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Katharine Lane Weems papers

Creator:
Weems, Katharine Lane, 1899-1989  Search this
Names:
Brookgreen Gardens  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.) -- Photographs  Search this
Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974  Search this
Cresson, Margaret French, 1889-1973  Search this
Gildersleeve, Basil L. (Basil Lanneau), 1831-1924  Search this
Grafly, Charles, 1862-1929  Search this
Hancock, Walker Kirtland, 1901-1998  Search this
Huntington, Anna Hyatt, 1876-1973  Search this
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974  Search this
Lane, Gardiner M., 1859-1914  Search this
Lane, Katharine Ward, 1862-1893  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
Marans, Moissaye, 1902-1977  Search this
Monjo, Enric, 1895-1976  Search this
Putnam, Brenda, 1890-1975  Search this
Weinman, Adolph A. (Adolph Alexander), 1870-1952  Search this
Wong, Anna May, 1905-1961  Search this
Extent:
14.8 Linear feet
3 Items (rolled docs)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Place:
Saranac Lake N.Y. -- Photographs
Date:
1865-1989
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, extensive diaries, correspondence, notes, writings, business records, sketchbooks and drawings, project files, scrapbooks, printed materials, photographs and slides, motion picture film, and videotape relating to Weem's education and career as a sculptor. Also included are ca. 1 foot of papers of Weems' aunt, watercolorist Katharine Ward Lane (1862-1893), including letters, diaries, sketchbooks and photographs.
REEL 724: Biographical sketch, 1974; letters from Frederic Bartlett, George Demetrios, Walker Hancock, Leon Kroll, Lee Lawrie, Moissaye Marans, Adolph Alexander Weinman, and others; four sketchbooks, 1954-1965, containing pencil drawings of animals; a scrapbook of clippings, 1924-1941; and printed material.
UNMICROFILMED: Biographical material includes sketches and documents, and biographical information on Weems grandfather, Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, and father, Gardiner Lane. Diaries (74 v.), 1906-1983, contain entries relating to art studies and her development as a sculptor; some include clippings and photographs. Correspondence, 1898-1989, includes letters from Gifford Beal, Margaret French Cresson, Charles Grafly, John Gregory, Walker Hancock, Malvina Hoffman, Anna Hyatt-Huntington, Paul Manship, Brenda Putnam, Gurdon Tarbox, and Adolph Weinman, discussing Weems' work and participation in various sculpture organizations. There are four notebooks on art history; recipes for clay and plaster; notes on patinas for bronze; lecture notes; lists of Weems' works and exhibitions; an exhibition guest book, 1931-1957; poems, 1933-1981; invoices and receipts, 1919-1981; copyright records, 1928-1978; and art work, including 15 v. of sketchbooks, 1913-1964, drawings and tracings of animal figures. and a copper printing plate mounted on a wood block.
Fourteen project files contain letters, drawings, photographs, and printed material on: an enlarging machine, the Saltus Medal for Merit, the frieze and Rhinoceros sculpture for the Biological Laboratories at Harvard, 1930-1942, including 7 reels of 16mm motion picture film (with script transferred to VHS), the Lotta Fountain, 1939-1974, Legion of Merit Medal, 1949-1952, War Department project, 1946, Goodwin Medal, 1949-1952, Wallace Goodrich Plaque, 1954, Hospital Teaching Clinic, 1955, Boston Museum of Science, 1964-1965, "Dolphins by the Sea" for the New England Aquarium, 1969-1979, Heredities Limited, 1971-1974, and the Museum School, 1977.
Included are two scrapbooks, one of clippings about the work of other artists and one containing poems, clippings of landscapes, animals, works by others, and autographed photographs of actresses Katharine Cornell and Anna May Wong and sculptor Brenda Putnam. Printed material includes clippings, 1911-1989; exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1922-1981; bulletins, programs, brochures on artists, organizations, Brookgreen Gardens, and supplies; reproductions of art works, and the books, Odds Were Against Me (1985, Weems autobiography, and Enrique Monjo (1955), inscribed by Mongo.
Photographs and slides, 1902-1988, are of Weems, family members, artists Charles Grafly, Walker Hancock, and Anna Hyatt-Huntington, Weems' house "The Chimneys," her studio, gardens, animals, works of art by Weems and others, exhibit installations, and views of New York City, Washington, D.C., Monticello, the University of Virginia, and Brookgreen Gardens. Nine albums, 1920-1980, contain photographs of an art class, Weems in her studio, her home, her friends, scenic views, and works of art. Videos and film include a videotape (5 min., U-matic) of an interview of Weems; a film, "From Clay to Bronze," showing the creation of Weems' sculpture "Dark Warrier" (transferred to VHS); motion picture film of the making of the sculpture "Rhinoceros" (transferred to digital betacam, VHS and DVD), and a home movie of a day at the beach, circa 1935.
The papers' of Weems' aunt, Katharine "Kitty" Ward Lane (d. 1893), include Lane's letters, 1898-1893, to her brother (Weems' father) and to other family members; a travel diary from Germany, 1886; notes; financial records, 1891-1892; 10 sketchbooks; printed material; and photographs, 1865-1893, of Lane, early views of Saranac Lake, and 9 views of the Columbia Exposition, 1893.
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor; Boston, Mass. Died 1989. Specialized in animal sculpture. Studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston under Charles Grafly, Anna Hyatt-Huntington, George Demetrios, and Brenda Putnam. She married F. Carrington Weems in 1947. Named after her aunt, watercolor painter Katharine Ward Lane, who died in 1893.
Provenance:
Material on reel 724 lent for microfilming by Weems, 1974. The four sketchbooks on reel 724 were subsequently donated in 1989. Unmicrofilmed papers were donated 1975 and 1982 by Weems, and in 1989 by her estate. Eighteen diaries (1961-1965, 1967-1976 [1969 not included], 1978, and 1981-1983) and an apppointment book for 1966 donated by the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, 1991.
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:
Animal sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Watercolorists -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Animal sculpture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.weemkath
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96c1a0919-a71e-4b49-9b63-7e7e27c9052f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-weemkath

