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titleElsie de Wolfe, Byron Company Collection (1895-1898)
repositoryMuseum of the City of New York
collection title[Elsie de Wolfe, 1896.]
-gelatin silver print
-93.1.1.18271

Portrait, Elsie de Wolfe, Elizabeth Marbury, Portraits & Interiors.
- sitting room in the residence of Elsie de Wolfe at 122 East 17th Street (previous housing envelope).
-gelatin silver print
-printing-out paper
-ca. 1895
-93.1.1.8735

Portrait, Elsie de Wolfe, Elizabeth Marbury, Portraits & Interiors.
-A sitting room in the residence of Elsie de Wolfe at 122 East 17th Street (previous housing envelope).
-gelatin silver print
-printing-out paper
-ca. 1895
-93.1.1.8736

Portrait, Elsie de Wolfe, Elizabeth Marbury, Portraits & Interiors.
-A bedroom in the residence of Elsie de Wolfe at 122 East 17th Street (previous housing envelope).
-gelatin silver print
-printing-out paper
-ca. 1895
-93.1.1.8737

Portrait, Elsie de Wolfe, Elizabeth Marbury, Portraits & Interiors.
-Portrait of Elsie de Wolfe at her dressing table (covered with framed photographs) reading a telegram at her residence at 122 East 17th Street (previous housing envelope).
-gelatin silver print
-printing-out paper
-ca. 1895
-93.1.1.8738

Portrait, Elsie de Wolfe, Elizabeth Marbury, Portraits & Interiors.
The entrance stair in the residence of Elsie de Wolfe at 122 East 17th Street (previous housing envelope).
-gelatin silver print
-printing-out paper
-ca. 1898
-93.1.1.8739

Portrait, Elsie de Wolfe, Elizabeth Marbury, Portraits & Interiors.
-A living room in the residence of Elsie de Wolfe at 122 East 17th Street (previous housing envelope).
-gelatin silver print
-printing-out paper
-ca. 1898
-93.1.1.8740

Interiors, Elsie de Wolfe, Library.
-A library in the residence of Elsie de Wolfe at 122 East 17th Street (Irving Place & 17th Street).
-gelatin silver print
-1898
-93.1.1.17556

Interiors: Dining Room 1898 Elsie de Wolfe - Irving Pl. & 17th St.
-The dining room of a home on East 17th St., occupied by Elsie de Wolfe, an interior decorator.
-gelatin silver print
-1896
-93.1.1.18272

Dining Room in the Home of Elsie de Wolfe & Elisabeth Marbury, 1896.
-The dining room of a home on East 17th St., occupied by Elsie de Wolfe, an interior decorator.
-The dining room in Elsie de Wolfe's residence after it was remodeled.
-gelatin silver print
-1898
-93.1.1.18273

Interiors-Bedroom 1898 Elsie de Wolfe 122 East 17th St.
-The bedroom of Elsie de Wolfe, including a daybed, a relatively small chaise lounge, a bureau, and floral wallpaper.
-gelatin silver print
-1898
-93.1.1.18274

Interiors-Bedroom 1898 Elsie de Wolfe 122 East 17th St.
- The bedroom of Elisabeth Marbury, friend/roommate of Elsie de Wolfe; floral wallpaper and drapery, bed, chaise lounge, Oriental rug, framed reproductions, roll top desk. A tapestry depicitng Christ on the cross is above Ms. Marbury's bed.
-gelatin silver print
-1898
-93.1.1.18275
extent12 items
formatsPhotographs Digital Collection
accessImage is digitized and available on the repository's website.
record sourcehttp://collections.mcny.org
acquisition informationByron Company (New York, NY)
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titleElsie de Wolfe [residence]: The Samuel H. (Samuel Herman) Gottscho (1875-1971) Collection
repositoryMuseum of the City of New York
collection titleElsie de Wolfe [residence]. Georgian dining room I:
-Located at 677 Fifth Avenue, NYC.
-acetate negative
-May 15, 1936
-88.1.1.4063

Elsie de Wolfe [residence]. Georgian dining room II.
-Located at 677 Fifth Avenue, NYC.
-acetate negative
-May 15, 1936
-88.1.1.4064

Elsie de Wolfe [residence]. Georgian dining room III.
-Located at 677 Fifth Avenue, NYC.
-acetate negative
-May 15, 1936
-88.1.1.4065

