Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
70 documents - page 1 of 4

Princess Elizabeth with leader of the Girls' Life Brigade greeting crowds, Lobatse (Botswana)

Photographer:
Larrabee, Constance Stuart  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Larrabee, Constance Stuart  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (black and white, 120mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Date:
1947
General:
Strip number: 7602, 7603; Larrabee's description on negative sleeve: Bechaunaland Royal Visit 1947; Original negative number: 74-c
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Lobatse (Botswana)  Search this
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-  Search this
Collection Citation:
Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection, EEPA 1998-006, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1998-006, Item EEPA 1998-067603
See more items in:
Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1998-006-ref10318

Princess Elizabeth with leader of the Girls' Life Brigade greeting crowds, Lobatse (Botswana)

Photographer:
Larrabee, Constance Stuart  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Larrabee, Constance Stuart  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (black and white, 120mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Date:
1947
General:
Strip number: 7604; Larrabee's description on negative sleeve: Bechaunaland Royal Visit 1947; Original negative number: 78-c
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Lobatse (Botswana)  Search this
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-  Search this
Collection Citation:
Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection, EEPA 1998-006, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1998-006, Item EEPA 1998-067604
See more items in:
Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1998-006-ref10319

James Lee Byars telegram to Queen Elizabeth II

Creator:
Byars, James Lee, 1932-1997  Search this
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-  Search this
Subject:
Documenta (5th : 1972 : Kassel, Germany)  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1972 Sept. 20
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15438
See more items in:
Samuel Wagstaff papers, 1932-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15438

James Lee Byars telegram to Queen Elizabeth II

Creator:
Byars, James Lee, 1932-1997  Search this
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-  Search this
Subject:
Documenta (5th : 1972 : Kassel, Germany)  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1972 Sept. 20
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15439
See more items in:
Samuel Wagstaff papers, 1932-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15439

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Wallace, Jim (James H.)  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich) 1908-1979  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10 ;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8513-02A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396612

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Wallace, Jim (James H.)  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Hope diamond  Search this
Mineralogy  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Gems  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8514-25A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396613

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Wallace, Jim (James H.)  Search this
Subject:
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Burger, Elvera Stromberg  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8515-11A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396614

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Wallace, Jim (James H.)  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich) 1908-1979  Search this
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8514-12A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396618

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Perrot, Paul N  Search this
Wheeler, T. Ames  Search this
Challinor, David  Search this
Blitzer, Charles  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8526-05]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396619

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Ramsbotham, Peter 1919-2010  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
10 x 8;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8525-18A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396620

Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Smithsonian Institution

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich) 1908-1979  Search this
Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-8526-28A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396621

Queen Elizabeth Visits the Smithsonian

Author:
Wallace, James  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich) 1908-1979  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States. Office of the Vice President  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1976
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Celebrities and Dignitaries  Search this
Queens  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Royal Visitors--Great Britain  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
76-8513-2A or 76-8513.2A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8561

Queen Elizabeth Visits the Smithsonian

Author:
Wallace, James  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Hall of Gems  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1976
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Hope diamond  Search this
Celebrities and Dignitaries  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Royal visitors  Search this
Gems  Search this
Mineralogy  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
76-8514-25A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8562

Queen Elizabeth Visits the Smithsonian

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Burger, Warren E. 1907-  Search this
Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston  Search this
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1976
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Celebrities and Dignitaries  Search this
England  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Royal Visitors--Great Britain  Search this
Queens  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
76-8515-11A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8563

