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Joseph Lindon Smith papers

Creator:
Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950  Search this
Names:
Académie Julian  Search this
Alma-Tadema, Lawrence, Sir, 1836-1912  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942  Search this
Benson, Frank Weston, 1862-1951  Search this
Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941  Search this
Carson, Kit, 1809-1868  Search this
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924  Search this
James, Henry, 1843-1916  Search this
Loring, Charles Greely, 1828-1902  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948  Search this
Ross, Denman Waldo, 1853-1935  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Smith, Corinna Lindon, 1876-  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
Extent:
8.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Notebooks
Photographs
Prints
Interviews
Drafts (documents)
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Place:
Egypt, Antiquities
Egypt -- description and travel
Date:
1647-1965
bulk 1873-1965
Summary:
The papers of Boston and New Hampshire painter Joseph Lindon Smith date from 1647-1965, with the bulk of papers dating from 1873-1965, and measure 8.8 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials; letters from family members, artists, museums, and art patrons; seven diaries by Smith and two by his wife Corinna, personal business records, notes and writings, files concerning charitable theatrical productions, one sketchbook and other art work, a scrapbook, printed material, photographs, and sound recordings of radio interviews and a radio program on Smith.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Boston and New Hampshire painter Joseph Lindon Smith date from 1647-1965, with the bulk of papers dating from 1873-1965, and measure 8.8 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials; letters from family members, artists, museums, and art patrons; seven diaries by Smith and two by his wife Corinna, personal business records, notes and writings, files concerning charitable theatrical productions, one sketchbook and other art work, a scrapbook, printed material, photographs, and sound recordings of radio interviews and a radio program on Smith.

Scattered biographical material consists of family history documents for the Smith and Putnam families, a Jenkes family tree, and passports for Joseph Lindon Smith and his family.

Over three linear feet of letters are from family members, artists including Cecilia Beaux, Frank Benson, George DeForest Brush, and Denman Ross, museum staff concerned with work in Egypt, and art patrons including Isabella Stewart Gardner, and individuals involved with Smith's charitable pageants. There are scattered letters from Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Henry James, Charles G. Loring, Paul Manship, General John J. Pershing, John Singer Sargent, and Abbott Handerson Thayer. Among the subjects discussed are student life at the Académie Julian, the Smiths' travels, and individuals known by Smith.

Seven diaries written by Joseph Lindon Smith document his ravels in Egypt, Persia, Europe, and New Mexico. Two diaries were written by Corinna Smith during her travels to Beiram and Egypt.

Personal business records business records include contracts, price lists, lists of securities, and miscellaneous receipts of the Smith and Putnam families, Joseph Lindon Smith, Corinna Smith, and their daughter Lois Smith.

Notes include engagement calendars, notebooks, lists of art work, lecture notes, minutes of meetings, notes on family history and on travel, and an autograph by Kit Carson. Writings include miscellaneous typescripts by the Smiths and others concerning travel, work in Egypt and elsewhere, and anecdotes about various friends and acquaintances. There are also three drafts of "Egypt - My Winter Home."

Theatrical production files concern plays, pageants, and masques written and/or produced by the Smiths. Many of the performances were benefits, dedication or anniversary celebrations, such as a pageant given at Fenway Court in honor of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a pageant at the dedication of a memorial to Abbott Handerson Thayer, and the centenary celebration of the founding of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Art work includes a sketchbook with extensive notes, a painting, drawings by Joseph Lindon Smith, and prints by other artists.

A scrapbook contains clippings and an exhibition catalog from the St. Botolph Club. Additional printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, press releases, programs, booklets, brochures, and books by others.

Photographs are of Smith, his family, friends including classmates from the Académie Julian, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Abbott Handerson Thayer, exhibition installations, military camp sites from World War I, travel scenes, and art work by Smith.

Audio recordings consist of four sound disc recordings of interviews for WKNE Radio, Keene, New Hampshire, with Corinna Smith and Barry Faulkner talking about Smith, and a program about Smith and his book Tombs, Temples, and Ancient Art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1711-1948 (Box 1, 10; 5 folders)

Series 2: Letters, 1768-1965 (Box 1-4, OV 11; 3.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Diaries, 1904-1949 (Box 4; 11 folders)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1647-1959 (Box 4, 10; 11 folders)

Series 5: Notes and Writings, 1783-1963 (Box 4-6; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 6: Theatrical Production Files, 1897-1950 (Box 6-7, 10; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Art Works, 1932-1943 (Box 8, 10; 8 folders)

Series 8: Scrapbook, 1888-1901 (Box 8; 1 folder)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1723-1963 (Box 8, OV 11; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographs, 1884-1956 (Box 8-10; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 11: Audio Recordings, 1956 (Box 9-10; 2 folders)

All material is arranged chronologically except for the writings by others and travel photographs that are arranged alphabetically.
Biographical Note:
Joseph Lindon Smith (1863-1950) of Boston, Massachusetts and Dublin, New Hampshire, was a painter primarily known for his ability to meticulously depict the murals and tomb sculpture of Egypt and other ancient cultures.

Joseph Lindon Smith was born on October 11, 1863 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the son of wholesale lumberman Henry Francis Smith and Emma Greenleaf Smith, a cousin of John Greenleaf Whittier.

From 1880 to 1882, Smith studied drawing and painting at the Art School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts under Frederic Crowninshield and Otto Grundman. Accompanied by his friend, Frank Benson, he attended the Académie Julian and studied under William Bouguereau, Gustave Boulanger, and Jules Lefebvre from 1883 to 1885.

Upon his return to Boston, Smith established a studio as a portrait and landscape painter, attracting the attention of Denman Ross, a professor of History of Fine Arts at Harvard University. In the early 1890s Smith and Ross began to travel extensively and Smith became interested in ancient civilizations of Mexico, China, and Southeast Asia. In 1892, during a trip to Italy, Smith befriended Isabella Stewart Gardner, for whom he copied famous paintings, and occasionally acted as agent in purchasing art work.

Making his first trip to Egypt in 1898, Smith became enthralled with the art work of the ancient civilization and devoted himself to painting copies of the tomb sculptures and murals for educational uses in museums and other public institutions. In 1899, he married Corinna Haven Putnam and the couple spent much of their married life traveling between the United States and the Middle East, especially Egypt. From 1910 to 1939, Smith was a member of the Joint Expedition of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard University directed by Dr. George A. Reisner.

For fifty years, Smith was also sought out as a writer and producer of plays and theatrical pageants, fetes, and masques primarily staged for various charitable fund-raising events.

Joseph Lindon Smith died on October 18, 1950 in Dublin, New Hampshire.
Related Material:
The papers of Smith's wife, Corinna Putnam Smith, are available at The Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Provenance:
The Joseph Lindon Smith papers were donated by Jessie T. Hale, Smith's granddaughter, in 1977 and 1978.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Joseph Lindon Smith papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Painters -- New Hampshire -- Dublin  Search this
Topic:
Historical drama  Search this
Community theater  Search this
Art, Egyptian  Search this
Art, Ancient  Search this
Art, Egypt  Search this
Genre/Form:
Notebooks
Photographs
Prints
Interviews
Drafts (documents)
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Citation:
Joseph Lindon Smith papers, 1647-1965, bulk 1873-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.smitjose
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Joseph Lindon Smith papers
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-smitjose
Online Media:

Adventuring with Carson and Fremont being the adventures, in the years 1842-'43-'44, on trail over mountains and through deserts from the East of the Rockies to the west of the Sierras, of Scout Christopher Carson and Lieutenant John Charles Frémont, leading their brave company including the boy Oliver by Edwin L. Sabin ; frontispiece by Charles H. Stephens

Author:
Sabin, Edwin L (Edwin Legrand) 1870-1952  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Frémont, John Charles 1813-1890  Search this
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Frémont, John Charles 1813-1890  Search this
Physical description:
301 pages illustrations 21 cm
Type:
Fiction
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
1912
Topic:
Frontier and pioneer life  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_967273

Frémont Expedition to Oregon and California (1843 - 1844)

Alternate Name:
John Charles Fremont Exploring Expedition to Oregon and North California in the years 1843-’44  Search this
Record type:
Expedition name
Place:
United States
California
Oregon
Great Salt Lake
Columbia River
Sierra Nevada
San Joaquin Valley
Mono
Date Range:
1843 - 1844
Topic:
Botany  Search this
See more records related to participants:
Frémont, J. C. (John Charles), 1813-1890
Torrey, John, 1796-1873
Preuss, Charles, 1803-1854
Carson, Kit, 1809-1868
Fitzpatrick, Thomas, 1799-1854
See more records related to this expedition:
Frémont Expedition to Oregon and California (1843 - 1844)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:auth_exp_fbr_EACE0017

Kit Carson's own story of his life / as dictated to Col. and Mrs. D.C. Peters about 1856-57, and never before published ; edited by Blanche C. Grant

Author:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Editor:
Grant, Blanche C (Blanche Chloe) 1874-1948  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
138 pages, 13 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, facsimile, portraits ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
1926
Topic:
Frontier and pioneer life  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1109665

Kit Carson days, 1809-1868 : adventures in the path of empire / by Edwin L. Sabin ; with twenty full-page drawings by Howard Simon ; introduction by Marc Simmons

Author:
Sabin, Edwin L (Edwin Legrand) 1870-1952  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
2 volumes (xiv, 996 pages) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
1995
1935
Topic:
Scouts (Reconnaissance)  Search this
Soldiers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081543

Blood and thunder : an epic of the American West / Hampton Sides

Author:
Sides, Hampton  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
United States Army History  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 460 p. : ill ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
West (U.S.)
United States
Southwest, New
Date:
2006
C2006
19th century
1848-
Topic:
Frontier and pioneer life  Search this
Wars  Search this
History  Search this
Territorial expansion  Search this
History, Military  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_803859

An expedition against the Indians in 1864; a true historical account of an Indian expedition under the command of Col. Christopher (Kit) Carson / Reminiscences by George Courtright

