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George Lynde Catlin Diaries

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Catlin, George Lynde, 1810-1866

George Lynde Catlin, the son of Lynde Catlin and Helen Margaret Kipp, was born in Albany, New York in 1810. He worked as an attorney based in New York City and had at least five children with his wife, Catherine Livingston Gardner. Catlin died on April 8, 1866 in Staten Island, New York.

Consists of nine diaries and loose diary pages, as well as a letter, written by George Catlin while traveling primarily through Europe. Catlin, a New York attorney, toured Europe between 1835 and 1836 and wrote extensively about his experinces abroad in his diaries.

Catlin began his trip in New York City where he boarded the ship Formosa on June 23, 1835 with his travelling companion Dr. L. C. Ferris. The ship sailed to Havre, France, where Catlin visited an old friend and school mate by the name of C. Norwood who was living in France. From there, Catlin details stops in Paris, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania. The loose pages, which appear to be, in part, leaves from the diaries also describe travel in France and Italy, as well as Scotland.

There is one four page letter included in the collection, which Catlin wrote to his mother. The letter appears to be written from Moscow, Russia and in it Catlin recounts the journey he made from St. Petersburg. Another two page letter from an unidentified correspondent is also included.

Purchased with the help of the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund, 2017 (AM 2018-17).

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in August 2017. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in August 2017.

No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Chloe Pfendler
Finding Aid Date
2017
Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Physical Description

1 box

Diary: France (Havre to Paris), 1835 June 23. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary; 14pp

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1 folder

Diary: Paris, France to Berne, Switzerland, 1835 July 31. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary; 45 pp

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1 folder

Diary: Berne, Switzerland to La Rochelle, France, 1835 August 25. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary; 45 pp

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1 folder

Diary: France (La Rochelle to Paris), 1835 September. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary; 18 pp

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1 folder

Diary: Paris, France to Venice, Italy, 1836 January-1836 February. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary; 46 pp

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1 folder

Diary: Italy (Venice to Rome), 1836 February 13-1836 March. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary; 35 pp

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1 folder

Diary: Italy (Rome to Syracuse), 1836 April 6. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary; 47 pp

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1 folder

Diary: Syracuse, Sicily to Athens, Greece, 1836 May 4-1836 June 6. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary; 46 pp

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1 folder

Diary: Constantinople, Turkey to Orsova, Romania, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary; 44 pp

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1 folder

Loose Diary Pages, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

55 loose pages that appear to be from a diary in which Catlin details travel through France, Italy, and Scotland.

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1 folder

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1 box

Letter from George Catlin to his Mother, 1836 September 4. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS; 4 pp. Written to Catlin's mother while he was in Moscow, Russia.

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1 folder

Unidentified Letter, 1882 January 28. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS; 2 pp. Letter from an unknown correspondent found between the pages of one of the Catlin diaries during processing.

Physical Description

1 folder

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