Elsie de Wolfe [residence]. Mrs. Allen I.
-Located at 677 Fifth Avenue, NYC. Portrait of Mrs. Allen.
-acetate negative
-May 15, 1936
-88.1.1.4066

Elsie de Wolfe [residence]. Mrs. Allen II.
-Located at 677 Fifth Avenue, NYC. Portrait of Mrs. Allen.
-acetate negative
-May 15, 1936
-88.1.1.4067

Elsie de Wolfe [residence]. Mrs. Allen III.
-Located at 677 Fifth Avenue, NYC. Portrait of Mrs. Allen.
-acetate negative
-May 15, 1936
-88.1.1.4068
extent6 items
formatsPhotographs Digital Collection
accessImage is digitized and available on the repository's website.
record sourcehttp://collections.mcny.org
acquisition informationThe Samuel H. Gottscho Collection
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titleHouse of Washington Irving: Byron Company Collection (1895-1898)
repositoryMuseum of the City of New York
collection titleWashington Irving's former residence at Irving Place and 17th Street. Adjacent houses and Westminster Hotel visible. Later it became Elsie de Wolfe's home.
-gelatin silver print
-1898
-93.1.1.17411
extent1 item
formatsPhotographs Digital Collection
accessImage is digitized and available on the repository's website.
record sourcehttp://collections.mcny.org
acquisition informationByron Company (New York, NY)
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titleHenry Clay Frick Papers, Series II: Correspondence 1882-1929, undated.
repositoryThe Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library
collection titlePapers consist chiefly of incoming correspondence, including circular letters, telegrams, statements, reports, memoranda, and notes, as well as enclosures and related material.

In some cases, copies of Henry Clay Frick's outgoing responses are also included. Topics discussed include business dealings, investments, art collecting, philanthropy, politics, real estate, and family matters.

Notable business correspondents include members of the Carnegie, Phipps, Mellon, Morgan, and Rockefeller families, as well as executives in the coke, coal, iron, steel, railroad, and banking industries.

Letters to Frick on the subject of art collecting range from offers of paintings and other objects available for purchase, to transactional correspondence regarding the acquisition of works and administration of the collection.

The bulk of Frick's correspondence concerning art can be found under the name of his principal art dealer, M. Knoedler & Co., and under Charles Carstairs, also of that firm.

Other correspondents on this topic include Duveen Brothers, Roger Fry, Arthur Tooth & Son, and Alice Creelman.

Additional art correspondence can be found in the Henry Clay Frick Papers, Series I: Art Files and in the Henry Clay Frick Art Collection Files in this repository.

Other letters in this series give information about Frick's philanthropic contributions, political interests and connections, real estate dealings, and private life. Frick's charitable donations included gifts to universities, museums and other cultural institutions, hospitals, churches, and civic organizations.

His prominent political connections are evidenced by correspondence with Senators Boies Penrose, M.S. Quay, and Philander Chase Knox, and various U.S. Presidents, particularly Theodore Roosevelt. Topics discussed in Frick's political correspondence include campaign contributions, nominations and appointments, and the political climate of the time. Frick's correspondence concerning real estate details the acquisition, improvement, and administration of property, whether for the family's personal use, or for commercial, industrial, or rental purposes.

Of note is Frick's correspondence with various architects of the period, including F.J. Osterling, Thomas Hastings, and Daniel Burnham. Papers also document aspects of Frick's private life, including hobbies and other interests, his relationships with immediate and extended family members, and the operation of his office and household.

Biographical/historical note
Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) was a wealthy Pittsburgh industrialist who made much of his fortune through the production of coke and steel. He founded H.C. Frick Coke Co., and formed a business partnership with Andrew Carnegie in 1882.

He became chairman of Carnegie Bros. & Co. (later Carnegie Steel Co.) in 1889, and served in that capacity until his resignation from the company in 1899. Following his break with Carnegie, Frick remained engaged in business until the end of his life, serving on the boards of various banking, railroad, and insurance concerns.

Frick was also active as a philanthropist, supporting such organizations as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Arts Club, the Pittsburgh Newsboys' Home, and the American Academy in Rome.

Frick married Adelaide Howard Childs in 1881, and the couple established a residence (called "Clayton") in Pittsburgh. They had four children: Childs Frick (1883-1965), Martha Howard Frick (1885-1891), Helen Clay Frick (1888-1984), and Henry Clay Frick, Jr. (born 1892, died in infancy).

