William Bull collotypes of Blackfeet Chiefs
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Bull, William, 1878-1942
Albertype Co.
approximately 1915
Physical Description:
12 Photomechanical prints
collotypes (Albertypes)
This collection includes 12 portraits photographed by William Bull of Chiefs from the Pikuni (Piegan) [Blackfeet Nation] shot in Glacier National Park, Montana, around 1915. The collotypes (photomechanical prints) were hand-colored and published by the Albertype company of Brooklyn, New York.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection includes 12 colored photomechanical prints of Blackfeet Chiefs originally shot by William Bull around 1915. The original photographs were reproduced as collotypes (Albertypes) by the Albertype Company and used as promotional materials for the newly created Glacier National Park and Glacier Park Hotel in Montana. The images include portraits of Chief Two Guns White Calf, Chief Curly Bear, Chief Eagle Calf, Chief Many Tail Feathers, Chief Big Spring, Chief White Dog, Chief Eagle Ribs, Chief Bird Rattler, Chief Lazy Boy, Chief Bull Calf, Chief Eagle Child and Chief Wades-in-the-Water.
Catalog numbers P11489-P11500.

Arranged by catalog number.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William Bull was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin in December 1878. By 1910 Bull had married Llillian Lillibridge and the couple had three sons and were operating photographic studios in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. Between 1910-1930 Bull was employed by Brown's Photo Craft Studio and by Buckbee Mears Company. Around 1915, Bull was hired by the Great Northern Railway company to create promotional materials for the newly established Glacier National Park in Montana. Bull continued working until his death in 1942.

Rachel Menyuk
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unknown source, circa 1935.
Processing Information
Processed by Rachel Menyuk, Processing Archivist, 2020.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archives Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Preferred Citation
Identification of specific item; Date (if known) William Bull collotypes of Blackfeet Chiefs, image #, NMAI.AC.404. National Museum of the American Indian Archives Center, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Pikuni (Piegan) [Blackfeet Nation, Browning, Montana] Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photomechanical prints Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glacier National Park (Mont.) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Montana Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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