Black Elk, Oto Chief

Description (Brief):

The daguerreotype portrait of Native American man in Indian dress with a lap blanket is identified as "Black Elk, Oto Chief". The photograph is one of a series a of portrait daguerreotypes made of Native American chiefs while they crossed the country to meet with US Government officials in Washington, DC. When passing through St. Louis, Missouri, in 1851-52 these chiefs were photographed by photographers Thomas Easterly and John Fitzgibbons. Each portrait was a unique image. Daguerreotypes had no negatives; each photograph was exposed on a silver-nitrate covered copper plate. Daguerreotypes remained a popular method of capturing portraits from 1840 to 1860 when it was replaced with easier and less hazardous methods of negative-positive based photography like wet-plate collodion and albumen. The image is not matted, but framed.

Date Made: 1851-1852

Photographer: Fitzgibbon, JohnDepicted: Black ElkMaker: Fitzgibbon, John

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Missouri, Saint LouisP: United States: Missouri, St. Louis

Subject: MenPortraitsNative Americans


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.003974.29Accession Number: 121824Catalog Number: 3974.29

Object Name: Daguerreotype

Physical Description: metal, copper (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 22 cm x 17 cm x .5 cm; 8 21/32 in x 6 11/16 in x 3/16 in


Record Id: nmah_554521

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