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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers

Creator:
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1875-1942  Search this
Names:
American Ambulance Field Hospital (Juilly, France)  Search this
Greenwich House (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Whitney Studio Club  Search this
Cushing, Howard Gardiner, 1869-1916  Search this
De Meyer, Adolf, Baron, 1868-1949  Search this
Miller, Flora Whitney  Search this
Strelecki, Jean de, count  Search this
Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960  Search this
Whitney, Harry Payne, 1872-1930  Search this
Extent:
36.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Lithographs
Photographs
Interviews
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Blueprints
Sketches
Date:
1851-1975
bulk 1888-1942
Summary:
The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers measure approximately 36.1 linear feet and date from 1851 to 1975, with the bulk of the material dating from 1888 to 1942. The collection documents the life and work of the art patron and sculptor, especially her promotion of American art and artists, her philanthropy and war relief work, her commissions for memorial sculpture, and her creative writing. Papers include correspondence, journals, writings, project files, scrapbooks, photographs, artwork, printed material, two sound recordings, and miscellaneous personal papers.
Scope and Content Note:
The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers measure approximately 36.1 linear feet and date from 1851 to 1975, with the bulk of the material dating from 1888 to 1942. The collection documents the life and work of the art patron and sculptor, especially her promotion of American art and artists, her philanthropy and war relief work, her commissions for memorial sculpture, and her creative writing. Papers include correspondence, journals, writings, project files, scrapbooks, photographs, artwork, printed material, two sound recordings, and miscellaneous personal papers.

Material relating to more personal aspects of Whitney's life include school papers, a paper doll book dating from her childhood, financial material, interviews, awards and honorary degrees, address and telephone books, committee files, and other items. Correspondence consists of incoming and outgoing letters concerning both personal and professional matters, including her patronage of the arts and sponsorship of artists, her sculpture commissions and exhibitions, and her war relief work and other philantrophic activities. Also found are family correspondence and correspondence received by the Flora Whitney Miller and the Whitney Museum of American Art after Whitney's death. Journals include personal ones that she kept periodically from the time she was a child to near the end of her life, in which she recorded her travels, her impressions of people, her experiences with friends, and her thoughts on art, among other topics; and social ones, in which she recorded dinners and dances attended, and people invited to different social gatherings, and in which she collected invitations received and accepted.

Scattered files can be found that relate to the Whitney Studio Club and the Whitney Museum of American Art, consisting of notebooks, catalogs, a financial report, and other material. Files relating to Whitney's own sculpture projects are more extensive and consist of correspondence, contracts, printed material, notes, financial material for proposed and completed commissions for fountains, memorials, and monuments. The Whitney Museum of American Art, rather than Whitney herself, seems to have kept these files. Files relating to Whitney's philanthropic activities span from the time just before to just after the First World War and consist of correspondence, minutes, reports, and printed material stemming from her contributions to charities and war relief organizations, her sponsorship of the war hospital in Juilly, France, and her support of the Greenwich House Social Settlement.

Whitney's writings include extensive drafts, and handwritten and typed manuscripts and copies of novels, plays, and stories, as well as some autobiographical and early writings, notes and writings on art, and clippings of published writings, documenting her principle means of creative expression towards the end of her life. Also found are some writings by others. Scrapbooks consist of clippings, photographs, letters and other material, compiled by Whitney, Flora Whitney Miller, and possibly others, documenting Whitney's public life, her sculpture commissions and exhibitions, exhibitions at the Whitney Studio, the war hospital in Juilly, France, the death of Harry Payne Whitney in 1930, and the sickness and death of Whitney in 1942.

