Nineteenth Century Native American Prints

This three-volume set of Native-American portraits, entitled the History of The Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs, was assembled by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall between 1836 and 1844. The images document a number of tribes on the cusp of their decline and forcible removal by the United States government.  McKenney, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1824 to 1830, commissioned their portraits when Native American chiefs and other representatives visited Washington to negotiate treaties.