Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935

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Death 1935
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Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh (1853-1935) was an explorer, artist and author. As a member of John Wesley Powell's expedition down the Colorado River in 1871-1873, he helped to prepare the first map of the Grand Canyon. He wrote books about his explorations and the peoples and topography of the Southwest. His professional associations included the Explorers Club, the American Geographical Society, and the Eastern Association on Indian Affairs. His wife, Harriet Otis Dellenbaugh, was also a writer.

From the description of Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh papers, 1871-1934. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122682770

Artist, explorer, historian, writer; member of John Wesley Powell's Second Colorado River Expedition, 1871-1873, as artist and assistant topographer, later became historian of the expedition and of the Colorado River; artist of the Harriman Alaska Expedition, 1899; founder of the Explorers Club, New York; author of books, articles and short stories about the Powell Expedition, Native Americans, and the West.

From the description of Papers, 1867-1937. (University of Arizona). WorldCat record id: 30636798

Author, historian, and collector of sources on the American West.

From the description of Note and photograph, 1900? (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122536413

From the guide to the Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh note and photograph, 1900, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Explorer, artist, historian, writer. Youngest member of the second Powell expedition which explored the Colorado River and Grand Canyon in 1871-1872.

From the description of Papers, 1913-1933. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 52398842

Artist, explorer, historian, writer; member of Powell's Second Colorado River Expedition, 1871-1873, as artist and assistant topographer, later became historian of the expedition and of the Colorado River; author of books, articles and short stories about the Powell Expedition, Native Americans, and the West. He was a key witness in the Colorado Riverbed Case (U.S. vs. Utah, 1929), in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the ownership of riparian rights to the Green, Colorado, and San Juan Rivers.

From the description of Dellenbaugh papers, 1870-1969 (bulk 1870-1931). (Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division). WorldCat record id: 37436128

Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh, artist, topographer, explorer and author, member of John Wesley Powell's second expedition down the Colorado River, and a member of the Harriman Alaska Expedition in 1899.

From the description of Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh Harriman Alaska expedition journal and associated lantern slides, 1899. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80380030

From the description of Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh Harriman Alaska expedition journal and associated lantern slides, 1899. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702163919

Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh, artist, topographer, explorer and author. His George Armstrong Custer was published as part of Macmillan Company's True Stories of Great Americans series in 1917.

From the description of Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh papers relating to his book George Armstrong Custer, 1916-1933. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702163928

From the description of Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh papers relating to his book George Armstrong Custer, 1916-1933. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82221159

Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh (1853-1935), artist and assistant topographer on Major John Powell's second Colorado River Expedition, 1871-1873, became the historian of the Expedition and published Romance of the Colorado River, 1902, and A Canyon Voyage, 1908.

From the description of Galley proof of A canyon voyage, 1908. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702127545

Dellenbaugh was an author, explorer; artist and asst. topographer on John Wesley Powell's second (1871) Grand Canyon expedition; founder of the Explorers Club. Bonney was an amateur historian and collector of historical memorabilia.

From the description of Frederick S. Dellenbaugh-Elwood P. Bonney papers, 1931-1981. (Nogales-Santa Cruz County Public Library). WorldCat record id: 31885820

Frederick Dellenbaugh, member of J. W. Powell's second expedition down the Colorado River, author of Romance of the Colorado River and other books.

From the description of Letter : Cragsmoor, New York, to [Verna C.] Smith, 1931 Sep 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84465203

From the description of Letter : Cragsmoor, New York, to [Verna C.] Smith, 1931 Sep 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702163909

Artist, explorer, and historian, Frederick S. Dellenbaugh was born in Ohio in 1853.

At the young age of seventeen, Dellenbaugh was chosen as the artist and later became the historian for J.W. Powell's 1871 Colorado River Expedition. His artistic and scientific work show a passion for detail and exactitude in its rendering. Dellenbaugh's interest and travels in the southwest continued throughout his life. He was also a founder, secretary and moving spirit of the Explorers Club in New York City. Dellenbaugh died in New York City in 1935.

From the description of Letter : to E.E. Ayer Esq., Railway Exchange, Chicago, 1915 Dec. 14. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 36897500

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh was born in McConnelsville, Ohio on September 13, 1853. He was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth D. Dellenbaugh. Frederick Dellenbaugh was educated at Buffalo, New York, and then studied art in Paris and Munich. Dellenbaugh was best known as an artist, author, and explorer.

As an author, Dellenbaugh wrote mainly about the West. In 1932 Dellenbaugh was awarded the John Borroughs Medal by John Burroughs Memorial Association for his book A Canyon Voyage, 1908. (The award is given each year for the best literary work relative to nature). Dellenbaugh wrote various other books including: The North Americans of Yesterday, 1900; The Romance of the Colorado River, 1903; Breaking the Wilderness, 1905; Fremont and '49, 1913; and Life of General George A. Custer, 1916. These books are all noted for literary excellence.

Dellenbaugh served as an artist and topographer with Major John Wesley Powell in 1871. It was during this three-month expedition through the canyon that Dellenbaugh produced the first map of the Grand Canyon region. The first map was a result of two years of land and river explorations, from 1871-1873. Dellenbaugh was also a member of the Harriman expedition to Alaska and Siberia. He traveled to Iceland, Spitsbergen, Norway, and extensively through he West Indies. As a result of his travels and interest, he helped to found the Explorers Club in New York, along with several other original members.

Dellenbough was best known in the art world for his pictures about Native American Scenes. He wrote and painted authoritatively of North American Indian Life. His paintings were acquired by the Museum of the American Indian and displayed there. The paintings were then put on consignment with the Kennedy Galleries in New York City.

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh died in his New York home on Jan. 29, 1935.

Elwood P. Bonney

Elwood P. Bonney was born in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania on August 16, 1897. After graduating from high school he went to Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pa., but only attended three years due to lack of funds. In 1980 he was given an honorary degree.

Around the mid 1920's his brother Harold was diagnosed with TB, and as was common at the time, dry air and sunshine would cure the disease. He brought his brother to Arizona and while traveled extensively.

On April 28, 1934 he married Dora Myrtle King, in The Little Church Around The Corner in New York City. The ceremony was attended by both Frederick S. Dellenbaugh and William H. Jackson. The couple had three daughters. Bonney worked as a clerk for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

Bonney was a collector of historical memorabilia. He was interested in may writers, photographers, and explorers of the American West. He is credited for the preservation of the work of photographer and artist William Henry Jackson. He collected his photographs, pictures, portfolios, letters and scrapbooks.

Bonney met Dellenbaugh through the Explorers Club. Bonney being an amateur historian and collector, became interested in Dellenbaugh's work. Bonney and Dillenbaugh corresponded out of a shared personal interest. Their correspondance was very personal, casual, and informal.

Elwood P. Bonney died on July 11, 1986.

From the guide to the Frederick S. Dellenbaugh/Elwood P. Bonney Collection, May 1931 -Nov. 1935, Oct. 1938, Nov. 1942, and 1960-1981, (Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department.)

From the guide to the Century Company records, 1870-1924, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh (1853-1935) was an explorer, artist and author. As the official artist and assistant topographer on John Wesley Powell's second Colorado River expedition, 1871-1873, he helped to prepare the first map of the Grand Canyon.

Born to Samuel and Elizabeth (Smith) Dellenbaugh in McConnelsville, Ohio on September 13, 1853, Frederick Dellenbaugh was raised in Buffalo, New York and attended art schools in New York City, Munich and Paris. In 1871, at the age of seventeen, he was hired by John Wesley Powell to accompany the second Colorado River Expedition from Wyoming through Arizona. His experiences on this journey gave him a life-long appreciation for the American West, leading him to publish a number of books on the region as well as paint primarily western themes. His adventure on the Green and Colorado rivers also bred a taste for further exploration: he joined the Harriman expedition to Alaska and Siberia, and also traveled to Iceland, Norway, the West Indies and on the Amazon River.

Of his writings, the best known was A Canyon Voyage; the narrative of the second Powell expedition down the Green-Colorado River from Wyoming, and the explorations on land, in the years 1871-1872 .The bulk of his other writings pertained to the expedition, the Colorado River, the Native Americans of the western states, and other famous American explorers. Among his works were Fremont and '49, George Armstrong Custer, and a Memorial to John Wesley Powell . In 1891, he even illustrated a children's book: Little Smoke; a Tale of the Sioux, by William Osborn Stoddard.

Dellenbaugh was a cofounder and member of the Explorers Club, and designer of its signature flag. He was also a devoted member of the Century Club. He served as librarian to the American Geographical Society from 1909-1911, in addition to publishing several of his papers under its auspices. His interest in the West and Native Americans led him to become a member of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Association on Indian Affairs, headquartered in New York City.

In 1885, Dellenbaugh married the actress Harriet Rogers Otis, and together they had one child, Frederick Samuel. They lived in New York City and summered in Cragsmoor, a small town near Ellenville, NY, where they were active with a local theatre group, the Barnstormers. Dellenbaugh spent the later years of his life in New York City, where he died of pneumonia on January 29, 1935.

Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh, artist, topographer, explorer and author, was born September 13, 1853 in McConnelsville, Ohio. After graduating from high school in Buffalo, New York, Dellenbaugh's interest in painting and boating led his uncle Almon Harris Thompson to introduce him to John Wesley Powell. Thompson was Powell's brother-in-law and served as second-in-command and chief topographer of Powell's second expedition down the Colorado River in 1871-1873. Powell appointed the seventeen year old Dellenbaugh expedition artist and assistant topographer.

The expedition embarked at Green River, Wyoming, and passed the winter of 1871-72 at Kanab, Utah. In the early spring and summer of 1872, Dellenbaugh and Thompson explored north of Kanab through Potato Valley and discovered the Escalante River, the last major river discovered in the contiguous United States. They continued on to the Aquarius Plateau and the Henry Mountains. In August and September 1872, the expedition traveled through the Upper Grand Canyon, but Powell called a halt to the expedition at Kanab Creek, due to the dangerous currents in the Canyon. The group spent the winter of 1872-1873 creating a map of the area they had explored.

Following the expedition, Dellenbaugh traveled in the West, lived with the Hopi Indians for six months, and studied painting in France. He married Harriet Otis in 1885 and settled in New York. There he wrote and lectured about the West, publishing in 1902 The Romance of the Colorado River and in 1908, A Canyon Voyage, which described the second Powell expedition.

In 1899, Dellenbaugh served as expedition artist on E. H. Harriman's expedition to Alaska and Siberia. In 1906, he accompanied Harriman on an expedition to Spitzbergen, Norway. In later years he continued to travel in the West, served as librarian to the National Geographic Society, and founded the Explorer's Club. He died in New York City on January 29, 1935.

From the guide to the Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh collection of photographs and drawings of the Colorado River region., (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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