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Trapper Collection

"Trapper: A Historical Icon of the Wild West and Conservation" Step back in time to the era of the trapper, a figure synonymous with adventure, survival, and exploration

Background imageTrapper Collection: BUSN2A-00012

BUSN2A-00012
Native Americans exchanging furs for goods at a Hudson Bay Company post. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut of a Frederic Remington illustration

Background imageTrapper Collection: Rafting furs from the northwoods to market

Rafting furs from the northwoods to market
Fur traders steering a raft through rapids of a river. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageTrapper Collection: Mountain man in the old west

Mountain man in the old west
Old trapper in the American West, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Frederic Remington illustration

Background imageTrapper Collection: Jim Bridger (1804-81) (b / w photo)

Jim Bridger (1804-81) (b / w photo)
PNP245846 Jim Bridger (1804-81) (b/w photo) by American Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: one of the first explorers to cross the Rockies to the west;)

Background imageTrapper Collection: BUSN2A-00091

BUSN2A-00091
Mountain men greeting each other: " I took ye for an Injin." Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut of a Frederic Remington Illustration

Background imageTrapper Collection: Hunter and Indian Guide, 1869 (oil on canvas)

Hunter and Indian Guide, 1869 (oil on canvas)
XOS5882164 Hunter and Indian Guide, 1869 (oil on canvas) by Woodhouse, C.L. (19th century); 64.5x78.1 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Painting by C. L. Woodhouse).

Traders exploring with their bags of goods on horses the Rocky Mountains forest, USA, 19th century
NWI4826261 Traders exploring with their bags of goods on horses the Rocky Mountains forest, USA, 19th century. Colourful engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info)

Trappers and runners of the woods exchanging their story around a campfire. Colourful engraving of the 19th century
NWI4825731 Trappers and runners of the woods exchanging their story around a campfire. Colourful engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info)

Trappers capturing an otter caught in a trap, in the Northwoods Territories (USA, Canada) - Colorisee engraving
NWI4829126 Trappers capturing an otter caught in a trap, in the Northwoods Territories (USA, Canada) - Colorisee engraving

Background imageTrapper Collection: Portrait of a horse trapper from the Great West, gun gun. From an illustration by Frederic Remington

Portrait of a horse trapper from the Great West, gun gun. From an illustration by Frederic Remington
NWI4828275 Portrait of a horse trapper from the Great West, gun gun. From an illustration by Frederic Remington. Old trapper in the American West

Background imageTrapper Collection: Indian trappers fur traders traveling from North America to Canada for the Hudson's Bay Company

Indian trappers fur traders traveling from North America to Canada for the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), years 1800
NWI4828313 Indian trappers fur traders traveling from North America to Canada for the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), years 1800

Background imageTrapper Collection: Trappers aboard a canoe in the rapids of a wild river around 1900 in the northern United States or

Trappers aboard a canoe in the rapids of a wild river around 1900 in the northern United States or in Canada
NWI4825884 Trappers aboard a canoe in the rapids of a wild river around 1900 in the northern United States or in Canada. Colour reproduction of a Schoonover illustration; (add.info)

Background imageTrapper Collection: American Indian trapper in the Rocky Mountains of the Northwest United States

American Indian trapper in the Rocky Mountains of the Northwest United States
NWI4825870 American Indian trapper in the Rocky Mountains of the Northwest United States. Coloring engraving by Frederic Remington

Background imageTrapper Collection: Trappers finding a beaver caught in one of their traps. Colouring engraving of the 19th century

Trappers finding a beaver caught in one of their traps. Colouring engraving of the 19th century
NWI4825925 Trappers finding a beaver caught in one of their traps. Colouring engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Trappers finding a beaver caught in one of their traps)

Background imageTrapper Collection: United States, State of West Virginia: geometres of the English monarchy marking tree trunks in

United States, State of West Virginia: geometres of the English monarchy marking tree trunks in West Virginia to claim
NWI4967691 United States, State of West Virginia: geometres of the English monarchy marking tree trunks in West Virginia to claim land ownership, 17th century

Background imageTrapper Collection: Portrait of Daniel Boone (1734-1820), British quaker explorer of the United States with a raccoon

Portrait of Daniel Boone (1734-1820), British quaker explorer of the United States with a raccoon trapper hat
NWI4923421 Portrait of Daniel Boone (1734-1820), British quaker explorer of the United States with a raccoon trapper hat. Coloring engraving.; (add.info.: Portrait of Daniel Boone (1734-1820)

Background imageTrapper Collection: Portrait of Jim or James Bridger (1804-1881) was one of the explorers, trappers

Portrait of Jim or James Bridger (1804-1881) was one of the explorers, trappers
NWI4922923 Portrait of Jim or James Bridger (1804-1881) was one of the explorers, trappers and guides of the American West during the period 1820-1840.; (add.info)

Background imageTrapper Collection: Portrait of John Finley (John Finlay, 1774-1833), fur trader and explorer of Kentucky

Portrait of John Finley (John Finlay, 1774-1833), fur trader and explorer of Kentucky
NWI4920963 Portrait of John Finley (John Finlay, 1774-1833), fur trader and explorer of Kentucky. Colouring engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Portrait of John Finley (John Finlay)

Background imageTrapper Collection: Trappers aboard a canoe in a peaceful, wild river around 1900, North United States or Canada

Trappers aboard a canoe in a peaceful, wild river around 1900, North United States or Canada
NWI4825889 Trappers aboard a canoe in a peaceful, wild river around 1900, North United States or Canada. Colour reproduction of a Schoonover illustration; (add.info)

Background imageTrapper Collection: Fur Animals of the Arcitc: Arctic Fox attacking trapped Sable while, in the background

Fur Animals of the Arcitc: Arctic Fox attacking trapped Sable while, in the background
530329 Fur Animals of the Arcitc: Arctic Fox attacking trapped Sable while, in the background, the trapper rushes to scare off the foxes in the hope of saving a valuable pelt. Chromoxylograph

Background imageTrapper Collection: Portrait of Kit Carson (Christopher Houston Carson) (1809-1868)

Portrait of Kit Carson (Christopher Houston Carson) (1809-1868), pioneer of the American West Conquete
NWI4921248 Portrait of Kit Carson (Christopher Houston Carson) (1809-1868), pioneer of the American West Conquete, in a trapper costume on a trail with his horse Apache

Background imageTrapper Collection: Indians of America trappers carrying furs and walking in the snow with snowshoes

Indians of America trappers carrying furs and walking in the snow with snowshoes
NWI4827448 Indians of America trappers carrying furs and walking in the snow with snowshoes, forest of the North West of the United States

Background imageTrapper Collection: Trapper during his winter round making his winter in North America

Trapper during his winter round making his winter in North America. Colouring engraving of the 19th century
NWI4826209 Trapper during his winter round making his winter in North America. Colouring engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info)

Background imageTrapper Collection: Trapper with a pony load of furs. Colour engraving after an illustration by Frederic Remington

Trapper with a pony load of furs. Colour engraving after an illustration by Frederic Remington
NWI4826154 Trapper with a pony load of furs. Colour engraving after an illustration by Frederic Remington; (add.info.: Trapper with a pony load of furs)

Background imageTrapper Collection: A mountain man greeting himself after a misunderstanding: 'I thought you were an Indian.' Colour

A mountain man greeting himself after a misunderstanding: "I thought you were an Indian." Colour engraving by
NWI4826516 A mountain man greeting himself after a misunderstanding: "I thought you were an Indian." Colour engraving by Frederic Remington

Background imageTrapper Collection: Scene of Trappers and Indians, before 1842. Creator: Alfred Jacob Miller

Scene of Trappers and Indians, before 1842. Creator: Alfred Jacob Miller
Scene of Trappers and Indians, before 1842. In the foreground, the woman is "cording a bale of dried meat, " while in the background, Captain William Drummond Stewart

Background imageTrapper Collection: 'The American Fisheries Question; Driving Seals to the Killing Place, Behring's Straits, 1890

'The American Fisheries Question; Driving Seals to the Killing Place, Behring's Straits, 1890
The American Fisheries Question; Driving Seals to the Killing Place, Behring's Straits, 1890. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 41. January to June, 1890

Background imageTrapper Collection: Burford's Panorama of the Polar Regions - The 'Investigator' Snow-Walled in for Winter, 1850

Burford's Panorama of the Polar Regions - The "Investigator" Snow-Walled in for Winter, 1850. Sailors at Port Leopold, Canada

Background imageTrapper Collection: Trapper with hides and dogs in canoe, between c1900 and c1930. Creator: Unknown

Trapper with hides and dogs in canoe, between c1900 and c1930. Creator: Unknown
Trapper with hides and dogs in canoe, between c1900 and c1930

Background imageTrapper Collection: The Zabaikal Taiga. Hunter near a Trap, 1904. Creator: Boris Vasilievich Smirnov

The Zabaikal Taiga. Hunter near a Trap, 1904. Creator: Boris Vasilievich Smirnov
The Zabaikal Taiga. Hunter near a Trap, 1904. Boris Vasilievich Smirnov (1881-1954) was a Russian artist who in 1904 traveled by prisoner transport from western Russia across Siberia

Background imageTrapper Collection: Sporting Scenes in Canada - Round the Traps, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Sporting Scenes in Canada - Round the Traps, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Sporting Scenes in Canada - Round the Traps, 1858....the marten is perhaps the most valuable of the animals sought after ; but in trapping for him a great variety of others of the furry tribes fall

Background imageTrapper Collection: USA trapper / hunter pre-1900

USA trapper / hunter pre-1900

Background imageTrapper Collection: Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, British-born conservationist

Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, British-born conservationist
Archibald Stansfeld Belaney (1888-1938), British-born conservationist, fur trapper and writer, disguised as Native American Grey Owl Date: circa 1930s

Background imageTrapper Collection: CHILD LABOUR IN MINES

CHILD LABOUR IN MINES
Cyclopaedia of Useful Arts showing children working down the mines, with a small boy acting as a "trapper" opening an air door for a truck to 1841

Background imageTrapper Collection: Christopher (Kit) Carson, between 1860 and 1875. Creator: Unknown

Christopher (Kit) Carson, between 1860 and 1875. Creator: Unknown
Christopher (Kit) Carson, between 1860 and 1875. [Frontiersman, fur trapper, wilderness guide, Indian agent, US army officer]

Background imageTrapper Collection: A Fur Train from the Far North. Frederic Remington

A Fur Train from the Far North. Frederic Remington
7286255 A Fur Train from the Far North. Frederic Remington. by Remington, Frederic (1861-1909) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Fur Train from the Far North)

Background imageTrapper Collection: The International Fur Store, 163-165 Regent Street, 1888. Creator: Unknown

The International Fur Store, 163-165 Regent Street, 1888. Creator: Unknown
The International Fur Store, 163-165 Regent Street, 1888. From, The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 38. July to December, 1888

Background imageTrapper Collection: 'What right have you in my steel trap?'(engraving)

"What right have you in my steel trap?"(engraving)
7177895 " What right have you in my steel trap?" (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: " What right have you in my steel trap)

Background imageTrapper Collection: Encampment of the travellers on the Missouri, 1834 (w / c on paper)

Encampment of the travellers on the Missouri, 1834 (w / c on paper)
5054770 Encampment of the travellers on the Missouri, 1834 (w/c on paper) by Bodmer, Karl (1809-93); Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Background imageTrapper Collection: Jim Bridger, in a Suit of English Armour, c. 1837 (pen and ink and wash on paper)

Jim Bridger, in a Suit of English Armour, c. 1837 (pen and ink and wash on paper)
5310491 Jim Bridger, in a Suit of English Armour, c.1837 (pen and ink and wash on paper) by Miller, Alfred Jacob (1810-74); 14.6x19.7 cm; Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Background imageTrapper Collection: Group of Trappers and Indians, c. 1837 (w / c and gouache on paper)

Group of Trappers and Indians, c. 1837 (w / c and gouache on paper)
5310489 Group of Trappers and Indians, c.1837 (w/c and gouache on paper) by Miller, Alfred Jacob (1810-74); 13.4x18.8 cm; Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Background imageTrapper Collection: Interior of an Indian Lodge, c. 1837 (pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper)

Interior of an Indian Lodge, c. 1837 (pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper)
5054754 Interior of an Indian Lodge, c.1837 (pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper) by Miller, Alfred Jacob (1810-74); 20.0x17.6 cm; Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Background imageTrapper Collection: Return from Hunting, c. 1837 (oil on paper board)

Return from Hunting, c. 1837 (oil on paper board)
5054749 Return from Hunting, c.1837 (oil on paper board) by Miller, Alfred Jacob (1810-74); 19.5x16.25 cm; Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Background imageTrapper Collection: A Trapper in His Solitary Camp, c. 1837 (w / c on paper)

A Trapper in His Solitary Camp, c. 1837 (w / c on paper)
5310527 A Trapper in His Solitary Camp, c.1837 (w/c on paper) by Miller, Alfred Jacob (1810-74); 21.9x18.8 cm; Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Background imageTrapper Collection: Trappers Encampment, Lake Scene, Wind River Mountains, c. 1837 (pencil, w / c and gouache on paper)

Trappers Encampment, Lake Scene, Wind River Mountains, c. 1837 (pencil, w / c and gouache on paper)
5310507 Trappers Encampment, Lake Scene, Wind River Mountains, c.1837 (pencil, w/c and gouache on paper) by Miller, Alfred Jacob (1810-74); 26.1x34 cm; Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Background imageTrapper Collection: Camp Fire at Night; Trapper Relating an Adventure, c. 1858 (pencil, pen and ink)

Camp Fire at Night; Trapper Relating an Adventure, c. 1858 (pencil, pen and ink, w / c and gouache on paper)
5310492 Camp Fire at Night; Trapper Relating an Adventure, c.1858 (pencil, pen and ink, w/c and gouache on paper) by Miller, Alfred Jacob (1810-74); 19.1x25.4 cm; Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Background imageTrapper Collection: Les etrennes du trappeur (engraving)

Les etrennes du trappeur (engraving)
7200041 Les etrennes du trappeur (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Les etrennes du trappeur)

Background imageTrapper Collection: Swan Lake, c. 1837 (w / c on paper)

Swan Lake, c. 1837 (w / c on paper)
5310539 Swan Lake, c.1837 (w/c on paper) by Miller, Alfred Jacob (1810-74); Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, USA; (add.info)



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"Trapper: A Historical Icon of the Wild West and Conservation" Step back in time to the era of the trapper, a figure synonymous with adventure, survival, and exploration. From the fur trade to conservation efforts, trappers have left an indelible mark on history. In the early 19th century, trappers armed themselves with flintlock pistols like BUSN2A-00012 as they ventured into untamed territories. These brave individuals braved harsh conditions and encountered various dangers while seeking valuable furs for trade. The mountain men of the old west embodied the spirit of independence and self-reliance. They navigated treacherous terrains, battling both nature's elements and hostile Native American tribes. Their stories became legends that continue to captivate our imaginations today. One notable trapper was Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, a British-born conservationist who adopted a Native American identity as Grey Owl. Belaney dedicated his life to protecting wildlife habitats from destruction during a time when environmental awareness was scarce. However, not all aspects of trapping were noble or glamorous. The pre-1900 USA saw child labor in mines where young boys were employed as "trappers. " These children worked tirelessly in dangerous conditions to open ventilation doors for miners' safety—a stark reminder of exploitation within this industry. Despite these dark chapters, many trappers played crucial roles in shaping America's landscape by mapping uncharted territories and establishing trading routes that connected communities across vast distances. Picture No. 11982361 captures one such moment—a glimpse into the life of A. G Boone—an unknown creator who immortalized this scene between man and nature during 1865-1880. It serves as a visual testament to their resilience amidst adversity. Today we reflect on these historical figures—their triumphs and struggles—and recognize their contributions towards preserving our natural world for future generations.