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Other: F.A. Rinehart 
Other: Frank A. Rinehart 
Other: Frank Albert Rinehart 
Dates:  1861, 12 February - 1928, 17 December
Born:  US, IL, Lodi
Died:  US, CT, New Haven
Active:  US
One of the great photographers and publishers of portraits of Native Americans. Worked at the Charles Bohm photography studio in Denver and later with William Henry Jackson.
In 1885 he opened a photographic studio in Omaha, Nebraska. From 1 June - 31 October 1898 the Trans-Mississippi Exposition was held in Omaha, Nebraska and Frank A. Rinehart was the official photographer for it. One of the attractions was an "Indian Village" where there were daily activities and these were photographed and many portraits of native americans were taken. Some if not most of the photographs were taken by Adolph F. Muhr who assisted Rinehart but the photographs are copyrighted 1899-1900 by Rinehardt as he was the owner of the studio and the publisher. In in the summer of 1899 Rinehart and Muhr photographed the Crow Reservation in Montana and the Oglala Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. Distinguishing which photographs were taken by Muhr and which by Rinehart will take further clarification. 
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Omaha, NE, US 
[8-1] [Frank Albert Rinehart] "Photographer"; official photog. for Trans-Mississippi expo., Omaha, NE 98; made only non-stereos of the expo; sold stereo part of his business to Strohmeyer & Wyman, who made 100+ stereos of expo, issued. by U&U; made stereo views of Indian camps in NE & WY in 00-01, which are fine but scarce; important photog of Plains Indians; B. 61; listed in Omaha 84-15; D. 28. 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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Plains Indians ... 
In 1885, Frank A. Rinehart (1862-1928) opened a photographic studio in Omaha, Nebraska. Thirteen years later he became the official photographer for the 1898 Trans-Mississippi International Exposition held in Omaha. Adolph Muhr, a Rinehart employee, took studio portraits of the Plains Indians in the firm's fair studio. The five-month fair was intended to showcase the developed West from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast. The Library holds more than sixty portraits of Sioux, Assiniboine, Kiowa, Tonkawa, Arapaho, Pueblo, Sac and Fox, and Blackfeet tribal delegates. The photographs displayed here were attached to Rinehart's original copyright submission form and were rediscovered in the Copyright Office last summer during Library's Junior Fellows Project. 
Trans-Mississippi Exposition (1898) ... 
Includes Native American portraits by Frank A. Rinehart and Adolph F. Muhr. There is also background material and sources for The Indian Congress onf 1898. 
Beyond the Reach of Time and Change: The Photographs of Frank Rinehart and Adolph Muhr American Indian Portraits 1898-1900. ... 
This display of newly printed platinum photographs document the Trans-Mississippi Exposition and Indian Congress in Omaha, NE, in 1898. While Rinehart made photographs of the World’s Fair events and buildings, Muhr photographed the people who attended the Indian Congress from over 35 different nations. 
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