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Catlin family papers, [ca. 1807]-1973 (bulk [ca. 1807-1900])

Creator:
Catlin family Hamilton, N. Y  Search this
Subject:
Catlin, Julius C  Search this
Hartshorn, Thomas C (Thomas Coles) 1800-1854  Search this
Hartshorn family  Search this
Payne, Edward  Search this
Raymond family  Search this
Catlin, Putnam 1764-1842  Search this
Hartshorn, Mary Catlin 1802-1848  Search this
Pettengill, Celina Raymond 1819-1892  Search this
Catlin, John 1812-1834  Search this
Catlin, George 1796-1872  Search this
Hartshorn, Horace P. 1823-1902  Search this
Physical description:
1.0 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1807
1807-1973
ca 1807-1973
bulk ca 1807-1900
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Local number:
AAA 3023-3024
AAA 2707
AAA catlfami
Restrictions & Rights:
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Catlin family papers, [ca. 1807]-1973 (bulk [ca. 1807-1900])
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_209509

A descriptive catalogue of Catlin's Indian collection

Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Extent:
92 Pages
Container:
Box 8, Folder 113
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1848
Scope and Contents:
Catalog published in London.
Local Note:
Printed document
Collection Restrictions:
Some materials are restricted.

Access to the Department of Anthropology records requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
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Topic:
Paintings -- American Indian  Search this
Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Department of Anthropology records
Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File / Catlin
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3f878d9b8-1e07-4580-bf61-60b38750c542
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref15592

John Reed Swanton photograph collection of illustrations for "The Indians of the Southeastern United States"

Creator:
Swanton, John Reed, 1873-1958  Search this
Artist:
McKenney & Hall  Search this
De Batz, A.  Search this
Le Moyne de Morgues, Jacques, 1533?-1588  Search this
Tidball, J. C.  Search this
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Names:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Le Page du Pratz, -1775  Search this
Romans, Bernard  Search this
Verelst, Willem (painter)  Search this
White, John (painter)  Search this
Extent:
80 Copy prints (circa)
Culture:
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Alabama Indians  Search this
Atakapa  Search this
Cherokee  Search this
Chickasaw  Search this
Chitimacha  Search this
Choctaw  Search this
Coushatta (Koasati)  Search this
Houma  Search this
Muskogee (Creek)  Search this
Natchez  Search this
Seminole  Search this
Timucua (archaeological)  Search this
Tunica  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Copy prints
Paintings
Sketches
Photographs
Illustrations
Drawings
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Photographs used to illustrate John Reed Swanton's "The Indians of the Southeastern United States" depicting American Indians of the Southeast and their dwellings, food preparation, and ceremonies.
Biographical note:
John Reed Swanton (1873-1958) was an ethnologist and ethnohistorian with the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) from 1900 until his retirement in 1944. Swanton spent his first few years at the BAE studying the Haida and Tlingit groups of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and published a number of significant articles on the language, ethnography, and folklore of Northwest Coast Indians. His focus then shifted to the American Indians of the Southeastern United States, where his interest remained for the rest of his career. In addition to conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the Southeast, Swanton studied extensively the history of the area in order to better understand its indigenous cultures and is considered a pioneer in the field of ethnohistory. During his career Swanton published numerous articles and several major works on Southeastern American Indians, including the reference work The Indians of the Southeastern United States (1946), a Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin (No. 137).
Local Numbers:
NAA Photo Lot R87-2Q
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional photographs published in BAE Bulletin 137 can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 80-39.

Photographs made by Swanton can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 76 and the BAE historical negatives.

The National Anthropological Archives hold more than 200 manuscripts created or collected by Swanton, in the Numbered Manuscripts.

Objects collected by Swanton, including potsherds from various sites in Southeastern United States can be found in the Department of Anthropology in accessions 111748, 113252, 122679, 129788, 165802, and 062577.
Contained in:
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology photograph collections, undated
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Copy prints in this collection that represent photographs not held by the National Anthropological Archives are for reference only.
Topic:
Dwellings  Search this
Catawba Indians  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Genre/Form:
Paintings
Sketches
Photographs
Illustrations
Drawings
Citation:
Photo Lot R87-2Q, John Reed Swanton photograph collection of illustrations for "The Indians of the Southeastern United States", National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.R87-2Q
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3cf240fa7-fc87-4519-af13-9b6fe4253942
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-r87-2q

Catlin family papers

Creator:
Catlin family Hamilton, N. Y.  Search this
Names:
Hartshorn family  Search this
Raymond family  Search this
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Catlin, John, 1812-1834  Search this
Catlin, Julius C.  Search this
Catlin, Putnam, 1764-1842  Search this
Hartshorn, Horace P., 1823-1902  Search this
Hartshorn, Mary Catlin, 1802-1848  Search this
Hartshorn, Thomas C. (Thomas Coles), 1800-1854  Search this
Payne, Edward  Search this
Pettengill, Celina Raymond, 1819-1892  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot ((on 3 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1807]-1973
bulk [ca. 1807-1900]
Scope and Contents:
Family memorabilia, printed material, genealogical information, correspondence, writings, and notebooks.
REELS 3023-3024: Five notebooks kept by Horace P. Hartshorn, nephew of George Catlin, containing family histories, and genealogical information on Catlin and Raymond families; a handwritten copy of a letter to Edward Payne from Putnam Catlin, July 20, 1810; family letters; ten deeds for property conveyed to Asa Hartshorn, Horace P. Hartshorn, and Thomas C. Hartshorn, 1832-1899; a warrant for bounty land assigned to Horace P. Hartshorn, 1857; photographs, including studio cards, tintypes, cartes-de-visite, a daguerrotype of Mary Catlin Hartshorn (unfilmed), and a portrait album containing 24 photographs of Catlin family members; and newspaper clippings of obituaries and wedding announcements.
REEL 2707: A notebook of Horace P. Hartshorn containing family obituaries, clippings on George Catlin and his works of art, and transcriptions of funeral sermons for various family members, 1848; an album, 1832, of brothers, John and George Catlin, containing engravings, unpublished writings by family members and friends, and eulogies of John and Julius Catlin; the last will and testament of Putnam Catlin, 1841; and miscellaneous materials, including a writing desk.
Biographical / Historical:
Family of artists. Putnam Catlin and Polly Sutton Catlin had 14 children, one of whom was George Catlin, noted for his paintings of American West and Indian portraits.
Provenance:
Donated by David Morse, 1984. Morse purchased the papers from Thomas Lenz. Material on reel 2707 had been previously lent by Lenz for microfilming in 1982.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.catlfami
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ed39b793-dbc2-421f-a171-3c34196a99e0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-catlfami

Portrait of Crow Flies High, Old Man in Native Dress, With Feather Headdress and Sword

Creator:
Haynes, Frank Jay  Search this
Barry, D. F. (David Francis), 1854-1934  Search this
Goff, O. S. (Orlando Scott), 1843-1917  Search this
Collector:
Taylor, James E. (Artist)  Search this
Names:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Collection Creator:
Taylor, James E., 1839-1901 (artist and collector)  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic print (004 in x 006 in mounted on 014 in x 018 in)
Container:
Volume 1, Page 32
Culture:
Minitari (Hidatsa)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Photographs
Date:
undated
Local Numbers:
NAA INV.01601515

NAA MS.MS 4605

OPPS NEG.55956

OPPS NEG.3343-D-1
Local Note:
According to Colin Taylor, this man was described to him as George Catlin by the people on the Fort Berthold Reservation.
Black and white Photoprint on Paper Mount in Album
Place:
North Dakota ? -- Bismark ?
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
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Genre/Form:
Photographs
Collection Citation:
MS 4605, James E. Taylor scrapbook of the American West, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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James E. Taylor scrapbook of the American West
James E. Taylor scrapbook of the American West / Page 32
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw368cb18fd-1432-4f26-b7d5-27e4cda3479d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-ms4605-ref879
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George Catlin papers, 1821-1904, 1946

Creator:
Catlin, George 1796-1872  Search this
Subject:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Sully, Thomas 1783-1872  Search this
Clay, Henry 1777-1852  Search this
Physical description:
2.3 linear feet
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Portraits
Date:
1821
1821-1946
1821-1904, 1946
Topic:
Art and race  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Local number:
AAA 5824-5825
aaa 1817
AAA catlgeor
Restrictions & Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information
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George Catlin papers, 1821-1904, 1946
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_209512

George Catlin letter, [undated]

Creator:
Catlin, George 1796-1872  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (on partial microfilm reel)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
undated
Topic:
Indians of North America  Search this
Local number:
AAA D8
AAA
AAA catlgeol
Restrictions & Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information
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George Catlin letter, [undated]
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_213276

George Catlin manuscripts and drawings, [ca. 1893]

Creator:
Catlin, George 1796-1872  Search this
Physical description:
19 items (on partial microfilm reel)
Type:
Drawings
Collection descriptions
Portraits
Date:
1893
ca 1893
Topic:
Art and race  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Local number:
AAA 1191
AAA
AAA catlgemd
Restrictions & Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information
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George Catlin manuscripts and drawings, [ca. 1893]
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:siris_arc_209511

George Catlin letter

Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[undated]
Scope and Contents:
Catlin writes to "Dear Sir," requesting an autograph for his nephew, a Pawnee Indian chief. A typescript is included.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter. Catlin is known for his paintings of American Indians.
Provenance:
Donated 1955 by Charles Feinberg.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Indians of North America  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.catlgeol
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9486fa437-5ff4-4d14-88ed-7c08fcbf7510
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-catlgeol

John Canfield Ewers Papers

Correspondent:
Hanson, James A.  Search this
Conner, Stuart W.  Search this
Dempsey, Hugh A.  Search this
Brasser, Ted J.  Search this
DeMallie, Raymond  Search this
Schaeffer, Claude E.  Search this
Taylor, Colin F.  Search this
Creator:
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997  Search this
Names:
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
United States. National Park Service  Search this
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Denig, Edwin Thompson, 1812-1858  Search this
Taylor, James E. (Artist)  Search this
Extent:
97 Linear feet
Culture:
Anishinaabe (Chippewa/Ojibwa)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northeast  Search this
Cree  Search this
Assiniboine (Stoney)  Search this
Kiowa  Search this
Indians of North America -- Subarctic  Search this
Niitsitapii (Blackfoot/Blackfeet)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1945-1993
Scope and Contents:
The John Canfield Ewers Papers document his wide ranging anthropological interests from early White depictions of Native Americans to the material culture of the Plains tribes through correspondence, exhibit catalogs, field notes, illustrations, lectures, maps, photocopies of archival materials, photographs, and writings. The collection includes materials relating to his numerous research projects and publications such as his books on plains sculpture and Jean Louis Berlandier as well as his field research among the Assiniboin and Blackfoot tribes. Ewers' career as an ethnologist based in a museum is amply documented through correspondence, exhibit plans and scripts, notes, and reports showcasing his work for the National Park Service and his fifty plus years at the Smithsonian. The voluminous correspondence file highlights his close collaboration with individuals such as Stu Conner, Hugh Dempsey, Claude Schaeffer, and Colin Taylor. Ewers' graduate studies and his family are featured in Series XI. One special category of materials in this collection is Series XIV, the card files. Ewers pulled information from his field notes and other sources, classified them, and typed or wrote them up on 3x5 or 5x7 inch index cards. He then organized these files alphabetically by subject within large categories such as "Collecting Alpha by Collectors Name" or "Fur Trade and Trade Goods." The card files include correspondence and photographs and closely relate to materials throughout the rest of the collection. Though Ewers' papers are primarily textual in nature, there are graphic materials throughout his files. Series XIII features the graphic materials that Ewers kept separate from his files such as the contents of his slide cabinets. There is overlap within this series as Ewers kept multiple copies of his slides in various locations. This series also includes audiotapes of conferences and symposia at which Ewers spoke and three scrapbooks. Of note are original pencil and ink drawings from his book, The Horse in Blackfoot Culture, in Series XV. Transcripts of oral history interviews with John Canfield Ewers are also available at the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Arrangement note:
This collection was organized into 15 series - Correspondence, Research & Subject Files, Research Projects, Trips and Presentations, Artists of the Old West, North American Indian Art, Plains Sculpture Book, Berlandier Project, Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, Personal, Writings by Ewers, Audiovisual Materials, Card Files, and Art Work.
Biographical/Historical note:
John Canfield Ewers (1909-1997) earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1931 and an M.A. in Anthropology from Yale University in 1934. Ewers began his career in museums as a Field Curator for the National Park Service. He helped design exhibits at Vicksburg National Battlefield and Ocmulgee National Monument among others. In 1941, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hired Ewers to design and establish the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, Montana. After a short stint in the Navy during World War II, Ewers joined the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution. He worked at the Smithsonian for over fifty years in numerous capacities including Director of the National Museum of History and Technology (now called the National Museum of American History). Ewers' research dealt with the Plains Indians and the Blackfoot tribe in particular. Ewers wrote several books on a wide variety of topics including White artists depictions of Native Americans, Plains Indian sculpture, and the horse in Blackfoot Indian culture.
Restrictions:
The John Canfield Ewers papers are open for research.
Rights:
Contact repository for terms of use.
Occupation:
Artists  Search this
Topic:
Ethnohistory  Search this
Carving  Search this
American Indians -- Plains  Search this
Artists -- United States -- West -- Biography  Search this
American Indians -- Clothing  Search this
American Indians -- arts and crafts  Search this
Museums -- History -- Exhibitions  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Repatriation  Search this
Citation:
John Canfield Ewers papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.1998-35
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John Canfield Ewers Papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3a79ed527-de46-4681-a92d-bd23575f45f5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-1998-35