Charles M. Kurtz papers, 1843-1990, bulk 1884-1909

Creator:
Kurtz, Charles M. (Charles McMeen), 1855-1909  Search this
Subject:
Kurtz, Julia Stephenson  Search this
Albright Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.)  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (Location of meeting: Saint Louis, Mo.). Date of meeting or treaty signing: (1904 :.)  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Southern Exposition (Location of meeting: (Louisville, Ky.).)  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Charles M. Kurtz papers, 1843-1990, bulk 1884-1909. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Glasgow school of painting  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9530
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211729
AAA_collcode_kurtchar
Theme:
Diaries
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211729
Online Media:

MS 4689 Matilda Coxe Stevenson Papers

Creator:
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1850-1915  Search this
Stevenson, James, 1840-1888  Search this
Evans, Alexander H.  Search this
Correspondent:
Anderson, Larz, 1866-1937  Search this
Avery, Rachel Foster  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887  Search this
Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952  Search this
Douglass, William Boone  Search this
Eagle, Mary K.  Search this
Gill, Mary W.  Search this
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown), 1851-1896  Search this
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956  Search this
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr., 1841-1935  Search this
Holmes, William Henry, 1846-1933  Search this
Hornaday, W.T.  Search this
Leidy, Joseph  Search this
McGee, Anita Newcomb, 1864-1940  Search this
Meredith, Virginia C.  Search this
Moseley, A.N.  Search this
Nordhoff-Jung, Sophie  Search this
Pollard, Henry L.  Search this
Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902  Search this
Putnam, F. W. (Frederic Ward), 1839-1915  Search this
Schweizer, Herman  Search this
True, Clara D.  Search this
Tylor, Edward Burnett  Search this
Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle), 1850-1927  Search this
Bourke, John Gregory, 1846-1896  Search this
Names:
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904: Saint Louis, Mo.)  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Depicted:
Carson, Kit, 1809-1868  Search this
Darwin, Charles  Search this
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870  Search this
Hayden, F. V. (Ferdinand Vandeveer), 1829-1887  Search this
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882  Search this
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891  Search this
Extent:
5 Linear feet
Culture:
Pueblo  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
ca. 1870-1910
Scope and Contents:
Most of Stevenson's scientific notes are included as separate items in the series of numbered manuscript and the papers of John Peabody Harrington. This particular set of materials is made up of papers that passed into the hands of the executor of her estate. It consists of a miscellany of letters, notes, legal documents, cartographic materials, genealogical materials, photographs, newspaper clippsing, other printed material, and other types of documents. Although tehc ollection largely concerns Stevenson, it also includes some material of her husband, James Stevenson, and members of her family, especially her father, Alexander H. Evans, a Washington, D.C. attorney.
Many of the documents concern Stevenson's field work among the Pueblo Indians and other official duties with the Smithsonian. some material relates to her activities with the World's Columbian Exposition and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. A few items concern her membership in scientific organizations. Still other documents are of a personal nature, and some are mementoes, especially of James Stevenson. A significant group of documents concern Matilda CoxeStevenson's friendly and, later, very difficult relationship with Clara True.
The photographs include some items of ethnographic interest but it consists largely of portraits of James andMatilda Stevensonand Mrs. Stevenson's relatives. Also included are images in albums apparently gathered by Stevenson as a collector of photographs. They include images of Kit Carson, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and William Tecumseh Shermn. In the albums are also a nubmer of photographic portraits with unidentified subjects, many of whom appear to be actors and actresses.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4689
Occupation:
Actors  Search this
Citation:
Manuscript 4689, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4689
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw307a40c65-b225-4d96-a204-990f2597324d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4689

