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George Catlin papers

Call Number: MS P499


Letters concerning the proposed publication of The North American Indians in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century, fast passing to extinction and leaving no monuments of their own behind them by 19th century author and illustrator of the American West, George Catlin. The bulk of the collection (items 2-6) are letters from Henry Steele of Jersey City to Ezra Cornell (1807-1874) of Ithaca, New York, the founder of Cornell University (1868), soliciting his support for the publication. Letters written from Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; and Jersey City, New Jersey.


  • 1869 - 1870


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7 folders (7 items in 7 folders)

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Physical Location

MS P499

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequest of Ralph Nicholson Ellis, 1945


  • Roehm, Marjorie Catlin. The Letters of George Catlin and his Family Berkeley: University of California Press, 1966, esp. pages 375-396, 445-448. The editor is unaware of these letters.
  • Truettner, William H. The Natural Man Observed: A Study of Catlin's Indian Gallery. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979, pages 56-69.
Guide to the George Catlin Papers
George Catlin papers
Finding aid prepared by am, December 30, 1983. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005.
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George Catlin papers, MS P499, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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