55 drawings (on 54 leaves) of war deeds drawn on the blank backs of loose-leaf printed roster sheets of the Thirty-first US Infantry, forms dated 1868. Also included: Autograph letter signed from John P. Williamson. Fort Randall, Dakota Territory December 12, 1881. 2 pages and 7 page "Index" describing each drawing. Also typed carbon copy, 5 pages with miscellaneous typed notes by Stirling, 3 pages. Scenes are identified in an accompanying handwritten Index provided by James Kimball based on information provided by unknown Indian sources. He identifies all pictures as illustrating exploits of Sitting Bull. An accompanying 1881 letter from John P. Willliamson, Fort Randall, Dakota Territory, amends that to identify a series of 15 drawings as representing war deeds of Jumping Bull, based on an interview with Sitting Bull. All Sitting Bull pictures except No. 55 contain his name glyph and many include his identifying shield. The Jumping Bull pictures have no name glyphs and are identified based on information provided by Sitting Bull to Williamson.
NAA MS 1929A
United States South Dakota Fort Randall.
MS 1929A 000
Pictographs -- Lakota
Manuscript 1929A, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution