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Louis DeWitt—Photograph Collection

 Unprocessed — Box: 05052 C
Identifier: H2018-077

Content Description

The collection consists of six photographs concerning Louis DeWitt and his family from roughly the 1900s to 1930s. Louis Veaux DeWitt was born at old Fort Pierre on March 2, 1852 the son of a French-Canadian father and Yankton Sioux mother. DeWitt knew little about his parents and was taken in by Major Franklin DeWitt, a trader at Fort Thompson. DeWitt would go on to be an Indian scout and interpreter, he traveled to the Black Hills in 1876 seeking gold, he joined the U.S. Scouts in 1877, was a government herder and farmer and went to Washington in 1898 as part of a Sioux Delegation. He married Julia DeWitt in May of 1878 and their children included Sophia, Carrie, John, Ben and Grace. He died in Los Angeles on December 7, 1940 and is buried at the Fort George Catholic Church Cemetery. Images include a photo of Louis and Julia at their home, a Native American woman on the DeWitt porch, a log home, Louis DeWitt and Shooting Star at the San Diego Expo in 1935, Louis with a melon weighing 50 ½ pounds and an image by photographer Robert L. Kelly of Pierre of two Native American women presumably DeWitt’s daughters. The item is an accretion to collections H75-414 and H2003-016.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1900s-1930s



0.1 Cubic Feet