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Edwin and Wilfred Whitefield papers, 1854-1918

Edwin and Wilfred Whitefield papers, 1854-1918

Whitefield, Edwin, 1816-1892

Painter, Lithographer, Engraver

Collection Information

Size: 0.5 linear ft. (on 1 microfilm reel).

Summary: Letters (1856-1918), diaries (1863-1866), writings (1856-1863), printed material (1854-1857), and photographs document the activities of Edwin Whitefield and his son Wilfred and early settlement in Minnesota.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edwin Whitefield was born in England in 1816, immigrating to the United States ca. 1840. Between 1840 and 1855, he studied and taught drawing in New York and New England. In the latter 1850s, he became a real estate speculator in the Minnesota territory and became involved in land and and townsite promotion in what is now Kandiyohi County and the Sauk River Valley, Minn. Between 1860 and 1864 he lived in Chicago, but spent his final years in Massachusetts until his death in 1892. Edwin's son Wilfred Whitefield, also an artist, was born in 1839. He traveled to Minnesota with his father in 1856 and accompanied Henry H. Sibley's expedition against the Dakota (Sioux) Indians in 1863. He died in Sauk Center, Minn. in 1926.


The microfilm was purchased from the Minnesota Historical Society.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Division of Library and Archives, Minnesota Historical Society.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reel 4309 available for use only in the Archives of American Art office in Washington, D. C., through interlibrary loan, and at the Minnesota Historical Society (reel MN 519).

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: the Division of Library and Archives, Minnesota Historical Society.

How to Cite This Collection

Edwin and Wilfred Whitefield papers, 1854-1918. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.