John James Audubon and Audubon family letters

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.audujohn
Creators:
Audubon, John James, 1785-1851
Dates:
circa 1783-1845
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
2 Microfilm reels
200 items on 2 partial microfilm reels
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The microfilmed John James Audubon and Audubon family letters contain letters from John James Audubon to his wife, Lucy, and his son Victor. Letters refer to personal affairs, ornithology, and publications. Also included is a fragment of Audubon's journal from New Orleans, 1821.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
John James Audubon (1785-1851) was an ornithologist, naturalist, painter, and illustrator born in Haiti to a French plantation owner. His work, The Birds of America was originally published as a four-volume elephant folio with 435 hand-colored plates of life-size depictions of individual bird species. The accompanying text was published separately in five volumes as Ornithological Biography.
Audubon married educator and philanthropist Lucy Bakewell (1787-1874). Bakewell supported the family financially while Audubon worked on The Birds of America.
Audubon's sons Victor Gifford and John Woodhouse Audubon were also artists and assisted their father with the business of publishing his work.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels P34 (fr. 239-439) and P35 (fr. 1-38) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming, 1955, by the American Philosophical Society.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Related Materials
The Archives of American Art also holds the microfilmed letters to Samuel G. Morton from Victor and John James Audubon, 1836-1840, and the microfilmed Victor Audubon letters to John L. Le Conte, 1852.
Harvard University Houghton Library holds the John James Audubon papers, 1813-1880 and the John James Audubon letters and drawings, 1805-1892. The American Philosophical Society holds the John James Audubon Papers, 1821-1845. Tulane University Special Collections holds the John James Audubon papers, 1807-1927. Princeton University Library Special Collections holds the John James Audubon Collection, 1788-1970. The New York Public Library Archives & Manuscripts Division holds the John James Audubon correspondence, 1827-1857. Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds the Victor Gifford Audubon collection, 1845-1859.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, American -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ornithologists -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustrators -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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