In addition to their home in Pittsburgh, the Fricks also maintained an estate known as "Eagle Rock" in Prides Crossing, Mass., and a beaux arts mansion at One East 70th Street in New York, designed by Thomas Hastings, and decorated by Charles Allom and Elsie de Wolfe. A prominent art collector, Frick began acquiring paintings around the time of his marriage, and continued to build his collection until his death in 1919.

The bulk of his collection, consisting of paintings by old masters such as Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Holbein, and Turner, along with furnishings and decorative objects, was housed in his New York residence, which he bequeathed as a museum upon his death. The Frick Collection opened to the public in 1935.
extent39.4 linear feet
formatsCorrespondence Notes Memoranda
accessThese records are open for research under the conditions of The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives access policy. Contact the Archives Department for further information at archives@frick.org
record linkhttp://www.frick.org/archives/FindingAids/HCFCorrespondence.html
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b921750~S6
finding aidAvailable online and in repository.
acquisition informationOn deposit from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation, 2001.
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titleEverett Shinn collection, 1877-1959.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleThe papers of Everett Shinn measure 3.0 linear feet and date from 1877 to 1958.

Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with friends and colleagues; personal business records; art work, including two sketchbooks of designs for Belasco's Stuyvesant Theatre; notes and writings, eight scrapbooks, printed material, and numerous photographs of Shinn, his colleagues, and his work.

Biographical material includes miscellaneous biographical accounts and a membership certificate from the American Watercolor Society. Correspondence consists of letters from Shinn's friends and colleagues, primarily from author Poultney Bigelow.

There are also letters from decorator Elsie De Wolfe, dramatist Clyde Fitch, and artists Charles Dana Gibson, William Glackens, and George Luks whose letters are illustrated. There are scattered letters from A. Stirling Calder, Theodore Dreiser, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, Julia Marlowe, Claude Rains, Ruth Warrick, Alexander Woollcott, and Mahonri Young.

Personal business records consist of two account books recording art work used in publications and loaned for exhibitions, and miscellaneous invoices.
Art work consists of two sketchbooks of designs for the Stuyvesant Theatre murals, miscellaneous drawings by Shinn. Art work by others including H. B. Eddy, James Ben Ali Haggin, Colonel Hegan, Oliver Henfold, George Luks, and Philip Nolan, consist primarily of caricatures.

Notes and writings include notes for a book on art, poems, and typescripts by Shinn including "Plush and Cut Glass," a book about George Luks and two original handwritten scripts by Everett Shinn for the plays Hazel Weston and Myrtle Clayton, August 1951.

Eight scrapbooks primarily contain clippings. Scrapbook 2 contains clippings, exhibition catalogs, a note from Stuart Benson, an illustrated postcard from Ed, and scattered photographs.

Additional printed material is primarily comprised of clippings, but there are also exhibition announcements and catalogs for Shinn, reproductions of art work, booklets, and miscellaneous printed material.

Rare programs for plays written by Shinn list cast members including Wilfred Buckland, Edith Glackens, William J. Glackens, James Ben Ali Haggin, Robert Henri, J. E. Laub, Thomas Newell Metcalf, James M. Preston, Florence Scovel Shinn, and John Sloan.

Numerous photographs are found within the collection and depict Shinn as a boy, in various Philadelphia newspaper offices, in costume for stage performances, at the easel, and with colleagues including Robert Henri, John Sloan. Photographs of colleagues also include author Poultney Bigelow, decorator Elsie De Wolfe, portrait painter James Ben Ali Haggin, actress Julia Marlowe, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts classmates William Glackens and Florence Scovel.

There are also photographs of Shinn's residences, exhibition installations, set designs and stagings of plays, murals, and other art work.


Bio / His Notes:
Everett Shinn (1876-1953) was a painter, stage designer, writer, and newspaper illustrator from New York, N.Y. Shinn was a member of the group, "The Eight."

