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Charles Henry Caffin papers

Creator:
Caffin, Charles Henry, 1854-1918  Search this
Names:
Andreyev, Leonid, 1871-1919. Sorrows of Belgium  Search this
Corn, Wanda M.  Search this
Greet, Ben, Sir, 1857-1936  Search this
Kennedy, Charles Rann, 1871- Servant in the house  Search this
Layton, Donna Caffin  Search this
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Photographer:
Genthe, Arnold, 1869-1942  Search this
Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Date:
circa 1883-1973
bulk 1883-1918
Summary:
The scattered papers of art critic and writer Charles Henry Caffin measure 1.2 linear feet and date from circa 1883-1973, bulk circa 1883-1918. Found within the papers are an interview transcript, two letters, printed materials, one scrapbook, and family photographs dating from circa 1883 to circa 1911, many by noted photographers Arnold Genthe, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz. The scrapbook contains Caffin's columns for the New York American, 1913-1915.
Scope and Content Note:
The scattered papers of art critic and writer Charles Henry Caffin measure 1.2 linear feet and date from circa 1883-1973. Found within the papers are an interview transcript, two letters, printed materials, one scrapbook, and family photographs dating from circa 1883 to circa 1911, many by noted photographers Arnold Genthe, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz. The scrapbook contains Caffin's columns for the New York American, 1913-1915.

Biographical information includes an autograph book, and a transcript and written summary of a 1973 interview with Caffin's daughter, Donna Layton, conducted by Wanda Corn and Deborah Loft concerning Charles Henry Caffin. The two letters found within the papers are written to Caroline Caffin. Printed material consists of play announcements, a play written by Charles Rann Kennedy, and excerpts from a 1974 published book on photography mentioning Caffin.

Photographs are of the Caffin family, including Charles Henry, Caroline, Donna, Freda and Charles's mother Harlet. Also found are photographs of Ben Greet. Notable photographers include Arnold Genthe, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz. There is one scrapbook containing Charles Henry Caffin's articles written for the New York American magazine from 1913-1915.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1915, 1973 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1920 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1908, circa 1920, 1973 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1883-circa 1910s (Box 1, 3-4; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1913-1915 (Box 2; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Charles Henry Caffin was born in 1854 in England. After graduating from Oxford University, Caffin served as stage manager for outdoor productions with Ben Greet and His Shakespearean Players. During this time, he met actress Caroline Scurfield, whom he later married and had two daughters, Freda and Donna. Caffin moved to United States in 1892 where he began to write about art, drama, and dance. He was an early supporter of the Photo-Secessionists and American modern art.

Initially, Caffin worked for several years executing murals from designs prepared by other artists for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the new Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, however, he began writing for Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Notes and later Camera Work. He moved to the New York City area and worked as a critic for the New York Evening Post, New York Sun, and later for the New York American. Caffin wrote many books about art, drama, and dance, including Photography as Fine Art (1901), American Masters of Painting (1902), How to Study Pictures (1905), and Art for Life's Sake (1913).

Charles Caffin died in 1918.
Provenance:
Donna Caffin Layton, daughter of Charles Caffin, donated most of the papers in 1974. Stephen D. Rockstroh, Caffin's son-in-law, donated additional material in 1985.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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 -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Theater -- History -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk circa 1883-1918. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.caffchar
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Charles Henry Caffin papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw995cf9387-ef77-48be-b61e-c717ca77d217
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-caffchar
Online Media:

