Guide to the Baker and Johnston photograph collection
1881-1882

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Baker and Johnston photograph collection
Dates: 1881-1882 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_P0474
Summary: The Baker and Johnston photograph colleciton consists of 14 cabinet card images mainly of Arapahoe and Shoshone Indians, some in tribal dress, probably taken in their Evanston, Wyoming studio in the 1880s. Included are images of Arapahoe Chief Sharp Nose, Painting Horse, Oiti, Pappagoit and the Shoshone Chief Washakie.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Photograph Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Charles S. Baker and Eli Johnston owned a photography studio in Evanston, Wyoming called Baker & Johnston Photographic Studio. Baker was a member of the Masonic Lodge and never married. They are best known for a series of 93 photographs, "List of Indian Pictures," taken in the 1880s of the Shoshone, Arapahoe, and Apache Indians.

Historical Note

The Shoshone tribe permanently located to the Wind River Reservation near present day Fort Washakie in 1868. The Arapahoe were moved onto the reservation (without permission from the Shoshone) in 1878. This reservation has been diminished in size down through the years, but it still serves as a reservation for the Shoshone and Arapahoe nations. Evanston is along the line of the Union Pacific Railroad and is about four hours southwest of the reservation.

Content Description

The Baker and Johnston photograph collection consists of 14 cabinet card images mainly of Arapahoe and Shoshone Indians, some in tribal dress, probably taken in their Evanston, Wyoming studio in the 1880s. Included are images of Arapahoe Chief Sharp Nose, Painting Horse, Oiti, Pappagoit and the Shoshone Chief Washakie. Three of the cabinet cards do not include an index of the photographs contained in the, "List of Indian Pictures," series. Because of similarities in content and printing, however, they are assumed to be taken by Baker and Johnston.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Baker and Johnston photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: USU_P0474; Baker and Johnston photograph collection; Photograph Collections Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_P0474, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Processed in June of 2012

Acquisition Information :  

Purchased from Cowan's Historic Americana in 2011

Related Materials :  

P0292 houses three original Baker and Johnston Shoshone cabinet cards.

Bibliography :  

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
Folder
1 1 1-01-01: “Windeah” a Shoshone Indian. He is in traditional dress seated on a log holding a revolver looking to the right 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-02: “Shoshone Sun Dance Costume” worn by an unidentified man who is holding a feathered stick in left hand 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-03: “Naroce—Shoshone warrior with tomahawk”. He is looking to the left and is in traditional dress 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-04: “Oiti and Pappagoit”. The image is of three men seated on horses in a creek. The man in the middle is probably Chief Washakie 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-05: Two unidentified Arapahoe men, both wearing traditional jewelry but modern clothing and hats. The man on the right is holding a feather 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-6: “Sharp Nose. War Chief of the Arapahoe Indians”. In a military jacket 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-07: “Sharp Nose”, the Arapahoe war chief in a military jacket 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-08: “Young Calf” an Arapahoe Man. In traditional dress, including a traditional feathered headdress, sitting on a rock turned to the right holding a revolver in his right hand. Handwriting on the back identifies the revolver as “Gun—Colt—Carey Cartridge—[illegible]” 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-09: “Arapahoe”. An unidentified portrait of an Arapahoe man wearing a belt with shell casings looking to the right 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-10: “Taboonggwesha” an Arapahoe Man. Wearing traditional jewelry 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-11: “Painting Horse” an Arapahoe Man. Wearing traditional dress, including a feathered headdress, and is seated on furs holding a revolver in his right hand 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-12: “Painting Horse.” Standing with his right leg on a log holding a revolver in right hand, looking off to the right, wearing a belt made of shell casings and is also wearing a traditional feathered headdress 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-13: “Buffalo Wallow” an Arapahoe Man. Standing with his right leg on a log turned to and looking at the left. He is also in a feathered headdress, holding a revolver in right hand and a shell casing belt. 1881-1882
1 1 1-01-14: “Bad Lands”. A rock formation with a man in the center of the background. Possibly near Lyman, Wyoming. 1881-1882

Subjects

      • Personal Names :
      • Washakie, approximately 1804-1900 -- Portraits
      • Personal Names :
      • Sharp Nose -- Portraits
      • Subject Terms :
      • Arapaho Indians -- Portraits
      • Subject Terms :
      • Shoshoni Indians -- Portraits
      • Subject Terms :
      • Indians of North America -- Portraits
      • Subject Terms :
      • Landscape photography -- Wyoming -- Photographs
      • Form or Genre Terms :
      • Cabinet cards
      • Form or Genre Terms :
      • Studio portraits

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