Cite As:
Everett Shinn papers, 1877-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Loc. of Assoc. Material:
Additional Everett Shinn papers are available at the Helen Farr Sloan Library, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Del.
extent3.0 linear ft.
formatsBusiness Papers Personal Papers Correspondence Sketchbooks Photographs
accessUse of original papers requires an appointment. CLOSED FOR COLLECTION DIGITIZATION
record linkhttp://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/everett-shinn-collection-9402
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aidIn the repository and on the repository's Web site.
acquisition informationThe bulk of the Everett Shinn collection was acquired via purchase from art dealer Thurston Thatcher between 1958-1964. Art collector Howard Lipman donated additional material in 1962. Five negatives of Shinn's work were donated in 1969 by Dr. Milton Luria, an acquaintance of Shinn's son, Davidson. The photograph of Everett Shinn, John Sloan, and Robert Henri was donated on an unknown date by an unidentified donor. Two handwritten plays were purchased at auction in 2011 by the Archives of American Art.
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titlePapers of H.C. Bunner, 1884-1935 and n.d.
repositoryUniversity of Virginia Library
collection titleThe papers contain the manuscripts of four stories : "The cracker barrel man," "Crazy wife's ship," "Father Anastasius," and "The spook," and an untitled poem.

Letters to John Kendrick Bangs, H. H. Boyesen, S. S. McClure, and Charles A. Burkhardt concern poems submitted to the magazine "Puck," readings, and the Cloister Club.

Letters to Alice Learned Bunner fro m Elsie De Wolfe, Minnie Maddern Fiske, Frederik Burr Opper and Humprey A. Pakington concern flowers from Mrs. Bunner, the death of Henry C. Bunner, and books by Pakington.

Preferred citation:
H.C. Bunner Papers1884-1935, n.d., in the Clifton Waller Barrett Library, Accession #6183-a, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Location: Special Collections
Call Number: MSS 6183-a

extent15 items.
formatsManuscript Correspondence
accessList available.
record sourcehttp://virgo.lib.virginia.edu/
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titleIsabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleLetters, business records, diary, and photographs.

REEL 380-413: Primarily correspondence, mostly Gardner's own, but including family correspondence and Gardner Museum correspondence.

Also included are misc. items and printed material. Correspondents include: Edwin Austin Abbey, Lyman Abbott, Brooks Adams, Alexander Agassiz, Elizabeth C. Agassiz, Louis Agassiz, Luigi Agostini, Hamilton Aide, Thomas B. Aldrich, Abram P. Andrew, Boris Anisfeld, George Arliss, Anne L. Balch, George G. Barnard, Grace Edith Barnes, Cecilia Beaux, Martin Birnbaum, William Sturgis Bigelow, William Phipps Blake, Edwin Howland Blashfield, Wilhelm von Bode, Martin Brimmer, J. Appleton Brown, Dennis Miller Bunker, Bryson Burroughs, Theodore Byard, Morris Carter, Paul Chalfin, Conrad Chapman, John Jay Chapman, Alfred Q. Collins, Frederick Shepard Converse, Walter William Spencer Cook, Archibald Cary Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, Charles Townsend Copeland, Kenyon Cox, Ralph Adams Cram, Francis Marion Crawford, Raymond Crosby, Sally Cross, Ralph W. Curtis, Howard G. Cushing, Charlotte Cushman, Walter Damrosch, Richard Harding Davis, Elsie De Wolfe, Mary Dexter, Nathan H. Dole, John Donoghue, Ruth Draper, Duveen Brothers, J. S. Dwight, Theodore F. Dwight, Louis Dyer, Charles W. Eliot, Barry Faulkner, Gabriel Faure, Minnie Maddern Fiske, Daniel Chester French, Helen C. Frick, Roger E. Fry, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, John Lowell Gardner, William Amory Gardner, I. M. Gaugengigl, Richard Watson Gilder, Rene Gimpel, Edwin L. Godkin, Leon Gordon, Lady Augusta Gregory, Louise I. Guiney, Edward E. Hale,
Mary (Mrs. Richard Walden) Hale, Philip Leslie Hale, Mrs. Philip Hale, Richard Hammond, Walter Hampden, George C. Hazelton, Paul Helleu, Henry Lee Higginson, Thomas W. Higginson, Robert Hinckley, Malvina Hoffman, Edward W. Hooper, Harriet Hosmer, Julia W. Howe, Archer M. Huntington, Vincent d'Indy, Henry Irving, August F. Jaccaci, Clarence King, William Kittredge, Louis Kronberg, Petr A. Kropotkin, Anna C. Ladd, John La Farge, Charles Rollinson Lamb, Charles Lanman, Charles G. Loring, James R. Lowell, Dodge Macknight, Mary L. Macomber, Richard Mansfield, Paul Manship, Frank J. Mather, Francis John McComas, Nellie Melba, Francis Davis Millet, S. Weir Mitchell, Helena Modjeska, Pierre Monteux, John S. Mosby, Gilbert Murray,

