Crow girl wearing an elk tooth dress, 1906 (WHC 95.26.03)
Joseph Henry Sharp Photograph Album (WHC 1995.26)

In 1901, noted western artist, Joseph Henry Sharp, had a cabin studio built at the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Under direction of President Theodore Roosevelt’s Indian Commission, Sharp painted several American Indians living in the area. This album holds 74 black-and-white images, taken between 1901 and 1909, of Sharp’s travels and Crow, Northern Cheyenne, and Blackfeet tribal members that would be depicted in some of Sharp’s paintings. In 1909, Sharp left Montana for Taos, New Mexico.