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  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: American Indian Print Collection
    Dates: 18th to 19th century
    Collection Number: pri520
    Extent: 129 prints in 2 boxes; prints 53 cm. x 48 cm. (21 in. x 19 in.) and smaller.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Prints and Ephemera
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains prints of American Indians mainly from the Midwestern and Eastern United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of the prints depict romanticized views of Native Americans, including but not limited to their daily life, peaceful and violent interactions with Europeans and Americans, and portraits of important leaders and figures.
    Language of Material: English
    Finding aid last updated on July 1, 2019.


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    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Call number]. American Indian Print Collection. Huntington Library. Prints and Ephemera Division.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection is of uncertain provenance and previously formed part of the Huntington Library Prints and Ephemera Collection. Items 52:2 and 68:2 were missing as of March 2013 when the collection was reprocessed.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of more than 120 prints of American Indians during the 18th to 19th centuries. The images primarily portray romanticized views of Native Americans, including, but not limited to, their daily life, peaceful and violent interactions with Europeans and Americans, and portraits of important leaders and figures. The majority of the tribes depicted in the prints are located on the East Coast and in the Midwest.
    The collection contains portraits of notable Native Americans including Pocahontas, Red Jacket, Philip (Metacom) of the Wampanogas, Samson Occom, Powhatan, Theyanoguin, and Tecumseh. Prominent Europeans and Americans appear as well, including Captain John Smith, William Augustus Bowles, William Penn, Zachary Taylor, and William Henry Harrison. A significant portion of the prints are of bison hunting and Indian ceremonies by artist George Catlin and various Indian daily life scenes by artist Seth Eastman. Other notable images consist of battles between Indians and American settlers and soldiers, Indians playing ball games, dance ceremonies, caring for crops, and Christian missionaries among the Indians.
    The items incorporate intaglio, planographic, and relief printing techniques and include lithographs, wood engravings, engravings, and mezzotints.
    Box 1 holds 18 prints (1-9; 11-18; 31), Box 2 holds 111 prints (10:1; 19-30; 32-84).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    American bison hunting
    Dakota Indians
    Fox Indians
    Indians of North America – Pictorial works
    Mandan Indians
    Mohawk Indians
    Pawnee Indians
    Pequot War, 1636-1638
    Powhatan Indians
    Sauk Indians
    Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842
    Siksika Indians
    Sun dance
    United States—History—War of 1812
    Bowles, William Augustus, 1763 or 4-1805--Portraits
    Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792--Pictorial works
    Deerfoot, d. 1896--Portraits
    Eliot, John, 1604-1690--Pictorial works
    Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841--Pictorial works
    McCrea, Jane, 1753-1777--Pictorial works
    Occom, Samson, 1723-1792--Portraits
    Penn, William, 1644-1718--Pictorial works
    Philip, Sachem of the Wampanoags, d. 1676--Portraits
    Pocahontas, d. 1617--Portraits
    Powhatan, ca. 1550-1618--Pictorial works
    Red Jacket, Seneca chief, ca. 1756-1830--Pictorial works
    Rogers, Robert, 1731-1795--Portraits
    Smith, John, 1580-1631--Pictorial works
    Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850--Pictorial works
    Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief, 1768-1813--Pictorial works
    Theyanoguin, Hendrick Peters, 1692-1755--Portraits
    Pocahontas, d. 1617--Pictorial works



    Printer, Publisher, Artist Index

    The following is a complete list of artists and printers represented in the collection.
    Agate, Alfred T., 1812-1846
    Andrews, Joseph, 1806-1850
    Armytage, James Charles, d. 1897
    Bodmer, Karl, 1809-1893
    Brown, George Loring, 1814-1889
    Buttre, John Chester, 1821-1893
    Catlin, George, 1796-1872
    Chamberlin, Mason, d. 1787
    Chapin, John R., 1823-1894
    Chapman, J.G. (John Gadsby), 1808-1889
    Chappel, Alonzo, 1828-1887
    Corbould, Edward Henry, 1815-1905
    Corbould, H. (Henry), 1787-1844
    Currier, Nathaniel, 1813-1888
    Danforth, Moseley Isaac, 1800-1862
    Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888
    Doney, Thomas, fl. 1844-1852
    Drayton, Joseph
    Duval, Peter S., 1804 or 5-1886
    Eastman, Seth, 1808-1875
    Ellis, George B.
    Faber, John, 1695?-1756
    Fay, Augustus, b. ca. 1824
    Frenzeny, Paul
    Gavit, John E., 1817-1874
    Hatch, George W., ca. 1805-1867
    Hicks, George Elgar, 1824-1914
    Hinshelwood, Robert, b. 1812
    Jocelyn, Simeon Smith, 1799-1879
    Jordan, Henry
    Kern, Edward Meyer, 1823-1863
    King, Charles Bird, 1785-1862
    Lens, Bernard, 1682-1740
    Leroux, Eugène
    Matteson, Tompkins Harrison, 1813-1884
    McNevin, John
    McRae, John C.
    Miller, Alfred Jacob, 1810-1874
    Oertel, Johannes Adam Simon, 1823-1909
    Rawdon, Ralph, b. 1793
    Ridgway, W. (William), fl. 1863-1894
    Rogers, John, 1808-1888(?)
    Rolph, John A., 1799-1862
    Rosenthal, L.N. (Louis N.)
    Sartain, John, 1808-1897
    Schenk, Peter, 1660-1718 or 9
    Sharp, William, 1749-1824
    Simon, John, 1675-ca. 1755
    Smillie, James David, 1833-1909
    Stanley, John Mix, 1814-1872
    Storm, G.F.
    Tavernier, Jules, 1844-1889
    Thompson, D. George, d. ca. 1870
    Verelst, John, b. 1648
    Wagstaff, Charles Edward, 1808-1850
    Warren, Asa Coolidge, 1819-1904
    Warren, Henry, 1794-1879
    Webber, John, 1751-1793
    Weir, Robert Walter, 1803-1889
    Wellstood, William, 1819-1900
    West, Benjamin, 1738-1820