Recently added to the Department of Special Collections Native American Digital Collection are the photographs from the Edward H. Boos Flathead Indian Reservation Photos.
Edward H. Boos (1877-1937) was a photographer and journalist who took a tremendous number of images on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the Flathead and Missoula valleys of Montana in 1905-1907, specifically of the Ktunaxa (Kootenai), Bitteroot Salish and Upper Kalispel “Pend d’Oreilles” people of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation.
There are 16 prints, most bearing Boos’ seal and copyright dates. Context suggests that they were made by the photographer before his death.
We acquired these materials in September 2003.
Other institutions with Boos’ photos are The Denver Public Library (who hold 131 glass negative, including many for the prints in our collection), and Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula (again, some overlap, but they also have images Boos took of the U.S. Army 25th Infantry (African American) Bicycle Corps’ experimental expedition from Fort Missoula to St. Louis, Missouri in 1897.
For more information on Boos’ life and work, please see: “Acclaimed Western Photographers ~ Edward H. Boos” by Randel Metz.