Benedicte Wrensted Photograph Collection of Fort Hall Indian Reservation available online

POCATELLO — The Benedicte Wrensted Photograph Collection of Fort Hall Indian Reservation photographs owned by the Idaho Museum of Natural History has been digitized and is now accessible online.

This project was completed by Matthew Bingman, an intern from the Idaho State University Department of History, who is working in Special Collections and Archives, Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University this semester.

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The images were digitized from copy negatives housed in the Oboler Library’s special collections; the original glass plate negatives are housed in the museum. The museum also provided the metadata that is included with each image.

The collection contains more than 100 photographs of residents of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation taken by Wrensted, who, after immigrating to the United States from Denmark in 1894, settled in Pocatello, where her brother Peter lived. It was here that she established a successful photography business, documenting the city, its residents and the residents of Fort Hall. The images in the collection primarily depict portraits of men, women and children of the Bannock, Shoshone and Lemhi tribes.

This is the third collection that Bingman has digitized for special collections. Last spring he digitized and transcribed Civil War documents from the Fred Lindenschmidt Collection, and digitized photographs of historic Leesburg, Idaho, from the O. E. Kirkpatrick Photograph Collection.

He also created the metadata for both collections, and uploaded them into CONTENTdm, a digital collection management system. He is currently starting to work on university photographs beginning with the Academy of Idaho. These will be available online later this spring.