The collection is arranged into 4 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1922-1955 (Box 1; 5 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1863-1985 (Box 1; 11 folders) Series 3: Photographs, circa 1860-1950 (Box 1-2; 0.4 linear feet) Series 4: Printed Material, 1901-1991 (Box 2; 9 folders)
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The papers of sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh measure 0.8 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1991, with the bulk of material dating from 1890 to 1955. The scattered papers document the personal life and career of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and, to a lesser degree, her husband, painter Robert William Vonnoh. Found within the papers are Vonnoh family correspondence, including letters between Bessie and Robert, and primarily Bessie's professional and personal correspondence. There is one folder of correspondence of Robert William Vonnoh. Bessie's correspondents include Daniel Chester French, Hamlin Garland, Rupert Hughes, Archer Huntington, Larkin G. Mead, Jean Francois Raffaelli, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and others. Robert's correspondents include Charles M. Carter, Daniel Chester French, William M. R. French, and Charles Vezin. The collection also contains scattered biographical materials, photographs of Bessie Potter Vonnoh and Robert William Vonnoh, a photograph album, photographs of artwork, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material.
Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1991, bulk 1890-1955. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y. Vonnoh was best known for her bronze fountains, portrait busts, and mother-and-child figure groups. Her husband, Robert William Vonnoh, was a painter specializing in portraits and landscapes. The bulk of their work was done during the last quarter of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century.
The collection was donated in 1995 by Lulette Jenness Thompson, a cousin of Bessie Potter Vonnoh.
The papers of Bessie Potter Vonnoh in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 731 images.
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