The bulk of collection consists of correspondence with his wife Alice Hirschberg and their son Laurence Nelson, but also included are letters to Hirschberg from Charles Yardley Turner and William St. John Harper, who write from abroad while studying art with Jean Paul Laurens and Leon Bonnat. Other correspondents include Walter Shirlaw, John Lavery, Edwin Austin Abbey, Arthur Hoeber and art patron J. Sanford Saltus. Nelson's correspondence relates to his experiences while studying abroad and with Birge Harrison at the Art Students League Woodstock Summer School. Also included are photographs, mainly of the family and a written work by Alice Hirschberg.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, illustrator; New York, N.Y. Born in Germany. Married to Alice Hirschberg (Alice Kerr-Nelson). Their son, painter and teacher Laurence Nelson, took his mother's name.
Donated by William Dolan Fletcher in 1985.
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REEL 2029: 41 group photographs of artists' outings. Appearing in one or more photos are: George R. Barse, Charles Bittinger, A.E. Blackmore, Robert F. Bloodgood, J.G. Brown, Frederick S. Church, Percival De Luce, William H. Drake, Charles H. Ebert, Homer F. Emens, L. Farragut, William B. Faxon, William C. Fitler, Arthur R. Freedlander, J.C. Guy, Seymour J. Guy, William St. John Harper, Carl Hirschberg, William H. Howe, Francis C. Jones, James Kinsella, L. Kleiser, Homer Lee, Joseph Lauber, William H. Lippincott, Will H. Low, George W. Maynard, Charles F. W. Mielatz, B. Mitchell, James C. Nicoll, Ivan G. Olinsky, John F. O'Sullivan, W. P. Phelps, William M. Post, Frederick Richardson, Roswell M. Shurtleff, William T. Smedley, Charles Y. Turner, Douglas Volk, and Giles Whiting.
Biographical / Historical:
Artists' Fellowship's purpose is to assist artists and their families in case of sickness, bereavement or distress. It grew out of the Helpful Society, founded 1868, and housed in the Tenth Street Studio Building. It became the Artists' Mutual Aid Society, whose name was changed in 1889 to the Artists' Aid Society. In 1925 the Society was incorporated as Artists' Fellowhip, Inc.
Donated 1980 by Artists' Fellowship, via Michael Engel II, President. The original negatives and album of vintage prints on reel 2029 were found in the offices of the National Academy of Design, where the Fellowship at one time maintained offices.
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