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James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk 1905-1935

Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Subject:
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil  Search this
Fiske, Gertrude  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Vonnoh, Robert William  Search this
Kent, Duncan Scott  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Sketches
Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Art Collectors  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7244
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209393
AAA_collcode_britjame
Theme:
Diaries
Art Collectors
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Frank Weitenkampf letters

Creator:
Weitenkampf, Frank, 1866-1962  Search this
Names:
Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953  Search this
Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904  Search this
Beatty, John W. (John Wesley), 1851-1924  Search this
Bellows, George, 1882-1925  Search this
Benson, Frank Weston, 1862-1951  Search this
Biddle, George, 1885-1973  Search this
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Browne, George Elmer, 1871-1946  Search this
Cassatt, Mary, 1844-1926  Search this
Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948  Search this
Detwiller, Fred  Search this
Dows, Olin, 1904-1981  Search this
Eby, Kerr, 1890-1946  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
Genthe, Arnold, 1869-1942  Search this
Hart, George Overbury, 1868-1933  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Keppel, Frederick, 1845-1912  Search this
Lahey, Richard, b. 1893  Search this
Low, Will Hicok, 1853-1932  Search this
Lozowick, Louis, 1892-1973  Search this
Mowbray, H. Siddons (Harry Siddons), 1858-1928  Search this
Nankivell, Frank A. (Frank Arthur), 1869-1959  Search this
Nason, Thomas W. (Thomas Willoughby), 1889-1971  Search this
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926  Search this
Powers, Preston, 1842 or 1843-1904  Search this
Ranger, Henry Ward, 1858-1916  Search this
Richards, William Trost, 1833-1905  Search this
Rockefeller, John D., Jr. (John Davison), 1874-1960  Search this
Rosenwald, Lessing J. (Lessing Julius), 1891-1979  Search this
Rothermel, Peter Frederick, 1812-1895  Search this
Sartain, William, 1843-1924  Search this
Smillie, George H. (George Henry), 1840-1921  Search this
Smillie, James David, 1833-1909  Search this
Sternberg, Harry, 1904-2001  Search this
Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946  Search this
Taft, Lorado, 1860-1936  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
Tryon, Dwight William, 1849-1925  Search this
Volk, Douglas , 1856-1935  Search this
Warner, Olin Levi, 1844-1896  Search this
Weir, John F. (John Ferguson), b. 1841  Search this
Weir, Julian Alden, 1852-1919  Search this
Wickey, Harry  Search this
Wiles, Irving Ramsay, 1861-1948  Search this
Wood, Thomas Waterman, 1823-1903  Search this
Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert), 1864-1940  Search this
Yewell, George Henry, 1830-1923  Search this
Young, Mahonri Mackintosh, 1877-1957  Search this
Extent:
1,000 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1889-1942
Scope and Contents:
Letters to Weitenkampf, mainly from artists and collectors concerning examples of their works in the library's collection.
Among the correspondents are: John Taylor Arms, Samuel Putnam Avery, John W. Beatty, George Bellows, Frank W. Benson, George Biddle, James Britton, George Elmer Browne, Mary Cassatt, Royal Cortissoz, Frederick K. Detwiller, Olin Dows, Kerr Eby, Daniel C. French, Arnold Genthe, George O. Hart, Malvina Hoffman, Edward Hopper, Daniel Huntington, Rockwell Kent, Frederick Keppel, Richard Lahey, Will H. Low, Louis Lozowick, H. Siddons Mowbray, Frank A. Nankivell, Thomas W. Nason, Joseph Pennell, Preston Powers, Henry Ward Ranger, William T. Richards, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Lessing J. Rosenwald,Peter F. Rothermel, William Sartain, George H. Smillie, James D. Smillie, Harry Sternberg, Albert Sterner, Lorado Taft, Abbott H. Thayer, Dwight W. Tryon, Douglas Volk, Olin L. Warner, John F. Weir, Julian A. Weir, Harry Wickey, Irving R. Wiles, Thomas W. Wood, Charles H. Woodbury, George H. Yewell, Mahonri M. Young, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Curator; New York City. Chief of the Prints Division, New York Public Library.
Provenance:
Microfilmed 1956 by the Archives of American Art with other art-related papers in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library. Included in the microfilming project were selected papers of the Art Division and the Prints Division.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.weitfran
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a0821cce-4bb3-448c-91bc-c343eff90351
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James Britton diary, vol. XXVI

Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Subject:
Britton, James  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
1918 September 23 - 1919 January
Citation:
James Britton. James Britton diary, vol. XXVI, 1918 September 23 - 1919 January. James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16820
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James Britton's address book

Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
circa 1924
Citation:
James Britton. James Britton's address book, circa 1924. James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17434
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James Britton papers

Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Names:
Arlington Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Kelly, Andrew J.  Search this
Kent, Duncan Scott  Search this
Mitchell, Edwin Valentine, 1890-1960  Search this
Vonnoh, Robert William, 1858-1933  Search this
Blackfield  Search this
Fiske, Gertrude, 1878-1961  Search this
Higgins, Eugene, 1874-1958  Search this
Inukai, Kyohei, 1913-  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil, 1858-1924  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Vose, Robert C. (Robert Churchill), 1911-1998  Search this
Extent:
4.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Illustrations
Notebooks
Diaries
Prints
Sketches
Drafts
Date:
circa 1905-1984
bulk 1905-1935
Summary:
The papers of painter and writer James Britton measure 4.5 linear feet and date from circa 1905-1984, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1905-1935. The bulk of the papers consist of 49 diaries dating from 1918-1935, plus notebooks of diary excerpts, that chronicle Britton's daily activities and include lists, illustrations, and drafts of correspondence. Additional papers include biographical information compiled by the Britton family; scattered business and financial records; correspondence, including copies of Britton's letters to the editors of the Hartford Courant and the Hartford Times; additional writings and notes that include drafts and manuscripts of an autobiography, drafts of articles for his publication Art Opus, and other writings; sketches and a woodcut print; printed materials, including clippings of his published writings for Art Review International, Book Notes, and Opus; and one photograph of Britton and of works of art.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter and writer James Britton measure 4.5 linear feet and date from circa 1905-1984, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1905-1935. The bulk of the papers consist of 49 diaries dating from 1918-1935, plus notebooks of diary excerpts, that chronicle Britton's daily activities and include lists, illustrations, and drafts of correspondence. Additional papers include biographical information compiled by the Britton family; scattered business and financial records; correspondence, including copies of Britton's letters to the editors of the Hartford Courant and the Hartford Times; additional writings and notes that include drafts and manuscripts of an autobiography, drafts of articles for his publication Art Opus, and other writings; sketches and a woodcut print; printed materials, including clippings of his published writings for Art Review International, Book Notes, and Opus; and one photograph of Britton and of works of art.

Biographical information consists of a file of photocopied materials prepared by the Britton Family. Scattered business and financial records include papers relating to Britton's auto accident, indexes of letters, illustrated indexes and lists of works of art, miscellaneous invoices and receipts, and file relating to Arlington Gallery.

Nine folders of correspondence include letters written to and by Britton along with posthumus materials to his widow, Caroline Britton. Correspondents include artists and friends Gertrude Fiske, Eugene Higgins, Kyonei Inukai, Andrew Kelly, Dewitt McClellan Lockman, Edwin Valentine Mitchell, Maurice Prendergast, Duncan Phillips, Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Vonnoh, and Robert C. Vose.

The bulk of the Britton papers consist of his extensive diaries - 49 volumes, plus notebooks of excerpts and detailed indexes. The diaries date from 1918-1935 and details Britton's daily activities and observations about art figures active in New York and Connecticut, classical music, the Great Depression, Prohibition, the Catholic Church, and politics. In addition, Britton talks of his relationships with his wife and children. The diaries served as a place for Britton to make lists of works of art, portrait subjects, potential clients, etc. Britton also created "Notebooks of Diary Excerpts" and a detailed index of many of the diaries.

Additional writings and notes include a handwritten and incomplete typescript of an autobiography, writings for Britton's publication Opus, and miscellaneous writings about art, music and plays. Writings by others include works by Duncan Scott Kent and Blackfield.

Artwork includes a print and sketches by Britton, and children's drawings.

Printed materials include issues of Britton's Art Review International, Opus, and other publications for which he wrote articles or provided illustration, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and programs.

Photographs include one photo of the artist with a painting and photos of works of art.

There is a 1.6 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2020 and 2022 that includes correspondence, writings by Britton about art, printed material (some annotated), lists of works of art by Britton and others, sketches by Britton, Britton's original letterhead printed from woodcut plate, and transcriptions of composer Joseph Haydn's symphonies for piano and string quarter, exhibition checklists, and notes.Material date sfrom circa 1920-1934.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1970-1984 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Business and Financial records, 1919-1933 (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 3: Correspondence, 1913-1945 (Box 1; 9 folders)

Series 4: Diaries, 1918-1935 (Box 1-2; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 5: Writings and Notes, circa 1910s-1931 (Box 2-3; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork, circa 1920-1929 (Box 3; 5 folders)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1910-1982 (Box 4; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1905-1930s (Box 4, OV 5; 3 folders)

Series 9: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1920-1934 (Boxes 6-8; 1.6 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
James Britton (1878-1936) was a portrait painter and writer active in Connecticut and New York. Britton wrote extensively about American art and artists and was the editor of his own publications Art Review International and Opus. Also, he was a member of the group of New York painters and sculptors known as The Eclectics.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1878, James Britton began his career as an apprentice working under August Jaccaci at Scribner's Magazine in 1895. He studied under George de Forest Brush at the Art Students' League and under Walter Griffin and Charles Noel Flagg in Hartford. He exhibited and worked with many of the American artists associated with the Ash Can school and The Eclectics, a group of New York artists that included Theresa Bernstein, Guy Pene du Bois, Walter Griffin, Philip L. Hale, Eugene Higgins, George Luks, Jane Peterson, Maurice Prendergast, and Mahonri Young. Mainly, Britton worked as a portrait painter but produced many landscapes of Sag Harbor, Long Island, and of his homes in Connecticut. He was a founding member of the New Society of American Artists and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. He exhibited at numerous New York City galleries including Ainslie Galleries, Arlington Galleries, Babcock Galleries, Dudensing Galleries, Folsom Galleries, and at the studio of sculptor Marie Apel.

A prolific writer on American art and artists, as well as an illustrator, Britton worked as staff artist for the Hartford Times and as an art critic for American Art News and the Hartford Courant. He also founded and edited Art Review International and Opus. Two of his published books include Copley, Painter of the Revolution and Artists of America. Britton was also interested in classical music and wrote on composers Haydn and Beethoven. Britton's extensive diaries found within his papers chronicle his daily life and commentary.

In 1914, Britton married Caroline Korner and settled mostly in Connecticut. They had three children, Jerome, Teresa, and Ruth. In 1928, a car struck Britton and left him disabled. Although he continued to paint, he suffered from ill-health as a result of the accident. He died in 1936.

James Britton's works are represented at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Mark Twain Memorial, Manchester Public Library and at St. Joseph's College.
Provenance:
Donated 1985 and 2020 by Barbara and Ursula Roberts Britton, granddaughters of James Britton. Additional material donated in 2022 by Barbara Britton.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
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.
Occupation:
Art critics  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Diaries  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Connecticut  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Illustrations
Notebooks
Diaries
Prints
Sketches
Drafts
Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.britjame
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Miscellaneous Volume 13

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1932 November-1933 February
Scope and Contents note:
(visit from Henry Nord; discusses Roosevelt's election; talks of problems with his relationships with Father Kelly and wife, Caroline; reflections on the art scene in New York City-57; list of data on "The Presidents Banquet"; death of Tom Brabazon; looting and petty theivery during the Depression)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw981ac9855-0726-480b-bf5a-58e789185e9c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref100

Miscellaneous Volume 14

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933 February-March
Scope and Contents note:
(contains many details of the poor economic conditions and the effect on society and his own familial relationships; Socialist and Communist activities of his wife; discusses attempted shooting of Roosevelt in Florida; visit from Tom Supples, a baseball player; financial conditions of museums in Hartford; discusses the Beer Bill and the end of Prohibition and the Bank Holiday; recollections of Ida Tarbell; a list of paintings lost-93)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9333c1e84-866f-4909-a6b1-ed02e8be9813
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref102

Miscellaneous Volume 15

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933 April-May
Scope and Contents note:
(many notes on classical music and composers; discussion of the new beer after Prohibition; suffers from ill health and talks of the activities of his children; visits from the son of E.C. Potter, sculptor)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99078e1c8-6806-407f-aa4c-df0933fdc6a7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref104

