William Harvey Harrison photograph albums, circa 1913  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Harrison, William Harvey, 1870-1922
William Harvey Harrison photograph albums
circa 1913 (inclusive)
3 albums
Collection Number
Mss 724
Three photograph albums documenting the travels and activities of Dr. William Harvey Harrison, an opthamologist with the Indian Service who was especially interested in trachoma.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dr. William H. Harrison was a physcian for the United States Indian Service. He authored a number of articles, especially in journals of ophthamology, about the problem of trachoma among Indians. He is listed in the Missoula, Montana, city directories for 1913 and 1915 as a partner in Smith, Pease and Harrison, Physicians and Surgeons.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of three photograph albums of images and some accompanying text documenting the travels and activities of Dr. Harrison, a physician for the Indian Service, and a woman (perhaps a sister). A large number of images are of Indians on reservations, including some who were suffering from trachoma.

Locations depicted in the albums include: White Earth Reservation, Minnesota; Lame Deer, Montana; Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota; Turtle Mountain Reservation, North Dakota; Red Lake, Minnesota; Ft. Berthold, North Dakota; Devils Lake Reservation, North Dakota; Crow Reservation, Montana; Pine Point, Minnesota; Lead, South Dakota; and remains of Ft. C. M. Smith near Hardin, Montana. Individuals named in the albums include: Chief Two Moons (Northern Cheyenne), Plenty Crow (Northern Cheyenne), Spotted Wolf (Ft. Berthold Reservation), Chief Little Fish (Devils Lake Reservation), Jim Bassett (Chippewa), Billy Fine Day (Chippewa), Strong Left Hand (Northern Cheyenne), Shell-on-the-Neck (Crow), White-Man-Runs-Him (Crow), Eugene Bird (Chippewa), Miss Mabel Grimme, Mr. W. L. Baumer, and Dr. P. G. Caps.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], William Harvey Harrison Photograph Albums, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Custodial History

The chain of ownership of these photo albums is unknown.

Acquisition Information

It is unclear when or how these photograph albums came to be in the Archives, although is almost certain that they arrived at the Library prior to the establishment of the Archives in 1968 because early references to some of the images in the album indicate they are from the "UM Museum," a precursor of the Archives.

Processing Note

The albums likely arrived at what is now the Archives prior to 1968. In 1972 some images in the albums were individually described in a card catalog for the photograph collection. When an item was individually described the image number assigned to it was written directly on the image in the photograph album (ie. 72-757). In some cases images in these albums were identified as being from Mary Elrod Ferguson, though it is clear now that Ferguson likely received the albums during the time she was in charge of the UM Museum and that she was in no way responsible for their creation or production. During a review of unidentified photograph albums in 2009 it became apparent that these three albums belonged together and they were placed in the same box and described for the first time as the William Harvey Harrison photograph albums. No attempt was made to remove the image numbers written on the images in the 1970s.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Indians of North America--Diseases
  • Indians of North America--Photographs
  • Trachoma

Corporate Names

  • United States. Office of Indian Affairs--Officials and employees

Geographical Names

  • Crow Indian Reservation (Mont.)--Photographs
  • Fort C.F. Smith (Mont.)--Photographs
  • Fort Totten Indian Reservation (N.D.)--Photographs
  • Fort Berthold (N.D.)--Photographs
  • Lame Deer (Mont.)--Photographs
  • Lead (S.D.)--Photographs
  • Red Lake (Minn.)--Photographs
  • Rosebud Indian Reservation (S.D.)--Photographs
  • Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation (N.D.)--Photographs
  • White Earth Indian Reservation (Minn.)--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photograph albums


  • Government physicians--United States