Pawhuska, OKHallie Winter, Curator at the Osage Nation
Museum, announced today the largest gift of photographic material
in the museums 78-year history: Approximately 1,000 photographs
and documents related to Osage history donated by Osage Nations
Assistant Principal Chief, Raymond W. Red Corn. Red Corn said I
want to dedicate this collection to the memory of my parents, Raymond
Red Corn Jr. and Waltina. My father had a collection of Ho-ta-moie
photographs and rare 1895 stereoviews of Pawhuska, which he gave
me, forming the core of this collection. I hope people enjoy seeing
these photographs as much as I enjoyed collecting them. My sons
will tell you about the loud groans I heard if I braked for a junk
shop or an antique mall in our family travels. I had to invest a
fair amount of time dealing in collectible postcards and photographs
to support the acquisition of quality Osage material, but it was
worth it. In the past few years the Osage Nation has invested in
fire suppression and security systems at the Museum. That contributed
to my confidence that the Osage Nation Museum was the right place
to share this collection with the Osage people and the general public.
The gift includes historic photographs and real photo post cards
that pertain to Osage history and culture. Many prominent Osage
individuals from the turn of the century are depicted as well as
images from the early days of Pawhuska and Fairfax, OK.
We are so grateful to Assistant Chief Red Corn for the
extraordinary gift of the very best work of photographic material
from his personal collection, which cements the status of our already
strong photographic holdings. The Red Corn gift allows us to build
one of the richest narratives of Osage history under one roof. The
Osage Nation Museum has a marvelous collection built through transformative
gifts like Assistant Principal Chief Red Corns, going back
to the Museums founding in 1938. said Curator, Hallie
Were also extremely fortunate to have Assistant
Chief Red Corns knowledge and expertise alongside the images,
said Cali Martin, Collections Manager at the ONM. Weve
been working with him over the past few months to document information
about each individual photograph. The context of these images is
nearly as important as the images themselves, and with Assistant
Chief Red Corns help, were able to incorporate a lot
of that cultural history into the preservation of these materials.
Its been a real pleasure to work with him on this donation,
and a really wonderful way to familiarize staff with these incredible
images. The historic photographs and real photo postcards included
in this donation are in excellent condition making them ideal for
future research, exhibition, and use.
The ONM relies on donations to continue building the collection.
Monetary donations, in-kind donations, and object donations are
all incredible ways community members can help support and maintain
the ONM. In fiscal year 2016 the ONM received 66 additional object
The ONM highlights new acquisitions and ensures the public can
engage with them. New donations and purchases that are accessioned
into the collection will, for a time, be displayed in the East Gallery
of the museum in a display case that is dedicated to new acquisitions.
In doing so, the Curator makes it a point to have new donations
respected and available for viewing.
About the Osage Nation Museum
The premiere destination to experience Osage history, art, and
Visit the Osage Nation Museum (ONM) in historic Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Our continuously changing exhibits convey the story of the Osage
people throughout history and celebrate Osage culture today. Highlights
include an extensive photograph collection, historical artifacts,
and traditional and contemporary art. Founded in 1938, the ONM is
the oldest tribally owned museum in the United States.
Admission and parking is free.
819 Grandview Avenue
Pawhuska, OK 74056