Request for Gift of the Catlin Collection

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The Board of Regents adopts a resolution to request that Mr. George Catlin deposit his collection of Indian paintings and ethnologica with the Smithsonian Institution as soon as a building is ready, provided he do so without charge to the Institution. Upon the deposit of the collection, the institution will arrange and prepare the collection for exhibition.


  • Catlin, George 1796-1872
  • Board of Regents
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


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Report from the Board of Regents, submitted to Congress, Of the operations, expenditures, and condition of the Smithsonian Institution. 29th Cong., 2nd Sess., March 3, 1847. S. Rept. 211, p. 37.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


March 1, 1847


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