Chief S.O. Alonge photographic collection

Photographer:
Alonge, Solomon Osagie, Chief, 1911-1994  Search this
Names:
Alexandra, Princess, 1936- (granddaughter of George V, King of Great Britain)  Search this
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-  Search this
Philip, Prince, consort of Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1921-  Search this
Extent:
100 photographic prints (black and white, hand-colored.)
4 photographic albums
1,800 negatives (photographic) (120 mm.)
150 negatives (photographic) (glass plate)
Container:
Item EEPA.2009-007
Culture:
Bini (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Albums
Negatives
Portraits
Hand coloring
Place:
Benin (Kingdom)
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
1926-1989
Summary:
The collection consists of approximately 1,950 glass plate and large format film negatives,100 hand-tinted and black-and-white prints and four photographic albums containing prints of various sizes, taken by Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge, the royal photographer to the Oba of Benin, Akenzua II (1933-1978). These images span six decades (1926 - 1989) and represent a dynamic, continuous record of the Benin Royal Court in Nigeria. Alonge documented the pageantry, ritual and regalia of the Obas, their wives and retainers for over a half-century, including the coronation of the King and the Iyoba, or queen mother. The collection also documents historic visits to Benin by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip (1956), Princess Alexandra (1960), foreign dignitaries, traditional rulers, political leaders and celebrities. The collection preserves an important historical record of Benin art and culture during the periods of British colonial rule and Nigerian independence in the 20th century. The rarity and historical value of the collection are enhanced by Alonge's privileged access to the Palace as a chief in the Iwebo Palace Society, a position which presents a unique insider's view of Benin royalty. The quality of the collection is testament to Alonge's technological skills in photography and his professionalism in keeping the collection ordered and well-preserved despite the heat, humidity and tropical climate of Nigeria.
Arrangement note:
Arrangement of negatives reflects the original order established by the photographer.
Biographical/Historical note:
Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911-1994) was the first indigenous photographer of the Royal Court of Benin and one of the premier photographers of Nigeria. His significance as one of the earliest indigenous photographers in West Africa has been documented in detail by anthropologist Flora Kaplan. Alonge learned the craft of photography as a youth in Lagos during the 1920s and saw his profession as an honorable and distinguished calling. He clearly demonstrated an inclusive documentary perspective in his efforts to photograph many aspects of the world around him. In 1942, Alonge established the Ideal Photography Studio in Benin City and documented colonial society, the establishment of churches and businesses, and the formation of new civic organizations and social groups like the Benin Social Club (1940s). As a commercial photographer, Alonge photographed individual and group portraits, preserving a visual record of the everyday lives and peoples of Benin City. Alonge's studio portraits illustrate how local Africans presented themselves to the camera and engaged with the practice of photography during the early to mid-twentieth century.
General note:
Title provided by EEPA staff.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Diplomats  Search this
Kings and rulers  Search this
Coronations  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Royal households  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Albums
Negatives
Portraits
Hand coloring
Citation:
Chief S.O. Alonge Photographic Collection, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2009-007
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2009-007

The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2 June 1953

Author:
King George's Jubilee Trust  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926- Coronation  Search this
Physical description:
39, [1] p. : ill., map, ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1953
1953?]
Call number:
DA590 .C82 1953
DA590.C82 1953
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_420846

The Commonwealth catalogue of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II postage stamps

Author:
Commonwealth Stamp Company  Search this
Physical description:
volumes illustrations 19 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Great Britain
Topic:
Postage stamps--Topics--George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952  Search this
Postage stamps--Topics--Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-  Search this
Postage stamps--Colonies  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_182282

