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Charles Lang Freer selected papers, 1876-1931

Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919
Melchers, Gari
Bosch-Reitz, Sigisbert Chretien
Churchill, Alfred Vance
Bing, Siegfried
Steichen, Edward
Laufer, Berthold
Campbell, Colin
Meyer, Agnes Elizabeth Ernst
Canfield, Richard A. (Richard Albert),
Whistler, Beatrix Philip Godwin
Meyer, Eugene
Chase, William Merritt
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Nomura, Yozo
Dewing, Thomas Wilmer
Church, Frederick S. (Frederick Stuart)
Platt, Charles A.
Yue, Seaouke
Roosevelt, Theodore
Hartmann, Sadakichi
Bixby, William K. (William Keeney),
Stieglitz, Alfred
Gookin, Frederick William
Coburn, Alvin Langdon
McCormick, Frederick
Rhoades, Katharine N. (Katharine Nash)
Way, Thomas R. (Thomas Robert),
Hecker, Frank J. (Frank Joseph)
Gellatly, John
Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle)
Thayer, Abbott Handerson
Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene)
Berenson, Bernard
Caffin, Charles Henry
Warring, Joseph Stephens
Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco
Campbell, Colin
Moore, Charles
Philip, Rosalind Birnie
Wong, K. T.
Matsuki, Bunkio
Whistler, James McNeill
Tryon, Dwight William
Kelekian, Dikran
Reid, Alexander
Bacher, Otto H. (Otto Henry)
Dow, Arthur W. (Arthur Wesley)
Binyon, Laurence
M. Knoedler & Co.
Freer Gallery of Art
Smithsonian Institution
Yamanaka & Company
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Physical Description:
34 microfilm reels.
All correspondence except letterpress books: arranged alphabetically by correspondent; letterpress books are chonological.
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Papers concerning Freer's art collecting activities, including correspondence, diaries, art inventories, scrapbooks of clippings on James McNeil Whistler and other press clippings, and photographs. In addition to Freer's own correspondence, the papers include correspondence collected by Freer of James McNeill Whistler and of Whistler collector Richard A. Canfield, correspondence of Freer's assistant Katharine Nash Rhoades, and correspondence regarding Freer's bequest to the Smithsonian Institution. Correspondence, ca. 1860-1921, includes Freer's correspondence, 1876-1920, with artists, dealers, collectors, museums, and public figures; 30 v. of letterpress books containing copies of letters sent, 1892-1910; correspondence collected by Freer of James McNeill Whistler, and his wife Beatrix, 186?-1909, with Lady Colin Campbell, Thomas R. Way, Alexander Reid, Whistler' mother, Mrs. George W. Whistler, and others; correspondence of Whistler collector Richard A. Canfield, 1904-1913, regarding works in Canfield's collection; and correspondence of Freer's assistant, Katharine Nash Rhoades, 1920-1921, soliciting Freer letters and regarding the settlement of his estate. Also included are twenty-nine pocket diaries, 1889-1890, 1892-1898, 1900-1919, recording daily activities, people and places visited, observations, and comments; a diary kept by Freer's caretaker, Joseph Stephens Warring, recording daily activities at Freer's Detroit home, 1907-1910; Inventories, n.d. and 1901-1921, of American, European, and Asian art in Freer's collection, often including provenance information; vouchers, 1884-1919, documenting his purchases; five volumes of scrapbooks of clippings on James McNeill Whistler, 1888-1931, labeled "Various," "Peacock Room," "Death, etc.," "Paris, etc.," and "Boston...London" ; three volumes of newsclippings, 1900-1930, concerning Freer and the opening of the Freer Gallery of Art; correspondence regarding Freer's gift and bequest to the Smithsonian Institution, 1902-1916; and photographs, ca. 1880-1930, of Freer, including portraits by Alvin Langdon Coburn and Edward Steichen, Freer with others, Freer in Cairo, China and Japan, Freer's death mask, and his memorial service, Kyoto, 1930; photographs of artists and others, including Thomas Dewing, Ernest Fenellosa, Katharine Rhoades taken by Alfred Stieglitz, Rosalind B. Philip, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Abbott H. Thayer, Dwight Tryon, and Whistler; and photographs relating to Whistler, including art works depicting him, grave and memorial monuments, works of art, the Peacock Room, and Whistler's memorial exhibition at the Copley Society. Among Freer's correspondents are: Otto Bacher, Bernard Berenson, Siegfried Bing, Laurence Binyon, W.K. Bixby, Sigisbert Chretien Bosch-Reitz, Charles H. Caffin, Colin Campbell, Richard Canfield, William Merritt Chase, Frederick Stuart Church, Alfred Vance Churchill, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Arthur Wesley Dow, Ernest Fenollosa, Albert Gallatin, John Gellatly, Frederick W. Gookin, Sadakichi Hartmann, Frank J. Hecker, Dikran Kelekian, M. Knoedler & Co., Berthold Laufer, Lien Hui Ching Collection, W.A. Livingstone, Frederick McCormick, Bunkio Matsuki, Gari Melchers, Agnes Meyer, Eugene Meyer, Charles Moore, Yozo Nomura, Rosalind Birnie Philip, Charles A. Platt, Theodore Roosevelt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the Smithsonian Institution, Joseph Stephens Warring, Thomas Way, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Dwight W. Tryon, Charles Walcott of the Smithsonian Institution, Beatrix Whistler, James McNeill Whistler, K.T. Wong, Yamanaka & Co., and Seaouke Yue.
Charles Lang Freer selected papers, 1876-1931. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels 4720-4753 available for use at Archives of American Art offices, the Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals in: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Biography Note:
Art collector; Detroit, Michigan. Collected Asian, American, and European art, including a large collection of works by James McNeill Whistler. Founded the Freer Gallery of Art, which is now part of the Smithsonian Institution.
Selected for microfilming from the Charles Lang Freer papers at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Microfilmed 1992 by the Archives of American Art with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Fellowships and Grants Research Resources Program. Portions of the correspondence and the letterpress books were previously filmed by the Freer in the 1970 (AAA reels 77, 453-456, and 1217-1232); those reels have been replaced by this microfilming project. See Finding Aid for information on papers not selected for microfilming.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art, Asian
Art, American
Record number:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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