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SD Photograph Collection—Francis Day, W.H. McMaster, Native American Chiefs, ca. 1920s

 Unprocessed — Box: 06561 B
Identifier: H2016-097

Content Description

The collection consists of two photographs of Francis Day and one photograph of Congressional and Native American dignitaries taken in the late 1920s. According to a news clipping on the back of one of the photos, Francis Day was a Rapid City boy who danced in a Native American costume for President Calvin Coolidge while the president was in the Black Hills in 1927. Francis’ father George Day was a clerk at the Indian School in Rapid City. One image of Francis is in Native dress (1927), the other is him wearing a tuxedo (1928). The third image was taken on or near September 25, 1928 of a Congressional and Native American meeting at Rosebud (S.D.). The photo includes caption information. The image is of Senator Charles Curtis of Kansas, who at the time was a Republican candidate for vice-president, with Senator W. H. McMaster of South Dakota. The delegation included four Native American chiefs: Crow Eagle, Big Horn, Leading Charge and Spotted Tail. According to the photo caption the chiefs welcomed the delegation to a Rosebud Indian Celebration.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. late 1920s


0.1 Cubic Feet