MS 4109 David Ives Bushnell collection

Collector:
Bushnell, David I., Jr. (David Ives), 1875-1941  Search this
Creator:
Webber, John, 1751-1793  Search this
Le Page du Pratz, -1775  Search this
Krieghoff, Cornelius, 1815-1872  Search this
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Names:
Keokuk, Sauk chief, 1780?-1848  Search this
Mató-Tópe, Mandan chief, -1837  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (packages )
Culture:
Sac and Fox (Sauk & Fox)  Search this
Numakiki (Mandan)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Watercolors
Lithographs
Engravings
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Contents: Package 1 Folio-size engravings, after drawings by John Webber, 1778,, published in Captain James Cook's Voyages. 16 prints. Copy negatives made for all. See Smithsonian Institution Negative Numbers 44,242; A-Q. Package 2 Vue prise de bords de l'Ohio et du Scioto, dans la Nouvelle Amerique. View on banks of the Ohio. Water color. Dessiens de Sauvages de Plusieurs Nations, New Orleans, 1735. Balbahachas. Mississippi or River St Louis. Photostat (?) of drawing by Du Pratz. For data, see Bushnell, SMC 80:5 or Bureau of American Ethnology copy negative 2860-zz-6. Indians and squaws of Lower Canada- Montreal. Color lithograph. C. Krieghoff, artist. Hee-o-kun, the Running Fox [Keokuk ?], Chief of Sacs and Foxes. Water color, copy by ? , from ? Mah-to-toh-pa, Chief of the Mandans. Water color. Copy by ? from Catlin ?
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4109
Local Note:
In numbered manuscripts map drawer.
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Ohio  Search this
Genre/Form:
Watercolors
Lithographs
Engravings
Citation:
Manuscript 4109, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4109
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MS 4109 David Ives Bushnell collection
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw313019545-fd8e-4c55-9918-3ba459282128
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4109

