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Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers

Creator:
Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955  Search this
Names:
Vonnoh, Robert William, 1858-1933  Search this
Carter, Charles M., 1853-1929  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
French, William M. R. (William Merchant Richardson), 1843-1914  Search this
Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940  Search this
Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956  Search this
Huntington, Archer M., 1870-1955  Search this
Mead, Larkin G. (Larkin Goldsmith), 1835-1910  Search this
Raffaëlli, Jean François, 1850-1924  Search this
Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-  Search this
Vezin, Charles, 1858-1942  Search this
Extent:
3.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1860-1991
bulk 1890-1955
Summary:
The papers of sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh measure 3.1 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1991, with the bulk of material dating from 1890 to 1955. The scattered papers document the personal life and career of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and, to a lesser degree, her husband, painter Robert William Vonnoh. Found within the papers are Vonnoh family correspondence, including letters between Bessie and Robert, and professional and personal correspondence, primarily Bessie's. The collection also contains scattered biographical materials, photographs of the Vonnohs, a photograph album, photographs of artwork, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material.

There is a 2.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2022 that includes typescripts of Vonnoh's journals; scrapbooks; photographs of Vonnoh, works of art and events and photograph albums; letters to Vonnoh; exhibition catalogs and other printed material; and biographical material including marriage certificate and Last Will and Testament. Materials date from circa 1875-1991.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh measure 3.1 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1991, with the bulk of material dating from 1890 to 1955. The scattered papers document the personal life and career of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and, to a lesser degree, her husband, painter Robert William Vonnoh. Found within the papers are Vonnoh family correspondence, including letters between Bessie and Robert, and primarily Bessie's professional and personal correspondence. There is one folder of correspondence of Robert William Vonnoh. Bessie's correspondents include Daniel Chester French, Hamlin Garland, Rupert Hughes, Archer Huntington, Larkin G. Mead, Jean Francois Raffaelli, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and others. Robert's correspondents include Charles M. Carter, Daniel Chester French, William M. R. French, and Charles Vezin. The collection also contains scattered biographical materials, photographs of Bessie Potter Vonnoh and Robert William Vonnoh, a photograph album, photographs of artwork, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material.

There is a 2.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2022 that includes typescripts of Vonnoh's journals; scrapbooks; photographs of Vonnoh, works of art and events and photograph albums; letters to Vonnoh; exhibition catalogs and other printed material; and biographical material including marriage certificate and Last Will and Testament. Materials date from circa 1875-1991.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1922-1955 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1863-1985 (Box 1; 11 folders)

Series 3: Photographs, circa 1860-1950 (Box 1-2; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1901-1991 (Box 2; 9 folders)

Series 5: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1875-1991 (Boxes 3-5; 2.3 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955) was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Alexander and Mary McKenney Potter. In 1874, after the death of her father, her family moved to Chicago. Also at this time, she suffered from a series of illnesses that she did not recover from until she was ten. In school she enjoyed clay-modeling class and decided at an early age that she wanted to be a sculptor. Beginning in 1890 she studied with Lorado Taft at the Art Institute of Chicago and later became one of his assistants (known as the "White Rabbits") for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. She was also given her own commission for the Illinois building at the fair. After this success, Vonnoh opened her own studio in Chicago and made plaster figurines of society women, friends, and their children. She visited New York and took her first trip to Paris in 1895, visiting the studios of many eminent sculptors such as Auguste Rodin. Her work was influenced by the American Impressionist movement, depicted in one of her most famous works, Young Mother. This piece was exhibited in the National Sculpture Society exhibition of 1898 and led to several public sculpture commissions.

In 1899 Bessie Potter Vonnoh moved to New York City and married Impressionist painter, Robert William Vonnoh (1858-1933). They lived in New York and maintained a summer home in Lyme, Connecticut. During her career she received many awards for her works at international exhibitions, including two bronze medals at the Paris Exposition in 1900. Other landmark events included a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 1913 and membership into the National Academy of Design in 1921 - the first female sculptor accepted as a permanent member. Vonnoh's work was very well received by the public, and in the 1920s she began working on a larger scale, creating large fountains, such as the Frances Hodgson Burnett Memorial Fountain in Central Park, New York, and other decorative garden figures. Robert Vonnoh died in 1933 and, in 1948, she married Dr. Edward Keyes. Bessie Potter Vonnoh died in New York City in 1955 at the age of 82.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1995 by Lulette Jenness Thompson, a cousin of Bessie Potter Vonnoh and in 2022 by Kerry Oliver-Smith, who received the collection from his father, Waren McKenney, a second cousin of Vonnoh.
Restrictions:
A portion of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
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:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Artist couples  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Portrait painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.vonnbess
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90691b7dd-4558-4461-9d58-25f11a247363
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-vonnbess
Online Media:

Commemorative tribute to James Whitcomb Riley, by Hamlin Garland ; read in the 1920 lecture series of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Author:
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
Subject:
Riley, James Whitcomb 1849-1916  Search this
Physical description:
9 p. 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1922
Call number:
CT275.R58 G23 1922
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_463496

A son of the middle border / by Hamlin Garland ; with illustrations by Alice Barber Stephens

Author:
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
Stephens, Alice Barber 1858-1932  Search this
Former owner:
Pershing, John J (John Joseph) 1860-1948 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
vii, [3], 467, [1] p., [15] leaves of plates : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Northwestern States
Date:
1917
Topic:
Frontier and pioneer life  Search this
Call number:
PS1733.A4X 1917
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_409947

William Ladd Taylor papers

Creator:
Taylor, William Ladd, 1854-1926  Search this
Names:
Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930  Search this
Brigham, Clara Taylor  Search this
Brigham, Ferdinand, 1891-  Search this
Chadwick, G. W. (George Whitefield), 1854-1931  Search this
Farnum, Royal B. (Royal Bailey), b. 1884  Search this
Field, Eugene, 1850-1895  Search this
Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940  Search this
Gibson, Charles Dana, 1867-1944  Search this
Metcalf, Willard Leroy, 1858-1925  Search this
Root, Elihu, 1845-1937  Search this
Taylor, Mary Alice  Search this
Turner, Charles Henry, 1848-1908  Search this
Extent:
300 Items ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1884-1966
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence with Mary Alice Taylor (his wife), Clara Taylor Brigham (his sister), Ferdinand Brigham (his nephew), Willard Metcalf, Eugene Field, Elihu Root, Hamlin Garland, George W. Chadwick, Charles Dana Gibson, Royal B. Farnum, Charles H. Turner, and Edward Bok, editor of Ladies Home Journal. Also includes some biographical material; 52 family photographs; manuscripts of lectures to art students and of short stories; 49 sketches; 3 illustrated books; photographs and reproductions of Taylor's works; lists of his works; exhibition catalogs and price lists; and clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, illustrator; Cambridge, Mass.
Provenance:
Lent 1971 by Dr. Ferdinand Brigham, Taylor's nephew.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Illustrators -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.taylwill
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95ca13c70-7276-4b54-b6f6-b5a192bf2cbe
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-taylwill

The book of the American Indian / Hamlin Garland ; illustrated by Frederic Remington ; edited by Keith Newlin

Title:
American Indian
Author:
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
Remington, Frederic 1861-1909  Search this
Newlin, Keith  Search this
Subject:
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
Physical description:
lv, 284 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
2005
2002
19th century
Topic:
History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Frontier and pioneer life  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_792261

Prairie songs : being chants rhymed and unrhymed of the level lands of the great West / by Hamlin Garland ; with drawings by H.T. Carpenter

Author:
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
De Vincent Collection of American Sheet Music  Search this
Physical description:
[4], 3, [4], 17-164 p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1893
Topic:
Prairies--Poetry  Search this
Call number:
PS1732 .P89 1893
PS1732.P89 1893
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_364532

Hamlin Garland's observations on the American Indian, 1895-1905 / compiled and edited by Lonnie E. Underhill and Daniel F. Littlefield, Jr

Title:
Observations on the American Indian, 1895-1905
Author:
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
Underhill, Lonnie E  Search this
Littlefield, Daniel F  Search this
Physical description:
x, 214 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
West (U.S.)
Date:
1976
C1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_808442

A collection of signed autograph letters to either Akeley or his wife Mary, from numerous public figures

Author:
Akeley, Carl Ethan 1864-1926  Search this
Eastman, George 1854-1932  Search this
Akeley, Mary L. Jobe (Mary Lenore Jobe) 1878-1966  Search this
Seton, Ernest Thompson 1860-1946  Search this
Lodge, Henry Cabot 1850-1924  Search this
Thomas, Lowell 1892-1981  Search this
Ford, Edsel 1893-1943  Search this
Ickes, Harold L (Harold LeClair) 1874-1952  Search this
Pinchot, Gifford 1865-1946  Search this
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur 1879-1962  Search this
Hamilton-Stevenson, Robert 1867-1946  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
32 items (34 sheets) ; 5 x 3 in. - 8.5 x 11 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Autographs
Place:
Africa
Date:
1919
1919-1940
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Discovery and exploration  Search this
Call number:
M001h
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1042941

Selected letters of Hamlin Garland / edited by Keith Newlin and Joseph B. McCullough

Author:
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
Newlin, Keith  Search this
McCullough, Joseph B  Search this
Subject:
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940 Correspondence  Search this
Physical description:
xxxvii, 455 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1998
C1998
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Authors, American  Search this
Call number:
CT275.G233 A1 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_542370

Theodore Roosevelt and six friends of the Indian / by William T. Hagan

Title:
Theodore Roosevelt and 6 friends of the Indian
Author:
Hagan, William Thomas  Search this
Subject:
Roosevelt, Theodore 1858-1919  Search this
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
Grinnell, George Bird 1849-1938  Search this
Leupp, Francis Ellington 1849-1918  Search this
Lummis, Charles Fletcher 1859-1928  Search this
Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart) 1855-1942  Search this
Welsh, Herbert 1851-1941  Search this
Indian Rights Association History  Search this
Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions (U.S.) History  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 274 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
North America
Date:
1997
C1997
1869-1934
20th century
Topic:
Government relations  Search this
Indians, Treatment of--History  Search this
History--Sources  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_524361

Old favorites from the McGuffey readers, edited by Harvey C. Minnich...associate editors: Henry Ford, James M. Cox, Hamlin Garland ... [and others] 1836-1936

Author:
McGuffey, William Holmes 1800-1873  Search this
Minnich, Harvey C. b. 1861  Search this
Ford, Henry 1863-1947  Search this
Cox, James M (James Middleton) 1870-1957  Search this
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 482 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1936
[c1936]
Topic:
Readers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_512215

The book of the American Indian, written by Hamlin Garland, pictured by Frederic Remington

Author:
Garland, Hamlin 1860-1940  Search this
Remington, Frederic 1861-1909  Search this
Physical description:
274 p. plates. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1923
Call number:
E77.G23X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_260116

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