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Native American Leaders Prints Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 24 Jan 2018

Biographical History

Red Jacket, also known as Otetiani and Sagoyewatha (1750-1830) was a leader of the Seneca in what is now western New York. The Seneca were British allies during the American Revolution. Red Jacket was known as a skillfull and compelling orator (see for example his speech on "Religion for the White Man and the Red") and a advocate for the rights of his people.

Joseph Brant, or Thayendanegea (1743-1807), was a Mohawk military and political leader in what is now the state of New York. He and his sister Molly were close allies of Sir William Johnson, British Major-General and Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the region. Under the British Brant held several administrative positions, and during the American Revolution he led forces loyal to King George III against the rebels.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Native American Leaders Prints Collection consists of hand-colored engravings of Native American leaders Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) and Red Jacket (Sagoyewatha).

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Brant, Joseph, 1742-1807
Red Jacket, Seneca chief, approximately 1756-1830.


Indians of North America -- Kings and rulers.
Indians of North America -- Politics and government.


New York (State) -- History -- 1775-1865.

Genres and Forms

Engravings (prints)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Native American Leaders Prints Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of John B. Stevens, Jr., 2017.

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