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titleCorrespondence to Brenda Fenollosa Biddle, 1901.
repositoryUniversity of Pennsylvania
collection titleCorrespondence to Brenda Fenollosa Biddle, 1901.
Description: Mixed Material

Contained in: Van Wyck Brooks Papers. Folder 941

Summary: Copy of letter between Fenollosa and his daughter, Brenda, collected by Brooks for his work on Fenollosa.

Notes: Letter is a photocopy.

Other Contributors: Biddle, Brenda Fenollosa, 1883-, recipient.
extent1 item
formatsReproductions Correspondence
accessContact repository for restrictions
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acquisition informationFound In: Van Wyck Brooks Papers. Folder 941
updated02/07/2020 18:19:58

titleErnest Francisco Fenollosa papers, 1881-1952 (inclusive),1881-1909 (bulk).
repositoryHoughton Library
collection titleIncludes six lectures on Japanese art, 1881, and other lectures and writings on Japanese art and art education; notebook, 1884, containing descriptions of Japanese paintings and art objects; sketchbook; and diary. Also includes some of Fenollosa’s correspondence as well as some correspondence of his widow Lizzie Goodhue Fenollosa, photographs, scrolls, and printed material.

History notes :
Fenollosa was a poet and student of Oriental art. He taught at the Imperial University of Tokyo (1878-1886) and was manager of the Tokyo Fine Arts Academy and the Imperial Museum. From 1890 to 1897 he was curator of Oriental art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Am 1759
Call No.: MS Am 1759.1
Call No.: MS Am 1759.2
Call No.: MS Am 1759.3
Call No.: MS Am 1759.4
extent3 v., 6 boxes (5 linear ft).
formatsCorrespondence Diaries Writings Sketchbooks Printed Materials
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finding aidOnline and unpublished printed finding aid available in the Houghton Accessions Records, 1963-1964, 1965-1966, 1971-1972, 1978-1979, under *63M-220, *65M-157, *71M-24, *78M-19.
acquisition information*63M-220. Gift of Dr. E.G. Stillman; received: 1901. Manuscripts transferred from Widener Library. *65M-157. Bequest of Dr. E. G. Stillman; received: 1966 March. Manuscripts transferred from Widener Library. *71M-24. Manuscripts transferred fromWidener Library; received: 1971 July. These Fenollosa manuscripts were purchased by Dr. Ernest Goodrich Stillman at the Walpole Galleries in January 1920. Many of the manuscripts carry a bookplate indicating they belonged to Dr. Stillman's Japanese Collection in the Harvard College Library. *78M-19. Gift of Mr. Owen Biddle, 1025 Old Gulph Road, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010; received: 1979 March.
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titleSeals and signatures of old Japanese paintings ; two lectures on art : manuscript, 1884, 1885 and undated.
repositoryHoughton Library
collection titleTwo items bound together. The first, undated, consists of printed line-reproductions of seals and signatures of Japanese artists, in black, the pairs numbered 1-976 in blue with a numbering stamp. (There is no key.) The second item consists of notes apparently taken at two lectures by Fenollosa, "Remarks on art-method" dated Apr. 1885, and "Varios [sic] uses of drawing" dated Dec. 1884.

Notes :
On spine: "Kana & Kose schools Old Japanese paintings Seals & signatures Proof sheets of tracings made by E. F. Fenollosa in Tokyo with manuscripts Remarks on art methods by E. F. Fenollosa April, 1885."
Title from slip pasted onto a front flyleaf by E. G. Stillman.
extent1 v. (71, 23 leaves) ; 31 cm.
formatsPrinted Materials Notes
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acquisition informationFrom the Japanese collection of E. G. Stillman, ’08, M.D.
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titleKano School artists : manuscript, undated.
repositoryHoughton Library
collection titleThe ca. 275 tracings are on small thin paper slips mounted in groups on most of the leaves (some are blank). There are no numbers or legend. Some tracings are noted "K.B."

The album consists of accordion-folded leaves between boards covered with gold brocade cloth. The leaves are partly disjoined and detached from the boards.

Title from pencil note on f. 2.
In a brown cloth protective case.
extent 1 v. (28 leaves) ; 31 cm.
formatsDrawings Notes
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acquisition informationBookplate: "From the Library of Ernest F. Fenollosa at ’Kobinata,’ Southern Alabama" signed "Mary Alice Fenollosa (Sidney McCall)." From the Japanese collection of E. G. Stillman, ’08, M.D.
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titleCharles Lang Freer Papers 1876-1931
repositoryFreer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
collection titleSummary: The personal papers of Charles Lang Freer, the industrialist and art collector who founded the Freer Gallery of Art. The papers include correspondence, diaries, art inventories, scrapbooks of clippings on James McNeil Whistler and other press clippings, financial material, architectural drawings, and photographs.

Correspondence, ca. 1860-1921, includes Freer's correspondence, 1876-1920, with artists, dealers, collectors, museums, and public figures; letterpress books contain copies of Freer's outgoing letters, 1892-1910; correspondence collected by Freer of James McNeill Whistler, and his wife Beatrix, 186?-1909, with Lady Colin Campbell, Thomas R. Way, Alexander Reid, Whistler' mother, Mrs. George W. Whistler, and others; correspondence of Whistler collector Richard A. Canfield, 1904-1913, regarding works in Canfield's collection; and correspondence of Freer's assistant, Katharine Nash Rhoades, 1920-1921, soliciting Freer letters and regarding the settlement of his estate.