(cont.)Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Andrews Norton, Lily Norton, Richard Norton, William O'Connell, Kazuzo Okakura, Jean N. Oliver, William O. Partridge, Walter Pater, Anna Pavlova, Waldo Peirce, Joseph Pennell, Harper Pennington, Lilla Cabot Perry, Edward C. Pickering, Sophia L. Pitman, Matthew Stewart Prichard, John Quinn, Robert Reid, Amelie Rives, Elizabeth W. Roberts, Auguste Rodin, Denman Ross, Will Rothenstein, Lillian Russell, Paul J. Sachs, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Ruth St. Denis, Franklin B. Sanborn, Charles Sprague Sargent, John Singer Sargent, J.M. Sears, C. Arnold Slade, Irene Slade, Henry Davis Sleeper, F. Hopkinson Smith, George Warren Smith, Joseph L. Smith, Albert Spaulding, Maurice Sterne, William James Stillman, Julian Story, Thomas W. Story, Henry Swift,
John Addington Symonds, Ellen Terry, Celia Thaxter, Abbott H. Thayer, William R. Thayer, Mary A. Tiffany, Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Adelaide E. Wadsworth, Francis Amasa Walker, Mrs. Humphry Ward, Mrs. Fiske Warren, Edmund March Wheelwright, James McNeill Whistler, Margaret White, Sara de Prix Wyman Whitman, Wildenstein Galleries, Owen Wister, Charles H. Woodbury, Rufus F. Zogbaum, Anders Zorn, Mrs. Anders Zorn, and others.

REELS 631-632: Personal papers of Gardner and some records of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum including dealers' files containing invoices, notes, cancelled checks, and letters; a record book, "Prices Paid for Paintings," 1917; a record book, "Prices Paid for Works of Art"; 118 installation photographs of the museum as arranged by Gardner, 1924; a diary kept in Egypt, 1874, with sketches; a diary kept in Shanghai and India, 1883-1884; "Directions for my funeral," 1912; and "Suggestions for Running a Museum," 1913.

REELS 696-698: Letters from Bernard Berenson to Gardner, 1887-1924. Letters contain references to literary topics, Berenson's impressions of Europe, various paintings and artists, advice to Gardner on the purchase of paintings and information on their sale.

REEL 846: Checklist of Gardner's letters to Bernard and Mary Berenson, 1894-1924; typescripts of personal and official correspondence (originals found on AAA microfilm reels 696-698), 1887-1924.
extent40 microfilm reels. reels 380-413, 631-632, 696-698, and 846
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records Photographs
accessMicrofilm copies. Originals in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Mass.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aidReels 380-413: Finding aid available at AAA offices.
acquisition informationMicrofilm lent by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for duplicating, 1972-1975.
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titleOne East 70th Street Papers 1907 - 1931.
repositoryThe Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library
collection titleThese papers, dating from 1907-1931, chiefly document the construction and furnishing of Henry Clay Frick's New York residence at One East 70th Street, and encompass the period from Frick's acquisition of the property through the death of his widow in 1931.

Materials include contracts, construction specifications, correspondence, architect's certificates, accounts payable vouchers, account books, financial records, and inventories, as well as documentation of activities at the house after its construction, additions to the building, and maintenance and improvement of the property. Series I through IV in this collection directly concern the construction of One East 70th Street.

These papers give insight into the bidding and awarding of contracts, construction progress, auditing of accounts, and billing disputes. Correspondence of architect Thomas Hastings and his firm, Carrère and Hastings, construction superintendent D.B. Kinch, and Frick secretary F.W. McElroy appear frequently in these papers.

Series V documents furnishings for the house, including carpets, draperies, furniture and decorative arts, wall coverings, light fixtures, and mantelpieces. Files of Elsie de Wolfe and White, Allom & Co. comprise the bulk of this series, although purchases from Duveen Brothers, E.R. Bacon, Jacques Seligmann, and others are documented as well. The last two series (VII and VIII) are devoted to postconstruction and estate matters, staffing, and family activities.

