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titleLouisiana Purchase Exposition, Department of Art records, 1896-1908.
repositoryArchives of American Art
descriptionBiographical sketch on Halsey Ives, Chief of the Department; Halsey Ives' files, including general correspondence, correspondence and material relating to the Art building, confidential letters, letters with artists' biographies for the Handbook for the Exposition, shipping department correspondence, and personal correspondence. Also included are Charles M. Kurtz's files of correspondence; Frederic Allen Whiting correspondence; Jury of Awards correspondence and lists; applications from artists to International, National, and Local Advisory Committees; monthly reports; clippings; printed material; and miscellaneous invitations.

Bio / His Notes:
The art department of the Lousiana Exposition was responsible for the art exhibition for the St. Louis World's Fair, 1904. Halsey C. Ives was the chief of the department, Charles M. Kurtz was the chief assistant, and Frederic Allen Whiting was the superintendent of Applied Arts.
extent9 linear ft. (on 20 microfilm reels) reels 1734-1753
formatsMicrofilm Correspondence Exhibition Files Clippings Printed Materials
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
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finding aidFinding aid available.
acquisition informationLent for microfilming 1975 by the St. Louis Museum of Art. Location of Original: Originals returned to the St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, Missouri after microfilming.
updated03/16/2023 10:29:57

titleCharles M. Kurtz papers, 1843-1990 (1884-1909).
repositoryArchives of American Art
descriptionPrimarily correspondence and printed material, but also diaries, legal and financial material, notes and writings, photographs, and works of art reflect Kurtz's involvement with the National Academy of Design, the art departments of the Southern, World's Columbian, St. Louis, International Universal (Paris), and Louisiana Purchase Expositions, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, and his activities as a collector and private dealer.
Biographical material consists of reminiscences, certificates, and obituaries. There is approximately 15 ft. of professional and personal correspondence, dated 1843-1990. Of particular interest is correspondence with artists: Du Bois F. Hasbrouck, Robert Macaulay Stephenson and Patty Thum; administrators: Luigi Palma di Cesnola, Sara Hallowell, Halsey C. Ives and Charles Ward Rhodes; dealers: Samuel P. Avery, Alexander Reid, Charles Sedelmeyer; collectors: Thomas B. Clarke, John Wanamaker; organizations: American Art Association, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; family and friends, notably his wife, Julia Stephenson Kurtz, father, D.B. Kurtz and the Starkweather family.

Requests for submissions of works of art are forms, and a few letters, returned by artists describing the works they wish to exhibit for the Southern Exposition, 1886, the St. Louis Expositions, 1893-1897, and exhibits of the Glasgow School at St. Louis, 1895, and at the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, 1905. Forms are arranged by exposition, and thereunder alphabetically by artist.
Legal and financial material consists of agreements, a will, inventories and price lists of the Kurtz's collection, ledgers, 1877-1886, and lists of art related expenses, 1884-1919.

5 vol. of diaries, Mar. - May 1894, Jan. - Dec. 1897, Feb. 1899, Mar. 1899, and Jan. - Mar. 1901 contain detailed entries regarding travels, daily activities, art related events, and expenses. The Feb. 1899 volume describes a sale of paintings from Thomas Benedict Clarke's collection.
Notes and writings include drafts of "Art: Its Evolution, Influence and Mission," lecture notes, writings on theory, aesthetics, criticism, collecting, artists and other topics, short stories, comic operas and other compositions, address books, and exposition gallery plans. Twelve volumes of scrapbooks, 1878-1909, contain clippings of Kurtz's columns from the New York Star, Tribune and other papers, and clippings and printed material regarding the Southern and St. Louis Expositions, and the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, and other art related clippings.

Extensive printed material includes catalogs for various exhibitions, mostly from New York galleries; catalogs for the sale of Kurtz's collection, 1910; clippings; catalogs and other material relating to the Southern, World's Columbian, St. Louis and Louisiana Purchase Expositions; calling cards; brochures; invitations; and programs.

Photographs are of Kurtz, his wife, and others, paintings in his collection, exposition buildings and installations. Some of the photographs were copied from glass plate negatives received with the collection.