Miscellaneous Volume 16

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933 May-July
Scope and Contents note:
(contains many sketches; discusses Civil War photography; a sketch of a surgery done by his brother-in-law Dr. Boucher; list of paintings; discusses the job market for post-high school students; list of paintings owned by Father Kelly; descriptions of landscape paintings and comments on painting over old canvases-54; list of paintings owned by Walter Eitel and E.V. Mitchell)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref106

Miscellaneous Volume 17

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933 July-August
Scope and Contents note:
(discusses article about Father Kelly's art collection in The Transcript; essay "Modernism Blows Up"; talks of the quality of paper available in America-9; concern with his copyright over images; anger of the patronage of Father Kelly; observations on New York City and the effects of Prohibition; Knights of Columbus activities in Connecticut)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref108

Miscellaneous Volume 18

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933 August
Scope and Contents note:
(notes on Copley's "Death of Chatham"; essay "New Art Modernism"; reminisences of Hartford Art Institute and Art League; list of American portraits for potential exhibition; list of Copley reproductions owned by Britton; proposal for a political party called The Heroes-51; draft of a letter to the Hartford Courant concerning "Cure d'Ars")
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref110

Miscellaneous Volume 19

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933 September-October
Scope and Contents note:
(comments on children's activities and schooling; copies music of Beethoven and Haydn; talks of Roosevelt's presidency; discusses having prints made from engravings with Father Kelly)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90bc8f3a6-66f8-43b8-81f3-2aa3483ab0bd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref112

Miscellaneous Volume 20

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933 October-November
Scope and Contents note:
(death of George Luks; Tom Spellacy as the mayor of Hartford; futher discusses Socialist and Libertine activities of Caroline)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90add3667-1b5e-47b3-a05a-e131ad65c321
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref114

Miscellaneous Volume 21

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933 December
Scope and Contents note:
(Father Kelly holds exhibition at the Andrea Art Gallery in Hartford; writes on the difference between professional and amateur artists; copy of a letter to Father Kelly; reelection of President Roosevelt; memo "Petition of Artist for a Break")
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
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Archives of American Art
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Miscellaneous Volume 22

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934 January-February
Scope and Contents note:
(discusses political and social situations in Germany; talks about Katherine Hepburn's family in Connecticut; letter to Father Kelly concerning prices of works of art)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a2711587-f6fc-4c53-8197-b9e27b1d01c3
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ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref118

Miscellaneous Volume 23

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934 March-May
Scope and Contents note:
(Caroline elected as an honorary member to the local labor union of textile workers; talks of Civil Works Administration and government sponsored art; discusses Juliana Force closing Whitney Museum for fear of violance; moves in with sister due to family troubles; issues with Father Kelly's patronage; Britton family is evicted and forced to find a new place to live)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
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Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw997f34465-1616-43a1-bbf4-28520aa781c4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref120

Miscellaneous Volume 24

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934 May-June
Scope and Contents note:
(draft of a letter to Father Kelly; outlines his problems with Father Kelly-23; discusses racial tension in the South; death of Frank B. Gay; sketches; discussion of "The Presidents Banquet")
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94c5f78bf-5c93-41d6-b932-4a3c164eabaa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref122

Miscellaneous Volume 25

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934 July
Scope and Contents note:
(mostly sketches and artworks including color)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b7bbf887-1916-417f-b021-761155ca4f18
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ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref124

Miscellaneous Volume 26

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934 August-September
Scope and Contents note:
(troubles with his family concerning his disagreement with wife's affiliation with labor unions; Jerome has an exhibition; Mr. Monnier dies; Caroline urges workers of Cheney Mills to join labor unions; draft of a letter to Tom Spellacy)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95a7168cf-d521-4399-bf28-f20aafd00e47
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref126

Miscellaneous Volume 27

Collection Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934 September-December
Scope and Contents note:
(this diary was recycled twice and is therefore difficult to read--it was used by Jerome as a school book, by Britton in 1930, then Britton returned to it in 1934; essays from 1930 "Everybody to Work" "Untitled Play"; essay from 1934 "Truce and the Pope"; concerning Senator John Blackwell; sketch of paintings-113)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
James Britton papers
James Britton papers / Series 4: Diaries / 4.1: Diaries
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9682218c3-c05e-4d3c-90db-6a4ccc7661e6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-britjame-ref128

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