Illustrations from James Cook's A voyage to the Pacific Ocean

Creator:
Webber, John, 1751-1793  Search this
Collection Collector:
Bushnell, David I., Jr. (David Ives), 1875-1941  Search this
Collection Creator:
Webber, John, 1751-1793  Search this
Le Page du Pratz, -1775  Search this
Krieghoff, Cornelius, 1815-1872  Search this
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Extent:
7 Sheets (9 sheets in mats, 18x22 in. 16x20 in.)
Culture:
Eskimos  Search this
Unangan (Aleut)  Search this
Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka)  Search this
Arctic peoples  Search this
Indians of North America -- Subarctic  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sheets
Place:
Unalaska (Alaska)
Date:
1778
Scope and Contents:
Includes the following: Plate 38, A man of Nootka Sound; Plate 39, A woman of Nootka Sound; Plate 40, Various articles, at Nootka Sound; Plate 41, A view of the habitation in Nootka Sound; Plate 42, The inside of a house of Nootka Sound; Plate 45, A view of Snug Corner Cove, in Prince William's Sound; Plate 46, A man of Prince William's Sound; Plate 47, A woman of Prince William's Sound; Plate 48, A man of Oonalashka; Plate 49, A woman of Oonalashka; Plate 50, Canoes of Oonalashka; Plate 52, Sea horses; Plate 54, Inhabitants of Norton Sound and their habitations; Plate 56, Caps of the natives of Oonalashka; Plate 57, Native of Oonalashka and their habitations; Plate 58, The inside of a house, in Oonalashka
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4109

OPPS NEG 44,242, -a to -p
Local Note:
Stored in artwork cabinet.
Engravings
Topic:
Habitations -- Nootka Sound (Alaska) -- Unalaska (Alaska) -- Norton Sound (Alaska)  Search this
Nootka (Nuu-chah-nulth)  Search this
Norton Sound -- Alaska  Search this
Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4109, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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MS 4109 David Ives Bushnell collection
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3d290d8ec-ab4e-49d4-b03c-83f31aaa8eda
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-ms4109-ref1

George Catlin papers

Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Names:
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852  Search this
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Extent:
2.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photogravures
Date:
undated
1821-1904
Summary:
The collection comprises 2.3 feet of papers concerning George Catlin's creation and promotion of his famed "Indian Gallery" of paintings, drawings, and artifacts of North American Indians. Dating from 1821 through 1904, with one item dated 1946, the papers include letters, notebooks and journals, receipt books and loose receipts, printed materials, and other documentation. The bulk of the collection focuses on Catlin's efforts to promote the sale of his gallery to the United States government through tours, including London and Paris, and petitions to various governments to purchase the Gallery. Among the rare printed catalogs and petitions in the collection are exhibition catalogs for the U.S., London, and Paris tours, the earliest dating from 1837. Letters and other documents include letters dating from the 1830s from Henry Clay, Thomas Sully, and William Henry Seward commending Catlin's work, as well as Catlin family correspondence and papers dating from 1821 through the 1870s.
Scope and Contents note:
The collection comprises 2.3 feet of papers concerning George Catlin's creation and promotion of his famed "Indian Gallery" of paintings, drawings, and artifacts of North American Indians. Dating from 1821 through 1904, with one item dated 1946, the papers include letters, notebooks and journals, receipt books and loose receipts, printed materials, and other documentation. The bulk of the collection focuses on Catlin's efforts to promote the sale of his gallery to the United States government through tours, including London and Paris, and petitions to various governments to purchase the Gallery. Among the rare printed catalogs and petitions in the collection are exhibition catalogs for the U.S., London, and Paris tours, the earliest dating from 1837. Letters and other documents include letters dating from the 1830s from Henry Clay, Thomas Sully, and William Henry Seward commending Catlin's work, as well as Catlin family correspondence and papers dating from 1821 through the 1870s.

