Folders are arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter. Multiple letters within folders are arranged chronologically.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters measure 0.2 linear feet and dates from 1783 to 1935, with the bulk of the letters dating from 1804 to 1877. Graham, an art dealer and collector, compiled the unrelated letters of several late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century painters such as Thomas Biddle, Thomas Doughty, G. P. A. Healy, Daniel Huntington, Henry Inman, Emanuel Leutze, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Sully, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and others.
Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters, 1783-1935, bulk 1804-1877. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
The collection was fully digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.
Related material found in the Archives includes the recording and transcript of a 1976 interview of Robert Claverhouse Graham conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art. The Archives also holds numerous collections of papers related to or created by the artists who wrote these letters.
Robert Graham (1913-) is an art dealer, and collectorfrom New York, N.Y. He was the director of the Graham Gallery.
Donated by Robert Graham, 1961. Microfilmed and subsequently digitized in 2007.
The Robert Claverhouse Graham collection of artists' letters in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 100 images.
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