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Charles A. Nast portraits of Native Americans

Identifier: MSS P 337

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of 3 tinted photographs of Native Americans taken by Charles A. Nast in Colorado. There is also one copy print made by BYU photographic archives, a duplicate of Nast's photograph of Chief Buckskin Charlie. Dated approximately 1890-1909.


  • approximately 1890-1909


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Charles A. Nast lived from 1857 to 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio and Denver Colorado. He worked as a reporter and photographer. He married and had six children. Charles A. Nast was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in September 1857 to parents of German origin. He arrived in Denver, Colorado, in 1875. He initially worked as a reporter for the Denver Tribune and covered the Black Hills Gold Rush where he fought with Captain Jack Crawford and Wild Bill Hickock with the Sioux. Later, he worked as a photograph retoucher for A.E. Rinchart. By 1920, he owned his own photography studio. He married an Irish girl named Catherine and they had six children. Nast died in 1931 in Denver.


1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection consists of 4 portraits of Native Americans.

Custodial History

Materials were separated from MSS P 167, H.H. Tammen Company photographs and postcards.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Tom Wells; 2007.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; June 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to plastic sleeves for preservation.

Register of the Charles A. Nast portraits of Native Americans
Under Revision
Abe Austin
2012 February 27
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States