Title:
True historical account of an Indian expedition under the command of Col. Christopher (Kit) Carson
Author:
Courtright, George S  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
28 p. illus. 16 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
19uu
[19--?]
1862-1865
Topic:
Wars  Search this
Call number:
E83.863 .C68 1900z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_807352

Kit Carson & the Indians / Tom Dunlay

Title:
Kit Carson and the Indians
Author:
Dunlay, Thomas W. 1944-  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868 Relations with Indians  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 525 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Pioneers  Search this
Scouts (Reconnaissance)  Search this
Wars  Search this
Relocation  Search this
Call number:
CT275.C313 D86 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_620681

Kit Carson : Indian fighter or Indian killer? / R.C. Gordon-McCutchan, editor

Author:
Gordon-McCutchan, R. C  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868 Relations with Indians  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 105 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Wars  Search this
Relocation  Search this
Call number:
CT275.C313 K58 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_592727

A newer world : Kit Carson, John C. Frémont, and the claiming of the American West / David Roberts

Author:
Roberts, David 1943-  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Frémont, John Charles 1813-1890  Search this
Physical description:
320 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
2000
C2000
To 1848
1848-1860
Topic:
Explorers  Search this
Pioneers  Search this
Discovery and exploration  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
CT275.C313 R63 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_598343

Story of the wild West and camp-fire chats, by Buffalo Bill, (Hon. W.F. Cody.) A full and complete history of the renowned pioneer quartette, Boone, Crockett, Carson and Buffalo Bill... Including a description of Buffalo Bill's conquests in England with his Wild West exhibition..

Author:
Buffalo Bill 1846-1917  Search this
Subject:
Boone, Daniel 1734-1820  Search this
Crockett, Davy 1786-1836  Search this
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
766 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1888
C1888
Topic:
Frontier and pioneer life  Search this
Call number:
F591 .C67 1888
F591.C67 1888
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_432196

Kit Carson days, 1809-1868; "adventures in the path of empire"

Author:
Sabin, Edwin L (Edwin Legrand) 1870-1952  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. fronts, illus. (incl. ports.) 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1935
Call number:
F592.C41 1935X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_255612

Kit Carson days (1809-1868) by Edwin L. Sabin; illustrated by more than one hundred half-tones, mostly from old and rare sources

Author:
Sabin, Edwin L (Edwin Legrand) 1870-1952  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 669 p. illus. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1914
Call number:
F592.C41X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_260972

Kit Carson's fight with the Comanche and Kiowa Indians : at the Adobe Walls on the Canadian River, November 25th, 1864 / by George H. Pettis

Author:
Pettis, George H  Search this
Rhode Island Soldiers and Sailors Historical Society  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
44 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1878
1862-1865
Topic:
Wars  Search this
Call number:
E464 .R47 1878
E464.R47X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_261199

The Kit Carson campaign : the last great Navajo war / Clifford E. Trafzer

Author:
Trafzer, Clifford E  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 277 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Southwest, New
Date:
1982
C1982
Topic:
Wars  Search this
Relocation  Search this
Call number:
E83.859 .T7 1982X
E83.859.T7 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_145502

Dear old Kit; the historical Christopher Carson, with a new ed. of the Carson memoirs, by Harvey Lewis Carter

Author:
Carter, Harvey Lewis 1904-1994  Search this
Carson, Kit 1809-1868 Kit Carson memoirs  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 250 p. illus., facsim., maps, plan, ports. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
1968
1926
1968]
Topic:
Frontier and pioneer life  Search this
Call number:
CT275.C313 C3
F592 .C323
CT275.C313C3
F592.C323
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_11686

Story of the wild West and camp-fire chats, by Buffalo Bill, (Hon. W. F. Cody.) A full and complete history of the renowned pioneer quartett, Boone, Crockett, Carson, and Buffalo Bill ... Including a description of Buffalo Bill's conquests in England with his wild West exhibition, where royalty from all the European nations paid him a generous homage and made his wonderful show the greatest success of modern times

Author:
Buffalo Bill 1846-1917  Search this
Subject:
Boone, Daniel 1734-1820  Search this
Crockett, Davy 1786-1836  Search this
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 766 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1970
1888
[1970]
Topic:
Frontier and pioneer life  Search this
Call number:
F591 .C67 1970X
F591.C67 1970X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_3802

Kit Carson, man of fact and fiction / James R. McKee

Author:
McKee, James R  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
201 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
1982
1982, c1976
Topic:
Scouts and scouting  Search this
Pioneers  Search this
Soldiers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1016201

Kit Carson: folk hero and man, by Noel B. Gerson

Author:
Gerson, Noel B (Noel Bertram) 1914-1988  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
255 pages 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1964
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1027667

A ride with Kit Carson; across the great American Desert and through the Rocky Mountains

Author:
Brewerton, George Douglas 1820-1901  Search this
Stewart, George R  Search this
Subject:
Carson, Kit 1809-1868  Search this
Physical description:
107 pages illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Southwest, New
Rocky Mountains
Date:
1969
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F592.C33 B85 1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1048713

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