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Engraving

Collection Creator:
Gay, Edward, 1837-1928  Search this
Gay, Duncan, 1865-1948  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1860-1920
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Edward Gay and Gay family papers, 1852-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Edward Gay and Gay family papers
Edward Gay and Gay family papers / Series 1: Edward Gay Papers / Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9690fa3bf-7606-4bd6-b3e6-f12026bad23d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-gayedwap-ref48

Sketchbook

Collection Creator:
Gay, Edward, 1837-1928  Search this
Gay, Duncan, 1865-1948  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1860-1920
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Edward Gay and Gay family papers, 1852-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Edward Gay and Gay family papers
Edward Gay and Gay family papers / Series 1: Edward Gay Papers / Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw975ae23b7-49c2-470a-a028-70fdfc1f8b0a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-gayedwap-ref49

Sketches, Oils

Collection Creator:
Gay, Edward, 1837-1928  Search this
Gay, Duncan, 1865-1948  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 33
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1860-1920
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Edward Gay and Gay family papers, 1852-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Edward Gay and Gay family papers
Edward Gay and Gay family papers / Series 1: Edward Gay Papers / Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95da8300b-6287-4b22-a6f7-e84e83f3ae02
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-gayedwap-ref51

Audubon's Grandchildren, Letters (1860s-1920s)

Collection Creator:
Dwight, Edward H., 1919-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 19-20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-circa 1979
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Edward H. Dwight papers, 1821-2001, bulk 1950-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Edward H. Dwight Papers
Edward H. Dwight Papers / Series 3: Audubon Research Material / 3.2: Audubon Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f37ef95d-6fc4-4f11-be68-d837dbd97128
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-dwigedwa-ref111

Dinner List: "Dîner des amis de l'art Japonais" Guest list and addresses for a dinner, guests include Claude Monet.

Creator:
Vever, Henri, 1854-1942  Search this
Names:
Clemenceau, Georges, 1841-1929  Search this
Monet, Claude, 1840-1926  Search this
Vever, Henri, 1854-1942  Search this
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903  Search this
Zorn, Anders, 1860-1920  Search this
Collection Creator:
Vever, Henri, 1854-1942  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (handwritten pages)
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Paris (France)
France -- Ile-de-France -- Paris
Date:
1893
Scope and Contents:
Handwritten list of guests to a dinner by Société des amis de l'art japonais (Society of Friends of Japanese Art), likely held in Paris in 1893. Guests included an array of notable artists, politicians, collectors, dealers and publishers.
Guest list of Les Amis de Art Japonaise Diner
Biographical / Historical:
Jeweler, art collector, and author Henri Vever was born in Metz, France in 1854. Together with his older brother Paul, Henri Vever managed the family jewelry firm, Maison Vever, from 1881 until Paul's death in 1915 and Henri's retirement in 1921. As an art collector, Vever amassed a large collection of European, Asian, and Islamic art. Through his work as a jeweler, art collector, and author, Henri Vever played an important role in the twentieth-century art world.
The Société des amis de l'art japonais (Society of Friends of Japanese Art) was first organized in 1892 by the Paris Asian art dealer Sigfried Bing. Vever was a founding member. The group held dinners multiple times each year to discuss their interest primarily in Japanese prints.
Local Numbers:
FSA A1988.04 4.1
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- France -- Paris  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Japanese  Search this
Collection Citation:
Henri Vever Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Gift of François Mautin, 1988
Henri Vever Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of François Mautin, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.04, Item FSA A1988.04 4.1
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Henri Vever Papers
Henri Vever Papers / Series 1: Diaries
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3ef84069c-65d9-4dfd-afa8-0e9103fda1fd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-04-ref106

Family Photographs

Collection Creator:
Hall, Chenoweth, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 32
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1870s-1910s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Chenoweth Hall papers, circa 1870s-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Chenoweth Hall papers
Chenoweth Hall papers / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92fdbd486-68fe-4f9c-8b09-7d152f96abfd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-hallchen-ref164

Family Photographs

Collection Creator:
Hall, Chenoweth, 1908-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 1-2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1870s-1910s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Chenoweth Hall papers, circa 1870s-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Chenoweth Hall papers
Chenoweth Hall papers / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99df71b39-26f5-48e8-a93a-63e203fa8e55
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-hallchen-ref165