Photographs include ones of the Whitney and Vanderbilt families, ones of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (including portraits taken by Baron Adolf de Meyer and Count Jean de Strelecki), ones of various Vanderbilt and Whitney residences and of Whitney's studios, ones of Whitney's sculpture exhibitions as well as exhibitions at her studio, and ones of her sculptures, as well as some miscellaneous and unidentified ones. Artwork consists of sketchbooks and sketches by Whitney (including sketches for sculptures) and artwork by others (including a sketchbook of Howard Cushing's containing a sketch of her and albums of World War I lithographs) collected by Whitney. Also found amongst the collection are printed material (clippings, exhibition catalogs, programs, and publications) and blueprints (including drawings for Whitney's studio on MacDougal Alley and various of her sculptures).
Arrangement:
The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers are arranged into twelve series:

Series 1: Miscellaneous Personal Papers, 1888-1947, 1975 (Boxes 1-3, 33-34, OV 42; 2.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1889-1949, 1959 (Boxes 3-9; 6 linear feet)

Series 3: Journals, circa 1886-1939 (Boxes 9-12, 33; 2.5 linear feet)

Series 4: Whitney Studio Club and Whitney Museum of American Art Files, 1921-1943 (Box 12; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Sculpture Files, 1900-1960 (bulk 1909-1942) (Boxes 12-15; 3 linear feet)

Series 6: Philanthropy Files, 1902-1923 (bulk 1915-1920) (Boxes 15-17; 2 linear feet)

Series 7: Writings, 1889-1942, 1974 (Boxes 17-26; 10 linear feet)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1893-1942 (Boxes 26-27, 33, 35; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1859-1942 (Boxes 27-28, 36; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographs, 1862-1942 (Boxes 28-32, 36-41, OV 43-51; 6.4 linear feet)

Series 11: Artwork, 1871-1930s (Boxes 32, 41, OV 52-54; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 12: Blueprints, 1913-1945 (OV 55; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
New York art patron and sculptor, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942), was the eldest daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt, and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Whitney was born January 9, 1875 in New York City, the. She was educated by private tutors and attended Brearley School in New York. From the time she was a young girl, she kept journals of her travels and impressions of the people she met, and engaged in creative pursuits such as sketching and writing stories. In 1896, she was married to Harry Payne Whitney. They had three children, Flora, Cornelius, and Barbara.

In 1900, Whitney began to study sculpture under Hendrik Christian Anderson, and then under James Fraser. Later, she studied with Andrew O'Connor in Paris. From the time she started studying sculpture, her interest in art grew, as did her particular concern for American art and artists. In 1907, she organized an art exhibition at the Colony Club, which included several contemporary American paintings. She also opened a studio on MacDougal Alley, which became known as the Whitney Studio and was a place where shows and prize competitions were held. (She also had other studios in Westbury, Long Island and Paris, France.) Over the years, her patronage of art included buying work, commissioning it, sponsoring it, exhibiting it, and financially supporting artists in America and abroad. From 1911 on, she was aided in her work by Juliana Force, who started out as Whitney's secretary, was responsible for art exhibitions at the Whitney Studio, and became the first director of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The first recognition Whitney received for her sculpture came in 1908 when a project on which she had collaborated (with Grosvenor Atterbury and Hugo Ballin) won a prize for best design from the Architectural League of New York. The following year she received a commission to do a fountain sculpture for the Pan-American Building in Washington, D. C. She went on to do numerous other commissioned works over the next several decades, including: a fountain for the New Arlington Hotel in Washington D.C. (the design of which was reproduced in various sizes and materials, one cast being submitted to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition where it won a bronze medal and a later cast being installed on the campus of McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1930); the Titanic Memorial (designed in 1913 and erected in 1930); the Buffalo Bill Memorial (1924) in Cody, Wyoming; the Columbus Memorial (1929) in Port of Palos, Spain; the Peter Stuyvesant statue in Stuyvesant Square (1939); and The Spirit of Flight (1939) for the New York World's Fair. In 1916, she had her first one-man show at the Whitney Studio, another at the Newport Art Association, and a retrospective at the San Francisco Art Association Palace of Fine Arts. A traveling exhibition in the Midwest followed in 1918.

During the First World War, Whitney was involved with numerous war relief activities, most notably establishing and supporting a hospital in Juilly, France. She made several trips to France during the war, keeping a journal and eventually publishing a piece on the hospital in several newspapers. Her sculpture during this period was largely focused on war themes. In 1919, she exhibited some of these works at the Whitney Studio in a show called "Impressions of War." In the years after the war, she was also commissioned to do several war memorials, including the Washington Heights War Memorial (1922) and the St. Nazaire Memorial (1926) commemmorating the landing of the American Expeditionary Force in France in 1917.

