John James Audubon papers, n.d.

Descriptive Summary

Title
John James Audubon papers, n.d.
Creator
Audubon, John James, 1785-1851.
Extent
3 items
Subjects
Audubon, John James, 1785-1851.
Audubon, Victor.
Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820.
Kentucky warbler.
White cucumber.
Artists.
Naturalists.
Painters.
Accounts.
Correspondence
Arrangement
No discernible arrangement.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Artist, painter. Artist, ornithologist and naturalist John James Audubon was born in France, traveled to America in 1804, stayed for a while in Philadelphia and came to Kentucky in 1807. In partnership with Ferdinand Rozier, Audubon bought a stock of goods in New York and went to Louisville, Kentucky where the two of them opened a general store. In 1810 they moved their business to Henderson, Kentucky. While in Kentucky, Audubon's interests in natural history and ornithology continued, but the business partnership with Rozier was not a success and was dissolved. In association with others Audubon had several other successful enterprises, the last being a steam grist and lumber mill which failed in 1819 after which time Audubon was jailed for debt, released on a plea of bankruptcy and left for Cincinnati in the winter of 1819.
Scope and Content
These items are personal papers of John James Audubon. Included is a four page document entitled "Boon's [sic] Powers of Retention" in which Daniel Boone recounts to Audubon how a boundary dispute was settled by locating an ash tree upon which Boone had cut three notches while escaping from the Indians 25 years earlier. In this lengthy account that is undated, Audubon details what they were wearing, descriptions of the environment and activities of the Indians. Also included is an autographed, signed letter of 1828 written by Audubon from London to his son, Victor, about his desire to have his family join him in London. In the letter Audubon describes several specific works and comments on his improved financial state.
The final item in this collection is an undated manuscript describing the Kentucky Warbler in the White Cucumber tree entitled "Kentucky Warbler". It is the field description for plate 38 of BIRDS OF AMERICA.

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