Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Digital Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Processing Info

Inventory

Subject Terms


Guide to the Samuel Gay Morse Native American Photographs



PH Collection No.: 480
Creator: Morse, Samuel G. (Samuel Gay), 1859-1921 , photographer
Title: Samuel Gay Morse Native American photographs
Date Span: circa 1890-1900
Quantity: 17 photographic prints (1 box)
14 glass plate negatives ( 1 box)
Location: Entire collection available on digital site
KV915 (Box 1: prints - access to original photographs restricted. Permission required for viewing)
HN1523 (Box 2: glass negatives)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Makah woman in fringed dress, ca. 1890. Special Collections, UW Libraries. UW27614z




Biographical Note

Samuel Gay Morse was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1859 and his family moved to Port Angeles, Washington when he was an infant. From 1892 to 1894, Morse was sheriff of Clallum County; later he served as an Indian agent for the Makah Indians at Neah Bay. The bulk of his photographs were made during this six-year period. He served as Clallum County commissioner from 1904 to 1905, then moved to Aberdeen, where he was captain of police. He next went to Mora and operated a fish cannery. In 1920, Morse returned to Port Angeles, where he operated a grocery store until his death in 1921.

Scope and Content

The collection contains photographic prints and glass plate negatives depicting Native American men and women, mostly of the Makah tribe. Both individual and group portraits are included. The photographs were made on the Washington coast between Neah Bay and Taholah in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

Digital Content

View the collection in digital format.

Most of the images are included in the Native American microfiche.

Restrictions on Access

Access to the original prints and the glass plate negatives is restricted; see the digital collection.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions might exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact the repository for details.

Processing Info

Processed by Shannon B. Lynch and Marion Brown, 2008.


Inventory

 
Box/Folder Item Date
1/11Aschadaback, or Peter Brown, Chief of the Makah   View image1890-1900
 
2Che-poo   View imagecirca 1890-1900
 
1/23William Dick's mother   View imagecirca 1894-1900
 
4Mrs. Dog   View imagecirca 1894-1900
 
5Clallum Jackson seated on boat   View imagecirca 1900
Jackson's home was the village at Clallum Bay, but he later lived at Neah Bay.
 
6Man known as General Jackson   View imagecirca 1894-1900
 
7Mrs. Clallum Jackson wearing cap and blanket, Neah Bay   View imagecirca 1894-1900
 
8Ketub or Mrs. David   View imagecirca 1898
 
1/39Okutter with carved wooden figures   View imagecirca 1899
 
10Owatta (Morse 51)   View imagecirca 1894-1900
 
11Yadde bassa, a woodcarver, totem, or toy maker   View imagecirca 1890-1900
 
1/412Yarlado   View imagecirca 1898
 
13Makah man   View imagecirca 1894-1900
 
14Man with downcast eyes   View imagecirca 1894-1900
 
15Makah man   View imagecirca 1894-1900
 
1/516Makah man, Neah Bay (Morse 44)   View imagecirca 1890-1900
Caption on photograph: "Flat-head Makah, Neah Bay."
 
17Makah man   View imagecirca 1894-1900
 
18Man wearing scarf around head   View imagecirca 1890-1900
 
19Man wearing key around neck   View imagecirca 1890-1900
 
20Woman weaving basket and rocking infant in cradle (Morse 40)   View image1902
Infant is Mrs. Colfax of Neah Bay.
 
21Woman wearing scarf and earrings   View imagecirca 1890-1900
 
1/622Woman, seated, with arms crossed   View imagecirca 1894-1900
 
23Makah or Clallum couple; man is wearing sea captain's uniform   View imagecirca 1890-1900
 
24Woman in fringed dress   View imagecirca 1890-1900
 
25aGroup of women with donkey (Morse 62)   View imagecirca 1890-1900
Front row, right to left: Ta-lo-ah, Chi-poo, Edwin Haight's mother-in-law, John Markishtum's grandmother, Edwin Haight's mother, Clako-kuk, Jennie Howe, unknown woman. Back row, right to left: Nora Barker's father's aunt, unknown, Queen Annie, Mrs. James Guy or Yarlado, Lida Colfax's great-grandmother, Ush-la-buht, three unknown women.
 
25bGroup of women with donkey   View imagecirca 1890-1900
Same as 24a, but reads "16 to 1".
 
26Seven boys (Morse 183)   View imageundated
Caption on photograph: "Some future citizens."
 
1/727Quileute men with sea lions after a hunt   View imagecirca 1896
 
28Fish-drying racks and smokehouse   View imagecirca 1898
 
29Woman tending fish drying on racks, Neah Bay   View imagecirca 1890-1900
 
30Group of Makah on the beach at Neah Bay   View imagecirca 1890-1900
Caption: Makah Indians Gambling. Neah Bay.

Subject Terms

Subjects:
Indians of North America--Washington (State)--Photographs.
Makah Indians--Washington (State)--Photographs.
Genre Headings:
Glass negatives.
Photographic prints.
Last modified: April 17, 2013
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