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Photographs, interviews, and background documentation on notable individual Brulé, Dakota, Hunkpapa, Oglala, Sans Arc, and Yankton Indians, mostly in South Dakota, which were compiled for the book, Vision Quest: Men, Women, and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation.

Gift from Donald A. Doll, S.J., 2004. Processed by Mark G. Thiel, CA (Certified Archivist), Tamara Lange, and student assistants, 2004-2005.

Biographical Note

Donald A. Doll (1937-), S.J. is a Jesuit priest and photographer whose works have been featured in National Geographic (“Hunters of the Being Sea,” June 1984, and “The Athabascans along the Yukon,” February 1990) and a number of the Day in the Life of… books, including America, California, Italy, Ireland, Passage to Vietnam, and Christmas in America. He was introduced to photography and the Brulé Indians while serving at St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota in 1975. Two of his books are Crying for a Vision, 1976 and Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation, 1994.

"Father Don" has been active in the National Press Photographers Association and has received numerous awards, including the 1997 Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism for his many years of work with Native Americans. Since 1969 he has served as a professor of journalism and holds the Heider Endowed Jesuit Chair at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.

In spring, 2008, he served as the Marquette University Wade Scholar Lecturer. In conjunction, the Marquette Haggerty Museum presented “The Grandeur of God”: Photographs by Don Doll, S.J. The exhibition’s title was inspired by the poem, “God’s Grandeur,” by Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1877. The exhibition included a selection of Doll’s Native American images, panoramas along the Lewis and Clark Trail, Jesuits assisting refugees in Uganda, Sudan, and Eastern Europe, landmine victims in Angola, and Tsunami survivors in India and Sri Lanka.

Scope and Content

The Don Doll, S.J., Collection includes several publications by Doll plus the documentation compiled by him for the book, Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation.

Series 2 and Series 3, the Vision Quest Project: All documentation in Series 2 and Series 3 pertains to the Vision Quest project, which resulted in the book, Vision Quest. It contains material on 82 prominent Dakota-Lakota Indians from South Dakota, Minnesota, and North Dakota, all of who were active in their cultural reawakening of the 1970s and 1980s. It is divided by format into four sub-series with black and white color photographic prints, color transparencies, interview recordings, and transcripts with related news clippings. There under the sub-series are arranged alphabetically by surname.

The documentation pertains to these persons who are noted with their ethnic affiliation. Where pertinent, specific notes about the arrangement and content of the documentation are included.

Some papers pertaining to almost all of the following have not been processed.

The Vision Quest Project: Participants and Related Papers


Agard (Hunkpapa), Aljoe


Iron Heart (Oglala), Bessie [No photographic prints included.]


Allen (Santee), George, Sr., with daughters Marie and Eloise [No photographic prints included.]


Jordan (Oglala), Reverend (Catholic) Collins (C.P.) P.


Amiotte (Oglala), Arthur


Jumping Bull (Oglala), Calvin [Omitted from book.]


Black Bear (Brulé)

Kills Straight (Oglala), Birgil




LaCroix (Santee), Art




Larrabee (Sans Arc), Eunice


Black Elk (Oglala), Charlotte


Leader Charge (Brulé), Doris


Blue (Santee), Pearl [No photographic prints included.] [No transcript included.] [Omitted from book.]


Little Dog (Hunkpapa), Adele [No photographic prints included.]


Bordeaux (Brulé)


Locke (Hunkpapa), Pat [Omitted from book.]




Looking Horse (Sans Arc), Arvol


Richard [No photographic prints included.] [Omitted from book.]


Lunderman (Brulé), Alex


Brave (Brulé), Misty [Omitted from book.]


McNeil (Hunkpapa), Ron [Omitted from book.]


Broken Leg (Brulé)


McRay (Santee), Carl


Reverend (Episcopal) Martin


Means (Oglala), Russell [No photographic prints included.]


Reverend (Episcopal) Noah


Medicine (Hunkpapa), Beatrice (Bea), Ph.D.


Bull Bear (Oglala),  Royal [No photographic prints included.]


Menard (Brulé), Nellie


Campbell (Santee), Curtis


Mills (Oglala), Billy


Catches (Oglala), Pete


New Holy (Oglala), Alice [No photographic prints included.]


Chief Eagle (Brulé), Dallas [No transcript included.] [Omitted from book.]


One Feather (Oglala), Gerald [No photographic prints included.]

  Clifford (Oglala)  

One Star (Brulé), Lloyd


Gerald [Some files combined under “Black Elk, Charlotte.”]


Pechota (Brulé), Terry [No photographic prints included.]


Sister Geraldine, O.S.F.


Penn (Brulé), Bobby


Cook (Santee or Sisseton) Liz


Peterson (Oglala), Helen


Crawford (Sisseton and Wahpeton) Bryan


Prescott (Santee), Leonard


Driving Hawk (Brulé), Virginia [Omitted from book.]


Primeau (Yankton), Asa [No photographic prints included.]


Ducheneaux (Sans Arc), Wayne [No photographic prints included.]


Red Elk, Lois [No transcript included.] [Omitted from book.]


Fire Thunder (Oglala), Cecelia


Reifel (Brulé), Doctor Lucy [No photographic prints included.]


Flute (Sisseton and Wahpeton) Jerry


Richards (Oglala), Chuck [No photographic prints included.]


Flying Bye (Hunkpapa), Joe [No photographic prints included.]


Sherman (Oglala), Geraldine [Omitted from book.]


Giago (Oglala), Tim


Shields (Assiniboine and/or Sisseton), Caleb [No photographic prints included.]


Gipp (Hunkpapa), David M.


Thin Elk (Oglala),  Gene


Gonzalez (Oglala), Mario, [No photographic prints included.]


Trimble (Oglala), Chuck [No photographic prints included.]


Grey Eagle (Oglala), Robert [No transcript included.] [Omitted from book.]


Two Bulls (Oglala),  Matt and Nellie


Hall (Hunkpapa), Mary [No photographic prints included.]


Venegas (Sisseton and Wahpeton), Hildreth

  Heart (Brulé), Carol Ann [Files combined under "Looking Horse, Arvol."]  

Vocu (Oglala), Leo [No transcript included.] [Omitted from book.]


Hollow (Assiniboine and/or Sisseton), Norman


Westerman (Sisseton and Wahpeton), Floyd Red Crow


Hollow Horn Bear (Brulé), Duane [No photographic prints included.]


White Bird (Brulé), Francis


Holy Eagle (Oglala)


White Hat (Brulé), Albert




White Plume (Oglala), Alex




Wilson (Oglala), Doctor Jim


Horn Cloud (Oglala), Bill and Nancy [Omitted from book.]


Wilson (Hunkpapa), Mary Louise Defender


Horse Looking (Sans Arc), Arvil 


Young (Hunkpapa), Phyllis [No photographic prints included.]

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