Scope and arrangement
The Bartholdi Papers consist of a journal (1871 May 27 - Oct. 24) of his visit to the United States and twenty letters written to his mother (1871 Jun. 17 - Oct. 3) during the trip. Bartholdi came to the U.S. to generate support for a proposed monument to commemorate the centennial of American independence. This would eventually become the Statue of Liberty. He travelled throughout the country, making stops in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls, Chicago, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and other locations. In the letters and diary he remarks on the many prominent persons he met, including Charles Sumner, Ulysses S. Grant, Carl Schurz, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Brigham Young, and Frederick Law Olmsted. In addition to noting the daily successes and setbacks of his mission, Bartholdi comments on American architecture, food, hotels, train travel, Negro churches, and the American character in general.
The letters and journal are accompanied by a typescript annotated English translation by Rodman Gilder.