Modoc Indian War Lantern Slides


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


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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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