Photographs made and collected by Arthur Earl Patton documenting life on and near the Flathead Indian Reservation. They include images of Salish people, cowboys, storefronts and buildings, carriages and wagons, automobiles, railroads, a river boat, and scenic views. Locations include Ravalli, Polson, and St. Ignatius in Montana, as well as Mandan, North Dakota. The collection includes some postcards by Thiri's Aerial View Service (T.A.V.S.), L. G. Bigelow, C.C. Slack & Co., and Charles E. Morris Co.
Arthur Earl Patton lived on the southern edge of the Flathead Indian Reservation near Arlee, Montana. He moved there about 1911 and stayed five years, obtaining 160 acres of land in accordance with the Homestead Act of 1862.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 91-25, USNM ACC 387053
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Flathead artifacts, including a buckskin shirt, buckskin gauntlets, a beaded leather belt, and a buckskin money belt, which were donated with the album can be found in the Department of Anthropology collections in accession 387053.
Additional Charles E. Morris photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 25 and Photo Lot 59.
An additional Thiri's Aerial view Service photograph held in the National Anthropological Archives in the BAE historical negatives.
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Photo Lot 91-25, Arthur Earl Patton photograph album relating to the Flathead Indian Reservation and surrounding areas, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution