Scope & content
A bookseller, author, artist, ethnographer, historian, politician and librarian, John Russell Bartlett was an individual of varied academic interests. The John Russell Bartlett Papers are a collection of materials that represent records of his professional life, shown through business dealings and academic endeavors, as well as personal correspondence. The Papers also contain eleven volumes of the Mexican Boundary Survey Commission Papers, a collection of bound correspondence, official government dispatches, journals, scrapbook and a series of watercolors and drawings. Also included in the Bartlett Papers are two composition books created by Eliza Rhodes Bartlett, the first wife of John Russell Bartlett, which include calligraphy, poems, short stories and sketches.