The Commercial Cable System in operation at Chicago / World's Columbian Exposition / Compliments of the Commercial Cable Co. / Mackay-Bennett System [pamphlet]

Collector:
Western Union Telegraph Company  Search this
Author:
Commercial Cable Company  Search this
Names:
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
United Telegraph Workers.  Search this
Western Union Telegraph Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 5.4" x 7.8")
Type:
Archival materials
Pamphlets
Date:
1893
Scope and Contents:
Concise History / of the / Atlantic Cable / and the / Commercial Cable Company; contains many images related to the company history.
Arrangement:
In series 2, box 32, folder ?
Local Numbers:
AC0205-0000102-01 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-02 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-03 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-04 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-05 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-06 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-07 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-08 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-09 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-10 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-11 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-12 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-13 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-14 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-15 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-16 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-17 (AC Scan)

AC0205-0000102-18 (AC Scan)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but Series 11 and films are stored off-site. Special arrangements must be made to view some of the audiovisual materials. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection 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:
Cable  Search this
Telegraph, Wireless  Search this
Ships  Search this
Genre/Form:
Pamphlets -- 1900-1910
Pamphlets -- 1900-1930
Collection Citation:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records
Western Union Telegraph Company Records / Series 2: Subsidiaries / Commercial Cable Co., (World's Columbian Exposition pamphlet)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85587c8c1-cfce-4dd4-8f0a-c6f4362c525b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0205-ref11317

Man in Costume and with Ornaments Near Round Pole and Thatch House with Woven Mat Blinds at Midway Plaisance

Creator:
Snow, B. L.  Search this
Names:
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology. Division of Ethnology  Search this
Extent:
1 Photomechanical print (005 in x 008 in)
Culture:
Samoan  Search this
Samoans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photomechanical prints
Photographs
Date:
1894
Local Numbers:
NAA INV.05266901
Local Note:
Copyright: Snow, B. L.;1894
Black and white photomechanical print
Place:
Illinois -- Chicago
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo Lot 97 DOE Oceania: West Polynesia: Samoan: Misc 05266901, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1 / Oceania / W Polynesia / Samoa
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3027ebb07-7bcd-4e7e-9a5c-4581d7be8936
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-photolot-97-ref13606

Portrait of Man from Samoa in Costume and with Ornaments and In Midway Plaisance

Creator:
Snow, B. L.  Search this
Names:
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology. Division of Ethnology  Search this
Extent:
1 Photomechanical print (005 in x 008 in)
Culture:
Samoan  Search this
Samoans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photomechanical prints
Photographs
Date:
1894
Local Numbers:
NAA INV.05266902
Local Note:
Copyright: Snow, B. L.;1894
Black and white photomechanical print
Place:
Illinois -- Chicago
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo Lot 97 DOE Oceania: West Polynesia: Samoan: Misc 05266902, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1 / Oceania / W Polynesia / Samoa
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw397048bae-ee22-4197-8793-c783961fd29f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-photolot-97-ref13607

Man and Woman from Java in Costume and with Ornaments And Umbrellas

Creator:
Snow, B. L.  Search this
Names:
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology. Division of Ethnology  Search this
Extent:
1 Photomechanical print (008 in x 010 in)
Culture:
Javanese (Indonesian people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photomechanical prints
Photographs
Date:
1894
Local Numbers:
NAA INV.05266903
Local Note:
Copyright: Snow, B. L.;1894
Black and white photomechanical print
Place:
Illinois -- Chicago
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo Lot 97 DOE Oceania: West Polynesia: Samoan: Misc 05266903, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1 / Oceania / W Polynesia / Samoa
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw397255103-337b-4e5d-886f-6d3d2c071fc4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-photolot-97-ref13608

Portrait of Mele (Woman) in Costume and with Neck and Head Ornaments

Creator:
Coover, Place B.?  Search this
Names:
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology. Division of Ethnology  Search this
Extent:
1 Photomechanical print (009 in x 012 in)
Culture:
Javanese (Indonesian people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photomechanical prints
Photographs
Date:
1893
Local Numbers:
NAA INV.05267000
Local Note:
Copyright: Coover, Place B.; 1893
Black and white photomechanical print
Place:
Illinois -- Chicago
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo Lot 97 DOE Oceania: West Polynesia: Samoan: Misc 05267000, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1 / Oceania / W Polynesia / Samoa
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw35b992328-5a66-4620-9311-276ff83c477e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-photolot-97-ref13609

Portrait of Ghoms Mariame (Woman) in Costume and with Ornaments at Midway Plaisance

Names:
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology. Division of Ethnology  Search this
Extent:
1 Photomechanical print (005 in x 008 in)
Culture:
Sinhalese  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photomechanical prints
Photographs
Date:
1893
Local Numbers:
NAA INV.05267501
Local Note:
Black and white photomechanical print
Place:
Illinois -- Chicago
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo Lot 97 DOE Oceania: West Polynesia: Samoan: Misc 05267501, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1 / Oceania / W Polynesia / Samoa
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3cb638f16-cc82-4a04-b7be-fb9b0c33ebf2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-photolot-97-ref13617

Two Men and Two Women in Partial Costume and with Ornaments, Some with Headgear, at Midway Plaisance

Names:
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology. Division of Ethnology  Search this
Extent:
1 Photomechanical print (008 in x 006 in)
Culture:
Afghan  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photomechanical prints
Photographs
Date:
1893
Local Numbers:
NAA INV.05267601
Local Note:
Black and white photomechanical print
Place:
Illinois -- Chicago
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo Lot 97 DOE Oceania: West Polynesia: Samoan: Misc 05267601, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1 / Oceania / W Polynesia / Samoa
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw335f1354f-e529-4800-be5c-458baf903d08
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-photolot-97-ref13619

Manuscript on the development of anthropology in the United States

Creator:
Mason, Otis Tufton, 1838-1908  Search this
Names:
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Extent:
62 Pages
Container:
Box 2, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
ca. 1891
Scope and Contents:
Draft of portion of work only. Prepared as introduction to catalog of exhibition at the World's Columbian Exposition.
Related Materials:
Apparently relates to Mason's letters described in GRSN 5850, 5851, 5854.
Collection Restrictions:
Some materials are restricted.

Access to the Department of Anthropology records requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Anthropology -- History  Search this
Collection Citation:
Department of Anthropology Records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Department of Anthropology records
Department of Anthropology records / Series 17: Division of Ethnology / 17.1: Manuscript and Pamphlet File / Anthropology—Manuscripts
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw35ce6a08b-e95a-4ba7-9fc4-2c2dd05a333b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-xxxx-0311-ref15519

Charles M. Kurtz papers

Creator:
Kurtz, Charles M. (Charles McMeen), 1855-1909  Search this
Names:
Albright Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.)  Search this
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904: Saint Louis, Mo.)  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Southern Exposition (Location of meeting: (Louisville, Ky.).)  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Kurtz, Julia Stephenson  Search this
Extent:
27.74 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Date:
1843-1990
bulk 1884-1909
Summary:
The papers of arts administrator, museum director, collector, dealer, and editor Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909), measure 27.74 linear feet and date from 1843-1990 (bulk dates 1884-1909). The bulk of the collection consists of detailed chronological correspondence between Kurtz and his wife and family, friends, colleagues, and business associates that documents many notable exhibitions, galleries, museums, private collections, as well as cities, people, and events of the period. Also found in the collection are Kurtz's diaries, scrapbooks, printed materials, and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The Charles M. Kurtz papers measure 27.74 linear feet and date from 1843 to 1990 with the bulk of the material dating from 1884 to 1909. The bulk of the collection consists of chronological correspondence between Kurtz and his family, most notably his wife, friends, colleagues, and business associates. Kurtz's letters are amazingly detailed and document many notable exhibitions, galleries, museums, private collections, as well as cities, people, and events of the period. The letters between Kurtz and his wife are most interesting for their descriptive commentary on late 19th century life and offer a complete picture of Kurtz's activities. Many of Kurtz's letters to Halsey C. Ives can be found in the Halsey C. Ives Papers. Some of the letters in the collection are illustrated. Also found in the collection are Kurtz's diaries, scrapbooks, printed materials, and photographs.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into twelve series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1885-1931, undated

