In his book _Across the Wide Missouri_ (1947), Bernard DeVoto refers to the purchase by "a New York Museum in 1868" of paintings of American indians by Karl Bodmer, a famous artist of the early American West.  The book provides no further details.

Does anyone have a list of museums in the state that were active in 1868, and which ones might have been likely to be collecting material like this?

Thank you.

Reed Augliere