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Title Memoirs of a life from my notebook and journal [manuscript]: with additions and reflections, 1867
Author Snelling, Henry Hunt (1816-1897)
Document Type Diary
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Three-volume memoir written in 1867 covering the years 1816 to 1867 by Henry Hunt Snelling. The following topics predominant Snelling’s memoir: his boyhood and army life at Fort Snelling, Minn., contact with the Dakota and Ojibwa Indians, and his photographic career in New York City during the 1850’s with business associate Edward Anthony.
Names Snelling, Josiah (d.1828); Anthony, Edward
Places Fort Snelling, Minnesota, New York, United States
Keywords memoir, personal account, observation, fort, armed forces, children, photography, frontier, pioneer, religion, Christianity, art, warrior, battle, captive, scalping, trail, travelogue, travel, society, social life, business
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; First Nations of Canada
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Great Plains
Additional Information

Henry Hunt Snelling, pioneer in photographic journalism, was born at Plattsburg, N.Y. in 1816. Snelling spent his early childhood in army posts especially at Fort Snelling (Minn.) where his father, Josiah Snelling, served as commander. He later pursued several occupations the most notable being in the daugerreotype business in New York during the 1840’s and 1850’s where he published numerous pieces on the history and art of photography. Following a slow decline, Snelling died a poor man at the Memorial Home in St. Louis in 1897.

Author’s note on title page: "Many of the sketches of character and incidents herein transcribed have been published in New York weekly papers, under the "noms de plume" of "Timothy Busy" and "Peter Piper." My note book and journal was commenced at twelve years of age and kept as regularly as circumstances would admit until the end of the year 1844. From that time until the present year (1867) I have had to draw upon memory in a great measure. H. H. Snelling."

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 815
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue