TODD, John Blair Smith, 1814-1872


Guide to Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: In the Jane Eliza Bergen Album, 1831-1832, 1 item.
Other authors include John Blair Smith Todd.


Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: In the John Milton Hay Correspondence, 1854-1914, “Taylor” to “Upton,” approximately 6,000 items.
Other authors include John Blair Smith Todd.


Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: ca. 1849-1855, 1 volume, 5 photographs, and 1 filmstrip.
The volume is Captain John Todd’s field diary kept during General Selby Harney’s punitive expedition against the Dakota Indians in 1855. It contains several detailed sketches of the route from Fort Leavenworth to the Black Hills, including the topography of the Battle of Ash Hollow (Sept. 3), and describes buffalo herds, military life, Black Hills scenery, and Todd’s trip to Sioux City, Iowa. The photographs and filmstrip document a copy made by Todd of the notes of Captain Stewart Van Vliet on a journey between forts Laramie and Pierre (Aug. 1849), including detailed maps of the route. Originals of the photographs and filmstrip are in the South Dakota Historical Society; Pierre, South Dakota.


University of Chicago
William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana
Chicago, IL
Papers: In the Lincoln Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1870, 1 item.
A letter from John Blair Smith Todd to William Worth written on May 15, 1870. In the letter, John Todd relates to the removal of Turney M. Wilkins as Secretary of Dakota Territory.


Yale University
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Andrew Jackson Faulk Papers, ca. 1866-1881, approximately 2,000 pages.
Correspondents include John Blair Smith Todd.