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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 2078

Photographs of Native Americans performing in New York and Canada

Overview

Photographs of mostly unidentified Native Americans performing in New York and Canada.

Dates

  • circa 1870-1879

Creator

Condition Description

Good; ambrotypes will need careful housing. They have been rebacked and one has had its outer frame removed (Holmes, Booth & Hayden copyright).

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: fragile; consult curatorial staff (ambrotypes).

Extent

.08 linear feet (4 prefabs)
Eight photographs, three ambrotypes and five cartes-de-visite, of Native Americans performing in New York and Canada. Several men and women are photographed singly or in groups, all apparently dressed in performing attire. The ambrotypes are of two women, singly and as a pair. They have been rebacked and one has had its outer frame removed (Holmes, Booth & Hayden copyright). Two of the cartes-de-visite are of a young woman given the name Naascaleta or Miss Neoskiletta, one of them being highlighted in purple. Two other portraits were produced by photographer George P. Hopkins of Albion, NY. Finally, a group portrait of 6 performers was produced by J.L. Jones of Quebec City. [source: dealer's description]

Arrangement

Arranged in order as received.

Physical Location

Review by archivist for photographic resources, then end-processing.

Custodial History

Ownership prior to this acquisition is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Swann Auction Galleries via W.C. Baker Rare Books with the Horblit Fund for Photography and the Beatrice, Benjamin and Richard Bader Fund for the Visual Arts of the Theatre, 2020 September 24.

Processing Information

Processed minimally by Melanie Wisner, 2021 September.

Creator

Title
Photographs of Native Americans performing in New York and Canada, circa 1870-1879 (MS Thr 2078): Guide
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Date
2021 September 16
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
EAD ID
hou04025

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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