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Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers

Topic:
American Art Review
Creator:
Koehler, S. R. (Sylvester Rosa), 1837-1900  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Alexander, 1775-1870  Search this
Falconer, John Mackie, 1820-1903  Search this
Harfin, Jean F.  Search this
Juengling, Frederick, 1846-1889  Search this
Smillie, James David, 1833-1909  Search this
Extent:
5.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1833-1904
bulk 1870-1890
Summary:
The Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1833 to 1904, with the bulk of the material dating from 1870 to 1890. The collection consists primarily of Koehler's extensive correspondence to and from many notable artists and printmakers such as Jean F. Harfin, John M. Falconer, Frederick Juengling, and James D. Smillie, as well as friends, and family members and professional correspondence concerning Koehler's activities as a writer, curator, and editor of the American Art Review. The collection also contains financial records and other miscellaneous items.
Scope and Content Note:
The Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1833 to 1904, with the bulk of the material dating from 1870 to 1890. The collection consists primarily of Koehler's extensive correspondence to and from many notable artists and printmakers such as Jean F. Harfin, John M. Falconer, Frederick Juengling, and James D. Smillie, as well as friends, and family members and professional correspondence concerning Koehler's activities as a writer, curator, and editor of the American Art Review. The collection also contains financial records and other miscellaneous items.

Correspondence includes hundreds of letters to and from Koehler. Correspondents include many prominent artists, engravers, architects, art critics, curators, historians, journalists, authors, educators, publishers, and others during the late 1800s. Also found is correspondence with family, most of which is in German. Much of the correspondence concerns Koehler's role as editor of the publication American Art Review, and his work promoting American graphic arts.

Financial Records include Koehler's receipts, primarily from 1885, and a handwritten estimate of costs for publishing the American Art Review.

Miscellany includes biographical information on the wood engraver, Alexander Anderson, various notes by unidentified authors, news clippings, programs and handwritten song texts for music performances.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 3 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1833- circa 1904 (Box 1-6; 5.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Financial Records, circa 1870-circa 1890 (Box 6; 14 folders)

Series 3: Miscellany, circa 1859-circa 1896 (Box 6; 11 folders)
Biographical Note:
Art historian and curator Sylvester Rosa Koehler was born in Leipsic, Germany in 1837. He came to the United States with his family in 1849 and settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 1868 he became the Technical Manager of Louis Prang and Company, a lithograph publisher. Koehler was the founding editor of the American Art Review, which commissioned artists for original etchings, and ran from 1879-1881. Through this publication, as well as his work as writer and exhibition curator, Koehler encouraged an American etching revival in the 1880s. Koehler also published many books on American art and was the first Curator of Prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. From 1886 to 1900 he served as the first Curator of Graphic Arts at the United States National Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution. While there, he created a permanent and traveling exhibition of graphic arts. His knowlege of the art world and his extensive personal contacts brought many important collections to the museum. Koehler died in Littleton, New Hampshire in 1900.
Related Material:
Additional correspondence can be found at the Library of Congress, which houses the Papers of S. R. Koehler, 1868-1904, and includes approximately 3,500 letters. Syracuse University Library houses S. R. Koehler Correspondence, 1879-1896, and includes 107 items.
Provenance:
The collection was purchased from Argosy Book Stores, Inc, in 1959. A letter from John Sartain and eleven letters from William Merritt Chase were donated by Charles E. Feinberg, 1955-1962. Two postcards were donated in 2009 by William A. Turnbaugh, an autograph collector. In 2017, John F. McGuigan Jr. and Mary K. McGuigan donated sixty-nine letters from A. Barry, Truman Howe Bartlett, William Merritt Chase, Timothy Cole, Edward Henry Clement, Cyrus Edwin Dallin, Robert Swain Gifford, George Inness, Anna Lea Merritt, Stephen Parrish, John Sartain, Francis Hopkinson Smith, and Frederic Porter Vinton.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
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 historians -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Prints -- 19th century  Search this
Art literature  Search this
Museum curators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Citation:
Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers, 1833-1904, bulk 1870-1890. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.koehsylv
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Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-koehsylv
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John Warner Barber scrapbook pages

Creator:
Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Alexander, 1775-1870  Search this
Dow, Lorenzo, 1777-1834  Search this
Jocelyn, Nathaniel, 1796-1881  Search this
Extent:
3 Pages ((on 4 frames of microfilm))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Scrapbooks
Date:
1832-1868
Scope and Contents:
Items "From Diary of J. W. Barber" pasted onto paper: a sketch of Lorenzo Dow, "Preaching on the steps of the South Portico of the State House at New Haven, Conn. June 30th 1832," an illustration from a wood engraving of the "Hudson Co. Court House & Jail Hudson City New Jersey," said to be "the last engraving done by Dr. [Alexander] Anderson" and "published in 1868 by J. W. Barber," and a receipt of 1868 acknowledging that Anderson "Rec.d from Mr. John W. Barber Seven dollars in full for engraving Rahway cut."
On the obverse are two newspaper clippings (one, undated, about "the venerable artist and patriot, Nathaniel Jocelyn" and another of 1853 entitled, "The Bible vs. Tradition!!") as well as an undated illustration from a wood engraving of a large institutional building. On another sheet are pasted a verse, which is said to be a "Fac-Simile of the hand-writing of Dr. Watts," and an illustration from an etching entitled, "Our Grandmothers Kitchen," said to have been "designed in 1867 by John W. Barber, then in his 70th year."
Biographical / Historical:
Engraver (of both copper and wood), topographical draftsman, and historian. Born February 2, 1798 in East Windsor, Conn.; apprenticed to Abner Reed, engraver; operated his own engraving business in New Haven; studied history and traveled the eastern U.S., gathering information for the books which he wrote and then illustrated with his engravings; died in New Haven on June 22, 1885.
Provenance:
These pages were found in a book purchased by the Detroit Institute of Arts, which subsequently gave them to the Archives of American Art.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Engravers  Search this
Wood-engravers  Search this
Topic:
Wood-engraving -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.barbjohw
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-barbjohw

Evert Augustus Duyckinck papers

Creator:
Duyckinck, Evert A. (Evert Augustus), 1816-1878  Search this
Names:
Allston, Washington, 1779-1843  Search this
Anderson, Alexander, 1775-1870  Search this
Audubon, John James, 1785-1851  Search this
Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904  Search this
Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885  Search this
Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896  Search this
Casilear, John William, 1811-1893  Search this
Colyer, Vincent, 1825-1888  Search this
Cranch, Christopher Pearse, 1813-1892  Search this
Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888  Search this
Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906  Search this
Irving, Washington, 1783-1859  Search this
Jarves, James Jackson, 1818-1888  Search this
Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895  Search this
Leslie, Charles Robert, 1794-1859  Search this
Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Read, Thomas Buchanan, 1822-1872  Search this
Richards, T. Addison (Thomas Addison), 1820-1900  Search this
Thorpe, Thomas Bangs, 1815-1878  Search this
Washington, William De Hartburn, 1834-1870  Search this
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820  Search this
Extent:
300 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1809-1878
Scope and Contents:
Letters and documents of 19th century Americans, outstanding in literature and the arts.
Correspondents include: Washington Allston, Alexander Anderson, John Audubon, Samuel P. Avery, John Warner Barber, Mathew B. Brady, John Casilear, Vincent Colyer, Christopher P. Cranch, Felix O. C. Darley, Daniel P. Huntington, Washington Irving, James J. Jarves, Charles Lanman, Charles Leslie,Benjamin Lossing, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, Thomas B. Read, Thomas A. Richards, Thomas B. Thorpe, William D. Washington, and Benjamin West.
Biographical / Historical:
Editor; New York City. Edited, with his brother George, Literary World, 1847, and published a journal with him, 1848-1853. Also, edited CYCLOPAEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1855.
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.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Publishers and publishing  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.duycever
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-duycever

Historical view of the progress of discovery on the more northern coasts of America from the earliest period to the present time By Patrick Fraser Tytler, Esq., R.S. and F.S.A. ; With descriptive sketches of the natural history of the North American regions. / By James Wilson, Esq., F.R.S.E. and M.W.S. ; To which is added an appendix, containing remarks on a late memoir of Sebastian Cabot, with a vindication of Richard Hakluyt. ; Illustrated by a map and nine engravings

Title:
Progress of discovery on the more northern coasts of America
Discovery of America
Author:
Tytler, Patrick Fraser 1791-1849  Search this
Engraver:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
King, G. B (George B.),.)  Search this
Mason, Abraham John 1794-1858  Search this
Morse, Joseph W.  Search this
White, Roswell N.  Search this
Author:
Wilson, James 1795-1856  Search this
Printer:
J. & J. Harper, Printers  Search this
Subject:
Biddle, Richard 1796-1847 Memoir of Sebastian Cabot  Search this
Physical description:
[4], 360, [12] pages, [1] folded leaf of plates illustrations, map 17 cm
Type:
Books
Binders' stamps (Binding)
Bookplates (Provenance)
Half bindings (Binding)
Intaglio prints
Maps
Marbled papers (Binding)
Relief prints
Place:
Arctic regions
Canada
America
New France
Northwest, Canadian
Arctic Regions
Canadian Northwest
North America
Date:
1833
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Discoveries in geography  Search this
Discovery and exploration  Search this
Call number:
F1060 .T984 1833X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1032842

