The collection is arranged into five series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1863-1896 (Box 1, OV 4; 5 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1857-1962 (Box 1; 0.7 linear feet) Series 3: Project Files, 1871-1936 (Box 1, OV 4; 6 folders) Series 4: Printed Material, 1862-1950 (Boxes 1-2, OV 4; 6 folders) Series 5: Photographs, 1870s-1890s (Box 2-3, OV 4; 0.7 linear feet)
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The papers of sculptor Olin Levi Warner measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1857 to 1962 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1857 to 1899. The collection documents Warner's art student days in Paris and his career as a sculptor, primarily in New York City. Found are scattered biographical materials and writings, including a speech by Warner about the Paris Commune of 1871; personal and professional correspondence; clippings, catalogs, and other printed material; sculpture project files; and photographs of Warner, his studio, his family, and notable figures who sat for him, including artist J. Alden Weir, and his artwork.
Olin Levi Warner papers, 1857-1962, bulk 1857-1899. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of this collection was digitized in 2013 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been scanned include photographs of artwork, duplicates, blank pages in bound volumes, and blank versos of photographs. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.
Material lent for microfilming is availalbe on 35mm microfilm reel 270 at the Archives of American Art reading room and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming on reel 270. All of the material was later donated, except for one sketchbook which was returned to the lender, and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Olin Levi Warner was born in 1844 in Suffield, Connecticut and worked as an artisan and a telegraph operator before pursuing his art education and career. In 1869, Warner traveled to Paris to study under Francois Jouffroy at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He was in Paris when the Republic was declared and served in the French Foreign Legion for a short while before resuming his studies. In 1872 he returned to the United States and set up a studio in New York.
A portion of the Olin Levi Warner papers were originally loaned to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1972 by Rosalie Warner Jones, Warner's daughter. Rosalie Warner Jones and her sister, Frances O. Warner, and Rosalie's daughter Frances Follin Jones, donated the collection in several accretions between 1972 and 1977. This gift included the majority of the loaned materials, excluding one sketchbook. Additional materials were transferred to the Archives in 2005 from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
This site provides access to the papers of Olin Levi Warner in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2014, and total 2,299 images.
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