Charles S. Baker and Eli Johnston owned a photography studio in Evanston, Wyoming called Baker & Johnston Photographic Studio. Baker was a member of the Masonic Lodge and never married. They are best known for a series of 93 photographs, "List of Indian Pictures," taken in the 1880s of the Shoshone, Arapahoe, and Apache Indians.
The Shoshone tribe permanently located to the Wind River Reservation near present day Fort Washakie in 1868. The Arapahoe were moved onto the reservation (without permission from the Shoshone) in 1878. This reservation has been diminished in size down through the years, but it still serves as a reservation for the Shoshone and Arapahoe nations. Evanston is along the line of the Union Pacific Railroad and is about four hours southwest of the reservation.
The Baker and Johnston photograph collection consists of 14 cabinet card images mainly of Arapahoe and Shoshone Indians, some in tribal dress, probably taken in their Evanston, Wyoming studio in the 1880s. Included are images of Arapahoe Chief Sharp Nose, Painting Horse, Oiti, Pappagoit and the Shoshone Chief Washakie. Three of the cabinet cards do not include an index of the photographs contained in the, "List of Indian Pictures," series. Because of similarities in content and printing, however, they are assumed to be taken by Baker and Johnston.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Baker and Johnston photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.
Initial Citation: USU_P0474; Baker and Johnston photograph collection; Photograph Collections Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_P0474, USUSCA.
|1||1||1-01-01: “Windeah” a Shoshone Indian. He is in traditional dress seated on a log holding a revolver looking to the right||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-02: “Shoshone Sun Dance Costume” worn by an unidentified man who is holding a feathered stick in left hand||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-03: “Naroce—Shoshone warrior with tomahawk”. He is looking to the left and is in traditional dress||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-04: “Oiti and Pappagoit”. The image is of three men seated on horses in a creek. The man in the middle is probably Chief Washakie||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-05: Two unidentified Arapahoe men, both wearing traditional jewelry but modern clothing and hats. The man on the right is holding a feather||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-6: “Sharp Nose. War Chief of the Arapahoe Indians”. In a military jacket||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-07: “Sharp Nose”, the Arapahoe war chief in a military jacket||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-08: “Young Calf” an Arapahoe Man. In traditional dress, including a traditional feathered headdress, sitting on a rock turned to the right holding a revolver in his right hand. Handwriting on the back identifies the revolver as “Gun—Colt—Carey Cartridge—[illegible]”||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-09: “Arapahoe”. An unidentified portrait of an Arapahoe man wearing a belt with shell casings looking to the right||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-10: “Taboonggwesha” an Arapahoe Man. Wearing traditional jewelry||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-11: “Painting Horse” an Arapahoe Man. Wearing traditional dress, including a feathered headdress, and is seated on furs holding a revolver in his right hand||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-12: “Painting Horse.” Standing with his right leg on a log holding a revolver in right hand, looking off to the right, wearing a belt made of shell casings and is also wearing a traditional feathered headdress||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-13: “Buffalo Wallow” an Arapahoe Man. Standing with his right leg on a log turned to and looking at the left. He is also in a feathered headdress, holding a revolver in right hand and a shell casing belt||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-14: “Bad Lands”. A rock formation with a man in the center of the background. Possibly near Lyman, Wyoming||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-15: Chief Washakie with Shoshone Chiefs||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-16: Arapahoe Children in School||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-17: Chief Washakie (standing) and Shoshone Chiefs (sitting)||1881-1882|
|1||1||1-01-18: Shoshone woman with baby - "Shoshone Squaw carrying papoose."||1881-1882|