Identification on attachment (typewritten): "A step toward civilization"; sometimes called "Steps toward civilization", 1904. Fourth monumental work done especially for the Saint Louis Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. The chief has thrown aside his bonnet and other effects of his culture. He is directing his son to go forward and take up the culture of the white man, as he holds in his arms a volume, symbollical [sic] of the white man's learning, or possibly it is a bible.
A step toward civilization by Solon Borglum, not before 1904 / unidentified photographer. Solon H. Borglum and Borglum family papers, 1864-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
This item has been digitally reformatted. It is available by requesting an appointment in the Archives of American Art's reading rooms, or in certain situations as a Reproduction Request.
Current copyright status is undetermined
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560