Scope and Content of Collection
Title: American Indian Print Collection
Dates: 18th to 19th century
Collection Number: pri520
See indexing list
Extent: 129 prints in 2 boxes; prints 53 cm. x 48 cm. (21 in. x 19 in.) and smaller. See list below for full inventory.
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Abstract: This collection contains prints of American Indians mainly from the Midwestern and Eastern United States during the 18th and
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 June 6, 2013.
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[Item title, Call number]. American Indian Print Collection. Huntington Library. Prints and Ephemera Division.
This collection is of uncertain provenance and previously formed part of the Huntington Library Prints and Ephemera Collection.
Items 10:2, 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,
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,
Box 1 holds 18 prints (1-9; 11-18; 31) while Box 2 holds 111 prints (10:1; 19-30; 32-84).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
American bison hunting
Indians of North America – Pictorial works
Pequot War, 1636-1638
Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842
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.
Charles, d. 1897
Buttre, John Chester,
Chapin, John R.,
(John Gadsby), 1808-1889
Corbould, H. (Henry),
Octavius Carr, 1822-1888
Duval, Peter S.,
1804 or 5-1886
Faber, John, 1695?-1756
b. ca. 1824
Gavit, John E.,
W., ca. 1805-1867
Kern, Edward Meyer,
McRae, John C.
Adam Simon, 1823-1909
Ridgway, W. (William),
Rolph, John A.,
1660-1718 or 9
Simon, John, 1675-ca.
Thompson, D. George,
d. ca. 1870
Warren, Asa Coolidge,
Weir, Robert Walter,