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Seth Eastman: Pioneer & Painter: Secondary Sources: Books & Articles


"The Artist's Life, The Indian's World," by Patricia C. Johnston.
In American History Illustrated, vol. 13, no. 9 (Jan. 1979): pp. 39-46.
MNHS call number: E171 .A58 v.13:9

"Found (and Purchased): Seth Eastman Water Colors," by Lila M. Johnson.
In Minnesota History, v. 42, no. 7 (Fall 1971): pp. 258-267.
MNHS call number: View a digital copy of the article (PDF).

"Historic Minnesota In Centennial Exhibition."
Includes reproductions of paintings by Eastman and others.
In Bulletin of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, v. 38, no. 10 (Mar. 5, 1949): pp. 46-52.
MNHS call number: N582.6 .A15 v.38:10

"Seth Eastman's Water Colors" by Bertha L. Heilbron.
In section titled "Sources for Northwest History."
In Minnesota History, v. 19, no. 4 (Dec. 1938): pp. 419-423.
MNHS call number: View a digital copy of the article (PDF).

"Seth Eastman: Artist-Historian of Indian Life."
In Gopher Historian, v. 19, no. 1 (Fall 1964): pp. 17-21.
MNHS call number: Reference Desk F601 .G6 v.17-20


The Art of Seth Eastman: A Traveling Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings Circulated by the Smithsonian Institution, 1959-1960, by John F. McDermott.
Washington, D.C.: 1960
MNHS call number: ND237.E35 M3

The Collection of Watercolor Drawings of the North American Indian by Seth Eastman in the James Jerome Hill Reference Library, St. Paul, by Frances Densmore.
Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1961.
MNHS call number: ND237 .E35 J3

Eastman, Cloud Man, Many Lightnings: An Anglo-Dakota Family, compiled by William L. Bean for the Eastman family reunion, 1989.
Lincoln, Neb.: W.L. Bean, 1989.
MNHS call number: CS71 .E137 1989

Painting the Dakota: Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling, by Marybeth Lorbiecki; paintings and drawings by Seth Eastman.
Illustrated with Eastman's work, this account gives in-depth biographical information as well as the history of the Dakota tribes in the Midwest.
Afton, MN: Afton Historical Society Press, 2000.
MNHS call number: E99.D1 E23 2000

Seth Eastman: Pictoral Historian of the Indian, by John Francis McDermott.
Includes a checklist of Eastman's works, pp. 228-255.
Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1961.
MNHS call number: ND237 .E35 M33

Seth Eastman: A Portfolio of North American Indians, by Sarah E. Hoehme, Christian F. Feest, and Patricia Condon Jonston.
Afton, MN: Afton Historical Society Press, 1995.
MNHS call number: Reading Room FOLIO ND237 .E35 S47 1995, also available for purchase

A Seth Eastman Sketchbook, 1848-1849, introduction by Lois Burkhalter.
Includes a reproduction of Eastman's Texas journal for August of 1849.
Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1961.
MNHS call number: NC1075 .E16

Film & Video

"Seth Eastman: Painting the Dakota," Kristian Berg, writer/producer.
This video showcases Seth Eastman's work in history of the Dakota tribe.
Afton, Minn.: Afton Historical Society Press; St. Paul, Minn.: Twin Cities Public Television, 2001.
MNHS call number: Videotape no. 946 (60-minute videocassette).

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