F. Holland Day papers

Creator:
Day, F. Holland (Fred Holland), 1864-1933  Search this
Names:
Copeland and Day (Firm)  Search this
Baston, Estelle  Search this
Coburn, Alvin Langdon, 1882-1966  Search this
Copeland, Herbert  Search this
Cox, George Collins, 1851-1902  Search this
Craigie, Reginald  Search this
Cram, Ralph Adams, 1863-1942  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen), 1862-1928  Search this
Evans, Frederick H.  Search this
Guiney, Louise Imogen, 1861-1920  Search this
Hollyer, Fred, 1837-1933  Search this
Koehler, S. R. (Sylvester Rosa), 1837-1900  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Ward-Perkins, Charlotte  Search this
Weil, Mathilde  Search this
White, Clarence H., 1871-1925  Search this
Woodbury, Jennie R.  Search this
Extent:
9 Microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1858-1977
Scope and Contents:
Extensive correspondence and subject files, ca. 1864-1977, containing mainly letters received from photographers, photography clubs and societies, authors, friends, models, colleagues, and others, and some drafts of letters sent. Some of the files contain writings, printed material, photographs, or correspondence of the Norwood Historical Society, 1961-1977. The correspondence refers to Day's photography, the 1904 fire which destroyed Day's studio, his involvement with literary groups and the Linked Ring, requests for articles on photography from publishers, requests for Day to exhibit and judge photography exhibitions, his interest in John Keats and collecting Keatsiana, and fine printing and his firm Copeland and Day.
Several notable files are "Day," containing correspondence, letters from his father, Lewis Day, 1870-1904, writings by Day, "Is Photography Art?", "Sacred Subjects in Photography," and reviews and essays Day contributed to "Knight Errant," an article on Day by Ralph Hazell, "A Visit to Mr. Fred Holland Day," 1899, clippings on Day, 1899-1935, and an annotated photograph regarding Day's photo collaboration with Estelle Baston. "Photography" containing: letters from Roger Clark, George C. Cox, Sylvester Rosa Koehler, Charlotte Perkins, Robert Redfield, Mathilde Weil and others, exhibition catalogs and announcements, undated and 1901-1902; "Gertrude Kasebier," consisting of a letter from Arthur B. Davies to Day and her own letters to Day, which give a sense of tension between Day and Alfred Stieglitz, and her own frustration with Stieglitz; "Ralph Adams Cram," with correspondence, 4 photos of Cram, excerpts from his book "My Life in Architecture," and obituaries; and "Copeland and Day," containing correspondence with authors and artists, material on book and printing exhibitions, and letters from customers.
Other notable subjects and/or correspondents include: C. Yarnell Abbott, W. Fred Allen, Anthony Angotti, J. Williams Beall, Curtis Bell, Lord Alfred Douglas, Edgar Farwell, Kahil Gibran, Bertram Goodhue, Laura Hills, Maxfield Parrish, William Ordway Partridge, Eva L. Watson Schutze and Anne Whitney.
Also included are ca. 150 photographs and tintypes of Day, 1865-ca.1930, some taken by Alvin Langdon Coburn, Reginald Craigie, Frederick H. Evans, Fred Hollyer, Gertrude Kasebier, Edward Steichen, Thomas Walter, Clarence White, and Jennie Woodbury; and photos of Lewis Day. Other photographs included are: photos by Day (and some probably by Day but unidentified), of Herbert Copeland, Anna Day Smith, Lewis Day, Alice Brown, Louise Guiney, and other subjects; photographs of Day's home in Norwood and his chalet in Maine; and photographs of various subjects by Frederick Evans, Gertrude Kasebier and Clarence White, Sr.
Arrangement:
Files are arranged alphabetically by file title and photographs and photograph albums are arranged in random numerical order as assigned by the Norwood Historical Society which owned the original papers at the time it was lent for microfilming.
Biographical / Historical:
Photographer; Norwood, Mass. Day began photography in the late 1880s. By 1895 he had established a reputation as a pictorial photographer, and was elected to the Brotherhood of the Linked Ring. In 1900 he arranged in London the first major exhibition of pictorial photography in Europe. A fire in his Boston studio destroyed over 2,000 glass negatives in 1904, which ended his photography career. Day was also a collector of Keatsiana. He published fine books of poetry and other literary works at his firm of Copeland and Day from 1893-1899.
Provenance:
Material on reels 3565-66 was lent for microfilming by the Norwood Historical Society in 1985. Material on reels 4950-4956 was lent in 1994. Six letterpress books, files of his publishing firm of Copeland and Day, and a scrapbook of European travel clippings were not microfilmed.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Photographers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Photography -- Early works to 1900  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photography -- societies, etc  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.dayfhol
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98682280a-8e8a-4a32-9d6e-6154c66ba3ea
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dayfhol

Gertrude Kasebier: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Kasebier, Gertrude 1852-1934  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF001616
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140141

Arthur B. Davies [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Kasebier, Gertrude 1852-1934 (copy after)  Search this
Subject:
Davies, Arthur Bowen  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1907
Topic:
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Occupation--Art--Illustrator  Search this
Occupation--Art--Printmaker  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0001442
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_1442

John H. Twachtman with his family on their front porch in Greenwich, Conn.

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Twachtman, John Henry  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1899
Topic:
Artists' homes  Search this
Families  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8231
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Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8231

George Benjamin Luks

Creator:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Luks, George Benjamin  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1908
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2539
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1913 Armory Show, 50th anniversary exhibition records, 1962-1963
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2539
Online Media:

Chester Beach

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Beach, Chester  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1908
Topic:
Metal-workers  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1958
See more items in:
Macbeth Gallery records, 1947-1948, bulk 1892-1953
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1958

Maurice Brazil Prendergast

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1913
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2327
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Macbeth Gallery records, 1947-1948, bulk 1892-1953
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2327
Online Media:

John Henry Twachtman

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Twachtman, John Henry  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1900
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2567
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Macbeth Gallery records, 1947-1948, bulk 1892-1953
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2567

Maurice Brazil Prendergast

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1910
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5404
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Macbeth Gallery records, 1947-1948, bulk 1892-1953
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5404

Arthur B. Davies

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1908
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5587
See more items in:
Macbeth Gallery records, 1947-1948, bulk 1892-1953
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5587

William Ivins

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Ivins, William Mills  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1900
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5407
See more items in:
William Mills Ivins papers, 1878-1964
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5407

Arthur B. Davies

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1908
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5402
See more items in:
Ferargil Galleries records, circa 1900-1963
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5402

Caroline Caffin

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Caffin, Charles Henry  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1904
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5148
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Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk 1883-1918
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5148

Caroline Caffin

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Caffin, Caroline Scurfield  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1905
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5149
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Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk 1883-1918
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5149

Caroline Caffin

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Caffin, Caroline Scurfield  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1905
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5150
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Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk 1883-1918
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5150

Caroline Caffin with her daughters

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1905
Topic:
Families  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5151
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Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk 1883-1918
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5151

Charles Caffin

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Caffin, Charles Henry  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1905
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5152
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Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk 1883-1918
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5152

Charles Caffin

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Subject:
Caffin, Charles Henry  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1905
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5153
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Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk 1883-1918
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5153

Donna Caffin

Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1905
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5155
See more items in:
Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk 1883-1918
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5155

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