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Isabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956

Creator:
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924
Subject:
Indy, Vincent d'
Sterne, Maurice
Hale, Philip Leslie
Modjeska, Helena
Balch, Anne L.
Slade, Irene
Aldrich, Thomas Bailey
Barnard, George Grey
McComas, Francis John
Zorn, Anders
Cook, Walter W. S. (Walter William Spencer),
Warren, Fiske
Rothenstein, Will
Jaccaci, Augusto Floriano
Mosby, John Singleton
Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary
Slade, C. Arnold (Caleb Arnold)
Hooper, Edward W.
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich
Draper, Ruth
Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph)
Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue
Donoghue, John
Chalfin, Paul
Gardner, William Amory
Norton, Andrews
Sears, Sarah C.
Byard, Theodore
Mather, Frank Jewett
Ross, Denman Waldo
Story, Julian
Wheelwright, Edmund March
Aïdé, Hamilton
Norton, Richard
Brimmer, Martin
Agassiz, Louis
Thayer, William Roscoe
Anisfeld, Boris Israelevich
Guiney, Louise Imogen
Cross, Sally
Carter, Morris
Bigelow, William Sturgis
Brown, J. Appleton
Blake, William P. (William Phipps),
Ladd, Anna Coleman Watts
Cram, Ralph Adams
Dole, Nathan Haskell
Berenson, Mary
Abbott, Lyman
Arliss, George
Chapman, Conrad Wise
Dwight, Theodore F.
Godkin, Edwin Lawrence
Ward, Humphry
Barnes, Grace Edith
Hammond, Richard P.
Higginson, Henry Lee
Lowell, James Russell
French, Daniel Chester
Macomber, Mary L. (Mary Lizzie),
Bunker, Dennis Miller
De Wolfe, Elsie
Prichard, Matthew Stewart
Burroughs, Bryson
Pater, Walter
Rodin, Auguste
Peirce, Waldo
La Farge, John
Collins, Alfred Quinton
Fry, Roger Eliot
Pennington, Harper
Beaux, Cecilia
Sleeper, Henry Davis
Story, Waldo
Zorn, Anders
Walker, Francis Amasa
Howe, Julia Ward
Quinn, John
Thayer, Abbott Handerson
Kronberg, Louis
Sargent, Charles Sprague
Berenson, Bernard
Thaxter, Celia
Sargent, John Singer
Curtis, Ralph W. (Ralph Wormeley),
Huntington, Archer M.
Damrosch, Walter
Gardner, John Lowell
Adams, Brooks
Cox, Kenyon
Pennell, Joseph
Manship, Paul Howard
Mansfield, Richard
Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson
Partridge, William Ordway
Faure, Gabriel
Norton, Lily
Faulkner, Barry
Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert)
Fiske, Minnie Maddern
Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir)
Irving, Henry
Wadsworth, Adelaide E.
Van Rensselaer, Schuyler
Smith, Joseph Lindon
Lamb, Charles R. (Charles Rollinson)
Gordon, Leon
Bode, Wilhelm von
St. Denis, Ruth
Dexter, Mary
Davis, Richard Harding
Smith, George Warren
Russell, Lillian
Wister, Owen
O'Connell, William
Perry, Lilla Cabot
Hale, Edward Everett
Roberts, Elizabeth Wentworth
Dwight, J. S.
Gregory
Hinckley, Robert C.
Helleu, Paul
Blashfield, Edwin Howland
Hoffman, Malvina
Agassiz, Alexander
Hale, Mary
Dyer, Louis
Hampden, Walter
Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin),
Andrew, A. Piatt (Abram Piatt),
Chapman, John Jay
Whistler, James McNeill
MacKnight, Dodge
Pickering, Edward C. (Edward Charles),
Lanman, Charles
Pavlova, Anna
Spaulding, Albert
Agostini, Luigi
Terry, Ellen
Swift, Henry
Gilder, Richard Watson
Coolidge, Archibald Cary
Kittredge, William
Zogbaum, Rufus Fairchild
Whitman, Sarah de St. Prix Wyman
Eliot, Charles William
Crawford, F. Marion (Francis Marion),
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth
Murray, Gilbert
Cushing, Howard Gardiner
Hazelton, George C.
White, Margaret
Oliver, Jean Nutting
Stillman, William James
Frick, Helen Clay
Rives, Amélie
Gimpel, René
Hale, Philip Leslie
Gabrilowitsch, Ossip
Reid, Robert
Gaugengigl, I. M. (Ignaz Marcel)
Symonds, John Addington
Copeland, Charles Townsend
Cushman, Charlotte
Okakura, Kakuzo
Millet, Francis Davis
Smith, Francis Hopkinson
Pitman, Sophia L.
Loring, Charles Greely
Monteux, Pierre
Crosby, Raymond Moreau
Tiffany, Mary A. (Mary Adeline)
Melba, Nellie
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Duveen Brothers
Wildenstein Galleries
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
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.
Summary:
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.
Citation:
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.
Loan:
Loan
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.
Provenance:
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
Topic:
Art patrons
Art, Renaissance
Painting, Renaissance
Art museums
Art
Sculpture, Renaissance
Art, Italian
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8959
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211146
AAA_collcode_gardisab
Theme:
Diaries
The Art Market
Art Collectors
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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