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Archives related to: De Forest, Robert W. (Robert Weeks), 1848-1931

titleWeitzel letter collection, 1863-1931.
repositoryAmerican Art Archives
collection titleA letter to Robert W. de Forest of New York City from Elinor L. P. Lyon of Norwalk, Conn., stating her interest in the "Eagle picture" and making an offer to buy it (reel 2803); and two letters to James Reid Lambdin from Samuel Putnam Avery, discussing paintings, frames, dealers, etc. (reel 3091).
extent3 items (on 2 partial microfilm reels) reels 2803 and 3091
formatsCorrespondence Microfilm
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationThese letters were originally catalogued under the names of their recipients.
updated01/28/2019 15:36:08
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titleLetterbook, 1899-946. Levy, Florence N. (Florence Nightingale), 1870-1947.
locationThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleLetterbook, 1899-1946, containing correspondence received by New York City editor and arts administrator Florence Nightingale Levy. Letters are principally written by artists and associates of Levy's and principally pertain to her activities as editor of the American Art Annual and her involvment in the fields of arts administration and education and concern such topics as invitations to public functions held in honor of Levy, museum openings, publications, and congratulations to Levy acknowledging her contribution to the art world. Individual correspondents include: Henry Turner Bailey, Charles C. Curran, Robert W. De Forest, John H. Finley, James P. Haney, and many others. Also present are three photographs showing Levy at her desk as manager of the Art Alliance of America, the entrance to the Arts Council gallery at the Hotel Barbizon, and a guidance clinic set up by the Art Education Council at an arts Convention. Includes index.

Historical Note:
Arts administrator from New York City; founder and editor of the American Art Annual, 1898-1918, and founder and director of the American Federation of Arts, 1913-1945.

Location
New-York Historical Society

Collection
Mss Collection

Call Number
BV Levy
extent1 v. (79 items)
formatsCorrespondence
accessOpen to qualified researchers at The New-York Historical Society
record sourcehttp://www.bobcat.nyu.edu
acquisition informationGift of Florence N. Levy June 28, 1946.
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titleLetterbooks, 1904-1909. McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1865-1940.
locationThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleLetterpress books, 1904 Jan.-1909 Dec., of letters written by George Brinton McClellan as mayor of New York City. In these letters McClellan writes to decline or accept invitations, acknowledge receipt of letters from correspondents, promise to keep in mind individual candidates for specific appointments, thank people for various services and courtesies, etc. Frequent correspondents include: Theodore A. Bingham, Robert W. de Forest, Hugh Hastings, William McAdoo, Thomas M. Mulry, Alton B. Parker, Reginald B. Reeves, Thomas E. Rush, and Henry St. George Tucker, among many others. Volumes include indices.

Historical Note:
Mayor of New York City, 1903-1910, and son of General George Brinton McClellan.

Location
New-York Historical Society

Collection
Mss Collection

Call Number
BV McClellan
extent4 v. (3,500 p.)
formatsCorrespondence
accessOpen to qualified researchers at The New-York Historical Society.
record sourcehttp://www.bobcat.nyu.edu
acquisition informationGift of Mrs. George B. McClellan, May 5, 1943.
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titleEdwin Howland Blashfield Papers,1867-1936.
locationThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleCorrespondence, diaries in letter form, art notes, writings on art and artists, and miscellaneous papers, 1867-1936. Included are letters from artists, architects, museum officials, public officials, friends, relatives, and admirers; letters chiefly written by him while traveling in France, Italy, Egypt, Greece, Holland, Germany, and Switzerland from 1886-1931; letter-diaries relating to his travels; art notes made in France and Italy with small sketches; agreements for doing murals; biographical sketch of his wife, Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield; rough list of a library of books on art; and addresses and notes. Some of the correspondents include Will Brownell, Henry Bacon, Nicholas Murray Butler, T.W. Dewing, Daniel Chester French, A.E. Gallatin, Charles Dana Gibson, Cass Gilbert, Thomas Hastings, W.D. Howells, Archer Milton Huntington, John LaFarge, Charles R. Lamb, Seth Low, Charles McKim, Paul Manship, Brander Matthews, Maxfield Parrish, John Singer Sargent, F.W. Stokes, Egerton Swartwout, Louis C. Tiffany, and Edith Wharton.

Historical Note:
Born in New York City in 1848, Edwin Howland Blashfield became an artist who specialized in mural painting and advocated for public art. In 1867 Blashfield traveled to Paris where he studied with the figure painter Léon Bonnât. Blashfield's works were exhibited at the Paris Salon during 1875-1879, 1888-1889, and 1892-1893. On July 5, 1881, Blashfield married in Paris Evangeline Wilbour, and soon after took up permanent residence in New York City. He and his wife collaborated on many illustrated articles for magazines. In 1892 Blashfield received a commission to create a painting for the dome of the Manufacturer's and Liberal Arts Building at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The resulting artwork, "The Arts of Metal Working," earned Blashfield national recognition. Blashfield went on to create murals for public buildings including the dome of the Library of Congress (1896) and the state capitols of Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Blashfield also received many private commissions such as the New York residence of Collis P. Huntington and the Hotel Astoria. He remained active as an artist, and prepared several war posters during the first World War. Throughout his career, Blashfield remained dedicated to the promotion of public art. He was one of the founding members of New York City's Municipal Art Society in 1892. Blashfield achieved both popularity with the public and professional esteem among his peers. He served as president for many prestigious professional organizations including Society of American Artists (1895-1896), National Institute of Arts and Letters (1914-1916), and The National Academy of Design (1920-1926). In 1908 Blashfield was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Blashfield died at his summer home in South Dennis, Mass., 1936.

