University of Cincinnati Collections

Between 1929 and 1952 C. Szwedzicki, a publisher in Nice, France, produced six portfolios of North American Indian art. The publications were edited by American scholars Oscar Brousse Jacobson, Hartley Burr Alexander and Kenneth Milton Chapman. Many of the images were published as pochoir prints which are similar in appearance to silk screen prints. These works represent original works by 20th Century American Indian artists. Important documentation of the Battle of the Little Big Horn is provided in the reproduction of the now lost ledger art of Amos Bad Heart Bull.

The contents of this collection include 364 images and six texts, drawn primarily from holdings of the Archives & Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati Libraries, but also include materials from the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County and the Yale Collection of Western Americana. Searchable PDF versions of the text of the six portfolios are available, as well as an introductory essay written for this online collection by Janet Catherine Berlo, Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, New York.