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The Dorothea Gilder papers regarding Cecilia Beaux date from 1897 to 1920 and include correspondence between Beaux and Gilder, scattered printed materials, a photograph of Beaux with Gilder, and a photograph of the two with other friends. The papers are comprised primarily of correspondence between Cecilia Beaux and her close, life-long friend and intimate companion, Dorothea Gilder, between 1897 and 1920. The letters recount daily activities, travels, work, social life, attitudes, and aspects of their intimate relationship. Also found is scattered third party correspondence. Two folders of printed materials include newspaper reviews of Beaux's 1903 exhibition, and four exhibition catalogs, several of which are not found in the papers of Cecilia Beaux. The photograph is a single snapshot of Beaux with Gilder. One additional photograph of Beaux, Gilder, and friends is found attached to a 1906 letter.
Dorothea Gilder papers regarding Cecilia Beaux, 1897-1920. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
The collection was fully digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.
The Archives of American Art holds the papers of Cecilia Beaux, as well as an oral history with Rosamund Gilder, Dorothea Gilder's sister and a prominent theater critic.
Dorothea Gilder was the daughter of Richard Watson Gilder and Helena De Kay Gilder and lived in New York. Cecilia Beaux was a painter and art instructor. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she later taught.
Papers reel 600 donated by Helena Newman, Dorothea Gilder's daughter, to NMAA Library 1968 and subsequently transferred to AAA 1971. She donated papers reels 2786 in 1978.
The papers of Dorothea Gilder in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 1,093 images.
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