General AHC Collections

Collections that include materials on Chief Washakie who was an important leader of the Shoshone people. He was instrumental in the Shoshone’s negotiations with the United States government, and signed treaties establishing the Wind River Reservation on behalf of his people. Widely respected in the west, Washakie lent his name to a Wyoming county, a military fort, a Utah town, and other locations across the western states. This collection includes mostly photographs of Washakie.

Chief Washakie sitting with hat on his lap, ca. 1865

Resource Identifier
ah001846
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Photograph of Chief Washakie taken by photographer William Henry Jackson, 1870

Photograph labeled "Woshakie, Chief of the Shoshonne's, '1870s series.'" Jackson first encountered Washakie and the Eastern Shoshones when he joined the Hayden Geological Survey in 1870. 

Resource Identifier
ah001845
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Photograph of Washakie's lodge by William Henry Jackson, 1870

While with the Hayden Geological Survey, Jackson photographed a large Shoshone encampment at South Pass. Photo caption: "Encampment in South pass - Southern foothills of Wind River Mountains, Wyoming. Photograph by W.H. Jackson 1870. Washakie's Lodge."

Resource Identifier
ah100687
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Photograph of Washakie's camp at South Pass, Wyoming, by William Henry Jackson, 1870

Photo caption: "Washakie's Camp in South Pass Photograph by W. H. Jackson. Southern foothills of Wind River Mountain, Wyo. 1870."

Resource Identifier
ah100688
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Baker and Johnston photograph of Chief Washakie with his council of subchiefs. Date attributed on photograph is June 17, 1876

Charles S. Baker and Eli Johnston, based in Evanston, Wyoming, set up a field studio on the Wind River Reservation no later than 1885 and captured several images of Washakie and some of his family and council members. Rev. John Roberts papers contains an explanation of this photograph. See resource identifier ah00037_1211 in the John Roberts papers.

Resource Identifier
ah001784
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Photograph of Chief Washakie by Baker & Johnston, ca. 1880

Resource Identifier
ah100627
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Photograph by Baker & Johnston of Chief Washakie in a headdress and holding a pipe, ca. 1880

Resource Identifier
ah100689
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Photograph by Baker & Johnston of Chief Washakie standing with a rifle and a pipe, ca. 1880

Resource Identifier
ah002667
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Photograph of the grandson of Chief Washakie attributed to the studio of Baker and Johnston, ca. 1880

Resource Identifier
ah07420_021
Citation
Baker and Johnston Photographs, Collection No. 7420, Box 1, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Chief Washakie and two of his warriors, Tigee (left) and Pe-ri-go-shia (right) watering their horses at a creek, ca. 1880

Resource Identifier
ah001783
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Photographic portrait of Chief Washakie (photographer unknown), ca. 1880

Resource Identifier
ah100626
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Chief Washakie on horseback by a log structure on the Wind River Reservation, ca. 1880

Resource Identifier
ah002326
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Charcoal drawing of Chief Washakie, artist unknown

Resource Identifier
ah002668
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Oil painting by George de Forest Brush titled, "Old Washakie," 1884

After 40 years as chief, Washakie, weighed down by infirmities and blindness, still commanded respect among his people. Brush emphasized his dignity and powerful presence by painting him without his ceremonial headdress, which would have distracted from focus on his expressive face.

Resource Identifier
ah00325_0001
Citation
William Robertson Coe, Collection No. 325, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Photograph of Chief Washakie, 1893

Photograph taken during one of western author Owen Wister's trips to Wyoming where he drew inspiration for his novels, such as The Virginian (1902).

Resource Identifier
ah00290_0251
Citation
Owen Wister papers, Collection No. 290, Box 7, Folder 8, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Chief Washakie a year before his death, 1899

Resource Identifier
ah001847
Citation
Photofile: Washakie (Chief), American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Film of Reverend Dr. John Roberts giving Chief Washakie's dying message in signs, ca. 1942

Naturalist Adolph Murie recorded Rev. Dr. John Roberts providing Washakie's message in signs.

Resource Identifier
ahcav_11375_132
Citation
Murie Family papers, Collection No. 11375, Box 33, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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