The Cries of New York

Author:
Wood, firm, publishers, New York  Search this
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Physical description:
4 p. l., 62 p., 1 l. illus. 16 x 10 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1931
Topic:
Cries  Search this
Call number:
F128.37 .C92
F128.37.C92
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_118758

A brief catalogue of books illustrated with engravings by Dr. Alexander Anderson with a biographical sketch of the artist

Author:
Duyckinck, Evert A (Evert Augustus) 1816-1878  Search this
Subject:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870 Bibliography  Search this
Physical description:
vii, [1], 35, [1] p. front. 23 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Date:
1885
Topic:
Illustrated books  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.A533y D8 1885
N40.1.A533yD8 1885
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_434394

The architecture of country houses including designs for cottages, farm-houses, and villas, with remarks on interiors, furniture, and the best modes of warming and ventilating with three hundred and twenty illustrations, by A.J. Downing

Title:
Downing's Country houses
Country houses
Author:
Downing, A. J (Andrew Jackson) 1815-1852  Search this
Engraver:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Orr, John William 1815-1887  Search this
Physical description:
x, [2], 484 pages, leaves of plates illustrations, plans 24 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1851
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Architecture, Victorian  Search this
Country homes  Search this
Furniture, Victorian  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Heating  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Ventilation  Search this
Call number:
NA7561 .D75 1851X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_939178

[Alexander Anderson : miscellaneous uncataloged material]

Author:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Art and Artist Files Collection DSI  Search this
Subject:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Type:
Books
Vertical files
Artist files
Call number:
AAF--Anderson, Alexander
Restrictions & Rights:
FOLDER(S) DO NOT CIRCUATE. FOLDERS MUST BE CONSULTED ON SITE
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_565193

The Holy Bible : containing the Old and New Testaments : translated out of the original tongues: and with the former translations diligently compared and revised : with marginal references

Illustrator:
Purves, James  Search this
Engraver:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Tiebout, Cornelius 1777-1832  Search this
Rollinson, William 1762-1842  Search this
Doolittle, Amos 1754-1832  Search this
Publisher:
Dobson, Thomas 1751-1823  Search this
Former owner:
Phillips, E. C. DSI  Search this
Donor:
Phillips, E. C. Mrs. DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[752] pages, [18] leaves of plates : illustrations, maps ; 43 cm (folio)
Type:
Books
Date:
1799
Call number:
BS185 1799 .P45
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1086484

Villas and cottages : a series of designs prepared for execution in the United States / by Calvert Vaux ... ; illustrated by 300 engravings

Author:
Vaux, Calvert 1824-1895  Search this
Downing, A. J (Andrew Jackson) 1815-1852  Search this
Withers, Frederick Clarke 1828-1901  Search this
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Former owner:
Hewitt, Sarah Amelia Cooper 1830-1912 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[4], xii, [13]-318, [4] p. : ill., plans ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1857
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Call number:
NA7120.V3X 1857
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_424132

Alexander Anderson, 1775-1870 : wood engraver and illustrator : an annotated bibliography / Jane R. Pomeroy

Author:
Pomeroy, Jane R  Search this
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Subject:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Physical description:
3 v. (lxxxvi, 2514 p.) : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Place:
United States
Date:
2005
19th century
Topic:
Wood-engraving, American  Search this
Illustration of books--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_791350

The New-York annual register for the year of our Lord 1830. : Containing an almanac; civil and judicial list; with political, statistical, and other information respecting the state of New-York and United States. / By Edwin Williams

Title:
Williams's New-York annual register, 1830
Author:
Williams, Edwin 1797-1854  Search this
Publisher:
Leavitt, Jonathan 1797?-1852  Search this
Printer:
Seymour, Jonathan 1778-1841  Search this
Engraver:
Hall, John H.  Search this
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Former owner:
Oakley, Geo. McAlexr. DSI  Search this
Bookseller:
Collins & Hannay  Search this
Collins & Co. (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Samuel Wood & Sons  Search this
Physical description:
[ii]-vi, 348 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Books
Registers
Almanacs
Relief prints
Place:
New York (State)
New York (N.Y.)
United States
Date:
1830
Topic:
Postal service  Search this
Almanacs, American  Search this
Call number:
JK3431 .W72 1830
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_535780

Life and works of Alexander Anderson, M. D., the first American wood engraver. By Frederic M. Burr ... Three portraits of Dr. Anderson, and over thirty engravings by himself

Author:
Burr, Frederic Martin  Search this
Subject:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Physical description:
x p., 1 l., [13]-210 p. incl. illus., plates, ports. front. 26 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
United States
Date:
1893
Topic:
Wood-engravers  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.A533y B96 1893
N40.1.A533yB96 1893
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_410166

Life and works of Alexander Anderson, M.D., the first American wood engraver, by Frederic M. Burr

Author:
Burr, Frederic Martin  Search this
Subject:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Physical description:
210 p. illus., plates, ports., front. 26 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
United States
Date:
1893
Topic:
Wood-engravers  Search this
Call number:
NE1215.A5B8X 1893
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_410285

Villas and cottages : a series of designs prepared for execution in the United States / by Calvert Vaux, architect ... ; illustrated by 370 engravings

Author:
Vaux, Calvert 1824-1895  Search this
Downing, A. J (Andrew Jackson) 1815-1852  Search this
Withers, Frederick Clarke 1828-1901  Search this
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, [25]-348, [2] p. : ill., plans ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1867
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Call number:
NA7120.V3 1867X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_424131

An authentic narrative of the loss of the American brig Commerce, wrecked on the western coast of Africa, in the month of August, 1815 ... : and observations historical, geographical, &c., made during the travels of the author ... / by James Riley ... ; preceded by a brief sketch of the author's life ; and containing a description of the famous city Tombuctoo ... ; narrated to the author at Mogadore by Sidi Hamet, the Arabian merchant ... ; illustrated and embellished with ten copper plate engravings ; revised, and his life continued, by the author, in January, 1828

Author:
Riley, James 1777-1840  Search this
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Smith, John Rubens 1775-1849  Search this
Subject:
Commerce (Brig)  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, [15]-271, [1] p., 9 leaves of plates : ill., port., facsim. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa, North
Sahara
Date:
1828
[1828?]
Topic:
Slavery  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
DT189 .R57 1828
DT189.R57 1828
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_444140

Villas and cottages : a series of designs prepared for execution in the United States / by Calvert Vaux ... illustrated by 300 engravings

Author:
Vaux, Calvert 1824-1895  Search this
Downing, A. J (Andrew Jackson) 1815-1852  Search this
Withers, Frederick Clarke 1828-1901  Search this
Former owner:
Vaux, W. S. W (William Sandys Wright) 1818-1885 DSI  Search this
Vaux, George DSI  Search this
Inscriber:
Vaux, Calvert 1824-1895 DSI  Search this
Engraver:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Jewitt, Henry  Search this
Orr, John William 1815-1887  Search this
Physical description:
[4], xii, [1], 14-318, [2] p., [33] leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1857
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Call number:
NA7120 .V38 1857
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453859

Terrible tractoration!! : a poetical petition against galvanising trumpery, and the Perkinistic institution. : in four cantos : most respectfully addressed to the Royal College of Physicians / by Christopher Caustic ..

Author:
Fessenden, Thomas Green 1771-1837  Search this
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Subject:
Perkins, Elisha 1741-1799  Search this
Perkinean Society  Search this
Physical description:
xxxv, [1], 192 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Anecdotes
Humor
Date:
1804
Topic:
Tractors, Metallic--Poetry  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Call number:
RZ425 .F47 1804
RZ425.F47 1804
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_320823

A general history of quadrupeds. The figures engraved on wood, chiefly copied from the original of T. Bewick, by A. Anderson

Author:
Bewick, Thomas 1753-1828  Search this
Beilby, Ralph 1743 or 1744-1817  Search this
Engraver:
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Physical description:
x, 531 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1804
Topic:
Mammals  Search this
Call number:
QL706 .B48 1804
QL706.B48 1804
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_347886

Villas and cottages. A series of designs prepared for execution in the United States. By CalvertVaux ... Illustrated by 300 engravings

Author:
Vaux, Calvert 1824-1895  Search this
Downing, A. J (Andrew Jackson) 1815-1852  Search this
Withers, Frederick Clarke 1828-1901  Search this
Anderson, Alexander 1775-1870  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., xii, [13]-318 p. incl. illus., plates, plans. front., col. pl. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1857
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Call number:
NA7120.V3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_248585

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