Chester Dale papers

Creator:
Dale, Chester, b. 1883  Search this
Names:
Allentown Art Museum  Search this
Amherst College  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Parrish Art Museum  Search this
Batigne, Claire  Search this
Batigne, Renee  Search this
Braque, Georges, 1882-1963  Search this
Burkhardt, Rudy  Search this
Cantor, Irving  Search this
Cassatt, Mary, 1844-1926  Search this
Cooper, Maria  Search this
Cooper, Veronica  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
Dale, Mary Towar Bullard, 1892-1984  Search this
Dale, Maud, 1875-1953  Search this
Dallas Museum of Art  Search this
Dalí, Gala  Search this
Dalí, Salvador, 1904-  Search this
Dmitri, Ivan, 1900-1968  Search this
Dufy, Raoul, 1877-1953  Search this
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-  Search this
Frost, Robert, 1874-1963  Search this
Hamilton, Edith, 1867-1963  Search this
Ingersoll, R. Sturgis (Robert Sturgis), b. 1891  Search this
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
Kessel, Dmitri  Search this
MacNeil, Neil  Search this
Mayes, Herbert R., 1900-1987 (Herbert Raymond)  Search this
Mellon, Paul  Search this
Mellon, Timothy  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Salles, Georges  Search this
Wyeth, Andrew, 1917-2009  Search this
Wyeth, Jamie, 1946-  Search this
Wyeth, Nicholas  Search this
Extent:
8.4 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Travel diaries
Place:
Europe -- description and travel
Date:
circa 1883-2003
bulk 1920-1970
Summary:
The papers of New York art collector Chester Dale measure 8.4 linear feet and date from circa 1883-2003. Dale amassed one of the world's most complete collections of nineteenth and twentieth century French art, was a collector of eighteenth century American portraitists, and a patron and collector of twentieth American artists including George Bellows and Mary Cassatt. The bulk of the collection dates from 1920 to 1970 and documents Dale's activities through biographical material, correspondence, memoirs and other writings, purchase, sales and estate records, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York art collector Chester Dale measure 8.4 linear feet and date from circa 1883-2003. Dale amassed one of the world's most complete collections of nineteenth and twentieth century French art, was a collector of eighteenth century American portraitists, and a patron and collector of twentieth American artists including George Bellows and Mary Cassatt. The bulk of the collection dates from 1920 to 1970 and documents Dale's activities through biographical material, correspondence, memoirs and other writings, purchase, sales and estate records, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Biographical material comprises brief genealogical and biographical notes on Dale's father's side of the family; four pieces of miscellaneous artwork; several certificates, membership cards, and programs; circa six unidentified dictaphone recordings; and a home movie of an unidentified social event.

Correspondence provides scattered documentation of Dale's activities as a collector and benefactor, including correspondence relating to gifts to various museums such as the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as posthumous gifts to the Allentown Art Museum and Amherst College. Also documented is Dale's election as president of the National Gallery of Art in 1955. There are several letters to and from Salvador and Gala Dali, copies of two letters from Diego Rivera, and letters from other friends and business associates, including historian Georges Salles. Over one third of the correspondence consists of condolence telegrams and letters sent to Mary Dale following Dale's death. Other correspondence documents Mary Dale's work as exhibition chairman for the Parrish Museum of Art, and includes letters from Andrew, Jamie, and Nicholas Wyeth.

Writings include typed drafts of Dale's memoirs which recall the beginning of his career in banking, and include stories of his early experiences in buying art. Dale credits the highly discerning and influential eye of his first wife, Maud Dale, for guiding him in his early selections, and his memoirs recall his unconventionally direct way of doing business with the Paris art dealers. Two travel diaries record a 1904 trip to Europe, and five trips to Europe and the Caribbean between 1949 and 1953. Writings by others include several essays on Dale by various authors, several essays on art by Maud Dale, and a typed draft of a manuscript on Dale's life by Neil MacNeil.

Extensive inventories, estate appraisals, and will disbursement records document the contents of the Chester Dale collection in Series 4. Also found here are receipts for specific purchases of works by Cezanne, Cassatt, Dali, Dufy, Picasso, and others.

Printed material includes catalogs for auction sales annotated with sales prices and other purchase information; catalogs of Dale's collection; and exhibition catalogs and announcements for the Parrish Museum of Art during Mary Dale's tenure as exhibition chairman. Some of the catalogs include essays by Maud Dale. News clippings and magazine articles document press coverage of Dale's activities at home and abroad.

Scrapbooks contain additional printed material, primarily news clippings, documenting press coverage of Chester Dale's life from the 1920s until his death. One of the scrapbooks includes multiple photographs of Dale and others, including a photo of Frida Kahlo and Jose Orozco. An additional scrapbook of photographs and clippings documents Mary Dale's life before and after her marriage to Dale.

