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William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924

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Coffin, William A (William Anderson) 1855-1925  Search this
Uniform title:
Harper's Weekly  Search this
New York post  Search this
Benson, Frank Weston 1862-1951  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland 1848-1936  Search this
Bouché, Louis 1896-1969  Search this
Cortissoz, Royal 1869-1948  Search this
Gay, Walter 1856-1937  Search this
Gussow, Bernard 1881-1957  Search this
Mauer, Alfred  Search this
Stella, Joseph 1877-1946  Search this
Warren, Whitney 1864-1943  Search this
Zorach, William 1887-1966  Search this
American Artists' Committee of One Hundred  Search this
American Rights Committee  Search this
Committee for the Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture (Paris, France)  Search this
Lotos Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Musée d'histoire et d'art (Luxembourg)  Search this
b Societe des artistes francais Salon  Search this
Exposition d'artistes de l'école Américaine (1919: Paris, France)  Search this
Pan-American Exposition (1901 : Buffalo, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
1.6 linear feet
Collection descriptions
The collection was digitized in its entirety in 2016 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
William Anderson Coffin (1855-1925) of New York City was a landscape and figure painter and art critic.
Finding aid available.
The William Anderson Coffin papers were donated in 1970 by Stewart Klonis to whom the papers were given by Mrs. DeWitt M. Lockman of Manorville, Long Island, New York.
Art critics France Paris
Art critics New York (State) New York
Landscape painters New York (State) New York
The papers of New York painter and art critic William Anderson Coffin date from 1886-1924 and measure 1.6 linear feet. Found within the papers are scattered biographical materials and correspondence, project files for the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, the American Artist's Committee of One Hundred, and the exhibition of works by American Artists at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, three additional scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs.
Scattered biographical material includes membership cards and an autobiographical essay. Correspondence is with colleagues and related generally to receptions and events, including an invitation to the launch of U.S. Battleship Arizona. There are one or two letters each from Frank W. Benson, Edwin Howland Blashfield, Royal Cortissoz, Walter Gay, and Whitney Warren.
Three series of project files document Coffin's work for the Fine Arts Division of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, the American Artists' Committee of One Hundred that established a relief fund for families of French soldier-artists, and an exhibition of art work by American Artists at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris. Files contain a variety of materials, such as letters, drafts of reports, meeting minutes, photographs, catalogs and brochures, and other materials. There are two oversized scrapbooks for the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition. The files for the Luxembourg Museum exhibition include a letter signed by Louis Bouché, Bernard Gussow, Alfred H. Maurer, Joseph Stella, and William Zorach protesting the exclusion of their work.
Three additional scrapbooks contain clippings of articles written by Coffin when he was employed as an art critic for The New York Evening Post, Harper's Weekly, and The New York Sun.
Printed material consists of miscellaneous clippings primarily about Coffin, programs from American Rights Committee exercises, a Dixie Club of New York concert, a Lotos Club concert, and the Lafayette-Marne Anniversary exercises, and souvenir tickets to various art-related events including several Paris Salon Vernissage events sponsored by the Société des Artistes Francais.
Photographs include an album of photographs of Coffin, various family members, and residences; a photograph of Coffin posing with an unidentified group of his colleagues; and photographs of family friends. Project files also contain photographs.
Cite as:
William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
(1 bx, #1) V9A2
(2 sol, #2-3) V4E4
War relief  Search this
Art--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief  Search this
Local number:
AAA 109
AAA coffwill
Restrictions & Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center
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