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C. M. Bell Indian Photograph Collection, circa 1870s

C. M. Bell Indian Photograph Collection, circa 1870s
Mss. Acc. 2008.229, 2008.346
1.0 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

Nine original photographic prints, all with board backing, of Indians by Charles Milton Bell.  Photocopies of each print are included.

Subjects include:  Osh-U-ton (Winding Stream) (Sauk and Fox Tribe), Yellow Bird (Umatilla Confederate Tribe), Spotted Tail (Ogala Sioux Tribe), Chief On-A-Wat (Can't Do It) (Sauk & Fox Tribe), Wolf (Little or Young Chief) (Umatilla Confederate Tribe), Ben Scratching A Tree (Sauk and Fox Tribe), Red Cloud (Ogala Sioux Tribe), Chief Joseph (Nez Perce) and Wa-Pa-Sue-Ca (Shining River) (Sauk and Fox Iowa Tribe).

Includes a photocopy of 1989 Library of Congress pamphlet, "Washingtoniana Photographs" about the history of the Photographic Studio in Washington, D.C., 1873-1909,  and the C.M. Bell Studio Collection.

Addition 2008.346 includes a reproduction photograph of the "Fox Men" by C.M. Bell, circa 1890, photograph of a woman holding her child in a papoose (not marked as being by C.M. Bell), photostat reproduction of an U.S. map with indian tribe areas noted, a photograph of a man (C.M.Bell?) and a handout entitled "Ambassadors from the Plains:  A Bibliography."  Some of these items may have been used in a Swem Library exhibit.

Bell, C. M. (Charles Milton) (ca. 1849-1893.)
Fox Indians
Indians of North America
Indians of North America--Photographs
Sac & Fox Nation, Oklahoma
Sauk Indians.
Sioux Nation
Umatilla Indians

Administrative Information

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Acquisition Note
 Source: Unknown..
Preferred Citation
C. M. Bell Indian Photograph Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Acc. 2008.346 added in 2011 by Anne Johnson.
Collection Material Type:
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