Location
New-York Historical Society

Collection
Mss CollectionCall Number
Blashfield Papers and BV Blashfield
extent3 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence Writings Sketches Ephemera Notes
accessAccess: open to qualified researchers at The New-York Historical Society.
record sourcehttp://www.bobcat.nyu.edu
finding aidAlphabetical list of correspondents available in repository.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:04
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titleWilliam Thompson Dewart Collection of Frank A. Munsey and New York Sun Papers.
locationThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleThe collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and a few misc. papers, 1902-44 & undated, as follows: 96 letters and telegrams, 1903-20 & undated, from publisher Frank A. Munsey to William T. Dewart, his general manager in New York City; 76 letters and telegrams, 1902-25 & undated, from publisher Erman J. Ridgway to Munsey; letters, 1926-29, from Robert W. DeForest to Dewart and carbon copies of Dewart’s replies, 53 items; letters, 1923-25, from Ridgway to Dewart and carbon copies of Dewart’s replies, 62 items; correspondence, photographs, and misc. papers concerning Munsey, Dewart, the New York Sun, etc., 146 items.

Locaiton
New-York Historical Society

Collectin
Mss Collection

Call Number
Dewart Coll.
extent433 items. (3 boxes).
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Ephemera
record sourcehttp://www.bobcat.nyu.edu
finding aidFinding aid in repository. Curator’s Manual.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:04
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titleOffice of the Secretary records, 1870-[ongoing].
locationThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
collection titleRecords comprise correspondence and subject files created by the Secretary and General Counsel, Trustees and several past Directors of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This material relates to all aspects of Museum operations and administration including: acquisition of artworks through purchase, gift and bequest, exhibitions, building maintenance and construction, relations with City and State agencies, drafting and negotiating contracts, managing litigation, cultural property issues, legal and business affairs, grants and corporate donations. Files documenting the tenures of each Secretary of the Museum are included.

In addition, there is substantial original documentation created by: former Directors of the Museum, including Luigi Palma di Cesnola, Caspar Purdon Clarke, Edward Robinson, Herbert E. Winlock; past Trustees, including: John Taylor Johnston, Henry Gurdon Marquand, Robert W. De Forest, and J. Pierpont Morgan; and key curatorial and administrative staff.

Biography or History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 in New York City by a group of businessmen, financiers, artists and collectors. On April 13 of that year the New York State Legislature granted an Act of Incorporation "for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said City a Museum and Library of Art, of encouraging and developing the Study of the Fine Arts, and the application of Art to manufacture and natural life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and to that end of furnishing popular instruction and recreations." Railroad executive John Taylor Johnston served as the institution’s first President. Luigi Palma di Cesnola was appointed the first Director in 1879.

The Office of the Secretary was established concurrently with the founding of the Museum, and is the central repository for official Trustee records, administrative correspondence and legal files of the Museum’s General Counsel. The Secretary is a member of the Museum staff who performs administrative duties under the general direction of the President or as may be assigned by the Chairman or Board of Trustees.

The Secretary is responsible for coordinating and recording the proceedings of meetings the Board of Trustees and Trustee committees. The Secretary attends to official correspondence, has custody of and preserves the corporate seal and the archives, and oversees the legal affairs of the Museum.

The following have served as Secretary of the Museum: William J. Hoppin (1874-1877), Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1877-1904), Robert W. DeForest (1904-1913), Henry W. Kent (1913-1940), George Lauder Greenway (1941-1942), Dudley T. Easby, Jr. (1945-1969), Ashton Hawkins (1969-1987), Linden Havemeyer Wise (1987-1992), Sharon H. Cott (1992-present).

Citation
[Title of item], [date], [folder title], Office of the Secretary Records, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives.

Note
Most materials in English; French, Italian, German and other languages are represented as well.
extent2500 linear feet.
formatsCorrespondence Subject Files Administrative Records Financial Records Legal Papers
accessConsult Archives staff regarding permission to quote or reproduce.
record linkhttp://library.metmuseum.org/record=b1705272~S1
record sourcehttp://library.metmuseum.org/record=b1705272~S1
finding aidnpublished index and folder level database; access restricted to Archives staff only.
acquisition informationTransferred from Office of the Secretary.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:08
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titleRecords of the Director's Office: Frederic Allen Whiting, 1913-1930
locationThe Cleveland Museum of Art
collection titleThe records of the Director's Office are the primary source for understanding the decisions made and actions taken at the highest level of the museum's administration.

In addition, the records constitute one of the most valuable, unified resources for researching the early history of the museum and its art collection; initial construction and expansion of the museum building;

changes in the museum's administrative hierarchy; personalities and activities of individual staff members; artistic and social movements of the first half of the twentieth century; and the museum's relationship with civic, cultural, and educational institutions throughout the country and the world.

The records from Frederic Allen Whiting's tenure as director are divided into four main series: I. Numbered Administrative Correspondence, II. Unnumbered Administrative Correspondence, III. Biographical Materials, and IV. Index to Numbered Administrative Correspondence.

Citation:
The Cleveland Museum of Art Archives, Records of the Director's Office: Frederic Allen Whiting, date and short description of document [e.g., letter from Whiting to Kent, 6 June 1916].
extent22.6 cubic feet, 72 boxes
formatsAdministrative Records Writings Correspondence Notes
accessAt the end of the restricted period, the records will still be subject to the review of the archivist before access is granted.
record linkhttp://library.clevelandart.org/museum_archives/finding_aids/whiting/index.php
record sourcehttp://library.clevelandart.org/museum_archives/finding_aids/
updated11/12/2014 11:30:11
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