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Archives related to: Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914

titleCorrespondence associated with: Vanderbilt, George Washington.
repositoryOnline Edition of Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler
collection titleGeorge Washington Vanderbilt is the recipient, sender or subject of 62 documents, dated between 1893-1903, associated with Whistler and his work. They are available online in either digital form or by transcript, and in some cases both.

The individual documents are located in the following repositories:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C
The Biltmore Company, Ashville, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Glasgow University Library
Library of Congress
New York Public Library
The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ
Tate Gallery Archives, Tate Britain, London

extent62 documents
formatsCorrespondence Electronic Resource
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updated02/07/2020 18:19:48

titleVanderbilt Collection at Eagle's Nest, Vanderbilt Museum
repositoryVanderbilt Museum
collection titleThe collections contain over 12,000 documents and images on the life and interests of William K. Vanderbilt II.

Included are more than 1,000 books on exploration, natural history and the decorative arts, scientific journals, 15 scrapbooks, over 5,000 black and white photographs documenting Vanderbilt's family life and scientific explorations, and architectural plans and photo albums of the Centerport, L.I. and Fisher Island, Florida estates.

Log books from Vanderbilt's around-the-world expeditions document his experiences and the people and places he visited during the 1920s and 1930s. Over 300 original pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations of marine specimens by William E. Belanske, Vanderbilt's curator during the expeditions, are preserved. Original, one-of-a-kind photos and documentation of the Vanderbilt Cup Races on Long Island (1904-1906, 1908-1910) and the building and history of Vanderbilt's Long Island Motor Parkway are also preserved.
extentca 12,000 documents
formatsPrinted Materials Photographs Ephemera Scrapbooks Photograph Album
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updated11/12/2014 11:29:54

titleWilliam B. Osgood Field papers, 1610-1952, n.d. (bulk 1897-1934).
repositoryNew York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
collection titleThe William B. Osgood Field papers consist of family, personal, and office correspondence; financial documents; diaries; genealogical records; school and college memorabilia; photographs; and ephemera recording his and his family's commercial, philanthropic and social activities, chiefly between the years 1897 and 1934. While the papers of William B. Osgood Field form the bulk of the collection, other family members are well-represented, including his mother Augusta, his wife Lila, his sister Mary, his uncle Osgood, and his sons and daughters.

The collection documents Field's education in Dresden, Germany; his business, legal and real estate affairs; his military service during World War I; his collecting interests, particularly concerning rare books, book illustration and caricatures, coins and collectibles; his support of numerous charitable and cultural organizations; and his interest in angling and hunting, shared by his wife Lila.

Also reflected are family members' schooling, extensive travels, residence abroad, intellectual and political interests, social activities, and military service of family members and friends during World War II. Also present are correspondence and other materials from prominent Europeans and Americans in contact with Field family members, including authors, activists, artists, musicians, singers, and political figures. Examples include letters and manuscript sheet music of Leopold Stokowski in the papers of Mary Pearsall Field, and original work by Edward Lear, Ernest Henry Griset, John Leech and William Francklyn Paris collected by William B. Osgood Field.

The collection contains genealogical and other materials concerning members of their allied families of Bowne, Osgood, Sloane and Vanderbilt; and household documentation concerning William B.Osgood Field's homes in New York City, Mohegan Lake, N.Y., and Lenox, Mass.; and Osgood Field's residence in Rome.

William Bradhurst Osgood Field (1870-1949) and his family were prominent members of society in New York City and Lenox, Massachusetts during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Field was an engineer and businessman who served in the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Division during World War I. His interests also defined him as an avid book collector, gentleman farmer, philanthropist, and sportsman. Field sat on the boards of many charitable and commercial organizations, and was a member of over twenty clubs and societies, notably serving as president of the Grolier Club.

Some materials are in German, French and Italian.

