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Modoc Indian War Lantern Slides
photCL 515  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Modoc Indian War Lantern Slides
    Dates: 1872-1873
    Collection Number: photCL 515
    Creator/Collector: Heller, Louis, 1839-1928; Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904; Putnam & Valentine
    Extent: 52 lantern slides in 1 box; lantern slides 8 x 10 cm. (3 x 4 in.) and smaller. See itemized list under "Additional Collection Guides"
    Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
    Abstract: This collection includes lantern slides of both photographs and illustrations of the Modoc War from 1872 to 1873. Notable images include portraits of Modoc leader Captain Jack and Winema (Toby) Riddle, shaman Curly-headed Doctor, and Indian scout Donald McKy; and the lava beds that served as the Modocs’ stronghold. There are 29 photographs by Eadweard Muybridge, and 10 by Louis Heller.
    Language of Material: English


    Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Modoc Indian War Lantern Slides. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Given by Grabhorn Press in 1945.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The lantern slides show Indian scouts for the U.S. Army; U.S. Army soldiers navigating through lava beds; a Warm Spring Indian camp; U.S. Army camps; possibly San Francisco Bulletin’s correspondent William McKay; Captain Jack’s family; Modocs Scar-Faced Charley, and Boston Charley; the gravesites of Boston Charley, Black Jim, Schonchiss, and Captain Jack; Modoc women; illustrations of what is possibly the Modoc attack on the 1873 Peace Commission; Modoc prisoners of war; illustrations of Indians; ruins of buildings; and a wounded U.S. soldier.

    Indexing Terms

    Indian interpreters
    Indian scouts
    Modoc Indians
    Modoc Indians—Wars, 1873
    United States. Army. Infantry, 1st
    United States. Army. Cavalry
    Jack, Captain, Modoc Chief, d. 1873
    Winema, Modoc Chieftainess, 1842-1932
    Siskiyou County (Calif.)
    Lantern slides

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