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Title Olin D. Wheeler photographs: Vol 3
Document Type Photograph
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue (applies to Olin Dunbar Wheeler collection as a whole): Photographs of Yosemite National Park, circa 1925, views of landscapes and Native Americans along the route taken by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, ca. 1880-1904, and miscellaneous images associated with Wheeler’s interest in western travel. Many of the seventy-one gelatin photographic views of sites in Yosemite, taken after the construction of the Glacier Point Hotel in 1917, include tourists traveling in both Yosemite Transportation System vehicles and in private cars. The rest of the photographs (gelatin, albumen, cyanotype) are scenes taken mainly at the turn of the twentieth century in North Dakota and Montana but also in California, Iowa, Oregon and Washington. There are a number of images of Mandan Indians and their dwellings, schools, graves, transport, etc., taken at or near the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota; landscape views of Montana, including some of the Crook battlefield near Rosebud; scenic shots along the Columbia River and many unidentified rural settings; a photograph of the dedication of the Floyd obelisk near Sioux City, Iowa, on May 31, 1901, and shots of the sewing kit of expedition member George Shannon and a page of the expedition journal. Also, a studio portrait of Olin D. Wheeler and two pictures of him at his Northern Pacific Railway office desk. Box 68 contains photographs of traveling in Yosemite Valley National Park, California, circa 1925. Boxes 69, 70, and 88 contain Indian images and Western scenes, ca. 1880-1922. Seven identifiable photographers in the collection are C. Emsley, Corliss Fairchild, Benjamin A. Gifford, Orlando Scott Goff, Caspar W. Hodgson, L.A.Huffman, and Lee Moorhouse.
Names Many Antelopes [Ita-uhi-ahush]; Chimes In The Mouth; Wheeler, Olin Dunbar (1852-1925)
Places Independence, Missouri River, Missouri, Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota, United States
Keywords settlement, transportation, river, fort, reservation, Lewis and Clark expedition, Northern Pacific Railroad, environment, wildlife
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Great Plains
Additional Information Olin Dunbar Wheeler was a topographer, author, and railroad executive. Born in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1852, Wheeler was a topographer with John Wesley Powell’s survey of the Colorado River, 1874-1879. From 1892 to 1909 Wheeler was in charge of advertising for the Northern Pacific Railway, and was the author of its annual publication, Wonderland, which highlighted the history and scenic beauty of the region through which the railroad ran. In preparing the Wonderland issues, Wheeler became interested in the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and explored the trail extensively. His two-volume The Trail of Lewis and Clark was published in 1904.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer Photographs Box 69: Custer Corresp. Photographs Volume 2
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue