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Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7066

Stanley, John Mix, 1814-1872

John Mix Stanley Collection, 1852-1865, 1883-1886

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Stanley, John Mix, 1814-1872
Title: John Mix Stanley Collection
Dates: 1852-1865, 1883-1886
Quantity: 0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Collection: Record Unit 7066
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This collection includes typewritten copies and original correspondence of Joseph Henry, Mary A. Henry, John Mix Stanley, and his family concerning the collection deposited with the Smithsonian; contract and correspondence concerning a loan made by Henry to Stanley; Henry's description of the attempts to save the paintings during the fire; contract between John R. Bartlett and Stanley concerning Bartlett's purchasing one-fourth interest in the collection; a list of the five surviving paintings; and three books printed for the Smithsonian Institution, including the catalog mentioned above, a Guide to the Smithsonian Institution, 1865, and a biography of John Mix Stanley by David I. Bushnell, Jr.

Historical Note

John Mix Stanley (1814-1872), a famous painter of Indians and Indian scenes, deposited 152 paintings with the Smithsonian Institution in 1852 with the intention of selling his collection to the government. Most of the paintings were destroyed in the Smithsonian Institution fire of 1865. A list of the collection can be found in the Smithsonian catalog, Portraits of North American Indians with Sketches of Scenery, etc., 1852.

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Descriptive Entry

This collection includes typewritten copies and original correspondence of Joseph Henry, Mary A. Henry, John Mix Stanley, and his family concerning the collection deposited with the Smithsonian; contract and correspondence concerning a loan made by Henry to Stanley; Henry's description of the attempts to save the paintings during the fire; contract between John R. Bartlett and Stanley concerning Bartlett's purchasing one-fourth interest in the collection; a list of the five surviving paintings; and three books printed for the Smithsonian Institution, including the catalog mentioned above, a Guide to the Smithsonian Institution, 1865, and a biography of John Mix Stanley by David I. Bushnell, Jr.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7066, John Mix Stanley Collection

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Container List

Series 1

Correspondence, Arranged Alphabetically, 1858-1886.

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Folder 1 Joseph Henry, 1858

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Folder 2 Mary A. Henry, 1884-1886

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Folder 3 John Mix Stanley, 1864-1865

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Folder 4 Mrs. John Mix Stanley, 1883

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Series 2

Books, Contracts, and List of Paintings.

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Folder 5 Contracts

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Folder 6 Extracts from the Smithsonian Reports, 1854-1868, and the Proceedings of the Board of Regents, 1857-1858

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Folder 7 Guide to the Smithsonian Institution and National Museum, 1865

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Folder 8 John Mix Stanley, Artist-Explorer, by David J. Bushnell, Jr., 1925

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Folder 9 John Mix Stanley and his Indian Paintings, by W. Vernon Kinietz, 1942

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Folder 10 Portraits of North American Indians with Sketches of Scenery, etc. Painted by J. M. Stanley. Deposited with the Smithsonian Institution, 1852

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Folder 11 List and description of five of Stanley's paintings

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