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Hiram Powers papers, 1819-1953, bulk 1835-1883

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Creator:
Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873
Subject:
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Astor, William B. (William Backhouse),
Atlee, Samuel Yorke
Marsh, George Perkins
Taylor, Bayard
Healy, G. P. A. (George Peter Alexander)
Powers, Preston
Kinney, William
Adams, John Quincy
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Story, William Wetmore
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
Fuller, Charles Francis
Peabody, George
Dix, John A. (John Adams),
Durand, Asher Brown
Bryant, William Cullen
Gray, Henry Peters
Everett, Edward
Trollope, Francis
Jackson, Andrew
Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell),
Sartain, John W.
Webster, Daniel
Kinney, E. Clementine
Crawford, Thomas
Greeley, Horace
Powers, Longworth
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
12.4 linear feet
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 papers of sculptor Hiram Powers measure 12.4 linear feet and date from 1819 to 1953, with the bulk of the material dating from 1835 to 1883. Over two-thirds of the collection consists of Powers' correspondence, which is particularly rich in documenting his artwork, methodology, and his interaction with business associates, purchasers of his artwork, and his numerous friends in the United States and Florence, Italy. Other papers include scattered biographical material, writings by Powers and others, financial and legal records, news clippings and printed items, photographs of Powers, his family, artwork, as well as an extensive collection of carte de visite and cabinet card portraits of many notable figures. Also found is a small amount of artwork by Powers and others, a scrapbook, and two autograph and memorabilia albums.
Citation:
Hiram Powers papers, 1819-1953, bulk 1835-1883. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The collection was digitized in 2010 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding:
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Related Materials:
The Maryland Historical Society has the Charles James Madison Eaton correspondence with Hiram Powers, and a letter received from Thomas Sully, 1845-1867.
Additional Hiram Powers papers are available at the Winterthur Museum which includes correspondence and a few photographs.
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an unpublished manuscript entitled "White Marble: The Life and Letters of Hiram Powers, Sculptor," by Clara Louise Dentler, available on Archives of American Art microfilm reels 1102-1103. Microfilm reels 815-818 contain a "Collection of Letters from Old Residents of Cincinnati to Hiram Powers," compiled by Clara Louise Dentler, and loaned for microfilming by the Cincinnati Historical Society. These letters are not described in this finding aid. Microfilm reel D117 contains "The Sculpture of Hiram Powers," by Paul B. Metzler, lent for microfilming by Ohio State University.
Biography Note:
Hiram Powers (1805-1873) was a sculptor from Washington, D.C. and Florence, Italy. Powers' international success due to his work "Greek Slave," established him as the leading American sculptor of his day.
Provenance:
The Hiram Powers papers were purchased by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1967 from Christina Seeber, great-granddaughter of Hiram Powers. A portion of these papers were loaned to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1974, and the entire collection was subsequently transferred to the archives from the museum in 1984.
Digitization Note:
The papers of Hiram Powers in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 26,863 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Writings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Sculptors
Poetry
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7255
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209405
AAA_collcode_powehira
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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