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Crow | Nez Perce
Alternate forms: Apsáalooke, Niimíipu
Language(s): English
Date: 1877
Contributor: Fair, Edwin B.
Extent: 5 letters
Description: A small collection of letters by Corporal Edwin B. Fair, who apparently joined Company E of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry, formerly under George Custer's command, a few months after Custer and his forces were defeated at the Battle of Little Bighorn, or the Battle of the Greasy Grass. Fair writes home to his sisters from his posts in the Dakota Territory and Montana. In the letters, Fair describes the daily life of and conditions faced by a common soldier stationed on the Plains; buffalo hunting; encounters with Native Americans, particularly the Crow and Nez Perce; and patrol and reconnaissance missions in Yellowstone National Park and other places. Fair relates the events and scenes witnessed in the plain, unvarnished vernacular of the day. Letters from the time and place are of infrequent occurence, making this a particularily interesting collection.
Collection: Edwin B. Fair Letters (Mss.SMs.Coll.17)

Apache | Chiricahua | Crow | Dakota | Lakota
Language(s): English
Date: Circa 1880-1900
Extent: 19 photographs
Description: The Ellen Lehman Native American Photograph Collection consists of 19 albumen prints of late nineteenth-century Native American leaders on cabinet cards. The bulk of the images date from the 1880s and portray important members of the Dakota Indian tribes, many of whom fought against the 7th Cavalry of the U.S. Army at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. Among the leaders depicted are: Sitting Bull, Gall, Rain in the Face, Crow King, and White Bull. The collection also includes two images of Geronimo, the Bedonkohe Apache leader who resisted Mexican and American expansion in the Southwest in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The majority of the photographs in the collection were taken by David Francis Barry, with Orlando Scott Goff and George W. Scott also contributing.
Collection: Ellen Lehman Native American Photograph Collection (Mss.SMs.Coll.16)