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Title Christopher C. Augur collection of photographs of the western United States: Vol 7
Photographer Gardner, Alexander
Document Type Photograph; Art
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue (applies to Christopher C. Augur collection as a whole): Mounted albumen prints and stereographs of western Indians and scenes, ca. 1865-1881, taken mainly by Alexander Gardner, William H. Jackson, and William S. Soule. Also three large prints of Mexican War military scenes (Vera Cruz, Monterey, Calif., and Corpus Christi, Tex.). Gardner images include 90 large mounted prints, "Scenes in the Indian Country," and 98 stereographs, mainly documenting Fort Laramie Indian Peace Commission meetings with the Arapaho, Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow tribes. Included are Indian camp scenes and portraits, and views of the fort, its surroundings, and the negotiations. There are also several Kansas scenes taken by Gardner in 1867. There are 27 Wyoming images, "Picturesque Views of Rocky Mountain Scenery," taken by Jackson in 1870 when he accompanied Hayden’s Geological Survey of the Territories. The 22 Soule photoprints are mainly portraits of Arapaho, Comanche, and Kiowa chiefs, probably taken at Fort Sill, Okla., 1869-1874. There are also stereographs by A.A. Hart, C.R. Savage, C.W. Carter, H.L. Bingham, D.F. Mitchell, and J.B. Silvis, and large format prints by H.A. Doerr, containing views of Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroad routes, military posts in Texas and Wyoming, Sacramento, Calif., Prescott, Ariz., San Antonio, Tex., and the Mormon Tabernacle. In addition there are portraits of Gen. Augur, Nez Perce? Chief Joseph, and Gen. Gibbons, and two views of the Naval Academy and the National Asylum for Disabled Veterans.
Names Augur, Christopher Columbus (1821-1898); Taylor, General; Bullock, Colonel; Iron Nation; Spotted Tail
Places Veracruz, Mexico; Monterey, California, Corpus Christi, Texas, Alum Creek, Mulberry Creek, Kaw River, Big Blue River, Hayes City, Kansas, Fort Riley, Omaha, Nebraska, Fort Laramie, Fort David A. Russell, Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
Keywords observation, environment, fort, river, trade, trader, encampment, delegation, Union Pacific Railroad, trail, wagon trail, overland trail, death, burial, chief, railroad, art, settlement, horse, transportation
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area California, Southwest, Mesoamerica, Great Plains
Physical Description Following the Civil War U.S. army officer Christopher C. Augur commanded several military departments in the West. Interested in photographic documentation, Augur, a commissioner with the 1868 Indian Peace Commission at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, recruited Alexander Gardner to photograph the proceedings and also received copies of Gardner’s work. Augur apparently acquired the remainder of his photographic collection while stationed in the west.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer Photographs: Christopher C Augur Collection, Volume 7
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue