth, "The Oraibi Oaqol Ceremony," Field Columbian Museum Publication 84, Anthropological Series, vol. 6, no. 1, 1903; Dorsey, "The Ponca Sun Dance," Field Columbian Museum Publication 102, Anthropological Series, vol. 7, no. 2, 1905; Voth, "The Oraibi Marau Ceremony," Field Columbian Museum Publication 156, Anthropological Series, vol. 11, no. 1, 1912; J. Eric Thompson, "Ethnology of the Mayas of Southern and Central British Honduras," Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago) Publication 274, Anthropological Series, vol. 17, no. 2, 1930; Thompson, "Archeological Investigations of the SOuthern Cayo District, British Honduras," Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago) Publication 301, Anthropological Series, vol. 17, no. 3, 1931; Thompson, "The Civilization of the Mayas," Chicago Field Museum, Anthropological Leaflet, no. 25, 1927; Edward William Nelson, "The Eskimo about Bering Strait," 18th BAE Annual Report, 1900; John Murdoch, "Ethnological Results of the Point Barrow Expedition," 9th BAE Annual Report, 1892.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 89-8, Willis G. Tilton photograph collection of American Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Addl. KW Subj
Addl. KW Subj
Alaskan Eskimo
Assiniboin; Assiniboine
Blackfoot
Flathead
Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw)
Meskwaki; Sauk & Fox
Mishongnavi
Oraibi
Sauk & Fox
Shoshone
Sioux

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Photographs in the Tilton Collection, previously filed in Photo Lot 135, have been relocated and merged with Photo Lot 89-8. These photographs were also purchased by the Bureau of American Ethnology from Willis G. Tilton and form part of this collection.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Associated photographs still held in the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Most photographs included in the card catalog of copy negatives and in the reference file prints by tribe.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional photographs by Dorsey held in the National Anthropological Archives in MS 4721 and Photo Lot 24.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Correspondence from Dorsey held in the National Anthropological Archives in MS 4821, records of the Bureau of American Ethnology, the J.C. Pilling Papers, and the Ales Hrdlicka Papers.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional photographs by Nelson held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 171, Photo Lot 133, Photo Lot 24, and the BAE historical negatives.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional Maude photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 90-1 and Photo Lot 24.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional E. E. Hall photographs held in National Anthropological Archives MS 4978 and Photo Lot 24.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds Nelson's field reports (SIA Acc. 97-123) and the Edward William Nelson and Edward Alphonso Goldman Collection (SIA RU007364).

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Willis G. Tilton photograph collection of American Indians, circa 1880-1930 (bulk 1899-1904)

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
The Bureau of American Ethnology purchased these photographs from dealer Willis G. Tilton in 1962.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Inventory available in repository.

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National Anthropological Archives
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Suitland 20746
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