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Catlin, George Lynde, 1810-1866
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
George Lynde Catlin Diaries
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001073


Consists primarily of nine travel diaries used by New York attorney George Catlin during his travels through France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Romania, and Scotland between 1835 and 1836.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of nine diaries and loose diary pages, as well as a letter, written by George Catlin while traveling primarily through Europe. Catlin, a New York attorney, toured Europe between 1835 and 1836 and wrote extensively about his experinces abroad in his diaries.

Catlin began his trip in New York City where he boarded the ship Formosa on June 23, 1835 with his travelling companion Dr. L. C. Ferris. The ship sailed to Havre, France, where Catlin visited an old friend and school mate by the name of C. Norwood who was living in France. From there, Catlin details stops in Paris, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania. The loose pages, which appear to be, in part, leaves from the diaries also describe travel in France and Italy, as well as Scotland.

There is one four page letter included in the collection, which Catlin wrote to his mother. The letter appears to be written from Moscow, Russia and in it Catlin recounts the journey he made from St. Petersburg. Another two page letter from an unidentified correspondent is also included.

Collection Creator Biography:

George Lynde Catlin, the son of Lynde Catlin and Helen Margaret Kipp, was born in Albany, New York in 1810. He worked as an attorney based in New York City and had at least five children with his wife, Catherine Livingston Gardner. Catlin died on April 8, 1866 in Staten Island, New York.

Collection History


Purchased with the help of the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund, 2017 (AM 2018-17).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in August 2017. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in August 2017.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

George Lynde Catlin Diaries; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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