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Correspondence

Type:
Correspondence
Made in:
USA
Credit Line:
Gift of the Estate of Ethel Chase
Accession Number:
1969-26-9
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Correspondence with Gadred Weavers.
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Correspondence, 1993-2000

Creator:
Lemelson Center
Subject:
Molella, Arthur P. 1944-
Klose, Claudine
Physical description:
1.25 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 half document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Date:
1993
1993-2000
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA Acc. 03-115
Summary:
This accession includes correspondence documenting administrative decision-making, development and execution of Lemelson Center activities, events, exhibitions, and programs. Materials primarily include the incoming and outgoing correspondence of Arthur P. Molella, Director, 1995- ; and, Claudine Klose, Program Manager, 1995- .
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Correspondence 1993-2014 [Lemelson Center]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence, 1989-1990

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Physical description:
2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1989
1989-1990
Topic:
Museum curators
Aeronautics
Aeronautical museums
Local number:
SIA Acc. 94-012
Summary:
This accession consists of the correspondence of the Department of Aeronautics. It includes correspondence with people, correspondence with other museums, and correspondence with international organizations.
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Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence, 1991-1992

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1991
1991-1992
Topic:
Aeronautics
Museum curators
Local number:
SIA Acc. 96-054
Summary:
This accession consists of the FY 1992 correspondence files of the Department of Aeronautics.
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Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence, 1997-1999

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division
Subject:
Alison, Tom
Cochrane, Dorothy
Crouch, Tom D
Davies, R. E. G (Ronald Edward George)
Hardesty, Von 1939-
Jakab, Peter L
Lee, Russell 1956-
Neufeld, Michael J. 1951-
Pisano, Dominick 1943-
Van der Linden, F. Robert
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1997
1997-1999
Topic:
Aeronautical museums
Museum curators
Local number:
SIA Acc. 03-077
Summary:
Consists of records documenting the history of aeronautics, NASM exhibitions, and professional activities of the curators. Correspondents include Tom D. Crouch, Chairman; Tom Alison, Curator; Dorothy Cochrane, Curator; R. E. G. Davies, Curator of Air Transport; Von Hardesty, Curator of Soviet Aviation; Peter L. Jakab, Curator; Russell Lee, Curator; Michael J. Neufeld, Curator; Dominick Pisano, Curator of the Social Impact of Flight; and F. Robert Van der Linden, Curator of Air Transport. Materials include correspondence and memoranda.
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Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence, 1956-2004

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
Simkin, Tom
Sitnik, Marsha E
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Petrology and Volcanology
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Exhibits Committee
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Glacial Geology Hall
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Hall of Mineralogy and Meteorites
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Physical Geology Hall
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Assistant Secretary for Science
Smithsonian Oceanographic Sorting Center
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Isles
Our Changing Land (Exhibition) (1975-1976: Washington, D.C.)
Volcano Watch: Maurice and Katia Krafft and the Smithsonian (Exhibition) (1997: Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
29 cu. ft. (29 record storage boxes)
Type:
Brochures
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Picture postcards
Maps
Ephemera
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Color photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Place:
Galapagos Islands
Skye, Island of (Scotland)
Date:
1956
1956-2004
Topic:
Cartography
Conservation of natural resources
Earthquakes
Exhibitions
Geologists
Geology
Museum curators
Natural history museums
Petrology
Plate tectonics
Publications
Research
Volcanoes
Volcanology
Volcanologists
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-003
Summary:
This accession consists of the professional correspondence of Tom Simkin, Curator of Petrology and Volcanology, 1972-2003, and Senior Geologist and Volcanologist, 2003-2009. Simkin also served as Geologist, Smithsonian Oceanographic Sorting Center, 1967-1972. Major topics covered in this accession include the creation and revision of "This Dynamic Planet - World Map of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plate Tectonics;" manuscripts, articles, and other publications; research projects, especially in the Galapagos Islands an don the Island of Skye; and revisions to exhibitions, including the Physical Geology Hall, the Hall of Mineralogy and Meteorites, the Glacial Geology Hall, "Volcano Watch: Maurice and Katia Krafft and the Smithsonian," "Our Changing Land," and those reviewed by the Exhibits Committee. A large portion of the records also document the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Gala pagos Isles, an international not-for-profit organization that provides scientific research and technical information and assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos Islands. The Smithsonian Institution is an institutional member and Simkin served as Secretary of the Americas. In addition to his own correspondence, Simkin was often copied on the correspondence of other officers as well Smithsonian Institution staff, including Secretary Sidney Dillon Ripley, one of three founding council members, and Marsha E. Sitnik, Program Manager, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Science, who also served as Executive Secretary of the Foundation. Some records were created while Simkin was assigned to the Division of Petrology and Volcanology within the Dept. of Mineral Sciences. Other records were created prior to Simkin's career at the Smithsonian Institution. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, meeting materials, exhibition scripts, clippings, manuscripts, brochures, maps, research images, object images, bibliographies, postcards, newsletters, ephemera, and related materials.
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Correspondence 1936-1988 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence, 1990-1991

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1990
1990-1991
Topic:
Aeronautical museums
Museum curators
Aeronautics
Local number:
SIA Acc. 95-098
Summary:
This accession consists of routine correspondence of the Department of Aeronautics for FY 1991 (October 1990- September 1991).
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Memoranda 1966-1996 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence, 1993-1996

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Subject:
Crouch, Tom D
Davies, R. E. G (Ronald Edward George)
Dietz, Thomas J. 1958-
Fishbein, Samuel B
Hardesty, Von 1939-
Jakab, Peter L
Neufeld, Michael J. 1951-
Van der Linden, F. Robert
Alison, Tom
Gernstein London, Joanne M
Leyes, Richard A
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1993
1993-1996
Topic:
Aeronautical museums
Local number:
SIA Acc. 00-007
Summary:
Includes curatorial correspondence and memoranda from the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Aeronautics Department, documenting the history of aeronautics, NASM exhibitions, and professional activities. Department correspondents include Samuel B. Fishbein, Museum Specialist; R.E.G. Davies, Curator of Air Transport; Thomas M. Alison, Curator; Joanne M. Gernstein London, Curatorial Assistant; F. Robert Van der Linden, Curator; Peter L. Jakab, Historian; Tom D. Crouch, Curator; Richard Leyes, Curator for Aero Propulsion; Thomas J. Dietz, Assistant Curator for Model Aircraft; Von Hardesty, Curator; and Michael J. Neufeld, Curator.
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Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Memoranda 1966-1996 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence, 1993-1995

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Subject:
Anderson, John David
Dietz, Thomas J. 1958-
Jakab, Peter L
Lee, Russell 1956-
Neufeld, Michael J. 1951-
Pisano, Dominick 1943-
Van der Linden, F. Robert
Alison, Thomas M
Cochrane, Dorothy
Schneide, Karl S
Spencer, Alex M
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1993
1993-1995
Topic:
Aeronautical museums
Local number:
SIA Acc. 99-084
Summary:
These records consist of curatorial correspondence and memoranda from the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Aeronautics Department, and pertain to the history of aeronautics, NASM exhibitions, and professional activities. Department correspondents include F. Robert van der Linden, Curator; Thomas M. Alison, Curator; Alex M. Spencer, Museum Technician; Thomas J. Dietz, Assistant Curator for Model Aircraft; Dominick A. Pisano, Curator; Russell E. Lee, Curator; John David Anderson, Special Assistant for Aerodynamics; Dorothy S. Cochrane, Curator; Michael J. Neufeld, Curator; Karl Schneide, Curatorial Assistant for Flight Material; and Peter L. Jakab, Historian.
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Memoranda 1966-1996 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence, 1965-1986