REEL 4912: Notebook written by Charles Kurtz in 1891, and revised in 1895, chronicling the Glasgow School of Painters. Kurtz details the debut of this group of painters in London and Munich in 1890, discourses on the contemporary Scottish art world, describes the struggles and accomplishments of the School, and ends with extensive characterizations of the artists.

UNMICROFILMED: Material which was not microfilmed includes a D.B. and E.L. Kurtz letterpress book, 1877-1887; financial material, including cancelled checks and stubs, and an inventory of the library of Kathrine Woodford Simpson; miscellaneous writings by others; and printed material, including non-art related exposition publications, proof sheets for catalogs, National Academy Notes (1889) and Academy Notes, v.1-v.4 (1905-1909), reproductions of works of art, menus, including one for a dinner for Edwin Austin Abbey with a signed photogravure by Abbey and autographs of 19 attendees including James Smillie, Childe Hassam, and Herbert Vos (with caricature), 1902, and other miscellaneous printed matter.
Also, photographs of works of art, and a series of 12 photographs of young men and women taken by Guglielmo Pluschow; and art work, ca. 1876-1902, measuring 23 x 35.2 cm or smaller, including sketches, ink illustrations for Academy Notes, a lithograph by Robert J. Wickenden (signed), an engraving, 6 etchings, including 3 etched invitations to gallery openings of Mary Curtis Richardson, Benoni Irwin and others, a portrait of a man by Jay Hambidge (tempera on paper), and 1 landscape painting (oil on canvas).
extent27.6 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 24 reels) reels 4804-4826 and 4912
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records Photographs Diaries Inventories
accessMicrofilmed portion must be consulted on microfilm. Use of unmicrofilmed portion requires an appointment. Reel 4912: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from: Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., Box 2120 Yale Station, New Haven, Connecticut 06520.
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finding aidOnline and in repository.
acquisition informationAll but reel 4912 was donated in 1988 by Isabel Kurtz, daughter of Charles Kurtz, and by her estate through E.W. Dann Stevens, executor, l99l. Some of the correspondence was damaged by fire, and was photocopied for microfilming purposes. Microfilm copy of Kurtz's notebook (reel 4912) was given to AAA for duplication in 1994 by the Yale Center for British Art, which had received it as a gift from the Isabel Kurtz estate. Reel 4912: Original in the Yale Center for British Art New Haven, Connecticut.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:56

titleHalsey C. Ives Collection, 1876-1926.
repositorySt. Louis Art Museum Archives.
descriptionThe Halsey C. Ives Collection contains personal papers and memorabilia documenting Ives' activities during 1876-1911; and those of his wife and daughter from 1911-1926; most materials date from 1880-1911.

Biographical Note
Director, St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts; Chief of the Fine Arts Departments of the World's Columbian Exposition and Louisiana Purchase Exposition; first Director, City Art Museum of St. Louis.

extent9 boxes.
formatsPersonal Papers Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
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finding aidInventory with biographical sketch, series description, and container list, available in St. Louis Art Museum Library, folder level control.
acquisition informationMaterial was collected by Peggy Ives Cole, granddaughter of Halsey C. Ives; donated by her to the Museum during 1977-1982. Personal papers and possessions of Halsey Cooley Ives, and his wife, Margaret Ives, and daughter, Caroline Eliot Ives. Peggy Ives Cole Gift 1982 Processed.
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titleNathan Appleton Letters received ca. 1870-1883.
repositoryBoston Athenaeum
descriptionLetters received illustrate Appleton's interests in the Panama Canal, the unification of weights, measurements and coinage, the Grand Army of the Republic, the protection of animals, and other local, national and international projects.

Correspondents include Édouard Frignet-Despréaux, Alexander H. Bullock, James Thomas, Annie Fields, Parke Godwin, J.E. Hilgard, Abram S. Hewitt, John F.W. Ware, Eben Tourjée, Samuel A. Green, Henry F. French, Hugh O'Brien, Juan Manuel Macías, Alexander Hamilton Rice, Leone Levi, William Wallace Crapo, Henry L. Dawes, William Claffin, Edward Everett Hale, Henry Bergh, George T. Angell, Frederick A.P. Barnard, John W. Forney, Rufus S. Frost, Thomas Wallace Knox, William Barton Rogers, Francis Parkman, Alexander Graham Bell, R.B. Forbes, Edmonia Lewis, James Jackson Jarves, Halsey Cooley Ives, William Maxwell Evarts, Charles William Eliot, Henry Cabot Lodge, William Warren, Frederick O. Prince, F.W. Putnam, Robert C. Winthrop, and others.
extent1 v. (ca. 100 items)
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers.
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finding aidFinding aid in the repository; item level control.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:56

titleWorld's Columbian Exposition Collection, 1890-1896
repositoryThe Ryerson & Burnham Archives
descriptionWithin this collection are various materials pertaining to all aspects of the fair, from initial preparations to specific buildings and exhibitors.