Of particular interest in the collection are letters to and from Catlin, including two written by Catlin during his early travels to the west in the 1830s. Other letters include ones from Henry Clay, John Adams Dix, Ralph Randolph Gurley, James Hall, William Henry Seward, Thomas Sully (illustrated), and Baron Friederich von Humbolt, among others. Most wish Catlin well and offer support in his endeavors to sell his collection.

Also found within the collection are several notebooks and notes describing Native American ceremonies, name translations, customs, and other information pertinent to Catlin's catalog, two volume book, and exhibitions of the "Indian Gallery." There are also numerous loose receipts and account and receipt books documenting the 1840s London and Paris venues of the "Indian Gallery" exhibition. The collection also houses printed catalogs for the exhibitions, including a rare 1837 catalog for the first show in New York.

Additional materials include certificates of authenticity testifying to the authenticity of Catlin's paintings from life of Native American sitters, announcements relating to exhibition openings, printed memorials and petitions to Congress, printed letters of support, envelopes and name cards, and handwritten tickets to Catlin lectures. Also found are a handwritten journal of Theodore B. Catlin, photogravures of Catlin, obituaries for Catlin, and printed reviews of the exhibitions.
Arrangement note:
The George Catlin papers are arranged into five series based primarily on document type. Within each series, materials are arranged in chronological order.

Missing Title

Series 1: Correspondence, 1821-1885 (Boxes 1, 6; Reel 5824; 12 folders)

Series 2: Writings, 1825-circa 1872 (Boxes 1, 6; Reel 5824; 9 folders)

Series 3: Financial Records, 1826-1848 (Boxes 2, 6; Reels 5824-5825; 13 folders, 3 bound volumes)

Series 4: Catalogs, 1837-1871 (Boxes 3-5; Reel 5825; 1 linear foot)

Series 5: Ephemera and Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1832-1904, 1946 (Boxes 5-6, OV 7; Reel 5825; 14 folders)
Biographical/Historical note:
George Catlin was born in 1796 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Although trained as a lawyer, Catlin quit his law practice and moved to Philadelphia in 1823 to begin a career as a portrait painter. He gained membership in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1824, but his career in formal portraiture met with little success. In 1830, Catlin embarked upon his lifetime achievement of documenting the lives, customs, and culture of the declining native American population of the Plains. He spent the next six years traveling, drawing, painting, and writing about the Plains Indians. By 1837, he had amassed enough documentation to hold a major exhibition in New York of Catlin's Indian Gallery of Portraits, Landscapes, Manners and Customs, Costumes, etc. The same exhibition, with an added live show, traveled to London in 1842 and Paris in 1845, where it was met with rave reviews.

