Grinnell, George Bird (1849-1938)
Complete with 55 Black and White Portraits from the 1898 Indian Congress
The Trans Mississippi International Exposition of 1898 and the concurrent Indian Congress were held in Omaha, Nebraska from June 1, 1898 through November 1, 1898. The Exposition showcased the developed West from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. More than 2.6 million visitors viewed 4,062 exhibits showcasing social achievement, economic productivity and community growth from 24 states and territories lying west of the Mississippi River.
Another historically significant part of the Exposition was the Indian Congress. This Congress, occurring within a decade of the end of the Indian Wars, was the largest Native American gathering of its kind. It allowed social and cultural exchange between tribes and educational opportunities for visitors. More than 500 photographs including portraits and scenes of the Indian Congress were taken by the official Photographer of the Exposition F. A. Rinehart (1861-1928) The Omaha Public Library maintains collection of 1,800 images including photographs of the Exposition itself.
George Bird Grinnell was an American anthropologist, historian, naturalist and writer. Grinnell was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in 1870 and doctorate in 1880. Originally specializing in zoology Grinnell became a prominent early conservationist and student of Native American life.
Herbert S. Stone and Company, Chicago and New York, 1900, First Edition, 185 pages including index, Book is a small folio 12.5 inches in height by 8.75 inches in width, tan cloth with stamped pictorial front board in red and black of an Indian Chief. Top edge gilt. A near Fine copy with a solid binding. No previous owner bookplate or writing. Important information on Indian character, beliefs and stories, dances, myth, distribution of the Indians, the reservation, the agent’s rule, education, difficulties and coexistence. Complete with 55 black and white portrait members by F. A. Rinehart. Frontispiece portrait of Chief American Horse, images of members of the Arapahoe, Black Feet, Cheyenne, Pottawatomi, Sac and Fox, Kiowa, Pueblo and other tribes.
Important 19th Century Collection of Native People and Their Culture