Informal carte-de-visite photographs probably created by James L. Cotter documenting Inuit people and dwellings probably in the vicinity of the eastern coast of Hudson Bay or Belcher Islands, Canada, ca. 1867-1870. Images documenting the traditional costume of the Inuits include an informal portrait of a girl, in addition to group portraits of three women and two men and another group portrait of over sixty children, women, and men. Images documenting Inuit dwellings include a group of men and women in front of three igloos and sitting on top of a sled, two igloos without people, and a structure similar to a tipi with a wooden door.
James L. Cotter worked in various capacities from clerk to chief factor for the Hudson's Bay Company, 1857-1888. Manuscript inscriptions and signatures on the rectos and verso of the photographic prints. The mount on one photographic print bears a mark for R. Smith, Port Hope and Peterborough, Ontario.
6 photographic prints : b & w ; 5.8 x 9.5 cm. on mounts 6.4 x 10.4 cm.
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James L. Cotter, Carte-de-visite Photographs of Inuit People and Dwellings. Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.