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Thomas Seir Cummings correspondence and printed material [microfilm], 1826-1893

Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Subject:
Edmonds, Francis William  Search this
Gignoux, Régis François  Search this
Durand, Asher Brown  Search this
Inman, Jane  Search this
Bierstadt, Albert  Search this
Durand, John  Search this
Elliott, Charles Loring  Search this
Perry, E. W. (Enoch Wood)  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Chapman, J. G. (John Gadsby)  Search this
Inman, Henry  Search this
Huntington, Daniel  Search this
Lang, Louis  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7565
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209725
AAA_collcode_cummthom
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Page from manuscript "Cummings, Cards of Design (Drawing Cards)"

Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
circa 1840
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)21368
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk 1824-1894
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_21368

Account of a visit from General Lafayette and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Subject:
Hamilton, Elizabeth Schuyler  Search this
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
circa 1825
Topic:
Miniature painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)21369
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk 1824-1894
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Archives of American Art
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Title page from "Historic Annals of the National Academy of Design, New York Drawing Association, etc., with Occasional Dottings by the Way-side, from 1825 to the Present Time"

Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1865
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)21371
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk 1824-1894
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Archives of American Art
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Thomas Seir Cummings, New York, N.Y. letter to unidentified recipient

Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1847 Oct. 11
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6907
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Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, 1731-1918
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6907

Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk 1824-1894

Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Subject:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17573
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)394813
AAA_collcode_cummitho
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_394813
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers

Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1824-1983
bulk circa 1824-1894
Summary:
The papers of acclaimed miniaturist and co-founder of the National Academy of Design Thomas Seir Cummings (1804-1894), measure 0.4 linear feet and date from circa 1824-1983, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1824-1894. Papers include correspondence, writings and notes, personal and academy business and financial records, and printed material, which provide scattered but significant documentation of Cummings's various roles at the National Academy of Design and as an author and educator.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of acclaimed miniaturist and co-founder of the National Academy of Design Thomas Seir Cummings (1804-1894), measure 0.4 linear feet and date from circa 1824-1983, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1824-1894. Papers include correspondence, writings and notes, personal and academy business and financial records, and printed material, which provide scattered but significant documentation of Cummings's various roles at the National Academy of Design and as an author and educator.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of the collection, papers are arranged as one series by record type.

Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers, circa 1824-1983 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1)
Biographical / Historical:
New York painter Thomas Seir Cummings (1804-1894) was one of the most acclaimed miniaturists of the nineteenth century. He helped found the National Academy of Design in 1826, served as treasurer for almost forty years, and published a history of the organization in 1865.

Cummings was born in Bath, England, and was brought to New York City as an infant. He learned miniature painting from Henry Inman, with whom he worked in partnership from 1824 to 1827, focusing on portraiture. As interest in miniature portraiture declined with the growing popularity of photography, Cummings turned increasingly to teaching and writing. He taught miniature painting at the National Academy from 1831 to 1838, became a fine arts professor at New York University in 1844, and founded the Cummings School of Design in 1846.

His contributions to the National Academy of Design included serving as treasurer from 1827 to 1865, vice president from 1850-1859, and chairman of the committee that erected the present home of the academy. Cummings also led the development of the academy's art instructional program during the late-1850s to mid-1860s and, in 1865, published Historic Annals of the National Academy of Design. This seminal history of the academy's early years is also considered an important history of early American art.

Cummings later settled in Hackensack, New Jersey, where he died in 1894.
Provenance:
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018 by the National Academy of Design via Maura Reilly, Executive Director.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cummitho
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Archives of American Art
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"Private Papers," Memoirs

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1825-circa 1860s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers / Writings and Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref10

Business and Financial Records

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref11

Agreement with Henry Inman

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1824, 1846
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers / Business and Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref12

Copyright Applications

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1846, 1858
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers / Business and Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref13

Correspondence and Receipts for "Historic Annals…"

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1915-1919
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers / Business and Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref14

Inventory of Paintings in Rooms of the Academy of Fine Arts

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1841
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers / Business and Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref15

National Academy of Design

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1834-1865
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers / Business and Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref16

National Academy of Design Constitution and Bylaws

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1844-1849
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers / Business and Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref17

National Academy of Design Properties

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1840-1860
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers / Business and Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref18

National Academy of Design Ranney Trust

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1859-1863
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers / Business and Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref19

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1894-1896
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref2

Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1857, 1869
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref20

Printed Material, Historic Annals of the National Academy of Design

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1865
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Thomas Seir Cummings 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.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref21

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