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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1827-[1870]
Author Catlin, George (1796-1872)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Four letters (1827-1870) written by George Catlin regarding his works and U.S. Indian policy. Catlin accepts a commission (1827) from William L. Stone, who later (1830-1839) published Catlin’s "Notes of eight years travel amongst the North American Indians" in his New York Commercial Advertiser. Responding to Benjamin Silliman (1841), Catlin defends his conclusions regarding the pipe stone quarry and forwards a copy of his new "Letters and notes on the manners... of the North American Indians," which contained his observations on the subject. Catlin also offers (1844?) to sell his "Album," presumably "Catlin’s North American Indian portfolio," for the reduced price of thirty pounds. Writing many years later to a Professor Harper, Catlin condemns the Jan., 1870, Piegan or Marias Massacre and the Indian policy of the U.S. military as revealed in a Mar., 1870, letter of Gen. P.H. Sheridan.
Names Sheridan, Philip Henry (1831-1888); Silliman, Benjamin (1779-1864); Stone, William L. (1792-1844)
Places Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota, Marias River, Montana, New York, United States; Paris, France; London, United Kingdom
Keywords art, massacre, Marias Massacre, war, Indian War, Indian Policy, army, observation
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Artist and author. From 1828 to 1838 George Catlin travelled in the West, painting about 600 portraits of Indians in native costume and pictures of their villages, daily life, games, and ceremonies. He exhibited this collection in Europe and America, 1837-1852. Catlin also published books and articles about his experiences with the Indians, and catalogs of his collection.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 146
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue