This collection consists of fifty photographs taken and developed by Albert Tellier. The photographs are of his family on the Flathead Indian Reservation during the early 20th century and take place on the Tellier land in St. Ignatius, Montana from 1910-1921. Albert Tellier's favorite subject was his only child, Violet Tellier, born in the Tellier home in 1916.
Albert Tellier was born August 21, 1892 on the Flathead Indian Reservation in St. Ignatius, Montana. He was one of eight children born to Isaac and Cecille Tellier and was an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe. He spoke three languages: the Sahaptin language (Nez Perce), the Salish Indian language, and English. Although he spent part of his childhood on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Idaho, the majority of his youth took place on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. After being forced into a government education plan, Albert's mother, Cecille, removed him from school and allowed him to be educated by the family thereafter. Aside from being a farm worker and a laborer, Albert discovered photography in his early 20's and became a self-taught photographer. He began documenting his family life in the early 20th century and developed his images in a makeshift darkroom built behind the Tellier home. During World War II, Albert Tellier was a shipward worker and migrated to Sacramento, California afterwards. In Sacramento, he landed a job as a warehouseman at The Globe Mills in the mid-1940's and became a proud member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Albert Tellier died in California in 1973 at the age of seventy-nine.
The material described in this catalog record is located in the collections of the K. Ross Toole Archives, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana--Missoula.
Collection is open for research.
Materials in English.
Finding aid available in the repository and on the Internet.