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William H. Seward, Albany, N.Y. to George Catlin

Creator:
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872  Search this
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Subject:
Catlin, George  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1839 Oct. 4
Citation:
William Henry Seward. William H. Seward, Albany, N.Y. to George Catlin, 1839 Oct. 4. George Catlin papers, undated. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1356
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George Catlin papers, undated
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1356
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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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George Catlin papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw901da216a-4af5-4fb1-921e-380885df19ae
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-catlgeor
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Matthew B. Brady photographs

Creator:
Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896  Search this
Names:
Blaine, Mr  Search this
Butler, Charles, 1802-1897  Search this
Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873  Search this
Greenough, Rose  Search this
Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841  Search this
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845  Search this
Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870  Search this
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865  Search this
Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869  Search this
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1860-1880]
Scope and Contents:
Four vintage prints of Blaine, Charles Butler, William Henry Harrison, and Andrew Jackson; and 7 copyprints of Salmon Portland Chase, Rose Greenough and her daughter in prison, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Pierce, and William Henry Seward.
Biographical / Historical:
Matthew B. Brady (1823 (ca.)-1896) was a photographer from Washington, D.C.
Provenance:
Provenance unknown.
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.
Identifier:
AAA.bradmath
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9318f69ba-1e0c-4fc7-8be2-fb085e5d67b1
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bradmath

Exposition universelle, 1867, Paris

Photographer:
Petit, Pierre 1832-  Search this
Former owner:
Hewitt, Abram S (Abram Stevens) 1822-1903 DSI  Search this
Inscriber:
Johnson, Andrew 1808-1875 DSI  Search this
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872 DSI  Search this
Subject:
Exposition universelle de 1867 à Paris Pictorial works  Search this
Physical description:
[17] leaves : all photos. ; 42 x 54 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
France
Paris
United States
Date:
1867
[1867]
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Technology--Pictorial works  Search this
Awards--Specimens  Search this
Call number:
T801.G1 U85e 1867
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_531497

William H. Seward's travels around the world. Ed. by Olive Risley Seward ... With two hundred illustrations

Title:
Travels around the world
Author:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Seward, Olive Risley 1844-1906  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 730 p. front. (port.) illus., plates, fold. map. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1873
Topic:
Voyages around the world  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_704354

William Henry Seward : Lincoln's right hand / John M. Taylor

Author:
Taylor, John M. 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
United States Department of State Biography  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 340 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1996
1991
1861-1865
Topic:
Cabinet officers  Search this
Statesmen  Search this
Foreign relations  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
CT275.S53 T39 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_517330

William Henry Seward : the definitive biography of Abraham Lincoln's controversial secretary of state / John M. Taylor

Author:
Taylor, John M. 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
United States Department of State Biography  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 340 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
C1991
1861-1865
Topic:
Cabinet officers  Search this
Statesmen  Search this
Foreign relations  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
E415.9.S4T38 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_412298

Report of the legislative committee from the state of New York to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition, 1909. Transmitted to the Legislature January 25, 1910

Author:
New York (State) Legislature Committee to Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition  Search this
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Wilcox, Benjamin M  Search this
Subject:
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909 : Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Physical description:
197 p. plates, ports, 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1910
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453630

Speech against the armed intervention of Russia in the Hungarian revolution

Author:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Physical description:
28 p
Type:
Books
Date:
1852
Call number:
327.S
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_301165

Alaska : speech of William H. Seward at Sitka, August 12, 1869

Author:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
1869
Call number:
F908 .S514 1869a
F908.S514 1869a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_304992

Alaska. Speech of William H. Seward, at Sitka, August 12, 1869

Author:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Alaska
Pacific Coast (U.S.)
Date:
1869
Call number:
F908.S514
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_106606

Seward at Washington, as Senator and Secretary of State. A memoir of his life, with selections from his letters 1846-1872. By Frederick W. Seward

Author:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Seward, Frederick William 1830-1915  Search this
Subject:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. illus., ports. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1891
Call number:
E415.9.S4 A1s
E415.9.S4A1s
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_153228

William Henry Seward [by] Glyndon G. Van Deusen

Author:
Van Deusen, Glyndon G (Glyndon Garlock) 1897-  Search this
Subject:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 666 p. illus., ports. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Call number:
CT275.S53 V2
E415.9.S4 V3X
CT275.S53V2
E415.9.S4V3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_20769

Autobiography of William H. Seward, from 1801 to 1834. With a memoir of his life, and selections from his letters from 1831 to 1846. By Frederick W. Seward

Author:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Subject:
Seward, Frederick William 1830-1915  Search this
Physical description:
822 p. front., ports. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1877
Call number:
E415.9.S4 A1
E415.9.S4A1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_58905

William Henry Seward

Author:
Lothrop, Thornton Kirkland 1830-1913  Search this
Subject:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 423 p. port. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
1899
Call number:
CT275.S53L8 1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_95853

Seward : Lincoln's indispensable man / Walter Stahr

Author:
Stahr, Walter  Search this
Subject:
Seward, William Henry 1801-1872  Search this
United States Department of State  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 703 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2012
1861-1865
Topic:
Cabinet officers  Search this
Statesmen  Search this
Foreign relations  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1002367

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