In 1918, Whitney opened the Whitney Studio Club, which served as pioneering organization for American art, putting on exhibition programs and offering social space and recreational amenities to its members (one point numbering over four hundred artists living in New York). She planned an "Overseas Exhibition" of American art, which traveled to Paris and other European cities in 1920-1921, and had her own shows in Paris and London in 1921. In 1928, the Whitney Studio Club was transformed into an art gallery, known as the Whitney Studio Galleries and directed by Juliana Force, which eventually became the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1931.

Whitney pursued creative writing throughout her life, but beginning in the 1930s writing became her principle means of creative expression. Over the years, she produced numerous manuscripts for stories, novels, and play. One novel, Walking the Dusk, was published in 1932 under the pseudonym L. J. Webb. Beginning in 1940, Whitney took a "Professional Writing" course at Columbia University with Helen Hull, which resulted in the production of numerous short stories. In 1941, she collaborated with Ronald Bodley to adapt one of her stories as a play and attempted to get it produced, although unsuccessfully.

In 1934, Whitney was involved in a custody battle for her niece, Gloria Vanderbilt (daughter of her late brother, Reginald Vanderbilt and his wife, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt). In an agreement reached by the court, custody was awarded to Whitney and visitation rights to Gloria's mother. Litigation continued in the ensuing years.

In 1935, Whitney established the World's Fair Five Organization, with Juliana Force and four architects, to work on preparing a plan for the site of the 1939 New York World's Fair at Flushing Meadow, although the fair's own Board of Design ended up coming up with its own plan.

Whitney continued her work in sculpture, writing, art patronage, and philanthropy throughout the remaining years of her life. She died on April 18, 1942.
Related Archival Materials note:
Related material found in the Archives includes Research Material on Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney compiled by Flora Miller Irving and the Whitney Museum of American Art artists' files and records, available on microfilm only (originals are located in the Whitney Museum of American Art). Also found in the Archives of American Art's Miscellaneous Exhibition Catalog Collection are a bundle of Whitney Studio Club and Mrs. H. P. Whitney's Studio catalogs and announcements.
Provenance:
The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers were donated in 1981 and 1991 by Whitney's granddaughter, Flora Miller Irving.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 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:
Philanthropists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art patrons -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Hospitals -- France  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Lithographs
Photographs
Interviews
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Blueprints
Sketches
Citation:
Whitney Museum of American Art, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Papers, 1851-1975 (bulk 1888-1942). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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AAA.whitgert
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Isabella Stewart Gardner papers

