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George W. Fox Collection of American Indian ledger drawings and photographs

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-2893

Scope and Contents

Ledger drawings by American Indians and photographs collected by George W. Fox, 1867-circa 1885. Ledger drawings in the collection include two discrete disbound volumes created in 1876 by Wohaw, a Kiowa Indian, and Soaring Eagle, a Cheyenne Indian. Photographs include portraits of American Indians and views of Indian Territory by William Stinson Soule, as well as portraits of American Indian students and views by John Nicholas Choate related to the United States Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The collection also includes stereograph portraits of American Indian prisoners at Castillo de San Marcos (Fort Marion) in Saint Augustine, Florida, by photographers O. Pierre Havens and George Pierron. Other photographs include views of sites along the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway in Texas by Peter Fassold and Samuel Burnett Hill , as well as other images of Texas and California by Charles Turner Collier and August R. Mignon.

Dates

  • 1867-circa 1885

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The George W. Fox Collection of American Indian Ledger Drawings and Photographs is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the William Reese Company on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana and Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2002.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Ledger Drawings by American Indians, 1876. II. Photographs, 1867-circa 1885.

Extent

1.1 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.foxgeorgew

Overview

Ledger drawings by American Indians and photographs collected by George W. Fox, 1867-circa 1885. Ledger drawings in the collection include two discrete disbound volumes created in 1876 by Wohaw, a Kiowa Indian, and Soaring Eagle, a Cheyenne Indian. Photographs include portraits of American Indians and views of Indian Territory by William Stinson Soule, as well as portraits of American Indian students and views by John Nicholas Choate related to the United States Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The collection also includes stereograph portraits of American Indian prisoners at Castillo de San Marcos (Fort Marion) in Saint Augustine, Florida, by photographers O. Pierre Havens and George Pierron. Other photographs include views of sites along the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway in Texas by Peter Fassold and Samuel Burnett Hill, as well as other images of Texas and California by Charles Turner Collier and August R. Mignon.

George W. Fox

George W. Fox (1853-1886) was born in Pennsylvania, the son of George W. Fox (1820-1888). He married Laura E. Shinn Fox Bowen (1858-1933) and they had two daughters, Laura M. Fox (later Mulford) (1878-1965) and Nana S. Fox (later Oliver) (1882-1942). Fox worked as a trader with John "Jack" S. Evans at Fort Sill, Indian Territory, and became an interpreter for Comanche Indians. From 1875 to March 1877, Fox worked with Richard Henry Pratt (1840-1924) and American Indian prisoners of war at Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos ) in Saint Augustine, Florida. Fox probably died in New Jersey. In 1890, his widow married Daniel Albert Bowen (1855-1912).

Custodial History

Formerly owned by the Cumberland County Historical Society, Greenwich, New Jersey.

Processing Information

Former call number: Uncat MSS 318

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from a survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
Title
Guide to the George W. Fox Collection of American Indian Ledger Drawings and Photographs
Author
by Matthew Daniel Mason
Date
December 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Contact:
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New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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