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Photographic portraits of Modoc Indians of the Modoc War

 Collection — Box: P002
Identifier: PC -006
Contains 15 black and white cartes de visite picturing Modoc Indians who took part in the Modoc War of 1872-1873. Portraits taken by Louis Herman Heller after their capture by Captain C.B. Throckmorton. Includes portraits of Captain Jack and his family, Schonchin, Steamboat Frank, Hook Jim, Donald McKay (posed with Captain Jack's capturers), Shacknasty Jim, Scar-Faced Charley, Black Jim, Bogus Charley, Ike, Boston Charley, and Curly-Headed Doctor. Includes a group portrait with a Caucasian man identified as Fairfield. Each mount is printed at bottom: I certify that L. Heller has this day taken the photographs of the above Modoc Indian prisoner under my charge. Capt. C.B. Throckmorton, 4th U.S. Artillery, Officer of the Day. I am cognizant of the above fact. Gen. Jeff. C. Davis, U.S.A. Cartes de visites were published by Carleton E. Watkins. Advertisement for Watkins' Yosemite Art Gallery printed on back of mount.


  • 1873


Language of Materials

Materials in collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection, which were created in 1873, are in the public domain in the United States. Permission to publish or reproduce is not required.


2 folders

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; provenance is unknown.


Finding Aid to the Photographic Portraits of Modoc Indians of the Modoc War
Jaime Henderson
January 2019
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the California Historical Society Repository

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San Francisco CA 94105