Prior to photography artists and cartographers created visual records of places and historical events. Eventually, pictures taken by photographers were printed on postcards to promote towns and businesses. Maps remain a vital source of information and are continually updated to reflect changes in the world.
Maxmilian of Wied hired artist Karl Bodmer to accompany him and
paint some of the sights of his expedition of the American West
from 1832 to 1834. Bodmer painted the American landscape,
indigenous animals and native Americans. The images showcased in
this digital collection are selections from Bodmer’s labors.
resident Jay Small collected real photo and printed postcards. The
images depict locations across Indiana, individuals, interurban
and railway stations, bandstands, celebrations, and examples of
advertising. Featured here are views and street scenes in towns
and cities. The images date from circa 1907 to the 1920s.
Otto Lewis accompanied government treaty negotiators in the 1820s
to make portraits of the Native Americans attending. In 1835 and 1836, Lewis published The
Aboriginal Port Folio,
with the first eight plates appearing in May 1835. These portraits
were the first such images ever to be published.
Subsequent parts appeared monthly, but the project bankrupted
Lewis in 1836. The ninth and 10th parts were issued in much smaller press
runs. IHS’s set contains all 80 plates as well as the lithographed
title leaf, a one-leaf “Advertisement,” and one leaf of
augment and complement information found in books and manuscript
collections. They show expansion of settlement, document legal
boundaries, highlight transportation networks, report geological
findings and more, while at the same time they can be works of art
themselves. This collection contains some of the maps in our