Series 2: Correspondence, 1843-1940, undated

Series 3: Circulars/Requests for Submissions of Works of Art, 1886-1905

Series 4: Legal Records, 1881-1928

Series 5: Financial Records, 1870-1989, undated

Series 6: Diaries, 1894-1901

Series 7: Notes and Writings, 1872-1980, undated

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1878-1909

Series 9: Printed Material, 1873-1990, undated

Series 10: Photographs, 1898-1990

Series 11: Photographs of Works of Art, undated

Series 12: Miscellany, undated
Biographical Note:
Charles M. Kurtz's name is known to many scholars and students of American art history. To some he is important for his critical writings, others are interested in his management of exhibitions for the Art Union and the American Art Association. Many are aware of him because of his publication of National Academy Notes, which continued for nine years. Still others are familiar with Kurtz in his role as an art administrator for late 19th century art exhibitions like those at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the St. Louis Fair, or for his accomplishments as the first director of the Albright Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Sometimes researchers have become familiar with his name through the sale catalogue for his considerable collection, which was sold at auction after his death in 1909. His career, which encompassed the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth century, touched on virtually every aspect of art in America during that period.

Born in 1853 to Davis Brook Kurtz (1826-1906), an attorney, and Julia Wilder, Charles Kurtz enjoyed a genteel upbringing. The Kurtz family originated in Darmstadt, Germany, and migrated to America in the eighteenth century. D.B. Kurtz, a leading member of the Lawrence County bar, was also a vice-president of the National Bank of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. As a local representative of many important railroad and business interests, he accumulated assets estimated at one million dollars by the time of his death, just three years before that of his son, Charles, the eldest of his five children. Unlike his brothers Louis, who also became an attorney, and Edward, a professor at Columbia University, Charles eschewed a professional career to enter the art world, as did his sisters Emily, an artist, and Catherine, a musician.

After his graduation from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, Kurtz visited the Centennial Exposition, held in 1876 in Philadelphia, before coming to New York to study art at the National Academy of Design. These two activities foreshadowed the direction that his career would eventually take. As the chronology indicates, his early efforts revolve around writing for a variety of publications, most notably, his own National Academy Notes. In 1881 he took what was to be the first of many trips abroad to survey the art scene in Europe. Later in his career, his fascination with foreign art and his own entrepeneurial interests led him to become an outspoken opponent of tariffs on imported art.

Kurtz's personal life changed significantly in 1884 when he met Julia Stephenson, a physician's daughter and fledging art student from Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Throughout their courtship and after their marriage the couple was frequently separated. Consequently, they wrote lengthy letters which document not only their personal relationship but also Kurtz's aspirations and activities in the art world.

With his appointment as one of Halsey C. Ives's (1847-1911) chief assistants of the Fine Arts Department of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1891, Charles Kurtz's career achieved international stature. Among the most notable European artists he introduced into this country through circulating exhibitions were the Glasgow School, the Danish School, the Hungarian artist, Mihaly Munkacsy, and the subject of his final exhibition, the Spanish artist, Sorolla.

Throughout his life, Kurtz was plagued by health problems and, in 1899, illness forced him to resign as Assistant Director of Fine Arts for the United States for the Paris Exposition of 1900. Throughout the following decade, his work was increasingly interrupted by ill health. His death in 1909 at the age of 54, while sudden, was not entirely unexpected. However it most certainly cut short a cosmopolitan career that encompassed virtually every aspect of the art world and the pertinent issues of the day.

Kurtz is remembered for his editorial work with the National Academy of Design; as Art Director for the Southern Exposition, 1883-1886, and the St. Louis Exposition, 1894-1899 (where he introduced the Glasgow School of Painting); and as Assistant Chief/Director for the World's Columbian Exposition, the 1900 Paris Exposition, and the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. He was also director of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy.

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1855 -- Charles McMeen Kurtz born

1876 -- receives B.S. degree from Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania

1876-78 -- studies at the National Academy of Design, N.Y. with Lemuel Wilmarth and William Morgan; writes a column, "New York Letters," for The Courant published in New Castle, Pennsylvania

1878 -- edits a small daily paper published during a "National Camp Meeting for the promotion of Holiness" held that summer in New Castle, Pa.; its critical stance resulted in his public denouncement and earned him a reputation as a journalist in western Pennsylvania; receives M.A. from Washington and Jefferson College

1878-79 -- becomes the local editor of The Guardian of New Castle

1879 -- publishes The Daily Reporter, a financial success

1881 -- publishes the first issue of National Academy Notes; travels in Europe, spending time in England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France (Paris)

1881-82 -- prepares Illustrated Notes for Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition

1882 -- writes "Art Notes" in The New York Tribune and resigns Dec. 23rd

1882-83 -- accepts position to write for Music and Drama, a new daily paper

1883 -- becomes the general manager of the American Art Union; exhibits a large collection of Art Union paintings in Buffalo, N.Y. and Louisville, Ky., where they became part of the Southern Exposition's first great art display

1883-86 -- accepts offer to become Director of the Art Department, Southern Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky

1884 -- edits Art Union magazine until December; applies for position to head the Art Department of the New Orleans World's Fair in September

1884-86 -- accepts a position offered by the American Art Association; terminates uncongenial relationship in March, 1886

1885 -- writes catalogues for the sale of the George Seney Collection and for the Watts exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; October 1, marries Julia Stephenson (1861-1931), daughter of Dr. A. T. Stephenson of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; they had two daughters who survived them: Julia Wilder Kurtz (1889-1977), and Isabella Starkweather Kurtz (1901-1991); another daughter, Elizabeth Stephenson Kurtz (1886-1897), predeceased them

1886 -- terminates employment with the Art Association; daughter, Elizabeth Stephenson Kurtz, born

1886-87 -- manages the circulation of Mihaly Munkacsy's Christ Before Pilot for Charles Sedelmeyer to American venues: New York, Boston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Nashville, Phildelphia, Indianapolis; tour generates $90,000 in ticket receipts

1889-91 -- February 24, appointed art critic ("Art Notes") and book reviewer for New York Daily Star; later literary and art editor of the Sunday Star

1890 -- writes for the Sunday edition The Press, a New York paper

1891 -- writes for The World; art editor for The New York Recorder; contributes to the New York Truth

1891-93 -- contributes to Chicago Evening Post ; writes artist biographies for The Chicago Graphic, a regional magazine; appointed Assistant Chief of the Department of Fine Arts of the World's Columbian Exposition

1894 -- contributes column, "Art at the Exposition" to St. Louis Life

1895 -- tours Denmark, Scotland, and France during the summer on behalf of the St. Louis Exposition

1894-99 -- appointed Director of the Art Department of the St. Louis Annual Exposition

1896 -- elected member of The Japan Society, London

1897 -- daughter, Elizabeth (Daisy), dies

1898 -- receives a diploma and medal "in recognition of valuable services in connection with the Fine Arts Exhibit" from the directors of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition, Omaha

1899 -- appointed Assistant Director of Fine Arts for the United States Commission to the Paris Exposition of 1900; resigned in July due to ill health

1901-04 -- appointed Assistant Chief of the Department of Art of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, August

1901 -- daughter, Isabella Starkweather Kurtz, born

1902 -- receives honorary Ph.D from Washington and Jefferson College "in recognition of distinguished ability and services as an art critic and writer"

1905 -- receives the cross of the Order of Merit from Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria; appointed Director, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy and Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, in January; exhibits Glasgow paintings at Albright Art Gallery from November until the following April

1906 -- writes Academy Notes, a bulletin pubished by the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy and the Albright Art Gallery; father, D.B. Kurtz, dies in Newcastle, Pennsylvania

1907 -- accused of importing German pictures free of duty for exhibition purposes and then selling some for profit

1908 -- Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree conferred by Washington and Jefferson College

1909 -- Charles M. Kurtz dies in Buffalo, New York on March 21

1910 -- Sale of the private collection of Charles M. Kurtz at auction, Fifth Avenue Art Galleries, February 24-25

1931 -- Widow, Julia Stephenson Kurtz dies October 30

1977 -- Daughter, Julia Wilder Kurtz, dies

1991 -- Daughter, Isabel Starkweather Kurtz, dies in Buffalo, N.Y.; remaining Charles M. Kurtz Papers bequeathed to the Archives of American Art and the National Academy of Design, New York
Related Material:
The St. Louis Exposition/Halsey C. Ives papers in the Archives of American Art contain material relating to Charles M. Kurtz.