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1860s-1920
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
Charles Lang Freer Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer.
Identifier:
FSA.A.01, Series 2
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Charles Lang Freer Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3997ec4e0-a33a-4bbe-98a5-dd2180ed4002
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a-01-ref60

The War Bulletin at Willards [sic] Hotel [sketch]

Illustrator:
Mead  Search this
Names:
Willlard's Hotel (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Graphite on paper., 9" x 11.8".)
Type:
Archival materials
Drawings
Sketches
Place:
Washington (D.C.) -- 1860-1920
Date:
1863
Scope and Contents:
Graphite sketch, "The War Bulletin at Willards Hotel", signed "Mead 1863" with hand-written description on the back. Large number of men standing and talking.
Local Numbers:
AC0060-0001303 (AC Scan No.)
General:
In Box 4, Folder 24.
Civil War Selections from the Archives Center
Related Materials:
Civil War series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Civil war  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings -- 1860-1890
Sketches
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Civil War
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Civil War / Government Records, Business Records, and Other / Civil War
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c403fbcf-f299-48fb-8153-40dfb932c502
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-civilwar-ref640

Lynn Turner Family Photographs

Collector:
Turner, Lynn  Search this
Photographer:
Applegate  Search this
Filson & Son  Search this
Bairstow, J. B.  Search this
Names:
Library of Congress  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Cabinet photographs
Albums
Snapshots
Tintypes
Place:
Alexandria (Va.) -- 1860-1920
Washington (D.C.) -- 1860-1920
Date:
circa 1865-1918
Summary:
This collection consists of two photograph albums and a number of individual photographs (tintypes and cabinet prints, all portraits), from the turn of the century to approximately 1918. The cabinet prints are from Pennsylvania and Ohio studios. Most of the snapshots seem to have been taken in and around Washington, D.C.
Scope and Contents:
This collection is composed of two photograph albums and a number of individual photographs. The group includes nineteenth-century material (tintypes and cabinet prints, all portraits), but most of the items are from the turn of the century to approximately 1918. Studio portraits as well as amateur snapshots are included. The cabinet prints are from Pennsylvania and Ohio studios. Most of the snapshots mounted in the two albums seem to have been taken in and around Washington, D.C., and include numerous familiar buildings and scenery. The albums are in poor condition, as number 1 is 'without a cover, and most of the pages are separated from the cover of number 2. Photographers represented include (?) Applegate, J. B. Bairstow, and Filson & Son.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged by type.
Biographical / Historical:
These photographs are from the family of Ms. Evelyn (Lynn) Turner.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Evelyn or Lynn Turner, 1986, June 1.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Sailors  Search this
Portraits -- 19th century  Search this
Soldiers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1900-1950
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1850-1900
Cabinet photographs
Albums
Snapshots -- 1900-1920
Tintypes
Citation:
Lynn Turner Family Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0210
See more items in:
Lynn Turner Family Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85b3a866c-83db-4dc0-891c-d736a7246e6b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0210

Charles Volkmar papers, 1827-1985

Creator:
Volkmar, Charles, 1841-1914  Search this
Subject:
Harpignies, Henri  Search this
Jacque, Charles Emile  Search this
Millet, Jean François  Search this
Volkmar, Carl  Search this
Volkmar, Charles  Search this
Volkmar, Leon  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Pottery -- New York (State)  Search this
Slip casting  Search this
Tiles  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10189
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213244
AAA_collcode_volkchar
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213244

Artists' biographical questionnaires

Creator:
Art League Publishing Co. (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Names:
Ballin, Hugo, 1879-1956  Search this
Bartlett, Frederick Eugene, 1852-1911  Search this
Beckwith, J. Carroll (James Carroll), 1852-1917  Search this
Birney, William Verplanck, 1858-1909  Search this
Bitter, Karl Theodore Francis, 1867-1915  Search this
Blashfield, Albert Dodd, 1860-1920  Search this
Blenner, Carle Joan, 1864-1952  Search this
Bridgman, Frederick Arthur, 1847-1928  Search this
Brown, Bolton, 1864-1936  Search this
Brown, Ray, 1865-1944  Search this
Browne, George Elmer, 1871-1946  Search this
Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941  Search this
Bush-Brown, Henry Kirke, 1857-1935  Search this
Clark, Walter Appleton, 1876-1906  Search this
Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919  Search this
De Forest, Lockwood, 1850-1932  Search this
Fenn, Harry, 1838-1911  Search this
Fraser, James Earle, 1876-1953  Search this
Granville-Smith, Walter, 1870-1938  Search this
Guérin, Jules Vallée, 1866-1946  Search this
Harrison, Birge, 1854-1929  Search this
Harrison, Thomas Alexander, 1853-1930  Search this
Haskell, Ernest, 1876-1925  Search this
Herter, Albert, 1871-1950  Search this
Hitchcock, George, 1850-1913  Search this
Hitchcock, Lucius Wolcott, 1868-1942  Search this
Hosking, Arthur Nicholas, b. 1874  Search this
Kemeys, Edward, 1843-1907  Search this
Kendall, William Sergeant, 1869-1938  Search this
Kimball, Alonzo M., 1874-1923  Search this
MacCord, Charles William, 1852-1923  Search this
Manley, Thomas R., 1853-1938  Search this
Maynard, Richard Field, 1875-1964  Search this
McCord, George Herbert, 1848-1909  Search this
Meteyard, Thomas Buford, 1865-1928  Search this
Millet, Francis Davis, 1846-1912  Search this
Mills, John Harrison, 1842-1916  Search this
Moran, Percy, 1862-1935  Search this
Mosler, Henry, 1841-1920  Search this
Murphy, Hermann Dudley, 1867-1945  Search this
Ochtman, Leonard, 1854-1934  Search this
Opper, Frederick Burr, 1857-1937  Search this
Pape, Eric, b. 1870  Search this
Peixotto, Ernest, b. 1869  Search this
Penfield, Edward, 1866-1925  Search this
Potter, Louis McClellan, 1873-1912  Search this
Redfield, Edward Willis, 1869-1965  Search this
Reuterdahl, Henry, 1871-1925  Search this
Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926  Search this
Sandham, Henry, 1842-1910  Search this
Sartain, William, 1843-1924  Search this
Shepperson, Claude Allin, 1867-1921  Search this
Shinn, Florence Scovel, d. 1940  Search this
Smillie, George H. (George Henry), 1840-1921  Search this
Smillie, James David, 1833-1909  Search this
Steele, Frederic Dorr, 1873-1944  Search this
Story, Julian, 1857-1919  Search this
Taft, Lorado, 1860-1936  Search this
Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937  Search this
Taylor, F. Walter (Frank Walter), 1874-1921  Search this
Tryon, Dwight William, 1849-1925  Search this
Turner, Charles Henry, 1848-1908  Search this
Turner, Charles Yardley, 1850-1918  Search this
Turner, Ross, 1847-1915  Search this
Vedder, Simon Harmon, 1866-  Search this
Wiggins, Carleton, 1848-1932  Search this
Wiles, Irving Ramsay, 1861-1948  Search this
Wolf, Henry, 1852-1916  Search this
Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert), 1864-1940  Search this
Zogbaum, Rufus Fairchild, 1849-1925  Search this
Zolnay, George Julian, 1862 or 1863-1949  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((68 items on 3 partial microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1905
Scope and Contents:
Biographical forms completed by artists and illustrators for the Art League Publishing Company's ARTISTS YEAR BOOK. Each contains details written by the artist concerning parentage, exhibitions and collections containing his work, books illustrated, memberships in clubs, etc.
Included are forms from: Hugo Ballin, Frederick E. Bartlett, James C. Beckwith, William V. Birney, Karl Bitter, Albert D. Blashfield, Carle Joan Blenner, Frederick A. Bridgman, Bolton Brown, Ray Brown, George Elmer Browne, George De Forest Brush, Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, Walter A. Clark, Kenyon Cox, Lockwood De Forest, Harry Fenn, James E. Fraser, Walter Granville-Smith, Jules Guerin, Birge Harrison, Thomas A. Harrison, Ernest Haskell, Albert Herter, George Hitchcock, Lucius Wolcott Hitchcock, Edward Kemeys, William S. Kendall, Alonzo Kimball, Charles MacCord, Thomas R. Manley, Richard F. Maynard, George H. McCord, Thomas Meteyard, Francis D. Millet, John H. Mills, Edward P. Moran, Henry Mosler,
Herman D. Murphy, Leonard Ochtman, Frederick B. Opper, Eric Pape, Ernest Peixotto, Edward Penfield, Louis M. Potter, Edward W. Redfield, Henry Reuterdahl, Louis J. Rhead, Henry Sandham, William Sartain, Claude A. Shepperson, Florence Scovel Shinn, George H. Smillie, James D. Smillie, Frederic D. Steele, Julian Story, Lorado Taft, Henry O. Tanner, Frank W. Taylor, Dwight W. Tryon, Charles Henry Turner, Charles Yardley Turner, Ross S. Turner, Simon H. Vedder, Carleton Wiggins, Irving R. Wiles, Henry Wolf, Charles H. Woodbury, Rufus F. Zogbaum, and George J. Zolnay.
Biographical / Historical:
Art publishing house; Chicago, Ill. Published, THE ARTISTS YEAR BOOK: A HANDY REFERENCE BOOK WHEREIN MAY BE FOUND INTERESTING DATA PERTAINING TO ARTISTS, AND THEIR STUDIO, HOME, AND SUMMER ADDRESSES, FOR 1905-1906. Arthur Hosking was the editor.
Provenance:
Donated 1958.
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:
Artists -- United States  Search this
Illustrators -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Art publishing -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.artleag
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw979bc5637-bb32-441f-bf21-12e66785db46
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-artleag

William Rudolph O'Donovan letters, 1860-1920

Creator:
O'Donovan, William Rudolph, 1844-1920  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- New York (State) -- New York -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10943
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214721
AAA_collcode_odonwill
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214721

Thomas Shields Clarke letters, 1875-1920

Creator:
Clarke, Thomas Shields, 1860-1920  Search this
Topic:
Expatriate artists -- France -- Paris  Search this
Sculpture -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10168
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213152
AAA_collcode_clarthos
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213152

William Pettit Correspondence

Collector:
Durrie, Paul, -1985  Search this
Gordon, Gertrude Durrie  Search this
Donor:
Dibner, Bern, Dr.  Search this
Author:
Pettit, William (civil servant)  Search this
Names:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
United States. Congress  Search this
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885  Search this
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865  Search this
Lincoln, Mary Todd  Search this
Pettit, Agnes  Search this
Pettit, Hannah  Search this
Pettit, Lucy  Search this
Pettit, Mary  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Letters (correspondence)
Place:
White House (Washington, D.C.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Washington (D.C.) -- 1860-1920
Elkhorn (Wis.)
Date:
1864-1865
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of thirty-eight letters which William Pettit wrote to his wife from Washington, D.C.; a letter written soon after Lincoln's assassination by Pettit's wife; a letter from Lucy Pettit (Pettit's daughter) to her grandparents describing her birth on February 2, 1843; and a first draft of "my family reminiscences" - consisting of seventeen hand-written pages describing the family's genealogy from the middle 1600's when they first arrived in this country.

All 38 letters of the collection have been transcribed on typewriter. Pettit was concerned about how much wood his wife should order and what she should pay for it. He commented about his children's schooling and their penmanship. He discussed how much money he was sending home and how he was budgeting himself. His first letter describes New Year's Day when he went to the White House to see the ambassadors pay their respects to Uncle Sam. He got pushed with the crowd inside the White House and describes Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln and the types of people crowding in. He continued to go to the White House open houses because he was amused at the types of people who went there including those who put on airs, showed off their clothes, or thought they themselves were important.

Pettit had a subtle sense of humor as he describes well-known personages, church leaders, and people he worked with. He lived in a boarding house on 9th St., N.W. He has some interesting comments to make about the life and opinions of the time concerning the United States and war, bureaucracy and politics.

Pettit was strongly anti-slavery and had very positive views of Blacks. Some of these came from his religious convictions and others as a result of actual behavior of Blacks during the War in incidents which he describes.

He wrote about the coming 1864 election and the competition against Lincoln. He mentioned that Grant had been to Washington. He reported about the troops in the Army of the Potomac and rumors of war activities. For example, he mentions that the Southern rebels planned to blow up prisoners of war in Richmond if the city was to be taken. There is a description of an escape from a Confederate camp by a Northern officer.

Pettit tells about meeting with a drunken soldier whom he helped to get food and housing; and who tried to save from being knocked in the head as was happening weekly in Washington. He went to concerts and commented on the performances. He particularly expressed his preference for Wisconsin performers. He described church services and decorations for Easter and Christmas.

Pettit mentioned a Negro victory in battle, and commented that talk of re-enslaving such men was "mean." He said that Blacks had helped many to escape from the Confederates.

In the letter from Hannah dated April 17, 1865, his wife comments about Lee's surrender and her thoughts on the President's assassination. She said it was like losing a family friend. At first, they had thought it was a mistake but was shocked when it was verified. She said that she had spent a gloomy Easter because of it although the day was beautiful. She asked the rhetorical question whether the vice president could do the job and concluded that this event would be a great trial for the Nation's good.
Biographical / Historical:
William Pettit came to Washington, D.C. from Elkhorn, Wisconsin in the summer of 1863 to work as a clerk in the War Department. He left his wife, Hannah, and three daughters, Mary, Agnes and Lucy, at home. His main duties as a clerk were to answer letters received by the Department. He lived very frugally since he earned only $93.50 per month, part of which sent home to pay for his family's expenses and life insurance. He wrote many letters to his wife describing his activities and his thoughts related to wartime Washington. He took advantage of many opportunities available to a civil servant of the period in the nation's capitol. He occasionally attended the fortnightly open house at the White House, lectures at the Smithsonian Institution, and sessions of the Congress and Supreme Court. Since the letters in this collection are from January 2 through March 30th and October 5th through December 30th, 1864, the six summer months activities are unknown.

According to a note from his great granddaughter, Pettit was riding horseback in Washington, the day after the last letter was written, and was killed. Since there is a letter written April 17, 1865 from his wife, it is impossible to know exactly when he died.
Provenance:
These letters and other material were donated to the Smithsonian Institution in August 1985 by Dr. Bern Dibner of the Burndy Library, Norwalk, Connecticut. He received the materials from Gertrude Durrie Gordon who inherited them from her brother Paul Durrie who died in 1985. His wife was a descendant of the Pettit family of Wisconsin.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Civil service  Search this
Slavery -- United States  Search this
Supreme Court  Search this
Genealogy  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence -- 1840-1930
Letters (correspondence) -- 1860-1870
Citation:
William Pettit Correspondence, 1864-1865, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0177
See more items in:
William Pettit Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82941452f-6748-459f-9d46-233be6b56821
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0177

Systematic anatomy of the monocotyledons (Systematische anatomie der monokotyledonen) [by] H. Solereder and F.J. Meyer. Translated from German [by A. Herzberg. Edited by B. Golek]

Author:
Solereder, Hans 1860-1920  Search this
Meyer, Fritz Jürgen 1891-  Search this
Physical description:
v. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
[196 ,v. 6, 1969-
Topic:
Monocotyledons  Search this
Plant anatomy  Search this
Call number:
QK643.M7 So43
QK643.M7So43
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_313436

Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), (painting)

Painter:
Zorn, Anders Leonard 1860-1920  Search this
Subject:
Cleveland, Grover  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 77.229
Date:
1899
Topic:
Portrait male--Knee length  Search this
Architecture interior  Search this
Occupation--Political--President  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Eye wear  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650301
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_370226

Grover Cleveland, (painting)

Painter:
Zorn, Anders Leonard 1860-1920  Search this
Subject:
Cleveland, Grover  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1899
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Political--President  Search this
Control number:
IAP 82670012
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_201188

Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich (1841-1915), (painting)

Painter:
Zorn, Anders Leonard 1860-1920  Search this
Subject:
Aldrich, Nelson Wilmarth  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 69.85
Date:
1913
Topic:
Portrait male--Knee length  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650007
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_252683

Charles Nagel (1849-1940), (painting)

Painter:
Zorn, Anders Leonard 1860-1920  Search this
Subject:
Nagel, Charles  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 69.1
Date:
1901
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Political--Statesman  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650136
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_252807

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