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William Henry Jackson
Title page for "Catalogue of Photographs of Indians, From Negatives in the Possession of the United States Geological Survey, Collected from Various Sources, and Covering a Period of Twenty-Five Years" by W.H. Jackson (Washington, 1874)
Preface to Indian Catalogue
The following series of Indian subjects is made up principally of the valuable additions which have been made to the original collections of this survey, through the munificent liberality of Wm. Blackmore, esq., of England, who has contributed them gratuitously for the advancement of ethnological studies.
The collection comprises about one thousand negatives, representing sixty-five tribes, and every possible phase of feature and mode of life.
The original collection of this survey, which has formed the nuclens about which to gather others, now numbers about two hundred negatives, chiefly scenes and studies among their habitations in the wilds of the far west.
The contributions of Mr. Blackmore comprise, first, a collection of over four hundred negatives, by Schindler, of Washington, D. 0., who had gathered them from various sources, and which go back to the days of the daguerreotype, twenty-five years ago; second, a collection of about forty-five negatives, made to his order, of the Pueblos, Apaches, and NavajoeS, in New Mexico, in 1871; third, a series of over three hundred very valuable negatives, purchased from Alex. Gardner, esq., of Washington, D. C., embracing all the prominent individuals who have visited their Great Father upon delegations during the last ten years.
During the past season other delegations have been secured by this survey, in negatives by Bell, Ulke, and Gardner.
Additions are being constantly made to the collections, both through the operations of the survey, and of others, so as to place it in a position of national importance.
The aborigines are rapidly fading away, and, in the near future, there will be no more trustworthy evidence of what they have been than these faithfully drawn sun-pictures.
At present, this catalogue merely enumerates them by tribes and individuals. Eventually a fully descriptive catalogue will be issued.