Additional Charles Kurtz papers, 1870-1910, including 340 letters which discuss exhibitions, sales of art, patronage, atelier visits, and submissions to publications, and letters to his parents in which he discsses the art market and art world new; as well as manuscripts, notebooks, a diary, and printed ephemera relating to exhibitions and publications, are available at the Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Los Angeles, California.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel 4912) including Charles Kurtz's Glasgow painting diary. The loaned diary was returned to the lender and can now be found at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. This material is not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
For many years, the Kurtz Papers were thought to have been destroyed in a fire. Isabel Kurtz, a school teacher who lived with her older sister in Buffalo, New York, was vague when initially approached about her father's papers by Archives Regional Director, Robert Brown in the mid-1980s. However upon her death in 1991, her will revealed that the papers were indeed in her house in Buffalo and the bulk of them were bequeathed to the Archives of American Art. Paintings and a diary relating to the Glasgow School were given to the Yale Center for British Art. That diary has subsequently been duplicated on microfilm and is now also available in the Archives. Scorch marks on some of the papers and also on the paintings given to Yale suggest that there was indeed a fire. The material that was not bequeathed to the Archives included duplicates of printed documents along with books from the Kurtz library and a coin collection, all of which were dispersed in an estate auction that was held in Buffalo in 1991.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Rights:
Glasgow painting diary, Microfilm reel 4912: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Yale Center for British Art. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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 museum directors -- New York (State) -- Buffalo  Search this
Art critics -- New York (State)  Search this
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Arts administrators -- New York (State)  Search this
Topic:
Glasgow school of painting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Charles M. Kurtz papers, 1843-1990 (bulk 1884-1909). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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AAA.kurtchar
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-kurtchar
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Columbian Exposition wrapper with complete set

Title:
Scott Catalogue USA 230--245
Printer:
American Bank Note Company  Search this
Depicts:
Christopher Columbus, Italian, 1451 - 1506  Search this
Medium:
paper; ink (multiple colors)
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 8 7/8 x 12 1/8 in. (22.54 x 30.8 cm)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place:
Minnesota
Date:
May 18, 1893
Associated Event:
Columbian Exposition Issues (1893 ABNCo)  Search this
Topic:
National Stamp Collection  Search this
Covers & Letters  Search this
Object number:
1992.2012.1
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National Postal Museum
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The last voyage of the whaling bark Progress New Bedford, Chicago and the twilight of an industry Daniel Gifford

Title:
New Bedford, Chicago and the twilight of an industry
Author:
Gifford, Daniel 1970-  Search this
Subject:
Progress (Bark) History  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
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x, 194 pages illustrations 23 cm
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Books
History
Place:
Massachusetts
New England
New Bedford
Illinois
Chicago
Date:
2020
19th century
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Whaling--History  Search this
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Exhibitions  Search this
Whaling  Search this
Whaling ships  Search this
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Elsie at the World's fair [microform] / by Martha Finley

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Finley, Martha 1828-1909  Search this
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Dinsmore, Elsie (Fictitious character)  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Physical description:
259 p., [2] leaves of plates : ill. ; 19 cm
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Microforms
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1894
C1894
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mfm 005182.05
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The story of Columbus

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World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
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Columbus, Christopher  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) illus., facsim., ports. 16 x 24 cm
Type:
Books
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Date:
1893
C1893
Call number:
T500.B1 S88 1893
T500.B1S88 1893
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Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

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World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
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Photographic print
Architecture
Date:
1893
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12929 or MAH-12929
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Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

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World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
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Photographic print
Architecture
Date:
1893
Topic:
Expositions  Search this
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Architecture  Search this
Exhibitions--Chicago (Ill.)  Search this
Standard number:
12932 or MAH-12932
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Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

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World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
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Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Architectural; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Architecture
Date:
1893
Topic:
Expositions  Search this
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Exhibitions--Chicago (Ill.)  Search this
Standard number:
12188 or MAH-12188
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Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

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Unknown  Search this
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World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
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Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Architectural; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Architecture
Date:
1893
Topic:
Expositions  Search this
Buildings  Search this
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Statues  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Fountains  Search this
Exhibitions--Chicago (Ill.)  Search this
Standard number:
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