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Albertype Company photograph collection relating to American Indians

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Albertype Co.  Search this
Witteman, Hermann L., -1952  Search this
Fred Harvey (Firm)  Search this
Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)  Search this
N.W. Halsey & Co.  Search this
Bell, C. M. (Charles Milton), approximately 1849-1893  Search this
Clarke, H. H.  Search this
Cornish, Geo. B. (George Bancroft)  Search this
Fiske, Frank Bennett, 1883-1952  Search this
Flood, H. Lee  Search this
Hazeltine, H. R.  Search this
Martin, W. H. (William H.), 1865-1940  Search this
Mathers, C. W.  Search this
Matsura, Frank, 1873-1913  Search this
Reed, Roland, 1864-1934  Search this
Stimson, Joseph Elam, 1870-1952  Search this
Watkins, H. H.  Search this
Wittemann, A. (Adolph), 1845-1938 (collector and photographer)  Search this
318 Negatives (circa, nitrate (includes copy negatives))
Pueblo Indians  Search this
Indians of North America -- Subarctic  Search this
Comanche Indians  Search this
Cree Indians  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northeast  Search this
Coast Salish Indians  Search this
Colville Indians  Search this
Eskimos  Search this
Fox Indians  Search this
Dakota Indians  Search this
Dogrib Indians  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Cheyenne Indians  Search this
Catawba Indians  Search this
Caddo Indians  Search this
Bella Coola Indians  Search this
Acoma Indians  Search this
Apache Indians  Search this
Arapaho Indians  Search this
Assiniboine Indians  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Laguna Indians  Search this
Kiowa Indians  Search this
Isleta Indians  Search this
Maricopa Indians  Search this
Havasupai Indians  Search this
Haida Indians  Search this
Gros Ventre Indians (Montana)  Search this
Ponca Indians  Search this
Pawnee Indians  Search this
Osage Indians  Search this
Ojibwa Indians  Search this
Nez Percé Indians  Search this
Navajo Indians  Search this
Mohave Indians  Search this
Tewa Indians  Search this
Zuni Indians  Search this
Shoshoni Indians  Search this
Taos Indians  Search this
Seminole Indians  Search this
Shawnee Indians  Search this
Sarsi Indians  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Hopi Indians  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Indians of North America -- Plateau  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Basin  Search this
Hawaiians  Search this
Arctic peoples  Search this
Japanese  Search this
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Kansas City (Mo.)
British Columbia
Virgin Islands
Vancouver (British Columbia)
circa 1890-1910
Scope and Contents note:
The collection consists of photographs collected by the Albertype Company for their postcards and viewbooks, including portraits, scenery, camps, American Indian schools, and some paintings and composites for postcard printing. Additional subjects include rock drawings in Maine; a statue in Kansas City, Missouri; Standing Rock Monument in North Dakota; people in Atlin, British Columbia; Carib rock drawings in the Virgin Islands; and totem poles in Vancouver. Included are works of Charles Milton Bell, E. A. Benson, C. R. Bourne, H. E. Brown, William Bull, H. H. Clarke, George B. Cornish, Frank Bennett Fiske, H. Lee Flood, N. W. Halsey, Fred Harvey, H. R. Hazeltine, Kiser Photograph Company, W. H. Martin, C. W. Mathers, Frank Matsura, W. H. Matthewson, Charles E. Morris, Ernest Moses, J. S. Myers, M. OʹConnor, G. W. Parsons, Roland W. Reed, C. B. Robinson , J. E. Stimson, W. M. Stoltz, and H. H. Watkins. Clarke and Fiske, however, are the only photographers with more than a few images.
Biographical/Historical note:
The Albertype Company, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, published viewbooks and postcards for national distribution. Founded by Adolph and Herman Witteman, the company began publishing souvenier photographic albums as early as 1867. The Wittemans established Witteman Brothers in 1885, and then the Albertype Company in 1890. From 1890 to 1950, the firm published collotypes made from the photographs of its agents (including Adolph Witteman), other companies, and independent photographers. The firm was purchased in 1952 by Art Vue Post Card Company.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 25
Reproduction Note:
Modern copy negatives and prints made by Smithsonian Institution, circa 1972.
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The Library of Congress, Wisconsin Historical Society, and Historical Society of Pennsylvania also hold original Albertype Company prints and negatives.
Albertype Company views are also held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 88-37, Photo Lot 92-37, and Photo Lot 92-3.
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Albertype Company photograph collection relating to American Indians, circa 1890-1910
Original nitrate negatives are in cold storage and require advanced notice for viewing. Modern copy prints and copy negatives for nearly all images are available.
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Rock paintings  Search this
Totem poles  Search this
Salish Indians  Search this
Photo lot 25, Albertype Company photograph collection relating to American Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives