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Title Diaries [manuscript]: 1851 May 7-July 18
Author Mayer, Frank Blackwell (1827-1899)
Document Type Diary; Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: 3 v. 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. Mayer provides full descriptions of modes of transport, fellow travelers, scenery, and cities (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, St. Louis, St. Paul) en route. He also notes visits to Mammoth Cave and to see his aunt in Clarke County, Mo. In Minnesota, Mayer describes the Sioux and missionary work at Kaposia, Indian department officials and accomodations at Fort Snelling, Sioux games and ceremonies, voyageurs, and the treaty commissioners’ party. Individuals profiled include Sioux chief Little Crow, Kaposia missionary Thomas Smith Williamson, Indian superintendent Philander Prescott, and Nancy McClure Huggan of Winona. Mayer has also recorded names and addresses at the beginning and end of the first two volumes and has annotated his text, presumably at a later date.
Keywords travel, travelogue, negotiation, transport, treaty, missionary, fort, recreation, ceremony, government, government relations
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Maryland artist who traveled independently in 1851 to Minnesota to observe and sketch the Sioux Indians present at the Traverse des Sioux treaty negotiations. Leaving Maryland on May 7, 1851, Mayer journeyed by rail, stage, and steamboat across Pennsylvania, down the Ohio River, and up the Mississippi to St. Paul and Fort Snelling. From the fort he accompanied the treaty commissioners to Traverse des Sioux. Mayer later studied in Paris and settled in Annapolis.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 588
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue