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Items 1-104, approximately 1900-1933

 File — Box: 1

Scope and Content of the Collection

From the Collection:

Collection of real photo postcards, photographs, and 1 letter collected by Clara Falls, who attended the Sac and Fox Indian School near Stroud, Oklahoma. Many images depict members of the Sac and Fox Nation. Items have been grouped in general categories including images related to the Sac and Fox Indian School, snapshots of groups and individuals, studio photographs and postcards, and buildings and views.

Items include a view of the Pawnee Indian Agency, a portrait of "Hiskocot, Sauk Indian" [or Niskocot] of Stroud in traditional dress, a group of students in traditional dress holding a modern “Sac and Fox” pennant, and a uniformed American Indian baseball team. Several items show groups of students at the Sac and Fox Indian School, and many identify Clara Falls along with dozens of friends and family members. Two postcards apparently date from World War One: a pair of named uniformed soldiers in Ellenz, Germany; and an unnamed American Indian soldier in uniform "taken at Hempstead, L.I."

The notes on verso range from identifications of the sitter to a few complete messages; some are unmarked. One is addressed in an American Indian language. Many are addressed "Clara Falls, Stroud" or “Clara Falls, Avery,” although they did not go through the mail. A few postcard images are credited to photographer C.F. York of Stroud in the negative.

The non-postcard photographs include cropped cabinet cards and unmounted snapshots. One shows five young men, most armed with guns. Most are uncaptioned, although one is dated September 1933 at the Sac and Fox Agency. The lone manuscript is a transfer letter for two women from the Chilocco Indian Baptist Church to the Only Way Baptist Church, 1927.

Names of those identified or mentioned include: William Barnett, Josie Bass, Esther Bigwalker, Lela Bigwalker, Lucy Bland, Mary Brown, Mamie Buffalohorn, Bertha Carter, Charley Carter, Laura Carter, Florence Conger, Mabel Coutem [?], John Crane, John Cross, Irene Davenport, Addie Falls, Annie Falls, Clara Falls, Edna Falls, Robert Falls, Samuel Falls, William Falls, Maud Figg, Edna Foster, Rosetta Gokey, Alice Grant, Austin Grant, Bessie Grant, Fred Grant, Mary Grant, Myrtle Grant, Nona Grant, Rev. Robert Hamilton, Hiskocot (or Niskocot), Myrtle Jacobs, Viola Johnson, Pheobe Kent, Arthur Labelle, Edith Labelle, Mrs. Libb, Theresa Logan, Charlie Mack, Ellen Mason, Mary McKosito, John Mitchell, Albert Moore, Ella Moore, Aurelia Moran, Orphie Byrd Morton, Fannie Peeknuck, John Peeknuck, Ella Shaquequot, Katie Shaquequot, Esther Soocey, Dottie Springstead, Carl Tuell, Mrs. Tuell, Evelyn Twoguns, Bessie Wakolee, William Wakolee, Elmer Walker, Joseph Washington, Marie Washington, Willie Washington, Charlie Wiles, Frank Wyman, Irene Wyman, Jacob Wyman, and Mary Wyman.


  • Creation: approximately 1900-1933


Conditions Governing Access

The Clara Falls postcard collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States