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John Mix Stanley papers, 1830-1973

Stanley, John Mix, 1814-1872

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: A brief biography of Stanley by George B. Catlin; 320 letters, 1830-1973, including personal correspondence, 1830-1872, between Stanley and his wife Alice English Stanley, and letters to Alice Stanley Acheson and the Bayles family, 1939-1973, about their grandfather, John Mix Stanley, and his paintings; a diary, undated, kept by Stanley for his fiancee on a trip home from San Francisco; a diary, 1853, kept by Alice Stanley containing her poems and writings; a sketchbook; newspaper clippings and articles; catalogs; 100 photographs of Stanley's paintings and 4 family photographs; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Detroit, Mich. Specialized in scenes of Indian life in the West.


Lent for microfilming 1974 by Alice Stanley Acheson, granddaughter of Stanley.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Alice Stanley Acheson after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 687 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

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

How to Cite This Collection

John Mix Stanley papers, 1830-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.