Photographs are of Dale, Mary Dale, Maud Dale, family, friends, and colleagues. There are photographs of Dale and Mary Dale with artists including George Braques, Salvador and Gala Dali, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and Jamie and Nicholas Wyeth; and friends and associates Renee and Claire Batigne, Veronica "Rocky" Cooper and Maria Cooper, Robert Sturgis Ingersoll, Edith Hamilton with Robert Frost, Neil MacNeil, Herbert Mayes, and Paul and Timothy Mellon. There are individual photos and three photograph albums of Dale's various residences and his collection, including photographs taken shortly before his death at his Plaza Hotel apartment showing some of his favorite pictures. Photographers include Rudolph Burkhardt, Irving Cantor, Ivan Dmitri, and Dmitri Kessel. There are also many photographs of exhibition openings and museum events, especially events at the National Gallery of Art, including the presentation of Dale's gift of Dali's The Sacrament of the Last Supper to the museum in 1956, and the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II of England's visit to the museum in 1957. Photographs also include photographs of artwork in Dale's collection.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1897-circa 1960, 2003 (Boxes 1, 7-8; FC 20; 0.45 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1911-1984 (Box 1; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1904-1963 (Boxes 2, 8; 0.55 linear feet)

Series 4: Chester Dale Collection, circa 1930-1968 (Boxes 2-3; 1 linear foot)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1925-circa 1972 (Boxes 3-4, 8, OV 9; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, circa 1920s-1963 (Box 4, BVs 10-14; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1883-1972 (Boxes 4-6, 19, BVs 15-17, OV 18; 3.3 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
New York art patron and collector of French and American art Chester Dale (1883-1962), made his fortune as a banker who pioneered the sale of public utility securities. He began purchasing French paintings in the mid-1920s and retired from the investment security business in 1935 in order to focus full time on the acquisition of art.

Dale was encouraged to begin collecting art by his first wife, Maud Dale, who was an artist, a writer, and a former chairman of the Exhibition Committee of the Museum of French Art. With the benefit of his wife's knowledge, passion, and perception, Dale began to lay the foundation of his collection in 1926, and amassed circa seven hundred pictures within ten years. His collection is considered to be one of the most complete collections of nineteenth and twentieth century French art in the world, and includes some of the finest examples of works by Braque, Corot, Delacroix, Degas, Derain, Dufy, Leger, Matisse, and Renoir, as well as by artists representative of the French tradition in art including Modigliani, Picasso, Rivera, and Van Gogh.

Although primarily interested in French art, Dale also collected and encouraged American artists. He was a patron of George Bellows and Salvador Dali, and had his portrait painted by both artists. Dale presented the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art with their first Dali paintings, the latter being The Sacrament of the Last Supper. Dale also purchased works by Mary Cassatt, representative works by "the Eight," and examples of eighteenth century American portraitists John Smibert, Gilbert Stuart and Thomas Sully. In the early 1940s he visited Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Mexico, and Rivera subsequently completed a portrait of Dale in 1945.

Dale served as a trustee to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He made the first of a series of gifts to the National Gallery of Art when it opened in 1941. In 1955 he was elected president of the museum, by which time his collection occupied ten of its galleries. Dale bequeathed the bulk of his remaining collection to the National Gallery in his will. This final gift included eighty of his favorite pictures, which had been located in his Manhattan apartment at the Plaza Hotel up until his death.

A year after the death of Maud Dale in 1953, Dale married Mary Towar Bullard, whom he had employed as his secretary for twenty-five years. Mary Dale oversaw the disbursement of her husband's estate, following Dale's death from a heart attack in 1962.
Related Materials:
Holdings at the Archives of American Art also include the Chester Dale papers concerning George Bellows, 1919-1956, comprising correspondence, a photograph, and invoices relating to Chester Dale's relationship with George Bellows and Dale's interest in artwork by Bellows; and the Chester Dale eulogy, consisting of one 35 minute, 9 second sound tape reel of a eulogy delivered by an unidentified speaker.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1972 by Mary Dale, Chester Dale's second wife, and in 1985 by Mary Dale's estate.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D. C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Chester Dale 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:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art dealers -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art, French--19th century  Search this
Art, French--20th century  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, Modern--19th century--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Travel diaries
Citation:
Chester Dale papers, circa 1883-2003, bulk 1920-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.daleches
See more items in:
Chester Dale papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-daleches
Additional Online Media:

Queen Elizabeth II Visits SI

Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Date:
July 8, 1976
Topic:
Dignitaries  Search this
Visits of state  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_1333

The Queen Elizabeth coronation souvenir

Author:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-  Search this
Subject:
Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926- Coronation  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) chiefly illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1953
Call number:
DA590 .E43
DA590.E43
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_24117

Modify Your Search






or


Narrow By