Frank Blackwell Mayer diaries

Inclusive Dates: 
1851 May 7–July 18
Survey Repository: 

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

The collection consists of 3 volumes of a diary kept by Mayer, beginning May 7, 1851, documenting his trip from Baltimore to Traverse des Sioux, Minn., and concluding July 18, 1851, the day that treaty negotiations began. Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library).

Biographical Historical Note

Frank Blackwell Mayer was a Maryland artist who traveled independently in 1851 to Minnesota to observe and sketch the Sioux Indians present at the Traverse des Sioux treaty negotiations. Mayer later studied in Paris and settled in Annapolis.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Frank B. Mayer Collection of Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Oil Paintings of Sioux Indians During the 1851 Treaty Negotiations at Traverse des Sioux and Mendota, Minn.