Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore being presented with citation by Harold Dean Carter.

Frances Densmore being presented with the a citation from Harold Dean Cater (MHS Director)

Frances Densmore being presented with a citation from Harold Dean Carter, director of the Minnesota Historical Society 1954.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore, 1949.

Frances Densmore

Portrait of Frances Densmore, 1949.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore outside of tipi with American Indians, 1900.

Frances Densmore

Frances Densmore with American Indians outside of a tipi, 1900.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief who is interpreting a recording.

Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief (Sioux), Chief is interpreting a recording with sign language

Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief, a Dakota man, 1914. He is interpreting a recording for her with sign language.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore seated on ground with others at Pigeon River, c. 1905.

Frances Densmore with Captain Herman and Mrs. Finger, Margaret Densmore and Philomen Cariboo at mouth of Pigeon River

Frances Densmore with Captain Herman and Mrs. Finger, Margaret Densmore and Philomen Cariboo at mouth of Pigeon River, c. 1905.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore, age eighteen.

Frances Densmore, 18 years old

Portrait of Frances Densmore at age 18, 1885.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore seated, 1928.

Frances Densmore

Portrait of Frances Densmore, 1928.

Densmore, Frances (1867–1957)

From the 1890s through the 1950s, Frances Densmore researched and recorded the music of American Indians. Through more than twenty books, 200 articles, and some 2,500 Graphophone recordings, she preserved important cultural traditions that might otherwise have been lost. She received honors from Macalester College in St. Paul and the Minnesota Historical Society in the last years of her life.

portrait photograph of Elsa Peterson

Elsa Peterson

Elsa Peterson, 1880s. Oleson Portrait Studio, Minneapolis.

photograph of motorette operating streetcar

Elizabeth Pederson at the controls of a streetcar

Motorette Elizabeth Pederson at the controls of a streetcar at East Side Station, University Avenue and First Avenue NE, Minneapolis, December 4, 1950. Pederson retired in 1973.

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