Victor Gifford Audubon collection
Scope and Contents
Series I, Correspondence (1845-1859), consists of letters from Victor Gifford Audubon to Daniel Rice, a book subscription agent and co-publisher of History of the Indian Tribes of North America by Thomas L. M'Kenney and James Hall, which is referred to in several letters. The letters concern the business relationship between Rice and Audubon regarding the printing, binding, distribution and sale of the octavo-format editions of The Birds of America and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America by John James Audubon. Issues discussed include the ongoing business agreement between Audubon and Rice, sales trips taken by Rice, Audubon's efforts to convince Rice to buy a share of the volumes being produced, the supply of letterpress text, and difficulties in collecting payments from subscribers. Included is a signed agreement (Box 1, folder 1) between Audubon and Rice regarding Rice's seeking subscribers for the two books, and his commission for their sale. Also included are letters from Audubon to an H. J. Hall, A. M. Hart (Rice's partner), and one letter from Harper Brothers to Rice regarding a claim against a Mr. Mygatt, who is mentioned in several of Audubon's letters to Rice.
Series II, Illustrations (n.d.), contains lithographed plates used in the octavo version of The Birds of America, some hand-colored, and a group of pencil and pencil and watercolor sketches by an unidentified artist.
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
- Guide to the Victor Gifford Audubon Collection
- Under Revision
- by Kathryn Rawdon
- March 1998
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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