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About this collection

The Benedicte Wrensted Photograph Collection contains photographs of residents of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation located in Pocatello, Idaho, taken by Benedicte Wrensted (1859-1949). Wrensted immigrated to the United States from Denmark in 1894. At this point in her life, she was already a skilled photographer and continued to utilize those skills when she finally settled in Pocatello, Idaho. Wrensted established a successful photography business in the city, taking photos of the city, its residents, and residents of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. She retired in 1912 at the age of 53. The photographs within this collection are largely portraits of Bannock, Shoshone and Lemhi tribal members. One photograph shows Theodore Turner, a former president of the Idaho Technical College (now Idaho State University). Wrensted’s work showcases Native American culture, especially highlighting traditional clothing practices. The photographs in this collection are scanned images of black and white copy negatives. The original glass plates are currently housed in the Idaho Museum of Natural History.

This digital collection was completed by Matthew Bingman, intern, ISU Department of History, Spring 2016.

 
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