American Indian Ledger Art
These images come from a ledger owned by the University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. The ledger was donated to the University’s library in 1962 by Genevieve Prochnow. Mrs. Prochnow’s father, John S. Parke, probably acquired the ledger while serving as Assistant Adjutant General of Command at Rosebud Agency during the winter of 1890-1891.
To insure that the content of the ledger was appropriate for access and display, library personnel consulted with individuals in UMs Native American Studies and Anthropology Departments, and with experts at the Smithsonian and at the Sicangu Cultural Heritage Center on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Experts have identified these drawings as being the work of Walter Bone Shirt, a Brule Lakota artist. Though a number of Bone Shirt drawings exist in private collections, consultants have indicated the 18 images in this ledger may be the only Walter Bone Shirt art available at a public institution.
Due to the extremely fragile nature of the paper on which the drawings were made, the original ledger is available only by appointment.
For additional information please contact:
Donna McCrea, Archivist & Manuscripts Librarian
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library