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Popular Research Topics: Native American History


The AHC has a number of collections related to Native American history. An updated list of collections can be found in our Guide to Native American Resources.

Many of our Native American-related collections have been inventoried and digitized. Below are some of the more prominent collections, though additional information can be found by searching our online catalog (select "American Heritage Center" under the "Search In" field) or the Rocky Mountain Online Archive database of collection inventories (select "University of Wyoming" under "Institutions").

Noteworthy Collections

Richard Throssel Photographs

Richard Throssel Photographs

Collection contains materials mainly relating to Throssel's photographic work of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indians from 1902-1933. Collection includes 2,481 photographs, glass plate negatives and lantern slides of daily life, ceremonies, portraits and village scenes of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne; what is now the Little Bighorn National Monument; daily life of Billings; Throssel and his family; ranching; and scenery of southern Montana and northern Wyoming (1902-ca. 1920s).


Zdenek Salzmann Arapaho Indian Research Papers

Zdenek Salzmann Arapaho Indian Research Papers

The Zdenek Salzmann Arapaho Indian research papers, 1851-1986, include photocopied materials from United States and foreign published journals and books, personal notes and research cards, cassette tapes, and film reels that document Dr. Salzmann's research and life's work on Native American cultures and languages.


John Roberts Papers

John Roberts Papers

John Roberts was an Episcopalian missionary who worked among the Arapaho and Shoshone peoples on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The collection contains numerous notes and drafts as well as printed versions of Robert’s translations of church literature into the Arapaho and Shoshone languages. Other material includes history of the region and biographical information about Roberts and his family, friends and prominent citizens of the area including Sacagawea.


Baker and Johnston Photographs

Baker and Johnston Photographs

John Roberts was an Episcopalian missionary who worked among the Arapaho and Shoshone peoples on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The collection contains numerous notes and drafts as well as printed versions of Robert’s translations of church literature into the Arapaho and Shoshone languages. Other material includes history of the region and biographical information about Roberts and his family, friends and prominent citizens of the area including Sacagawea.


Henry Farny Paintings

Henry Farny Paintings

Farny was born in France in 1847 and as a child moved with his family to Cincinnati, Ohio. Farny took several trips to the American West in the 1880s. During his travels, Farny collected numerous Indian artifacts and photographs, while producing several sketches of his own. Returning to his Cincinnati studio, Farny worked from his own illustrations and memory, relied on his collection of artifacts, and occasionally employed live models to create his unique style of Western art. While his paintings of Native Americans were highly sought after during Farny’s lifetime, his work disappeared into near obscurity in the years following his death. Collectors rediscovered Farny in the 1960s because of increasing interest in the "true West."


Alfred Jacob Miller Paintings

Alfred Jacob Miller Paintings

In 1837, Alfred Jacob Miller was hired by William Drummond Stewart, a wealthy Scot, to be expedition artist for a journey to the rendezvous of 1837 in the American West. The rendezvous was a week-long gathering of fur trappers, Indians, fur company agents, and a few adventurers such as Stewart. Today, Miller’s sketches and paintings give us the only eye-witness visual account of the rendezvous period of the Rocky Mountain fur trade.


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