They include inventories, additions such as the proposed sculpture gallery and Frick Art Reference Library, volumes documenting payroll, employee service, and household expenditures, and daily diaries of household events.

Bio/History:
Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) was a prominent industrialist and art collector who made his fortune in the coal, coke, steel, and railroad industries. Frick and his wife, Adelaide H.C. Frick, owned homes in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Prides Crossing, Mass., and leased the Vanderbilt mansion at 640 Fifth Avenue , New York, N.Y., from 1905-1914. In 1906, Frick began to make plans for the construction of his own New York residence by purchasing land at the corner of 70th Street and Fifth Avenue. Plans for the house, designed by Thomas Hastings of the firm Carrère & Hastings, were finalized in 1912, and construction began in 1913.

The house's principal rooms on the first floor were decorated by Charles Allom of White, Allom & Co., while Elsie de Wolfe decorated most of the family's private rooms on the upper floors. Frick and his family began occupying the house in November 1914./ In the mid-1910s, Frick had the opportunity to acquire objects from the estate of J.P. Morgan, through the art dealer Joseph Duveen. Frick purchased furniture and decorative arts, as well as a series of 18th century French panels by Fragonard.

The house's first floor Drawing Room was then renovated to accomodate the panels. With the exception of the Fragonard Room, the house remained essentially unchanged from the time of its construction until the death of Adelaide H.C. Frick in 1931. At that time, according to the terms of Frick's will, the house was converted into a museum. It opened to the public as The Frick Collection in 1935.

Preferred citation:
One East 70th Street Papers. The Frick Collection / Frick Art Reference Library Archives

Associated materials:
Additional materials regarding the furnishing of One East 70th Street can be found in the Henry Clay Frick Furnishings Files in this repository
extent12.8 linear feet (27 boxes)
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records
accessAvailable online and in repository. Finding aid http://www.frick.org/archives/FindingAids/OneEast70thStreetPapers.html.
record sourcehttp://www.frick.org/archives/FindingAids/OneEast70thStreetPapers.html.
acquisition informationThese files form part of the Frick Family Papers of the Helen Clay Frick Foundation Archives on deposit at The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library. They were received from the Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2001.
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titleWalter Gay papers, 1870-1980 (bulk 1889-1930).
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleScrapbooks; letters; sketches and sketchbooks; photographs and printed material.

REELS 2137-2139: Three scrapbooks, assembled by Matilda Gay, wife of Walter, containing correspondence, 1889-1930, with Sarah Cooper-Hewitt, Royal Cortissoz, Ralph W. Curtis, Elsie De Wolfe, Henry James, Val Prinsep, Auguste Rodin, Edith Wharton, Walter Gay's wife, Matilda, and others; letters Gay wrote to his mother, 1868; a pencil sketch, 1867; photographs, including Gay's Paris studio and apartment, Gay's 1908 exhibition at the George Petit Gallery in Paris, and of family, friends, and pets; exhibition catalogs; price lists for art works; and clippings. Photographers include E. Benard, and Henri Nanuel. Typescripts of the letters (3 v.) accompany the scrapbooks.

REEL 2802: Two letters from Walter Gay to "Willie," 1929; four sketchbooks containing pencil sketches done in Boston, 1870 and 1873, Nebraska, 1872, and Europe, 1882; a scrapbook of clippings, 1874-1882; and a photograph, 1980, of an oil painting by Gay.

Bio / His Notes:
Painter; Paris and Seine-et-Marne, France. Best known for studies of French interiors.

extent1.2 linear ft. (on 4 microfilm reels)
formatsMicrofilm Correspondence Scrapbooks Sketchbooks Photographs
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationThe donors, Mrs. Sophie Griscom (nee Gay), and John Gay, are niece and nephew of Walter Gay. Reel 2802, letters and scrapbook: Originals retained by donor John Gay. Reel 2139, fr. 339-348, three photographs of Gay in Paris studio, in an exhibition hall, and a photographic portrait of Gay: Originals returned to donor, Mrs. Bronson Griscom, after microfilming.
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titleAda Beatrice "Bricktop" Smith papers, 1894-1984.
repositoryEmory University
collection titleThe collection consists of the papers of Bricktop from 1890-1984 (bulk 1950-1967).

