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Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers, 1833-1904, bulk, 1870-1890

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Creator:
Koehler, S. R. (Sylvester Rosa), 1837-1900
Subject:
Anderson, Alexander
Falconer, John Mackie
Harfin, Jean F.
Juengling, Frederick
Smillie, James David
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
5.3 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The collection consists primarily of Koehler's extensive correspondence to and from many notable artists and printmakers such as Jean F. Harfin, John M. Falconer, Frederick Juengling, and James D. Smillie, as well as friends, and family members and professional correspondence concerning Koehler's activities as a writer, curator, and editor of the American Art Review. The collection also contains financial records and other miscellaneous items.
Correspondence includes hundreds of letters to and from Koehler. Correspondents include many prominent artists, engravers, architects, art critics, curators, historians, journalists, authors, educators, publishers, and others during the late 1800s. Also found is correspondence with family, most of which is in German. Much of the correspondence concerns Koehler's role as editor of the publication American Art Review, and his work promoting American graphic arts.
Financial Records include Koehler's receipts, primarily from 1885, and a handwritten estimate of costs for publishing the American Art Review. Miscellany includes biographical information on the wood engraver, Alexander Anderson, various notes by unidentified authors, news clippings, programs and handwritten song texts for music performances.
Citation:
Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers, 1833-1904, bulk, 1870-1890. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The microfilm is available on microfilm reels D182-191, 3533-3534, and D30. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the material on microfilm.
Related Materials:
Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers also at Syracuse University.
Additional correspondence can be found at the Library of Congress, which houses the Papers of S. R. Koehler, 1868-1904, and includes approximately 3,500 letters.
Biography Note:
Sylvester Rosa Koehler (1837-1900) was a curator, editor, and art historian. Koehler was Curator of Prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, honorary curator of prints of the Smithsonian, and editor of the American Art Review.
Language Note:
Significant portions are in German.
Provenance:
Material on reels D182-D191 and 3533-3534 bought in 1959 from the Argosy Book Store. Approximately 400 letters of the 1959 purchase were also later microfilmed on reels 3533-3534. Material on reel D30 donated by Charles E. Feinberg, an active donor and friend of AAA. In 2005, the entire collection was processed according to archival standards and the current arrangement does not match the arrangement on microfilm.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art historians
Art literature
Artists
Museum curators
Prints
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7082
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209215
AAA_collcode_koehsylv
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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