Series I, Photographs and Postcards, consists of photographs and postcards of exposition buildings, events, and exhibits.

Series II, Stereocards, contains black and white and hand-colored stereocard views of buildings and events of the fair; all views were taken c.1893. Series III, Drawings, consists of one watercolor rendering of the Transportation Building and a surrogate access photograph.

Series IV, Printed Matter, is comprised of books, serials, published articles, guides, maps, brochures, invitations, a stock certificate, tickets, passes, and other types of souvenir items.

The final series, Scrapbooks, is composed of a two-volume scrapbook compiled by Halsey Ives, Chief of the Fine Arts Department of the exposition, that contains newspaper articles and correspondence written between May 1890 and January 1896.

Organized to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World, the World's Columbian Exposition was held in Jackson Park, Chicago, between May and October, 1893. An estimated twenty-seven million visitors from around the world visited the fair during that time. The fair is recognized today as one of the defining moments of American cultural history and was especially influential in the fields of architecture and urban planning, laying the groundwork for the "City Beautiful" movement of the early 20th century. Also known as "the White City" for its uniformly white buildings, numerous architects, artists, and engineers—including Daniel H. Burnham; Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan; Richard Morris Hunt; McKim, Mead, and White; Frederick Law Olmsted; Mary Cassatt; and Augustus St. Gaudens—collaborated to construct monumental Beaux-arts and classically-inspired buildings and sculpture on reclaimed swampland along the lakefront south of Chicago's downtown. Apart from the many serious-minded exhibitions of science, technology, art, and the humanities, the exposition was also famous for its Midway Plaisance, an area of ethnic villages, sideshow attractions, and the site of the world's first Ferris Wheel. With a few exceptions, the fair's buildings were destroyed by fire or demolition in 1894.
extent2 linear feet (5 boxes) and 3 oversize portfolios
formatsPhotographs Postcards Drawings Printed Materials Scrapbooks
accessPortions of this collection are restricted due to the fragile nature of the materials; all restricted items are so identified in the series inventories. The remainder of this collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult
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finding aidOnline and in repository.
acquisition informationPortions of this collection were gifts from Mrs. R.C. Stockton and from Judith A. Barter, in memory of Frederick J. and Emily M. Barter, as noted in the series inventories. Materials were donated by Abbie and Donald W. Penfield in 2005, which are also noted in the series inventories. Additional materials were purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2002, June 2005, and October 2005. The remainder of the materials was transferred to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries.
updated08/25/2017 16:41:46

titleWinfield Scott Chaplin records, 1891-1907.
repositoryWashington University Libraries
descriptionCollection consists of the chancellor's correspondence with deans and department heads. Includes correspondence with Cope and Stewardson, architects, concerning the construction of a new campus for the university; also contains correspondence concerning the university's involvement in the 1904 World's Fair; also contains correspondence with Halsey C. Ives (Director, City Art Museum).

Biographical and Historical Note
Chancellor of Washington University, 1891-1907. Born 1840 in Glenburn, Maine; graduated 1871 from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point; Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Main State College, 1873-1877; Professor of Engineering, Imperial University, Tokyo, Japan 1877-1883; Professor of Engineering, Union College, 1883-85; Professor of Mechanics and Dean of the Lawrence Scientific School, Harvard University, 1885-1891; Chancellor, Washington University 1891-1907; President of the American Rio Grande Land and Irrigation Company, ca. 1908-1912; died in St. Louis, May 1917.
extent4 cubic ft
formatsCorrespondence Administrative Records
accessOpen to use only with permission of the University Archivist and the Provost's Office;researchers should contact the University Archives for further information.
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finding aidUnpublished folder level finding aid available in the Washington University Archives, St. Louis, Mo.
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