George Catlin papers

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Approximately 20 items documenting a collection of George Catlin paintings formerly in the Field Museum’s collection, including correspondence (1837-1894) about the acquisition, authentication, and provenance of the paintings and an 1837 letter from Catlin to New York to Gov. William Clark of Missouri, the original owner of the paintings.

Biographical Historical Note

George Catlin was a portrait painter, miniature painter, and ethnographer, best known for his paintings of the American Indian.

Additional Notes

George Catlin papers, 1821-1904, 1946, are in the collection of the Archives of American Art.