Rinehart Native American Photos Collection

November is National Native American Heritage Month, and the Fold3.com reference database includes a number of collections that deal specifically with Native Americans.  

One such collection is the Rinehart Native American Photos Collection, which is a joint effort of Fold3.com and its Content Partner, Boston Public Library.. Frank A. Rinehart was a commercial photographer in Omaha, Nebraska. He was commissioned to photograph the 1898 Indian Congress, part of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition held at Omaha. More than five hundred Native Americans from thirty-five tribes attended the conference, providing the gifted photographer and artist an opportunity to create a stunning visual document of Native American life and culture at the dawn of the 20th century.

There are 113 photos in the Fold3.com Rinehart Collection. Most of the photos depict members of tribes that lived in the Southwest or on the Great Plains. Most are sepia colored, although about 30 of them are hand-colored. Photos of interest can be printed or downloaded as JPGs or PDFs.

You can browse through the photos in this collection, or you can do a search for photos of interest. Let’s say you are looking for Chief American Horse of the Sioux tribe. You can achieve the best result by selecting the Rinehart Collection, and searching within that collection:

Keywords chief horse

You can also search for american horse, but the results for that search include a few extraneous hits that pop up because item descriptions in this collection include the words Native American.

Fold3.com is just one of the reference databases SLPL subscribes to. You may use it at Central Library or one of our branches, or you can use it from home if you have a valid SLPL Library Card.

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