Letters to Samuel G. Morton from Victor and John James Audubon

Collection ID:
Morton, Samuel George, 1799-1851
Audubon, Victor Gifford, 1809-1860
Physical Description:
1 Microfilm reel
16 items on partial microfilm reel

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This microfilm collection consists of letters to Samuel G. Morton from Victor and John James Audubon.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Samuel G. Morton (1799-1851) was a physician, anatomy professor, naturalist, and physical anthropologist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is most known for his work, Crania Americana, which was widely accepted and endorsed by pro-slavery advocates.
John James Audubon (1785-1851) was an ornithologist, naturalist, painter, and illustrator. 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.
Victor Audubon (1809-1862) was John James Audubon's son. Along with his brother, John Woodhouse Audubon, he assisted his father with the production and sale of The Birds of America and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Audubon continued to manage the business aspects of his father's work after John James Audubon's death.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel P34 (fr. 224-237) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in: American Philosophical Society, Samuel George Morton papers.
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 Victor Audubon letters to John L. Le Conte, 1852, and the microfilmed John James Audubon and Audubon family letters, circa 1783-1845. The American Philosophical Society holds the Samuel George Morton papers, 1819-1850.

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