The George Catlin collection consists of roughly 252 unbound illustrations of Indians in both North and South America, by
artist George Catlin, and other items all related to Catlin’s unpublished manuscript The North Americans in the Middle of
the Nineteenth Century.
George Catlin, artist and author, was known especially for his paintings of Indians. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,
he practiced law until his talent for painting led him to join a group of artists in Philadelphia in 1823. Catlin concentrated
on portrait painting in Washington, D.C., until 1829, when he saw a delegation of visiting American Indians in Philadelphia.
He then resolved to devote his life to preserving the appearance and character of the vanishing Indians and for forty-two
years traveled extensively in the U.S. West and lived among the tribes. Catlin wrote many books and articles related to his
Approximately 252 illustrations plus nine boxes
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