Guide to the Shoshone Indian portrait collection,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Baker, Charles S.
Title: Shoshone Indian portrait collection
Dates: 1870-1890 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3 items (0.1 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_P0292
Summary: Three albumen photographs. Two of the images are unidentified, but one came from the photographers Charles S. Baker and Eli Johnston. The photographs date from the 1870s to the 1880s.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Charles S. Baker and Eli Johnston ran a photographic studio in Evanston in the early 1880s and are best known for a series of photographs of Shoshone, Arapahoe, and Apache Indians

Content Description

The Shoshone Indian portrait collection consists of three albumen images. Two of the images are unidentified, but one came from the photographers Charles S. Baker and Eli Johnston who ran a studio in Evanston, Wyoming. Baker & Johnson are best known for a series of images of Shoshone, Arapahoe, and Apache Indians. The photographs date from the 1870s to the 1880's.

For more photographs of the Shoshone please see the Compton "photo-boards" P0313, the manual card catalog located in the Special Collections reading room in Merrill Library, and the George Ellsworth photo collection P0025. The prints are located in a document box that contains collections P0283-P0310.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Shoshone Indian portrait collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Shoshone Indian portrait collection, 1870-1890. (P0292). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized numerical by photo number.

Acquisition Information :  

This collection was purchased from Cowan's Historic Americana with funds generously donated by the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation in 1998.

Processing Note :  

Register completed by Daniel Davis, November 2003.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1:01: "Oiti, second Chief Shoshones," by Baker & Johnston, Evanston, Wyoming
(This man has also been identified as the Arapaho Chief, Black Coal.)
ca 1885
1 1:02: Unidentified Shoshone man and woman
1 1:03: Six unidentified Shoshone children


    • Personal Names :
    • Baker, Charles S.
    • Johnston, Eli.  ( contributor)
    • Johnston, Eli.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Shoshoni Indians--Wyoming--Photographs.

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