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Isabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956

Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924
Abbott, Lyman
Adams, Brooks
Agassiz, Alexander
Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary
Agassiz, Louis
Agostini, Luigi
Aldrich, Thomas Bailey
Andrew, A. Piatt (Abram Piatt),
Anisfeld, Boris Israelevich
Arliss, George
Aïdé, Hamilton
Balch, Anne L.
Barnard, George Grey
Barnes, Grace Edith
Beaux, Cecilia
Berenson, Bernard
Berenson, Mary
Bigelow, William Sturgis
Blake, William P. (William Phipps),
Blashfield, Edwin Howland
Bode, Wilhelm von
Brimmer, Martin
Brown, J. Appleton
Bunker, Dennis Miller
Burroughs, Bryson
Byard, Theodore
Carter, Morris
Chalfin, Paul
Chapman, Conrad Wise
Chapman, John Jay
Collins, Alfred Quinton
Cook, Walter W. S. (Walter William Spencer),
Coolidge, Archibald Cary
Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson
Copeland, Charles Townsend
Cox, Kenyon
Cram, Ralph Adams
Crawford, F. Marion (Francis Marion),
Crosby, Raymond Moreau
Cross, Sally
Curtis, Ralph W. (Ralph Wormeley),
Cushing, Howard Gardiner
Cushman, Charlotte
Damrosch, Walter
Davis, Richard Harding
De Wolfe, Elsie
Dexter, Mary
Dole, Nathan Haskell
Donoghue, John
Draper, Ruth
Dwight, J. S.
Dwight, Theodore F.
Dyer, Louis
Eliot, Charles William
Faulkner, Barry
Faure, Gabriel
Fiske, Minnie Maddern
French, Daniel Chester
Frick, Helen Clay
Fry, Roger Eliot
Gabrilowitsch, Ossip
Gardner, John Lowell
Gardner, William Amory
Gaugengigl, I. M. (Ignaz Marcel)
Gilder, Richard Watson
Gimpel, René
Godkin, Edwin Lawrence
Gordon, Leon
Guiney, Louise Imogen
Hale, Edward Everett
Hale, Mary
Hale, Philip Leslie
Hale, Philip Leslie
Hammond, Richard P.
Hampden, Walter
Hazelton, George C.
Helleu, Paul
Higginson, Henry Lee
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth
Hinckley, Robert C.
Hoffman, Malvina
Hooper, Edward W.
Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue
Howe, Julia Ward
Huntington, Archer M.
Indy, Vincent d'
Irving, Henry
Jaccaci, Augusto Floriano
Kittredge, William
Kronberg, Louis
Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich
La Farge, John
Ladd, Anna Coleman Watts
Lamb, Charles R. (Charles Rollinson)
Lanman, Charles
Loring, Charles Greely
Lowell, James Russell
MacKnight, Dodge
Macomber, Mary L. (Mary Lizzie),
Mansfield, Richard
Manship, Paul Howard
Mather, Frank Jewett
McComas, Francis John
Melba, Nellie
Millet, Francis Davis
Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir)
Modjeska, Helena
Monteux, Pierre
Mosby, John Singleton
Murray, Gilbert
Norton, Andrews
Norton, Lily
Norton, Richard
O'Connell, William
Okakura, Kakuzo
Okakura, Kakuzo
Oliver, Jean Nutting
Partridge, William Ordway
Pater, Walter
Pavlova, Anna
Peirce, Waldo
Pennell, Joseph
Pennington, Harper
Perry, Lilla Cabot
Pickering, Edward C. (Edward Charles),
Pitman, Sophia L.
Prichard, Matthew Stewart
Quinn, John
Reid, Robert
Rives, Amélie
Roberts, Elizabeth Wentworth
Rodin, Auguste
Ross, Denman Waldo
Rothenstein, Will
Russell, Lillian
Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph)
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin),
Sargent, Charles Sprague
Sargent, John Singer
Sears, Sarah C.
Slade, C. Arnold (Caleb Arnold)
Slade, Irene
Sleeper, Henry Davis
Smith, Francis Hopkinson
Smith, George Warren
Smith, Joseph Lindon
Spaulding, Albert
St. Denis, Ruth
Sterne, Maurice
Stillman, William James
Story, Julian
Story, Waldo
Swift, Henry
Symonds, John Addington
Terry, Ellen
Thaxter, Celia
Thayer, Abbott Handerson
Thayer, William Roscoe
Tiffany, Mary A. (Mary Adeline)
Van Rensselaer, Schuyler
Wadsworth, Adelaide E.
Walker, Francis Amasa
Ward, Humphry
Warren, Fiske
Wheelwright, Edmund March
Whistler, James McNeill
White, Margaret
Whitman, Sarah de St. Prix Wyman
Wister, Owen
Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert)
Zogbaum, Rufus Fairchild
Zorn, Anders
Zorn, Anders
Duveen Brothers
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Wildenstein Galleries
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Physical Description:
40 microfilm reels.
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Letters, business records, diary, and photographs.
