George Catlin letters

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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

Four letters (1827–[1870]) written by George Catlin regarding his works and U.S. Indian policy.

Biographical Historical Note

Painter George Catlin specialized in images of North American Plains Indians, many of which he published or gathered in a traveling exhibition known as Catlin’s Indian Gallery.

Additional Notes

Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library), which also contains a large body of original artwork and photography by various artists (individually catalogued).