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Subject:
Casey, Louis S
Garber, Paul Edward 1899-1992
Lopez, Donald S. 1923-2008
Newland, Kenneth E
Meyer, Robert B
Wooldridge, E. T
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Milestones of Flight (Exhibition) (Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
36.5 cu. ft. (73 document boxes)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1966
1966-1986
1965-1986
Topic:
Aeronautical museums
Local number:
SIA RU000330
Notes:
For an administrative history of the Department of Aeronautics, consult the NASM curatorial departments agency history subrecord, 1960-1991.
Summary:
These records consist of the correspondence files of the Aeronautics Department, 1966-1986. The files document day-to-day concerns with exhibitions, loans, and research during a period which included planning for the new Museum, moving, installation of major exhibition halls, and the emergence of the National Air and Space Museum as the most popular museum in the world. Also included are internal memoranda, the Milestones of Flight First Day Cover series, and files of correspondence with artists and modelers.
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Program Files 1964-1994 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics]
Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Memoranda 1966-1996 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Clyfford E. Still, letter to Clement Greenberg

Creator:
Still, Clyfford E., 1904-1980
Greenberg, Clement, 1904-1980
Subject:
Greenberg, Clement
Still, Clyfford E.
Physical description:
Letter : 1 p. : typescript ; 28 x 22 cm.
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1956 Nov. 29
Topic:
Correspondence
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9431
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Clement Greenberg papers, 1937-1983
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Correspondence, 1982-1983, 1986-1994

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Senior Research Fellow
Subject:
Field, George B. 1929-
Lightman, Alan P. 1948-
Rybicki, George B
Ozernoĭ, L. M (Leonid Moiseevich)
Harvard College Observatory
Harvard University
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Office of the Director
Physical description:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1982
1982-1994
1982-1983, 1986-1994
Topic:
Astronomy--Study and teaching
Astrophysics
Observatories
Research institutes
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-008
Summary:
This accession includes the outgoing correspondence of George B. Field, Director, 1973-1982, and Senior Research Fellow, 1983- , as well as an applied astronomy professor at Harvard University. Materials also include some incoming correspondence as well as attachments. A small amount of correspondence belonged to George B. Rybicki, L. M. Ozernoĭ, Alan P. Lightman, and others. Together, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory administer the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics which was also directed by Field. Subject matter within the correspondence relates to all of these organizations.
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Correspondence 1982-1983, 1986-1994 [Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Senior Research Fellow]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Curatorial Correspondence, 1987-1994

Creator:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Dept. of Public Programs/Curatorial Division
Subject:
Cruz, Amada 1961-
González-Torres, Félix 1957-
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Color transparencies
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1987
1987-1994
Topic:
Art museum curators
Art museums
Local number:
SIA Acc. 05-072
Summary:
These records consist of the curatorial correspondence of Amada Cruz, Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Also included are articles on artists, memoranda, research notes, slides, and photographs, as well as materials dealing with the artist, Félix González-Torres.
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Curatorial Correspondence 1938-1956, 1970-2001 [Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Curatorial Department]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence, US Capitol 1837-1853

Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C. 1816-1892
Vanderlyn, John 1775-1852
Jarvis, Leonard 1781-1854
Chapman, John
Physical description:
3 Letters : written in ink
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
U. S. Capitol
Date:
1837
1837-1853
19th century
Local number:
FSA A2009.06 7
Notes:
General Montgomery Cunningham Meigs was Quartermaster General of the United States Army during and after the American Civil War. He was responsible for the purchase and distribution of supplies to the Union troops. Meigs was also an engineer and architect, and before and after the war, he supervised numerous projects throughout Washington, D.C. as part of the Army Corps of Engineers. He supervised the construction of wings and the dome of the Capitol building and the expansion of the General Post Office building. Meigs designed the Old Pension Office Building. His most amazing contribution to the city, however, was the Washington Aqueduct. Interestingly, it was Meigs who suggested to Abraham Lincoln that Arlington would be a good place for a cemetery. Meigs is buried there.
Leonard Jarvis was an American politician who served in Congress from 1829 to 1837. He was chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs for some time. This contract is signed by him.
John Vanderlyn was an American neoclassicist painter who painted portraits of politicians in the early 19th century. He was commissioned by Congress in 1842 to paint the landing of Columbus. This painting was later reproduced on a stamp. This painting was commissioned for the renovation of the rotunda in the Capitol Building.
John Chapman was an American congressman who represented Pennsylvania. He worked as a judge before being elected to the House of Representatives.
Summary:
This folder houses a series of letters referencing the building and renovation of the United States Capitol Building, most of which are from architects who worked on the project. One of the contracts orders iron beams for use in extending the Capitol building in 1857, during the second remodeling.
Cite as:
Thomas B. Brumbaugh collection of 19th and 20th century American artists' correspondence 1831-1979. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Susan A. Hobbs, 2009
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The Brumbaugh Collection of Artist Letters
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Correspondence, Harrington - Moser 1848-1924

Creator:
McEvoy, Ambrose 1878-1927
Healy, G. P. A (George Peter Alexander) 1813-1894
Johnson, Eastman 1824-1906
Maynard, George W (George Willoughby) 1843-1923
McEvoy, Ambrose 1878-1927
Moser, James Henry 1854-1913
Subject:
Washington, George Corbin 1789-1854
Mercer, Edward
Physical description:
9 Letters : written in ink, ball point, graphite
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1848
1848-1924
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Art, American
Local number:
FSA A2009.06 5
Notes:
Healy was an American academic painter during the 19th century who painted mostly portraits, including a rather well-known one of Abraham Lincoln seated, which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. He studied in Paris, and worked in Paris, Rome, and Boston. Healy was prolific, painting as many as 50 portraits in a single year, including a series of American presidents, and group pictures depicting congressmen and other famous political figures. The picture depicts Senator Daniel Webster's (MA) reply in Senate to Senator Robert Hayne (SC) in 1830. They debated the issue of states' rights and nullification, and Webster defended a strong national government, famously declaring, "The motto should not be 'Liberty first, and Union afterwards,' but 'Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!'"
Hon. George C. Washington was born in Virginia in 1789 and died in Georgetown, D.C. in 1854. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, served in the Maryland legislature, and served several terms representing Montgomery County in Congress.
Eastman Johnson was an American painter who co-founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Johnson painted many influential Americans of his day, and his style was influenced by the Dutch masters, earning him the title of "The American Rembrandt."He was born in Maine in 1824, but moved to Washington, D.C., where he completed many of his portraits. Johnson lived among Native American tribes and opened a studio in New York.
George Willoughby Maynard was an American painter who started his career by completing murals in Boston's Trinity Church. He later did many murals in the Library of Congress.
Ambrose McEvoy painted figures, landscapes, and portraits in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a founder-member of the National Portrait Society in England, and painted a number of portraits of soldiers and sailors, which are now in the Imperial War Museum.
Edward StanleyMercer was an English artist who studied at the Slade School of Art, along with time in Holland, Spain, and Italy. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, and was a member of both the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
In the letter, Ambrose McEvoy mentions that he has "written to Harold Speed," who was an English painter of oil and watercolor landscapes and portraits. Speed (1872-1957) studied art at the Royal Academy Schools and was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Speed exhibited at the Royal Academy.
James Henry Moser was born in Ontario, Canada, who worked as an illustrator and landscape painter in oil and watercolor. In Washington, D.C., he was awarded the first Corcoran Prize by the Washington Watercolor Club. He was an art critic for the Washington Times, Post, and Herald, and did freelance illustrations for Harper's, among other publications. Mrs. Benjamin Harrison, the First Lady, purchased one of Moser's pieces, "A Sunny Morning at Salisbury Beach," to hang in the White House living room. He died in 1913 after having suffered a stroke earlier that year.
Summary:
This folder is an amalgamation of letters written and recieved by prominent figures in 19th and 20th century American art. Included in the folder are letters from George P. Healy, Eastman Johnson, George W. Maynard, Ambrose McEvoy, and James Henry Moser.
Cite as:
Thomas B. Brumbaugh collection of 19th and 20th century American artists' correspondence 1831-1979. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Susan A. Hobbs, 2009
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The Brumbaugh Collection of Artist Letters
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Correspondence, circa 1981-1989

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Subject:
Mikesh, Robert C
Wooldridge, E. T
Hardesty, Von 1939-
Lopez, Donald S. 1923-2008
Pisano, Dominick 1943-
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Physical description:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1981
1981-1989
circa 1981-1989
Topic:
Aeronautical museums
Local number:
SIA RU000344
Notes:
For an administrative history of the Department of Aeronautics, see record unit 330 above.
Edmund T. Wooldridge, Jr., served as Chairman of the Department of Aeronautics, 1983-1986. Von D. Hardesty became Acting Chairman in 1986 and then Chairman until July, 1987, when Donald S. Lopez became Acting Chairman, serving 1987-1988. In 1989 Dominick A. Pisano was appointed Acting Chairman.
Summary:
These records consist primarily of the correspondence files of the Department for fiscal years 1987-1989, divided into separate series for museums, people, organizations, and international correspondence. Also included is a chronological file of staff memoranda and some miscellaneous correspondence of Curator Robert C. Mikesh, circa 1981-1986.
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Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Memoranda 1966-1996 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence, Palmer, Erastus - Widener, P.A.B. 1818-1847

Creator:
Speicher, Eugene Edward 1883-1962
Palmer, Erastus Dow 1817-1904
Reid, Robert 1862-1929
Robus, Hugo 1885-
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard 1818-1871
Speicher, Eugene Edward 1883-1962
Weber, Max 1881-1961
Whittier, John Greenleaf 1807-1892
Widener, P. A. B (Peter Arrell Brown) 1834-1915
Subject:
Kensett, John Frederick 1816-1872
Hayne, Paul Hamilton 1830-1886
United States National Park Service
Houghton, Mifflin and Company
Physical description:
11 Letters : written in ink, ball point, graphite
1 Photograph
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1818
1818-1847
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Art, American
Local number:
FSA A2009.06 6
Notes:
Erastus D. Palmer was an American sculptor. He sculpted portrait busts and religious bas-reliefs in a style that combined neoclassical idealism and realism. His most famous sculpture is "The White Captive," which depicts a young girl who has been captured by Native Americans.
Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes was an American architect born into the wealthy Phelps Stokes family. He designed St-Paul's Chapel at Columbia University and some residential buildings in New York. Phelps Stokes also published The Iconography of Manhattan Island, a six volume work about New York City. He commissioned John Singer Sargent to paint a portrait with himself and his wife, Edith née Minturn.
Robert Reid was an American artist who studied in New England and Paris. He began by painting French peasants, but became known for his murals and stained glass designs. Some of his work can be found in the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.
Hugo Robus was an American painter and sculpture from Ohio. He studied in the United States and Paris, and then taught at the Modern Art School in New York. He worked in a very lyrical cubist style, usually with people as his subject.
Thomas Prichard Rossiter was an American painter born in New Haven, Connecticut. He traveled throughout Europe, painting portraits along the way, and he kept a studio in Paris. He painted mostly portraits, but also completed a series of paintings depicting the life of Christ.
John Frederick Kensett was an American artist and engraver who worked in New Haven, Connecticut, and New York City.
Henry Rox was a German artist who studied in Berlin and Paris before settling in the United States in 1938, where he taught at many universities, including Mount Holyoke College. He is known for fruit and vegetable photo-sculptures.
Eugene Speicher was an American realist painter from Buffalo, New York. He attended the Art Students League, and then studied in Europe for a few years. He was considered a leading portrait artist in America at the time, favoring female subjects. Speicher won numerous awards for his work, and was appointed Director of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1945.
Max Weber was a Russian-born Jewish-American cubist. He studied with Matisse, Rousseau, and Picasso in Paris. Weber helped introduce cubism to America.
John Greenleaf Whittier was an American Quaker poet. Whittier was an ardent abolitionist who was extremely influenced by the doctrines of humanitarianism, compassion, and social responsibility found in Quakerism. He was a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and worked as a lobbyist. He is remembered today for his patriotic poetry, and his poems that were later turned into hymns.
Paul Hayne was an American poet who Whittier references in his letter to the publishers Houghton, Mifflin & Co. Hayne had just died, and his son, W.H. Hayne, wanted to edit his later poems for publication.
Widener (1834-1915) was an American businessman from Pennsylvania. During the Civil War, he supplied meat to the Union Army. By investing in trolley cars and public transit services, Widener became quite successful and wealthy. He was an avid art collector whose collection included works by Rembrandt, Edouard Manet, and Auguste Renoir. He is considered one of the top 100 wealthiest Americans of all time.
Summary:
This folder is an amalgamation of letters written and recieved by prominent figures in 19th and 20th century American art. Included in the folder are letters by Robert Reid, Hugo Robus, Thomas Prichard Rossiter, Eugene Speicher, John Greenleaf Whittier and Peter A.B. Widener.
Cite as:
Thomas B. Brumbaugh collection of 19th and 20th century American artists' correspondence 1831-1979. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Susan A. Hobbs, 2009
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The Brumbaugh Collection of Artist Letters
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Correspondence, Abbott H. Thayer to the Beaches, Dewing, Endicott, the Kings 1891-1915

Creator:
Thayer, Abbott Handerson 1849-1921
Subject:
Thayer, Abbott Handerson 1849-1921
Bloede, Gertrude
Thayer, Emma B. 1850-1924
Beach, Moses Sperry 1822-1892
Beach, Violet
Beach, Ella
Dewing, M. O (Maria Oakey) 1855-1927
King, Dr. Samuel T
Endicott, William Crowninshield 1826-1900
Physical description:
10 Letters : written in ink
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1891
1891-1915
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Art, American
Local number:
FSA A2009.06 1
Notes:
Abbott Handerson Thayer was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 12, 1849 to a distinguished family. He moved from Boston to Brooklyn during his childhood, where he attended the National Academy of Design. Thayer often used his wife, Kate Bloede Thayer, her sister Gertrude, and his three children Mary, Gerald and Gladys as models. He also used Clara A. May as a model. His subjects included ethereal angels, landscapes, women, children, and flowers. When Kate died, Thayer's entire outlook on art and life changed. It had been Kate's family that introduced Thayer to the sense of idealism that comes from a German family who had immigrated to the United States. He had learned about the romanticism surrounding art and literature from the Bloedes, all of which encouraged the artist to paint perfectly beautiful figures. Later in life, Thayer established a permanent household in Dublin, New Hampshire, with his new wife, Emma Beach. He loved to paint the surrounding mountains and birds. Interestingly, Charles Lang Freer was one of Thayer's patrons.
Kate Bloede (1846-1890) was Abbott Thayer's first wife, who tragically died following a long battle with depression. Abbott used Kate as a model during his painting career. The couple lived in Paris, where their first two children were born. Upon their return to New York, the Thayers had three more children. In May 1888, Kate developed "melancholia," or depression, following the death of her father, Gustav Bloede. She was admitted to Bloomingdale Hospital, where she was treated for six months. Although her family visited her often, she did not respond well. Abbott transferred Kate to McLean Asylum in the winter of 1888, and then to a sanitorium in 1890. Pulmonary complications developed and Kate died on May 3, 1891. Animosities between Abbott and the Bloede family developed soon after Kate's death.
Emma Beach was Abbott Thayer's second wife, whom he married four months to the day after Kate Bloede's death. She met the couple during the summer of 1881, when they were vacationing in Nantucket. Beach was the daughter of Moses Beach, the former owner of the New York Sun. She was an art student, and over the next few years she visited the Thayers often, developing a close relationship with the children. Emma actually helped Thayer transfer Kate to the McLean Asylum. On July 27, 1891, Abbott wrote to Emma, imploring her to move in permanently with the family for the sake of the children. Her family was quite against this proposal, but the two were married in Nantucket on September 3, 1891. This caused problems between Abbott and the Bloedes, particularly offending Gertrude Bloede and Indie Bloede King, Kate's sisters.
Violet and Ella Beach were Emma Beach's sisters.
Dr. Samuel T. King was Abbott's brother-in-law, the husband of Indie Bloede. Thayer was quite close with King, and therefore it was King to whom he wrote in an attempt to patch things over with the Bloede family, especially Gertrude Bloede. This relationship later deteriorated, with King supporting his wife as opposed to Thayer.
Gertrude Bloede was Kate's sister and was married to Dr. King. It was Gertrude who was most offended when Thayer quickly remarried after Kate's death, and it was Gertrude whom Abbott attempted to reach out to after she refused to speak to him. Gertrude lived a double life as a poet. She published several pieces under the name "Stuart Sterne" in the 19th century.
William Endicott was an American politician from Massachusetts who served as Secretary of War and was influential on the Board on Fortification. Following his retirement, he returned to Boston, was overseer of Harvard College (his Alma mater) and president of the Peabody Academy of Science and Peabody Education Fund. It appears that Thayer's letter responds to a request from Endicott that Abbott participate in a mural in Massachusetts.
Maria Oakey Dewing was the wife of Thomas Wilmer Dewing, an American painter at the turn of the century. Maria herself was an artist who painted mostly flowers, although she began by painting figures. She studied art at the Cooper Union in New York City.
Summary:
This folder is an amalgamation of letters written by Abbott H. Thayer to various people, mostly relatives. The recipients include Moses Beach, Ella Beach, Violet Beach, Maria Oakey Dewing, Gertrude Bloede, and Dr. Samuel T. King.
Cite as:
Thomas B. Brumbaugh collection of 19th and 20th century American artists' correspondence 1831-1979. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Susan A. Hobbs, 2009
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The Brumbaugh Collection of Artist Letters
Correspondence, Abbott H. Thayer to the Beaches, Dewing, Endicott, the Kings
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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New York Correspondence School meeting announcement

Creator:
Johnson, Ray, 1927-1995
Subject:
Finch College. Museum of Art
New York Correspondence School
Physical description:
Flyer : 1 sheet : photocopy ; 36 x 22 cm.
Type:
Printed/Published Materials
Date:
1962 May
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8274
Summary:
Verso of item has been stained from fugitive ink of an envelope the stain reads: This envelope admits one person. [additional 3 lines of illedgeable stains].
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Samuel Wagstaff papers, 1932-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Correspondence and Memoranda, 1860-1908

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
Subject:
Palmer, Edward 1831-1911
Abbott, William Louis 1860-1936
Atwater, W. O (Wilbur Olin) 1844-1907
Bowdish, Beecher S
Boyd, S. H. 1828-1894
Brown, John Croumbie
Calkins, C. G
Camp, John H
Capron, Horace 1804-1885
Chamberlain, Frances Lea
Collins, Joseph William
Deschamps, Emile b. 1857
Geisler, Bruno
Harris, Israel H. b. 1823
Jeffreys, John Gwyn 1809-1885
Jouy, Pierre Louis
Kerr, Mark Brickell
King, C. A
LeBaron, John Francis
MacFarlane, Roderick Ross 1833-1920
Montcrieffe, R. B
Nelson, Edward William 1855-1934
Orcutt, Charles Russell 1864-1929
Peary, Robert E (Robert Edwin) 1856-1920
Perkins, Frederick Stanton 1832-1899
Richmond, Charles Wallace 1868-1932
Shufeldt, Percy W
Snyder, D. W
Stearns, Winfrid Alden 1852-
Stein, Robert U.S. Geological Survey
Wilcox, Timothy E
Woolfe, Henry D
Chaillé-Long, C (Charles) 1842-1917
Safford, William Edwin 1859-1926
Miller, Alfred Jacob 1810-1874
Chatelain, Héli
Cluss, Adolph 1825-1905
Hippisley, Alfred Edward d. 1939
Keam, Thomas V. d. 1904
MacGowan, D. J. physician
Pringle, Cyrus G (Cyrus Guernsey) 1838-1911
Shufeldt, Robert W (Robert Wilson) 1850-1934
Rockhill, William Woodville 1854-1914
Thomas, Cyrus 1825-1910
Ogden, Herbert Gouverneur 1846-1906
Williams, Talcott 1849-1928
Brown, William Harvey Dr
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)
Bradley Collection of Fossils
Cardwell Collection of Egyptian Antiquities
Medicinal Flora of America Commission
Owen Collection of Fossils
Riggs Collection of Arms and Armor
Troost Collection of Crinoids
United States-Mexican International Boundary Commission (1891-1894)
Ball Herbarium
United States National Museum Section of Naval Architecture
United States National Museum
United States National Museum Section of Foods
Greely Relief Expedition (1884)
Illustrated American Expedition to Southern Utah and Northern New Mexico
United States Navy Expedition to Guam (1899)
Physical description:
76.58 cu. ft. (151 document boxes) (3 5x8 boxes)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1860
1860-1908
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Museums--Collection management
Local number:
SIA RU000189
Summary:
This record unit comprises the primary incoming correspondence of the officer in immediate charge of the United States National Museum.
These records chiefly document museum accessions and Smithsonian expeditions and field collecting trips. Other topics include operations of certain museum divisions, and miscellaneous subjects. Accession records include: Alfred E. Hippisley Collection of Chinese Porcelain, 1909-1912; Horace Capron Collection of Japanese Art; John Croumbie Brown publications and manuscripts; Frances Lea Chamberlain collection of gems and minerals; Cardwell collection of Egyptian antiquities; Riggs collection of armor; Israel H. Harris fossil collection; Owen collection of fossils; J. Gwyn Jeffreys collection of shells; Thomas V. Keam collection of pottery; Chinese musical instruments; Frederick S. Perkins collection of copper implements; Troost collection of Crinoids; Robert Wilson Shufeldt collection of birds; Bradley collection of fossils; Ball Herbarium; Talcott Williams collection of Moroccan flora.
Records related to Smithsonian expeditions and field work include: William Louis Abbott collecting work, 1889-1901, in Central Africa, Somaliland, Kashmir, Turkestan, Siam, Burma; Beecher S. Bowdish collecting work in Puerto Rico and Cuba, 1901-1902; S. H. Boyd collecting work in Siam; William Harvey Brown collecting work in Africa; C. G. Calkins collecting work in Japan; John H. Camp collecting work in Africa; Charles Chaille-Long collecting work in Egypt; Heli Chatelain collecting work in Africa; Emile Deschamps collecting work in the Orient; Bruno Geisler collecting work in New Guinea; United States Navy expedition to Guam, 1899; Greely Relief Expedition, 1884; Pierre Louis Jouy collecting work in Arizona and New Mexico; Mark Brickell Kerr collecting work in Central and South America; C. A. King collecting work in Central America; John Francis Lebaron collecting work in Nicaragua; Roderick Ross MacFarlane collecting work in Canada; D. J. MacGowan collecting work in China and Manchuria; Mexican-United States Boundary Commission; A. J. Miller collecting work in Central America; R. B. Montcrieffe collecting work in Nicaragua; Edward William Nelson collecting work in Arizona; Herbert Gouvernour Ogden collecting work in Alaska; Charles Russell Orcutt collecting work in Mexico; Edward Palmer collecting work in Florida; Robert Edwin Peary Expedition to Northern Greenland; Cyrus Guernsey Pringle collecting work in Mexico; Illustrated American Expedition to Southern Utah and Northern New Mexico; Charles Wallace Richmond collecting work in Central America; William Woodville Rockhill Expedition to China and Tibet; William Edwin Safford collecting work in South America; Percy W. Shufeldt collecting work in Mexico; Robert Wilson Shufeldt collecting work in Louisiana; D. W. Snyder collecting work in Africa; Winfrid Alden Stearns Expedition to Labrador; Robert Stein Expedition to Ellesmere Land; Cyrus Thomas anthropological excavations in Pennsylvania and Ohio; Timothy E. Wilcox collecting work in Arizona; Henry D. Woolfe collecting work in Alaska and South America.
Records related to the origin or operation of subdivisions of the United States National Museum include: correspondence of Joseph William Collins, Section of Naval Architecture, United States National Museum; correspondence of Adolph Cluss regarding construction of United States National Museum building, 1881; correspondence of Wilbur Olin Atwater as Honorary Curator, Section of Foods, United States National Museum.
Miscellaneous topics include: Mexican-United States International Boundary Commission, 1891-1894; Smithsonian participation in the Medicinal Flora of America Commission.
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Correspondence and Memoranda 1850-1948 [Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum]
Expedition History 1890-1895 [Geological Survey of Texas]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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