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Couper, William, 1853-1942

Collection Creator:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
2 photographs
Container:
Box 12
Type:
Archival materials
Photos
photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Open to researchers by appointment. Contact Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum by email: sapa@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
The photographs are owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and requests for permission to reproduce photographs from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Photograph Archives. Certain works of art, as well as the photographs of those works of art, may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity rights, or other interests not owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is the applicant's responsibility to ascertain whether any such rights exist, and to obtain any other permission necessary to reproduce and publish the image.
Collection Citation:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
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William Couper papers

Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Names:
Ball, Thomas, 1819-1911  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1872-1971
bulk 1872-1908
Summary:
The papers of William Couper date from 1872 through 1971 with the bulk of the material dated 1872 through 1908. The collection consists of 0.9 linear feet of letters, photographs, and printed material that document William Couper's career as a sculptor and his family life. Letters are from Couper and his wife to his parents, and to his brother John, discussing family matters, his art training, his travels, and his work in New York. There are also several letters from his father-in-law, sculptor Thomas Ball.
Scope and Content Note:
The William Couper papers span the years 1872 to 1971 with the bulk of the material dated 1872 to 1942, and measure 0.9 linear feet. They consist of letters, photographs, and printed material that document William Couper's career as a sculptor. Letters are from Couper and his wife to his parents, and to his brother John, discussing family matters, his art training, his travels, and his work in New York. There are also several letters from his father-in-law, sculptor Thomas Ball. An index of the letters and transcripts of approximately 70 of the letters were prepared by Couper's nephew Monroe Couper and are filed within the collection.

Also found within the papers are 0.4 linear feet of photographs of Couper and family members, his home in Florence, Italy, and a photograph album and unbound photographs of his art work. There are also clippings and 3 theater programs for productions in which William Couper performed.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 3 series:

Series 1: Letters, 1874-1908 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet; reel 5883)

Series 2: Photographs, 1886-1887 (Box 2-3; 0.4 linear feet; reel 5883)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1872-1971 (Box 2; 4 folders; reel 5883)
Biographical Note:
William Couper was born September 20, 1853 in Norfolk, Virginia, son of John Diedrich Couper and Euphania Monroe Couling Couper. He acquired an interest in sculpture from time spent at his father's company, Couper Marble Works.

After studying at the Cooper Institute in New York, Couper won a scholarship to the Royal Academy at Munich in 1875. Disliking the atmosphere in Munich, he took a place in the studio of Thomas Ball in Florence, Italy in the same year. Couper married Mr. Ball's daughter, Eliza Chickering Ball in 1878, and remained in Florence for over two decades, returning to New York to open a studio in 1897.

In 1901, Couper received a bronze medal at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. His notable works include a series of thirteen heroic busts of scientists for the American Museum of Natural History, a relief sculpture for the Sailors' Memorial in Annapolis, a statue of Capt. John Smith at Jamestown, and a portrait bust of John D. Rockefeller.

Couper retired in 1913 and died later in 1942 in Easton, Maryland.
Provenance:
The William Couper papers were donated by the artist's nephew Monroe Couper to the Archives of American Art in 1992.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Sculptors  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 19th century -- Italy  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 19th century -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.coupwill
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1; 0.4 linear feet; reel 5883)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1874-1908
Scope and Contents note:
Letters are from Couper and his wife to his parents and to his brother John. There are also several letters from his father-in-law, sculptor Thomas Ball. An index of the letters, and transcripts of approximately 70 of the letters prepared by Monroe Couper are also filed within the series.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.coupwill, Series 1
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Archives of American Art
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Extent:
(Box 2-3; 0.4 linear feet; reel 5883)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1886-1887
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs are of Couper and family members, and of his home in Florence, Italy. There are also unbound photographs and a photograph album of his art work.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.coupwill, Series 2
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Archives of American Art
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Extent:
(Box 2; 4 folders; reel 5883)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1872-1971
Scope and Contents note:
Printed material consists of clippings and 3theater programs for productions in which William Couper performed.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.coupwill, Series 3
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Archives of American Art
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Photograph Album of Art Works

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
n.d.
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in Box 3
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Index to Letters (that date from 1874-1908)

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
n.d.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Transcripts of Letters (that date from 1874-1898)

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
n.d.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
July-August 1874
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
September-October, 1874
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
November-December, 1874
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
January-June, 1875
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
July-August, 1875
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
September-October, 1875
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
February-June, 1876
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
July-August, 1876
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
October, 1876
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
November, 1876
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
December, 1876
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Letters

Collection Creator:
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
February-June, 1877
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The William Couper papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
William Couper Papers, 1872-1971, bulk 1872-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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