Creator:
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924  Search this
Names:
Duveen Brothers  Search this
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Wildenstein Galleries  Search this
Abbott, Lyman, 1835-1922  Search this
Adams, Brooks  Search this
Agassiz, Alexander, 1835-1910  Search this
Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907  Search this
Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873  Search this
Agostini, Luigi  Search this
Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907  Search this
Andrew, A. Piatt (Abram Piatt), 1873-1936  Search this
Anisfeld, Boris Israelevich, 1879-1973  Search this
Arliss, George, 1868-1946  Search this
Aïdé, Hamilton, 1826-1906  Search this
Balch, Anne L.  Search this
Barnard, George Grey, 1863-1938  Search this
Barnes, Grace Edith  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942  Search this
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959  Search this
Berenson, Mary, 1864-  Search this
Bigelow, William Sturgis, 1850-1926  Search this
Blake, William P. (William Phipps), 1826-1910  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland, 1848-1936  Search this
Bode, Wilhelm von, 1845-1929  Search this
Brimmer, Martin, 1829-1896  Search this
Brown, J. Appleton, 1844-  Search this
Bunker, Dennis Miller, 1861-1890  Search this
Burroughs, Bryson, 1869-1934  Search this
Byard, Theodore  Search this
Carter, Morris, 1877-  Search this
Chalfin, Paul, 1874-  Search this
Chapman, Conrad Wise, 1842-1910  Search this
Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933  Search this
Collins, Alfred Quinton, d. 1903  Search this
Cook, Walter W. S. (Walter William Spencer), 1888-1962  Search this
Coolidge, Archibald Cary, 1866-1928  Search this
Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson, 1831-1920  Search this
Copeland, Charles Townsend, 1860-1952  Search this
Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919  Search this
Cram, Ralph Adams, 1863-1942  Search this
Crawford, F. Marion (Francis Marion), 1854-1909  Search this
Crosby, Raymond Moreau, 1876-1945  Search this
Cross, Sally  Search this
Curtis, Ralph W. (Ralph Wormeley), 1854-1922  Search this
Cushing, Howard Gardiner, 1869-1916  Search this
Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876  Search this
Damrosch, Walter, 1862-1950  Search this
Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916  Search this
De Wolfe, Elsie, 1865-1950  Search this
Dexter, Mary  Search this
Dole, Nathan Haskell, 1852-1935  Search this
Donoghue, John, 1853-1903  Search this
Draper, Ruth, 1884-1956  Search this
Dwight, J. S.  Search this
Dwight, Theodore F.  Search this
Dyer, Louis, 1851-1908  Search this
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926  Search this
Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966  Search this
Faure, Gabriel, b. 1877  Search this
Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
Frick, Helen Clay, 1888-1984  Search this
Fry, Roger Eliot, 1866-1934  Search this
Gabrilowitsch, Ossip, 1878-1936  Search this
Gardner, John Lowell  Search this
Gardner, William Amory  Search this
Gaugengigl, I. M. (Ignaz Marcel), 1855-1932  Search this
Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909  Search this
Gimpel, René  Search this
Godkin, Edwin Lawrence, 1831-1902  Search this
Gordon, Leon, 1884-1960  Search this
Gregory, Lady, 1852-1932  Search this
Guiney, Louise Imogen, 1861-1920  Search this
Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909  Search this
Hale, Mary  Search this
Hale, Philip Leslie, 1865-1931  Search this
Hale, Philip Leslie, Mrs  Search this
Hammond, Richard P., 1896-  Search this
Hampden, Walter, 1879-1955  Search this
Hazelton, George C.  Search this
Helleu, Paul, 1859-1927  Search this
Higginson, Henry Lee, 1834-1919  Search this
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911  Search this
Hinckley, Robert C., 1853-1941  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966  Search this
Hooper, Edward W.  Search this
Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908  Search this
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910  Search this
Huntington, Archer M., 1870-1955  Search this
Indy, Vincent d', 1851-1931  Search this
Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905  Search this
Jaccaci, Augusto Floriano, 1857-1930  Search this
James McNeill Whistler, 1834-1903  Search this
Kittredge, William  Search this
Kronberg, Louis, 1872-1965  Search this
Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni︠a︡zʹ, 1842-1921  Search this
La Farge, John, 1835-1910  Search this
Ladd, Anna Coleman, 1878-1939  Search this
Lamb, Charles R. (Charles Rollinson), 1860-1942  Search this
Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895  Search this
Loring, Charles Greely, 1828-1902  Search this
Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891  Search this
MacKnight, Dodge, 1860-1950  Search this
Macomber, Mary L. (Mary Lizzie), 1861-1916  Search this
Mansfield, Richard, 1857-1907  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
Mather, Frank Jewett, 1868-1953  Search this
McComas, Francis John, 1874-1938  Search this
Melba, Nellie, Dame, 1861-1931  Search this
Millet, Francis Davis, 1846-1912  Search this
Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914  Search this
Modjeska, Helena, 1840-1909  Search this
Monteux, Pierre, 1875-1964  Search this
Mosby, John Singleton, 1833-1916  Search this
Murray, Gilbert  Search this
Norton, Andrews, 1786-1853  Search this
Norton, Lily  Search this
Norton, Richard  Search this
O'Connell, William, 1859-1944  Search this
Okakura, Kakuzō, 1862-1913  Search this
Okakura, Kakuzō, 1862-1913  Search this
Oliver, Jean Nutting, d. 1946  Search this
Partridge, William Ordway, 1861-1930  Search this
Pater, Walter, 1839-1894  Search this
Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931  Search this
Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970  Search this
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926  Search this
Pennington, Harper, 1854 or 5-1920  Search this
Perry, Lilla Cabot  Search this
Pickering, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1846-1919  Search this
Pitman, Sophia L., 1855-1943  Search this
Prichard, Matthew Stewart  Search this
Quinn, John, 1870-1924  Search this
Reid, Robert, 1862-1929  Search this
Rives, Amélie, 1863-1945  Search this
Roberts, Elizabeth Wentworth, 1871-1927  Search this
Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917  Search this
Ross, Denman Waldo, 1853-1935  Search this
Rothenstein, Will  Search this
Russell, Lillian, 1861-1922  Search this
Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965  Search this
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907  Search this
Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917  Search this
Sargent, Charles Sprague, 1841-1927  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Sears, Sarah C., 1858-1935  Search this
Slade, C. Arnold (Caleb Arnold), 1882-1961  Search this
Slade, Irene  Search this
Sleeper, Henry Davis, 1878-1934  Search this
Smith, Francis Hopkinson, 1838-1915  Search this
Smith, George Warren  Search this
Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950  Search this
Spaulding, Albert C. (Albert Clanton), 1914-1990  Search this
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968  Search this
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Stillman, William James, 1828-1901  Search this
Story, Julian, 1857-1919  Search this
Story, Waldo, 1855-1915  Search this
Swift, Henry & Mary Coffin  Search this
Symonds, John Addington, 1840-1893  Search this
Terry, Ellen, Dame, 1847-1928  Search this
Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923  Search this
Tiffany, Mary A. (Mary Adeline)  Search this
Van Rensselaer, Schuyler, Mrs., 1851-1934  Search this
Wadsworth, Adelaide E., 1844-1928  Search this
Walker, Francis Amasa, 1840-1897  Search this
Ward, Humphry, Mrs., 1851-1920  Search this
Warren, Fiske, Mrs  Search this
Wheelwright, Edmund March, 1854-1912  Search this
White, Margaret  Search this
Whitman, Sarah  Search this
Wister, Owen, 1860-1938  Search this
Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert), 1864-1940  Search this
Zogbaum, Rufus Fairchild, 1849-1925  Search this
Zorn, Anders, 1860-1920  Search this
Zorn, Anders, Mrs  Search this
Extent:
40 microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1760-1956
Scope and Contents:
Letters, business records, diary, and photographs.
REEL 380-413: Primarily correspondence, mostly Gardner's own, but including family correspondence and Gardner Museum correspondence. Also included are misc. items and printed material. Correspondents include: Edwin Austin Abbey, Lyman Abbott, Brooks Adams, Alexander Agassiz, Elizabeth C. Agassiz, Louis Agassiz, Luigi Agostini, Hamilton Aide, Thomas B. Aldrich, Abram P. Andrew, Boris Anisfeld, George Arliss, Anne L. Balch, George G. Barnard, Grace Edith Barnes, Cecilia Beaux, Martin Birnbaum, William Sturgis Bigelow, William Phipps Blake, Edwin Howland Blashfield, Wilhelm von Bode, Martin Brimmer, J. Appleton Brown, Dennis Miller Bunker, Bryson Burroughs, Theodore Byard, Morris Carter, Paul Chalfin, Conrad Chapman, John Jay Chapman, Alfred Q. Collins,
Frederick Shepard Converse, Walter William Spencer Cook, Archibald Cary Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, Charles Townsend Copeland, Kenyon Cox, Ralph Adams Cram, Francis Marion Crawford, Raymond Crosby, Sally Cross, Ralph W. Curtis, Howard G. Cushing, Charlotte Cushman, Walter Damrosch, Richard Harding Davis, Elsie De Wolfe, Mary Dexter, Nathan H. Dole, John Donoghue, Ruth Draper, Duveen Brothers, J. S. Dwight, Theodore F. Dwight, Louis Dyer, Charles W. Eliot, Barry Faulkner, Gabriel Faure, Minnie Maddern Fiske, Daniel Chester French, Helen C. Frick, Roger E. Fry, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, John Lowell Gardner, William Amory Gardner, I. M. Gaugengigl, Richard Watson Gilder, Rene Gimpel, Edwin L. Godkin, Leon Gordon, Lady Augusta Gregory, Louise I. Guiney, Edward E. Hale,
Mary (Mrs. Richard Walden) Hale, Philip Leslie Hale, Mrs. Philip Hale, Richard Hammond, Walter Hampden, George C. Hazelton, Paul Helleu, Henry Lee Higginson, Thomas W. Higginson, Robert Hinckley, Malvina Hoffman, Edward W. Hooper, Harriet Hosmer, Julia W. Howe, Archer M. Huntington, Vincent d'Indy, Henry Irving, August F. Jaccaci, Clarence King, William Kittredge, Louis Kronberg, Petr A. Kropotkin, Anna C. Ladd, John La Farge, Charles Rollinson Lamb, Charles Lanman, Charles G. Loring, James R. Lowell, Dodge Macknight, Mary L. Macomber, Richard Mansfield, Paul Manship, Frank J. Mather, Francis John McComas, Nellie Melba, Francis Davis Millet, S. Weir Mitchell, Helena Modjeska, Pierre Monteux, John S. Mosby, Gilbert Murray,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Andrews Norton, Lily Norton, Richard Norton, William O'Connell, Kazuzo Okakura, Jean N. Oliver, William O. Partridge, Walter Pater, Anna Pavlova, Waldo Peirce, Joseph Pennell, Harper Pennington, Lilla Cabot Perry, Edward C. Pickering, Sophia L. Pitman, Matthew Stewart Prichard, John Quinn, Robert Reid, Amelie Rives, Elizabeth W. Roberts, Auguste Rodin, Denman Ross, Will Rothenstein, Lillian Russell, Paul J. Sachs, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Ruth St. Denis, Franklin B. Sanborn, Charles Sprague Sargent, John Singer Sargent, J.M. Sears, C. Arnold Slade, Irene Slade, Henry Davis Sleeper, F. Hopkinson Smith, George Warren Smith, Joseph L. Smith, Albert Spaulding, Maurice Sterne, William James Stillman, Julian Story, Thomas W. Story, Henry Swift,
John Addington Symonds, Ellen Terry, Celia Thaxter, Abbott H. Thayer, William R. Thayer, Mary A. Tiffany, Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Adelaide E. Wadsworth, Francis Amasa Walker, Mrs. Humphry Ward, Mrs. Fiske Warren, Edmund March Wheelwright, James McNeill Whistler, Margaret White, Sara de Prix Wyman Whitman, Wildenstein Galleries, Owen Wister, Charles H. Woodbury, Rufus F. Zogbaum, Anders Zorn, Mrs. Anders Zorn, and others.
REELS 631-632: Personal papers of Gardner and some records of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum including dealers' files containing invoices, notes, cancelled checks, and letters; a record book, "Prices Paid for Paintings," 1917; a record book, "Prices Paid for Works of Art"; 118 installation photographs of the museum as arranged by Gardner, 1924; a diary kept in Egypt, 1874, with sketches; a diary kept in Shanghai and India, 1883-1884; "Directions for my funeral," 1912; and "Suggestions for Running a Museum," 1913.
REELS 696-698: Letters from Bernard Berenson to Gardner, 1887-1924. Letters contain references to literary topics, Berenson's impressions of Europe, various paintings and artists, advice to Gardner on the purchase of paintings and information on their sale.
REEL 846: Checklist of Gardner's letters to Bernard and Mary Berenson, 1894-1924; typescripts of personal and official correspondence (originals found on AAA microfilm reels 696-698), 1887-1924.
Biographical / Historical:
Art patron, collector, and museum founder; Boston, Mass. Immediately after graduation from Harvard, Bernard Berenson was hired by Gardner to travel throughout Italy collecting Italian Renaissance art for her recreated Venetian palazzo in Boston. She established her palazzo as a museum of fine European art with stipulations that after her death none of the exhibited works was to be moved or rearranged, but left as she had designed during her lifetime.
Provenance:
Microfilm lent by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for duplicating, 1972-1975.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Art patrons -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art, Renaissance -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art, Italian -- Italy -- Venice  Search this
Painting, Renaissance  Search this
Sculpture, Renaissance  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Identifier:
AAA.gardisab
Archival Repository:
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