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Series consists of six drawings by George Gibbs (1815-1873) depicting general views of the Hudson's Company's post at Fort Vancouver, Oregon Territory (Washington); views of Columbia Barracks near Fort Vancouver; Mount Hood from Fort Vancouver; a Catholic Chapel at Fort Vancouver.
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Biography / Administrative history
George Gibbs, born in Astoria, Long Island in 1815, was an ethnologist, geologist, philologist and amateur artist, who studied at Harvard and then acted, from 1842 to 1848, as librarian at the New-York Historical Society. With the discovery of gold in California, he abandoned his post and left for Kansas, where he joined the march of the Mounted Riflemen, a U.S. military expedition which travelled the Oregon Trail to Fort Vancouver from May to October 1849. He stayed in the Pacific Northwest for the next twelve years, acting in various official posts, assisting in treaty negotiations, and carrying out ethnological studies. He returned to New York in 1861, and then settled in New Haven, Ct., where he died. His ethnological collections and manuscripts are in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Bushnell, David I., "Drawings by George Gibbs in the Far Northwest", Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Vol. 97, Number 8 (Washington, Smithsonian Institution, 1938).
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