REEL 380-413: Primarily correspondence, mostly Gardner's own, but including family correspondence and Gardner Museum correspondence. Also included are misc. items and printed material. Correspondents include: Edwin Austin Abbey, Lyman Abbott, Brooks Adams, Alexander Agassiz, Elizabeth C. Agassiz, Louis Agassiz, Luigi Agostini, Hamilton Aide, Thomas B. Aldrich, Abram P. Andrew, Boris Anisfeld, George Arliss, Anne L. Balch, George G. Barnard, Grace Edith Barnes, Cecilia Beaux, Martin Birnbaum, William Sturgis Bigelow, William Phipps Blake, Edwin Howland Blashfield, Wilhelm von Bode, Martin Brimmer, J. Appleton Brown, Dennis Miller Bunker, Bryson Burroughs, Theodore Byard, Morris Carter, Paul Chalfin, Conrad Chapman, John Jay Chapman, Alfred Q. Collins,
Frederick Shepard Converse, Walter William Spencer Cook, Archibald Cary Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, Charles Townsend Copeland, Kenyon Cox, Ralph Adams Cram, Francis Marion Crawford, Raymond Crosby, Sally Cross, Ralph W. Curtis, Howard G. Cushing, Charlotte Cushman, Walter Damrosch, Richard Harding Davis, Elsie De Wolfe, Mary Dexter, Nathan H. Dole, John Donoghue, Ruth Draper, Duveen Brothers, J. S. Dwight, Theodore F. Dwight, Louis Dyer, Charles W. Eliot, Barry Faulkner, Gabriel Faure, Minnie Maddern Fiske, Daniel Chester French, Helen C. Frick, Roger E. Fry, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, John Lowell Gardner, William Amory Gardner, I. M. Gaugengigl, Richard Watson Gilder, Rene Gimpel, Edwin L. Godkin, Leon Gordon, Lady Augusta Gregory, Louise I. Guiney, Edward E. Hale,
Mary (Mrs. Richard Walden) Hale, Philip Leslie Hale, Mrs. Philip Hale, Richard Hammond, Walter Hampden, George C. Hazelton, Paul Helleu, Henry Lee Higginson, Thomas W. Higginson, Robert Hinckley, Malvina Hoffman, Edward W. Hooper, Harriet Hosmer, Julia W. Howe, Archer M. Huntington, Vincent d'Indy, Henry Irving, August F. Jaccaci, Clarence King, William Kittredge, Louis Kronberg, Petr A. Kropotkin, Anna C. Ladd, John La Farge, Charles Rollinson Lamb, Charles Lanman, Charles G. Loring, James R. Lowell, Dodge Macknight, Mary L. Macomber, Richard Mansfield, Paul Manship, Frank J. Mather, Francis John McComas, Nellie Melba, Francis Davis Millet, S. Weir Mitchell, Helena Modjeska, Pierre Monteux, John S. Mosby, Gilbert Murray,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Andrews Norton, Lily Norton, Richard Norton, William O'Connell, Kazuzo Okakura, Jean N. Oliver, William O. Partridge, Walter Pater, Anna Pavlova, Waldo Peirce, Joseph Pennell, Harper Pennington, Lilla Cabot Perry, Edward C. Pickering, Sophia L. Pitman, Matthew Stewart Prichard, John Quinn, Robert Reid, Amelie Rives, Elizabeth W. Roberts, Auguste Rodin, Denman Ross, Will Rothenstein, Lillian Russell, Paul J. Sachs, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Ruth St. Denis, Franklin B. Sanborn, Charles Sprague Sargent, John Singer Sargent, J.M. Sears, C. Arnold Slade, Irene Slade, Henry Davis Sleeper, F. Hopkinson Smith, George Warren Smith, Joseph L. Smith, Albert Spaulding, Maurice Sterne, William James Stillman, Julian Story, Thomas W. Story, Henry Swift,
John Addington Symonds, Ellen Terry, Celia Thaxter, Abbott H. Thayer, William R. Thayer, Mary A. Tiffany, Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Adelaide E. Wadsworth, Francis Amasa Walker, Mrs. Humphry Ward, Mrs. Fiske Warren, Edmund March Wheelwright, James McNeill Whistler, Margaret White, Sara de Prix Wyman Whitman, Wildenstein Galleries, Owen Wister, Charles H. Woodbury, Rufus F. Zogbaum, Anders Zorn, Mrs. Anders Zorn, and others.
REELS 631-632: Personal papers of Gardner and some records of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum including dealers' files containing invoices, notes, cancelled checks, and letters; a record book, "Prices Paid for Paintings," 1917; a record book, "Prices Paid for Works of Art"; 118 installation photographs of the museum as arranged by Gardner, 1924; a diary kept in Egypt, 1874, with sketches; a diary kept in Shanghai and India, 1883-1884; "Directions for my funeral," 1912; and "Suggestions for Running a Museum," 1913.
REELS 696-698: Letters from Bernard Berenson to Gardner, 1887-1924. Letters contain references to literary topics, Berenson's impressions of Europe, various paintings and artists, advice to Gardner on the purchase of paintings and information on their sale.
REEL 846: Checklist of Gardner's letters to Bernard and Mary Berenson, 1894-1924; typescripts of personal and official correspondence (originals found on AAA microfilm reels 696-698), 1887-1924.
Isabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels 380-413, 631-632, 696-698, and 846 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Mass.
Biography Note:
Art patron, collector, and museum founder; Boston, Mass. Immediately after graduation from Harvard, Bernard Berenson was hired by Gardner to travel throughout Italy collecting Italian Renaissance art for her recreated Venetian palazzo in Boston. She established her palazzo as a museum of fine European art with stipulations that after her death none of the exhibited works was to be moved or rearranged, but left as she had designed during her lifetime.
Microfilm lent by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for duplicating, 1972-1975.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Art, Renaissance
Painting, Renaissance
Sculpture, Renaissance
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Art Collectors
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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