Also included are twenty-nine pocket diaries, 1889-1890, 1892-1898, 1900-1919, recording daily activities, people and places visited, observations, and comments; a diary kept by Freer's caretaker, Joseph Stephens Warring, recording daily activities at Freer's Detroit home, 1907-1910.

Inventories, n.d. and 1901-1921, of American, European, and Asian art in Freer's collection, often including provenance information; vouchers, 1884-1919, documenting his purchases; five volumes of scrapbooks of clippings on James McNeill Whistler, 1888-1931, labeled "Various," "Peacock Room," "Death, etc.," "Paris, etc.," and "Boston...London" ; three volumes of newsclippings, 1900-1930, concerning Freer and the opening of the Freer Gallery of Art.

Correspondence regarding Freer's gift and bequest to the Smithsonian Institution, 1902-1916; and photographs, ca. 1880-1930, of Freer, including portraits by Alvin Langdon Coburn and Edward Steichen, Freer with others, Freer in Cairo, China and Japan, Freer's death mask, and his memorial service, Kyoto, 1930; photographs of artists and others, including Thomas Dewing, Ernest Fenellosa, Katharine Rhoades taken by Alfred Stieglitz, Rosalind B. Philip, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Abbott H. Thayer, Dwight Tryon, and Whistler; and photographs relating to Whistler, including art works depicting him, grave and memorial monuments, works of art, the Peacock Room, and Whistler's memorial exhibition at the Copley Society.

Bacher, Otto H. (Otto Henry), 1856-1909
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959
Bing, Siegfried, 1838-1905
Binyon, Laurence, 1869-1943
Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931
Bosch-Reitz, Sigisbert Chretien, 1860-
Caffin, Charles Henry, 1854-1918
Campbell, Colin, Lord, 1853-1895
Campbell, Colin, Lady, 1857-1911
Chase, William Merritt, 1849-1916
Church, Frederick S. (Frederick Stuart), 1842-1924
Churchill, Alfred Vance, 1864-1949
Canfield, Richard A. (Richard Albert), 1855-1914
Coburn, Alvin Langdon, 1882-1966
Dewing, Thomas Wilmer, 1851-1938
Dow, Arthur W. (Arthur Wesley), 1857-1922
Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco, 1853-1908
Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene), 1881-1952.
Gellatly, John, 1853-1931
Gookin, Frederick William
Hartmann, Sadakichi, 1867-1944
Hecker, Frank J. (Frank Joseph), 1846-1927
Kelekian, Dikran, 1868-1951
Laufer, Berthold, 1874-1934
McCormick, Frederick, 1870-
Matsuki, Bunkio, 1867-1940
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932
Meyer, Agnes Elizabeth Ernst, 1887-
Meyer, Eugene, 1875-1959
Moore, Charles, 1855-1942
Nomura, Yozo
Philip, Rosalind Birnie, 1873-1958
Reid, Alexander
Rhoades, Katharine N., 1885-1965
Platt, Charles A. (Charles Adams), 1861-1933
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921
Tryon, Dwight William, 1849-1925
Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle), 1850-1927
Warring, Joseph Stephens, 1863?-1944
Way, Thomas R. (Thomas Robert), 1861-1913
Whistler, Beatrix Philip Godwin, d. 1896
Wong, K. T.
Yue, Seaouke
M. Knoedler & Co.
Yamanaka & Company
extent145 linear feet
formatsPersonal Papers Correspondence Photographs Diaries Financial Papers
accessAccess is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment.
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finding aidOnline and in repository.
acquisition informationGift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer
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titleSaul Zalesch collection of artists' letters, 1834-1973.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleREEL 3097: Twenty-six letters (1845-1973) written by George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, Frederick Stuart Church, Thomas Doughty, Ernest Fenollosa, Ben Foster, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, John La Farge, Homer Dodge Martin, Joseph Pennell, Edward Willis Redfield, John Rogers, John Singer Sargent, Richard Stankiewicz, Thomas Sully, and Elihu Vedder. Also included are a Harvard University bond for William Wetmore Story's tuition signed by Franklin H. Story (1834) and a biographical questionnaire completed by John La Farge for THE CYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY (1925).
UNMICROFILMED: Letters to Saul Zalesch from Roy Lichtenstein, William Gropper, Gluyas Williams, Ordway Partridge, Frederick Burr Opper, James Wells Champney, C. Gray Parker, Ben Foster, Louis Betts, Cyrus Le Roy Baldridge, Richard Lippold, Romare Bearden , Isabel Bishop, Thomas Hart Benton, Richard Stankiewicz, and others; a brochure for a work of art by Robert Indiana; a certificate from The Brooklyn Art Association for one share of capital stock in the name of William Potter Lage.

Bio / His Notes:
Zalesch, a graduate student in Art History at the University of Delaware, began collecting artists' letters around 1981.
extent56 items (portions microfilmed on 1 reel)
accessMicrofilmed portion must be consulted on microfilm. Use of unmicrofilmed portion requires an appointment.
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acquisition informationLetters on reel 3097 were lent for microfilming by Zalesch, 1984. He donated an additional three letters in 1993 and 25 in 1999. Reel 3097: Originals returned to Zalesch after microfilming.
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titleRecords of the Director's Office: Frederic Allen Whiting, 1913-1930
repositoryThe 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.

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.
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updated11/12/2014 11:30:11

titleSeries 12.1, Box 212: Fenollosa memorial service (artists & colleagues) undated
repositoryFreer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
collection titlePhotographs of Ernest Fenellosa's memorial service, some buildings, and an altar.
extent1.5 linear feet
formatsEphemera Photographs
accessAccess is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment:
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finding aidElectronic finding aid available.
acquisition informationGift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer
updated11/12/2014 11:30:11