Research Call Number MssCol 6090
extent112 linear feet
formatsPersonal Papers Business Papers Correspondence Financial Records Legal Papers
accessRestricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
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finding aidCollection guide available in repository and on internet.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:07

titlePapers of William J. Collins, 1902-1958.
repositorySterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
collection titleWilliam J. Collins was brought on as the first curator of prints and drawings in 1958. He had been the head, since 1939, of the Department of Prints at Knoedler & Co. in New York City, where the Clarks purchased many of their artworks. Collins passed away unexpectedly in 1960.

This collection consists of a number of different types of items. A three-ring binder documents sales of prints, drawings, and etchings to such major early-20th century collectors as Henry Clay Frick, Andrew W. Mellon, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Joseph Widener, and Blanche Adler. Sales date back as early as 1902, so the binder probably belonged to Collins's predecessor at Knoedler's, Norman F. Wells, or perhaps even Wells's predecessor.

Collins kept a number of loose letters and ephemera stored inside its covers. There is also a small bound leather book divided into alphabetically tabbed sections. Most of the pages are blank, but some contain more lists in the same handwriting as the binder. They may also be prints and drawings bought or sold by Knoedler, but the annotations use abbreviations and numbers that are indecipherable.

An A-Z accordion file contained items relating to both the life and work of Collins, including a letter to his father composed after his brother was killed in battle during World War I; a letter from RSC, along with Collins's responses, regarding some prints RSC was hoping to buy; photographs of works Collins was buying or selling; ephemera relating to art shows; and other correspondence.

A black spring binder contains notebook pages with writing in pencil. There are passages that relate to the Bible and to art history. There is some translation from German. There is nothing conclusively identifying this object with Collins and its purpose remains unclear. The remaining items were found in Collins's room at the Williams Inn after he died. These include catalogs and other publications; several small oil paintings perhaps done by Collins; ephemera such as his credit card and Catholic holy cards; and additional correspondence and documents. One folder of materials is labeled James F. Drake, Inc. and contains correspondence between Collins and the rare book dealer regarding obtaining a number of art books for the Clark.

extent.8 linear ft.
formatsPhotographs Correspondence Ephemera Inventories Financial Records
accessContact the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library for further details.
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finding aidAvailable online and at the repository (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library).
acquisition informationThe binder and the book were acquisitioned in early 2007 after being removed from a collection of items that eventually made up the Realia and the Personal series of the Sterling and Francine Clark Papers. The A to Z file and personal items were accessioned in October 2007, along with records pertaining to the Prints and Drawings Collection.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:10

titleSamuel Putnam Avery Papers, [ca. 1850]-1905
repositoryThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
collection titleCollection includes Avery's diary referring to his travels in Europe, 1871-1882; a scrapbook of samples of his work; and autographs and sketches sent to Avery from such American and European artist friends as Edouard Detaille, Henri Lefort, W.J. Linton, W.H. Vanderbilt, J.G. Vibert, and J.A.M. Whistler. Catalogs and notes of Avery's works and art collections; editorials and resolutions in memory of Avery, 1905; and letters written to Avery's wife upon his death. Copies of children's books containing his illustrations and printed proof sheets of etchings designed by Avery.

Some correspondence is in French
Location and Call Numbers
Watson Library Reference Z42.3A7 M48 v.4 LIB USE ONLY ---
Watson Library Reference Z42.3A7 M48 v.5 LIB USE ONLY ---
Watson Library Reference Z42.3A7 M48 v.6 LIB USE ONLY ---
Watson Library Bookcage MS 06 LIB USE ONLY
Watson Library Bookcage MS 07 LIB USE ONLY ---
Watson Library Bookcage MS 08 LIB USE ONLY ---
Watson Library Bookcage MS 09 LIB USE ONLY ---
Watson Library Bookcage MS 10 LIB USE ONLY
extent2 linear ft
formatsDiaries Scrapbooks Sketches
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updated11/12/2014 11:30:17