Catlin spent the remainder of his life gathering support for the sale of the Indian Gallery to the U.S. Congress. Between 1841 and 1842, at his own expense, Catlin wrote and published his two volume set Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians. He also wrote numerous petitions and "memorials" to Congress, often including statements from national and international reputable supporters, such as Daniel Webster, General Lewis Cass, the Joint Committee on the Library (of Congress), and the American Ambassador to France. The Smithsonian Institution's first Secretary Joseph Henry strongly supported congressional acquisition of Catlin's work and even provided Catlin with a small studio in the Castle building. All of the appeals to the government for the purchase of the collection were, in the end, unsuccessful and Catlin died almost penniless in 1872.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Archives holds several related collections of differing provenances related to George Catlin, including a small collection of manuscripts and drawings microfilmed on reel 1191 related to Catlin's work in marine art and documentation. A microfilmed loan of circa 500 items is also available on reel 3277 of letters between Catlin and Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1840-1860, writings by Catlin and material on Catlin's Indian Gallery, including clippings, catalogs, handbills, invitations, drawings and portrait sketches of native Americans, and printed material; a watercolor sketchbook; a list of paintings; and miscellany. Also found within the Archives is one undated letter microfilmed on reel D8 from Catlin, and a collection of art historian William Truettner's research papers on George Catlin.
Provenance:
The papers of George Catlin were transferred to the Archives of American Art by the Library of the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. Accession records indicate that the papers were once maintained by the Smithsonian's Bureau of Ethnology and were probably part of the orginal 1879 acquisition of Catlin's Indian Gallery by the Smithsonian. Businessman Joseph Harrison rescued the "Indian Gallery" from Catlin's creditors in the 1850s and stored the collection in a Philadelphia warehouse, where it suffered damage from at least two fires before Harrison's widow donated the collection to the Smithsonian.
Restrictions:
A digitized version of the microfilm of this collection is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Portrait painters  Search this
Painters  Search this
Ethnological painters  Search this
Topic:
Miniature painters  Search this
Indians of North America -- Portraits  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Ethnological illustrators  Search this
Art and race  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photogravures
Citation:
George Catlin papers, 1821-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.catlgeor
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Archives of American Art
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Ephemera and Miscellaneous Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Extent:
14 Folders (Boxes 5, 6, OV 7; Reel 5825)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1832-1904
Scope and Contents note:
This series consists of exhibition announcements, certifications of authenticity for Catlin's portraits and other paintings, miscellaneous broadsides, announcements, clippings, petitions in support of the proposed purchase of the Indian Gallery by Congress, obituaries for George Catlin, reviews of the exhibitions, photogravures of Catlin, and a handwritten journal belonging to Catlin's son, Theodore, and other miscellaneous handwritten documents and printed matter. Additional items of interest include a sheet music cover print used to advertise a music and dance performance by North American Indians who accompanied Catlin as part of his Indian Gallery exhibition in Paris and a handpainted mineral chart of previously unknown clay specimens gathered by Catlin during his travels among Indians in Minnesota, later named "Catlinite" in his honor. Folder headings include all oversize material.
Collection Restrictions:
A digitized version of the microfilm of this collection is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
George Catlin papers, 1821-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.catlgeor, Series 5
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Archives of American Art
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Certificates of Authenticity

Collection Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Container:
Reel 5825, Frame 538-544
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1832-1836
undated
Collection Restrictions:
A digitized version of the microfilm of this collection is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
George Catlin papers, 1821-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Catlin papers / Series 5: Ephemera and Miscellaneous Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-catlgeor-ref101

Reviews

Collection Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Container:
Reel 5825, Frame 545-564
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1837-1889
Collection Restrictions:
A digitized version of the microfilm of this collection is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
George Catlin papers, 1821-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Catlin papers
George Catlin papers / Series 5: Ephemera and Miscellaneous Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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Copyright Registration for Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians

Collection Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Container:
Reel 5825, Frame 565-568
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1841
Collection Restrictions:
A digitized version of the microfilm of this collection is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
George Catlin papers, 1821-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Catlin papers
George Catlin papers / Series 5: Ephemera and Miscellaneous Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92b8fe86c-6e16-4d82-a9a1-477f54fc14c7
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ead_component:sova-aaa-catlgeor-ref103

London Subscription Form for Purchasing Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians

Collection Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Container:
Reel 5825, Frame 569-570
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1840-1845
Collection Restrictions:
A digitized version of the microfilm of this collection is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
George Catlin papers, 1821-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Catlin papers
George Catlin papers / Series 5: Ephemera and Miscellaneous Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Athenaeum (London) (1 of 3)

Collection Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Container:
Reel 5825, Frame 571-595
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1840
Collection Restrictions:
A digitized version of the microfilm of this collection is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
George Catlin papers, 1821-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Catlin papers
George Catlin papers / Series 5: Ephemera and Miscellaneous Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e2bda0c8-dbe6-491c-9e7e-8f1125f33923
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Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Athenaeum (London) (2 of 3)

Collection Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Container:
Reel 5825, Frame 596-615
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1840
Collection Restrictions:
A digitized version of the microfilm of this collection is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
George Catlin papers, 1821-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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George Catlin papers
George Catlin papers / Series 5: Ephemera and Miscellaneous Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90918a208-5ef2-434c-87dd-2cf0ab056072
EDAN-URL:
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