A library curator, Clayton Lewis, shows examples of cartes de visite from the photographic collection acquired by the library in 2016. (AP)
Library Curator of Graphics, Clayton Lewis, shows a photograph of Sitting Bull, a native American chief. (AP)
The trove, representing some 80 indigenous groups, includes photos from government-sponsored expeditions, stereographic and “cartes de visites.” (AP)
Eric Hemenway, left, the director of archives and records for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians looks over photographs with University of Michigan curators. (AP)
Photographs of native Americans are rare and worth studying.
Why does a library have these photos? Who are the people in them? What were their lives like?
Eric H. is thankful for the photos. He wants us to remember his ancestors [an-ses-ters].