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D.F. Barry photographs of Hunkpapa Indians

Identifier: Ayer-Photographs-box-92


Studio portraits of Hunkpapa chiefs Crow King, Gall, Sitting Bull, and Rain in the Face, as well as Standing Holy (Sitting Bull's daughter), Shooting Star (identified as a Sioux woman), and D.F. Barry with Rain in the Face. The images were taken at Fort Buford in 1881, at Bismarck in 1885, and possibly elsewhere in the Dakota Territory, but most of them were printed from the negatives and sold from Barry's Superior, Wisconsin, studio in the 1890s or later.


  • Creation: approximately 1881-1920


Biographical / Historical

Bismarck, Dakota Territory and North Dakota, and Superior, Wisconsin, photographer.,Born in Honeoye Falls, N.Y., in 1854, D.F. Barry learned photography from O.S. Goff when Goff was an itinerant photographer operating from Portage, Wisconsin. In 1878, Goff took on Barry as his assistant and Barry managed his studio in Bismarck while Goff toured and photographed plains forts. In 1880 Barry set up a mobile gallery at Fort Buford, Dakota Territory, and later travelled to many forts, capturing Indians in both portraits and natural settings. By 1884, Barry had purchased Goff's Bismarck studio including Goff's own negatives, which Barry later marketed as his own. Barry moved his studio to Superior, Wisconsin, in 1890, and with the exception of one year when he opened a studio in New York City, he remained in Superior until his death in 1934.


2.1 Linear Feet (10 photographic prints in 1 box)

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Ownership and Custodial History

Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Photograph Collection (Newberry Library)

Alternate Form Available

Also available on microfilm at the Newberry Library.

Related Archival Materials

Related material: See the "Photographers" section of the Ayer Indian Photographs Index for 42 additional Barry photographs, mainly of Teton (mostly Hunkpapa) Indians, but also of Crow, Cheyenne, and Yankton Indians, etc.

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D.F. Barry photographs of Hunkpapa Indians, approximately 1881-1920
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