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George Catlin papers, undated

Contents and Arrangement

The George Catlin papers are arranged into five series based primarily on document type. Within each series, materials are arranged in chronological order.

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

Letters to and from Catlin, including two written while traveling in the west in the 1830s. Also found are family letters and several letters of support 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 promote and sell his collection. Folder headings include all oversize material.
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Correspondence, 1821, undated
5824
17-29
Correspondence, 1834-1839
5824
30-50
Correspondence, 1839
5824
51-73
Correspondence, 1840-1842
5824
74-96
Correspondence, circa 1840s
5824
97-129
Correspondence, 1843-1844
5824
130-146
Correspondence, 1845-1849
5824
147-160
Correspondence, 1850-1855
5824
161-176
Correspondence, 1861
5824
177-179
Correspondence, 1870, undated
5824
180-187
Correspondence, 1885
5824
188-208
Transcripts of Correspondence Concerning Catlin, undated
unfilmed

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

This series includes several handwritten notebooks by Catlin, as well as printed memorials and petitions written by Catlin. Also found is a handwritten French translation of Catlin's 1845 exhibition catalog and a partial handwritten manuscript "Travels in Europe." The subscription notebook was originally created circa 1825 to record subscription sales for a printed version of a portrait of the Hon. Tapping Reeve, a Connecticut judge painted by Catlin. The printing was never actually undertaken, however, and the book was later used in 1841 as a memo book during Catlin's stay in London. Of particular interest are the Notebooks numbered 6 and 7. Both contain notes about Catlin's paintings and exhibitions, as well as cultural information about the Indian tribes, such as name translations. One notebook describes a Mandan battle in gruesome detail.
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George Catlin's Subscription and Expense Notebook, undated, 1825
5824
209-227
George Catlin's Notebook #6, circa 1830s
5824
228-252
George Catlin's Notebook #7, circa 1830s
5824
253-273
George Catlin's Notebook with Notations about Paintings, circa 1840s
5824
274-292
Handwritten Catalog Raisonne, French Translation, author unknown (1 of 4), circa 1845
5824
293-317
Handwritten Catalog Raisonne, French Translation, author unknown (2 of 4), circa 1845
5824
318-342
Handwritten Catalog Raisonne, French Translation, author unknown (3 of 4), circa 1845
5824
343-367
Handwritten Catalog Raisonne, French Translation, author unknown (4 of 4), circa 1845
5824
368-387
Printed, "Memorial" by George Catlin to Congress, 1868
5824
388-395
Miscellaneous Notes and Reminiscences by George Catlin, 1869
5824
396-402
Printed, Petition to Congress and Leaflet, circa 1872
5824
403-408
Printed, "Synopsis of the Travels of George Catlin in Gathering His Sketches for His Indian Collection", circa 1872
5824
409-417
Handwritten Partial Book Manuscript, "Travels In Europe" (1 of 3), undated
5824
418-442
Handwritten Partial Book Manuscript, "Travels In Europe" (2 of 3), undated
5824
443-467
Handwritten Partial Book Manuscript, "Travels In Europe" (3 of 3), undated
5824
468-484

Series 3: Financial Records , 1826-1848
13 folders
3 bound volumes

This series includes bound and loose accounts, receipts, and invoices, primarily those of George Catlin for his travels in Europe associated with the exhibitions, as well as receipts for advertising and space rental for the exhibitions. One account book is marked on the cover "Clara B. Catlin Account Book", which actually documents book sales. Also found is one very small bound green daybook decorated with metal tabs and a cover label engraved, "Souvenir." It is unclear who is the author of the entries. Inside is a handwritten inscription dated 1827 on the title page, along with an illegible name. The book includes notes, addresses, account entries, and "doodles." Folder headings include all oversize material.
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Bound, Miscellaneous Account and Receipt Book (1 of 4), 1826-1838
5824
485-509
Bound, Miscellaneous Account and Receipt Book (2 of 4), 1826-1838
5824
510-534
Bound, Miscellaneous Account and Receipt Book (3 of 4), 1826-1838
5824
535-559
Bound, Miscellaneous Account and Receipt Book (4 of 4), 1826-1838
5824
560-585
Bound Daybook, "Souvenir", Unknown Author, 1827-1830
5824
586-606
Bound Account Book, Book Sales, undated
5824
607-613
Bound "Memorandum" and Receipt Notebook (1 of 10), 1841
5824
614-643
Bound "Memorandum" and Receipt Notebook (2 of 10), 1841
5824
644-673
Bound "Memorandum" and Receipt Notebook (3 of 10), 1841
5824
674-703
Bound "Memorandum" and Receipt Notebook (4 of 10), 1841
5824
704-733
Bound "Memorandum" and Receipt Notebook (5 of 10), 1841
5824
734-763
Bound "Memorandum" and Receipt Notebook (6 of 10), 1841
5824
764-793
Bound "Memorandum" and Receipt Notebook (7 of 10), 1841
5824
794-823
Bound "Memorandum" and Receipt Notebook (8 of 10), 1841
5824
824-853
Bound "Memorandum" and Receipt Notebook (9 of 10), 1841
5824
854-883
Bound "Memorandum" and Receipt Notebook (10 of 10), 1841
5824
884-902
Bound Paris Hall Receipts (1 of 4), 1845
5824
903-932
Bound Paris Hall Receipts (2 of 4), 1845
5824
933-962
Bound Paris Hall Receipts (3 of 4), 1845
5824
963-992
Bound Paris Hall Receipts (4 of 4), 1845
5824
993-1106
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts, 1833-1839
5824
1107-1127
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts (1 of 4), 1840
2 folders
5824
1128-1143
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts (2 of 4), 1840
2 folders
5825
12-41
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts (3 of 4), 1840
2 folders
5825
42-71
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts (4 of 4), 1840
2 folders
5825
72-97
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts, 1841
5825
98-108
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts, 1842
5825
109-110
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts (1 of 2), 1843
5825
111-140
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts (2 of 2), 1843
5825
141-163
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts, 1844
5825
164-165
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts (1 of 2), 1845
5825
166-190
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts (2 of 2), 1845
5825
191-205
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts, 1848
5825
206-207
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Receipts, undated
5825
208-223
Miscellaneous Financial Material, 1841-1845
5825
224-229

Series 4: Catalogs , 1837-1871
1 Linear Feet
Boxes 3-5; Reel 5825

Printed catalogs and duplicates for the Indian Gallery exhibitions in the United States and Europe. The series is arranged chronologically by publication date. Duplicate copies are grouped together in folders. Folder headings include all oversize material.
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Catalogue of Catlin's Indian Gallery of Portraits, Landscapes, Manners and Customs, Costumes, Etc. (New York, first edition), 1837
2 folders
5825
230-253
A Descriptive Catalogue of Catlin's Indian Gallery; Containing Portraits, Landscapes, Costumes, Etc., and Representations of the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians (London edition, C. & J. Adlard Printers), circa 1840
5825
254-279
A Descriptive Catalogue of Catlin's Indian Gallery; Containing Portraits, Landscapes, Costumes, Etc., and Representations of the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians (London edition, C. & J. Adlard Printers) (1 of 2), circa 1843
4 folders
5825
280-299
A Descriptive Catalogue of Catlin's Indian Gallery; Containing Portraits, Landscapes, Costumes, Etc., and Representations of the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians (London edition, C & J Adlard Printers) (2 of 2), circa 1843
4 folders
5825
300-319
A Descriptive Catalogue of Catlin's Indian Gallery, Containing Portraits, Landscapes, Costumes, Etc., and Representations of the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians (New York, first edition) (1 of 2), 1845
Includes insert, "Opinions of the English and United States Press on Catlin's North American Indian Museum."
5825
320-339
A Descriptive Catalogue of Catlin's Indian Gallery, Containing Portraits, Landscapes, Costumes, Etc., and Representations of the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians (New York, first edition) (2 of 2), 1845
Includes insert, "Opinions of the English and United States Press on Catlin's North American Indian Museum."
5825
340-359
A Descriptive Catalogue of Catlin's Indian Gallery, Containing Portraits, Landscapes, Costumes, Etc., and Representation of the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians (London edition, C. & J. Adlard), 1845
Includes insert, Catalogue Raisonné de la Galerie Indienne de Mr. Catlin (Paris edition, Imprimerie de Wittersheim)
5825
360-385
Catalogue Raisonné de La Galerie Indienne de Mr. Catlin (Paris edition, Imprimerie de Wittersheim) (1 of 2), 1845
5825
386-410
Catalogue Raisonné de La Galerie Indienne de Mr. Catlin (Paris edition, Imprimerie de Wittersheim) (2 of 2), 1845
5825
411-437
A Descriptive Catalogue of Catlin's Indian Collection; Containing Portraits, Landscapes, Costumes, Etc., and Representatives of the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians (notated London edition, self-published) (1 of 2), 1848
2 folders
5825
438-467
A Descriptive Catalogue of Catlin's Indian Collection; Containing Portraits, Landscapes, Costumes, Etc., and Representatives of the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians (notated London edition, self-published) (2 of 2), 1848
2 folders
5825
468-486
Catalogue Descriptive and Instructive of Catlin's Indian Cartoons: Portraits, Types and Customs and LaSalle's Discoveries (New York edition, Baker and Godwin, printers) (1 of 2), 1871
5825
487-510
Catalogue Descriptive and Instructive of Catlin's Indian Cartoons: Portraits, Types and Customs and LaSalle's Discoveries (New York edition, Baker and Godwin, printers) (2 of 2), 1871
5825
511-537

Series 5: Ephemera and Miscellaneous Printed Material , undated, 1832-1904
14 folders
Boxes 5, 6, OV 7; Reel 5825

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.
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Certificates of Authenticity, 1832-1836, undated, undated
5825
538-544
Reviews, circa 1837-1889
5825
545-564
Copyright Registration for Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians, 1841
5825
565-568
London Subscription Form for Purchasing Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians, circa 1840-1845
5825
569-570
Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Athenaeum (London) (1 of 3), 1840
5825
571-595
Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Athenaeum (London) (2 of 3), 1840
5825
596-615
Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Athenaeum (London) (3 of 3), 1840
5825
616-635
Handwritten Tickets to Catlin Lecture by George Catlin, undated
5825
636-638
Petitions to U. S. Congress to Authorize Purchase of Catlin's Indian Collection, circa 1840s-1875
5825
639-660
Miscellaneous Announcements, Broadside, and Clippings, 1840-1850, 1904, 1946
5825
661-673
Miscellaneous Printed Matter (1 of 2), circa 1845-1889
5825
674-693
Miscellaneous Printed Matter (2 of 2), circa 1845-1889
5825
694-714
Envelopes, Name Cards, and Miscellaneous Collected Items, undated, 1849-1861
5825
715-723
Photocopies of Title Pages for Letters by George Catlin Describing the Manners, Customs, and Conditions of the North American Indians (New York Commercial Advertisers), undated
5825
724-726
Obituaries for George Catlin, 1872
5825
727-732
Theodore B. Catlin's Miscellaneous Journal (London), 1845
5825
733-753
Photographs and Photogravure of George Catlin, undated, 1868
5825
754-760
Handpainted Mineral Chart, circa 1830s
unfilmed

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