The Ericson Collection
Dealing with Change and the Persistence of Tradition

Ericson's images of Native Americans are in continuous demand for documentation and as illustrations. Ericson was not an ethnographer, and so he documented the lives of Indian people as other photographers of his time would have done. His images record them and their traditions as they as communities and induvudual made necessary accomadations to the radical chanes thrust upon them, these local residents are shown in both posed shots and casual encounters. It was a time of great change, and Ericson's photographs are one record of that period.


Some of Ericson's pictures of native peoples were posed, while he might wait for a week to record a traditional ceremony. Due to the subject matter, the use of specific images may not be advised. All photos are covered by copyright law.

Researchers may contact the HSU Library, Special Collections Department for assistance and for permission to use the images.

A large crowd watching a baseball game at the Hoopa Reservation in Northern California.
Mrs. Childs, of Trinidad, Ca., constructing a burden basket.
Captain John, Hupa leader of the Madilding Rancheria in Northern California.