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Archives related to: Cassatt, A. J. (Alexander Johnston), 1839-1906

titleSelections from Alexander Johnston Cassatt's letterbook index, [ca. 1894-1903].
repositoryArchives of American Art
description11 pages selected from 3 volumes of indices, containing entries with descriptive notations of letters about exhibits of Mary Cassatt paintings; and also about paintings by Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent and James MacNeill Whistler.

Bio / His Notes:
Brother of painter Mary Cassatt.
extent11 items (on partial microfilm reel) reel 3903
formatsMicrofilm Letterbook
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record source
acquisition informationLent for microfilming by American Philosophical Society as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Location of Original: Originals returned to the lender, the American Philosophical Society, after microfilming.
updated03/16/2023 10:29:58

titleResearch notes for Conquering Gotham, 2001-2006.
repositoryHagley Museum and Library
descriptionJill Jonnes’ research notes for Conquering Gotham consist almost entirely of photocopies of letters, reports, newspaper articles and extracts from books, most of which are highlighted or marked by the author. There are also some notes in the author’s hand, noting various research leads and things to do.

The photocopies are taken from mainstream newspapers and magazines, from scholarly monographs and memoirs, and from the business and personal papers of the main actors, especially A. J. Cassatt, Samuel Rea, Charles F. McKim, William H. Baldwin, James M. Forgie, and Henry Clay Frick. There are extensive extracts from the minutes of the Board of Engineers for the project. While the emphasis is on the technical and political problems faced in building the tunnels and station, there is also considerable background material on the lives and families of Cassatt and Rea in particular.

Jill Jonnes is a freelance writer with a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University who has published a number of books on technology and society. In 2007, she published Conquering Gotham, an account of the design and construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s New York Improvements, including the tunnels under the Hudson (North) and East Rivers and the original Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan.

This work was based upon extensive research in the company archives both at Hagley and the Pennsylvania State Archives, and in other collections of papers of the major figures in the story, including those of A. J. Cassatt, Charles F. McKim, Charles M. Jacobs, James Forgie, William H. Baldwin, Henry Clay Frick, and Theodore Roosevelt.

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extent3 linear ft.
formatsResearch Files Photocopies Manuscript
accessNo restrictions on use. Most materials are for reference use only. Copyright restrictions may apply.
record sourcehttp://
finding aidUnpublished finding aid available at the repository.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:06