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Vedder, Elihu, 1836-1923  Search this
Vedder, Caroline Rosekrans  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
9.2 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as seven series: Series 1: Miscellaneous Personal Papers, 1811-1938 (Boxes 1, 10; 1.0 linear foot) Series 2: Correspondence, 1804-1951 (Boxes 2-5; 3.6 linear feet) Series 3: Diaries, 1878-1890 (Box 5; 0.1 linear feet) Series 4: Writings, 1848-1923, 1969 (Boxes 5-7, 10; 1.7 linear feet) Series 5: Books and Printed Material, 1864-1939 (Boxes 7-8; 0.9 linear feet) Series 6: Drawings, 1888-1912 (Box 8, OV 12; 0.2 linear feet) Series 7: Photographs, 1840s-1920s (Boxes 8-9, 11, OV 13; 1.5 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
The bulk of this collection has been digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
The papers of painter and illustrator Elihu Vedder measure approximately 9.2 linear feet and date from 1804-1969, with the bulk of the material dating from 1840-1923. The collection documents Vedder's personal life and work. Best known for his illustrations of the 1884 edition of <em>The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam</em>, Vedder's papers include correspondence, writings, diaries, photographs, a limited number of drawings, books and printed material, legal and financial papers, and scattered personal and family papers.
Elihu Vedder papers, 1804-1969, bulk 1840-1923. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The papers of Elihu Vedder in the Archives of American Art were digitized from 17 reels of microfilm in 2007. Photographs from Series 7 have been digitized from originals in 2009. In total, there are 21791 images available.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Use Note:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Related Materials:
Related material found in the Archives of American Art includes 3 letters written by Elihu Vedder that comprise a small collection donated by Charles E. Feinberg. Four originals drawings (filmed on Reel 671: 608-610 and 612) were returned to the donor and are not described in the Container Listing.
Biography Note:
Elihu Vedder was born in New York in 1836. He grew up in Cuba, where his father worked as a dentist, and on his grandfather's farm in Brooklyn. He was educated in boarding schools and by tutors, and showed an interest in drawing at an early age. He began his formal training with T. H. Matteson in New York, and went on to study with Francois-Edouard Picot in Paris and Raffaello Bonaiuti in Florence.
Language Note:
English .
The bulk of the collection was donated in 1962-1964 by Lawrence Fleischman and Harold Love (who bought the papers in 1926 from Mrs. Nadia Tomassi, a Vedder family friend who had held the papers since Vedder's death in 1923). Several books were donated by Irving Burton in 1964 and 1977. Some correspondence, writings, notes, and printed material were donated in 1981 by Mrs. John Breck.
Digitization Note:
The papers of Elihu Vedder in the Archives of American Art were digitized from 17 reels of microfilm. Photographs from Series 7 have been digitized from originals. The bulk of the papers have been scanned, totaling 21,794 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Illustrators -- Italy -- Rome  Search this
Painters -- Italy -- Rome  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 19th century -- Italy -- Rome  Search this
Artists' writings  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Record number:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art