Guide to the J. O. Lewis Collection of Photographs of Native American Schools 1895-1900
PC 124

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Lewis, J. O.
Title
J. O. Lewis Collection of Photographs of Native American Schools
ID
PC 124
Date [inclusive]
1895-1900
Extent
23.0 images
General Physical Description note
.25 Linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of 23 photographs, primarily of Native American students and schools ca. 1895-1900. A few photographs are of unidentified buildings; based on the others in this collections we assume they're likely boarding schools, but this is not certain. At least 10 of the photographs can be identified as Klamath Agency schools.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] J. O. Lewis Collection of Photographs of Native American Schools

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Klamath Reservation was created in southern Oregon 1864; the Agency's first boarding school followed in 1873.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of 23 photographs, primarily of Native American students and schools ca. 1895-1900. A few photographs are of unidentified buildings; based on the others in this collections we assume they're likely boarding schools, but this is not certain. At least 10 of the photographs can be identified as Klamath Agency schools (two buildings, one apparently for girls, and one for boys). A number of the unidentified photographs include a listing on the back of those pictured; those names are noted here, although the faded and ornate handwriting makes it likely that many of these names, as transcribed here, are partially in error.

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Arrangement note

The collection is broken into two series - those recognized as Klamath, and those which are unidentified.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Photographs of Native American Schools were donated to the Washington State University Library by Mrs. J.O. Lewis in 1971; nothing more is known about their provenance.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by University Archivist Mark O'English in April, 2009.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Klamath Indian Reservation (Or.)

Subject(s)

  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Indians of North America -- Education -- Pictorial works.
  • Klamath Indians -- Education -- Pictorial works.
  • Native Americans
  • Oregon

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Klamath Agency 

item

Class of 1897, of Klamath Boarding School 

1

Klamath Boarding School. Eight native girls in "native" costume. 

2

Klamath School, May 31, 1897. Male students with adults in front of signed school, Klamath Agency. 

3

School building at Klamath Agency. 

4

Female students with adults in front of girl's dormitory, Klamath Agency. 

5

"School at Klamath where Frank and Allie taught." Girl's dormitory, Klamath Agency. 

6

Six students on steps in front of girl's dormitory, Klamath Agency. 

7

Man of horse in front of girl's dormitory, Klamath Agency. 

8

"School at Klamath?" Nine native boys; two with baseball bats. 

9

Klamath Agency - view of lake 

10

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Series 2: Unidentified Locations 

item

8 people on two horse-drawn wagons, lakeside. 

11

Native woman and child. 

12

Unidentified two-story building. 

13

Unidentified two-story building. 

14

Unidentified two-story building (likely to be Klamath). 

15

Unidentified two-story building with ornate cupola; same building as in item 17. 

16

16 native girls in witch costumes; same building as in item 16. 

17

Four brick buildings behind fence with arched gate. Likely native boarding school, but not Klamath. 

18

Teller Institute Band. Conductor and 27 native american band members in front of brick wall. Not Klamath Agency. 

19

"King's Daughters pictured," April 6, 1895. 13 females. Mary Nystia, Lousie Rose, Ruth Cavathiua, Nellie Hanly, Dora Worchester, Carrie Vierrion, Gertrude Chuba, Alice May, Polly Verilta, Ita Kaslessi, Emma Natae, Maggie Mitchell, Eliza Gochna. 

20

15 male students. George Washington, John Q Adams, Charles Dickens, Allan Thurman, George Hunt, James Lapaz, Albert Jones, Paul Dovezlie, Frank Pierce, Henry Notikoke, Charles Parnell, Dan Sekoogie, Edwin Letchen, Emanuel Victor, Lon Spircher. 

21

11 female students, with dog. Rachel Murray, Flora Gilena, May Brown, Luartha Telvis, Ethel Katorah, Ita Vianni, Lissa Brown, Laura Gubaliyah, Amy Pitchilini, Edith Richardson, Emma Burrows. 

22

10 children in costume. Roy Smith, Eddie Smith, Bonnie Smith, Fannie Montes, Joe Montes, Lottie Lofrez, Willie Upshaw, Lacy Brown, Lila Snyder, Vera Snyder. 

23

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