The papers include correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, religious documents, financial records, legal documents and general ephemera. One-fourth of the collection is general correspondence, including Bricktop's letters to and from family, friends, admirers, business associates and religious charities.

The earliest correspondence dates from the 1920s and sheds light on Bricktop's life in Paris (and in Mexico City, to a lesser extent). The largest portion of the correspondence is from the post-1950 period. In particular, letters from 1950-1963 include financial information about the nightclub and Bricktop's debts (some written in Italian). Thank-you letters from charities and individuals are included here as well.

Prominent correspondents over the years include: Cole Porter, Lady Mendl, U.S. Ambassador James Dunn, King Farouk Fouad of Egypt (invitations), Ralph Bunche and Sydney Omarr. The Bricktop papers include a collection of photographs dating from 1912. Bricktop appears with the Panama Trio in 1916 and in a series of portraits by Carl Van Vechten in 1932. Photographs from the post-1950 period show Bricktop in the club.

The collection of newspaper clippings includes arts and entertainment features on Bricktop as well as brief references to Bricktop in society columns. Bricktop's own clippings of newspaper cartoons and comics, articles about friends, articles on religion and personal interest items are also included in the collection.

A large portion of the collection consists of financial records. Files contain unpaid customer bills from "Bricktop's," inventory logs, records of employee salaries, and general bookkeeping notes. While these records are often undated, dated information about financial matters can be found by examining her general correspondence from 1950-1963.

Other financial records include hotel bills, bank statements, and tax returns.

Biog./Hist. Note
Bricktop (1894-1984), international cabaret performer and nightclub owner in Paris, Mexico City, and Rome, was born Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith, in Alderson, West Virginia, on August 14, 1894.

Record Number 000052275
extent2.25 linear ft. (5 boxes)
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Clippings Financial Records Legal Papers
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://chivs01aleph02.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com:8991/F/B18N4JURESDE9KC61SRJ951V5CTNQ89AL3398ULU29CH7FKBEX-21752?func=find-b-0
finding aidFinding aid available in repository
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titleElsie DeWolfe letter to Miss Monroe 1892-
repositoryUniversity of Virginia Library
collection titleDeWolfe thanks Miss Monroe for her remembrance and words of encouragement.

Bio/History:
Actress, decorator, hostess; author of "The house in good taste."

Preferred citation:
Elsie De Wolfe Letter to Miss Monroe, 1892, in the Clifton Waller Barrett Library, Accession #14727, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Location: Special Collections

Call Number: MSS 14727
extent1 item.
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://virgo.lib.virginia.edu/
acquisition informationForms part of the Clifton Waller Barrett Library
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titleM. Knoedler & Co. records, approximately 1848-1971
repositoryThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleThe records of M. Knoedler & Co. document the business of the prominent American art dealer from the mid-19th century to 1971, when the Knoedler Gallery was acquired by Armand Hammer. The archive traces the development of the once provincial American art market into one of the world's leading art centers and the formation of the private art collections that would ultimately establish many of the nation's leading art museums, such as the Frick Collection and the National Gallery of Art.

It brings to the foreground the business side of dealing as artworks shuttled back and forth among Knoedler, fellow dealers, and collectors, documenting developments in art connoisseurship, shifting tastes, the changing role of art in American society, and the essential role of private collectors in the formation of public American art collections.

The records provide insight into broader economic, social and cultural histories and the nation's evolving sense of place in the world. The Knoedler Gallery became one of the main suppliers of old master and post-Impressionist paintings in the United States. Financial records of the firm provide crucial provenance information on the large number of artworks in American museums that were sold by the gallery. The archive includes stock books, sales books and commission books; correspondence with collectors, artists, art dealers and other associates; photographs of the artworks sold by the gallery; records from the firm's offices in London, Paris and other cities; exhibition files; framing and restoration records, and records of the firm's Print Department.

Selected portions of the archive have been digitized and made available online. Connect to selected digitized portions of the archive.

Arranged in 14 series:
Series I. Stock books;
Series II. Sales books;
Series III. Commission books;
Series IV. Inventory cards;
Series V. Receiving and shipping records;
Series VI. Correspondence;
Series VII. Photographs;
Series VIII. Exhibition files;
Series IX. American Department records;
Series X. Framing and restoration records;
Series XI. Print Department records;
Series XII. Other financial records;
Series XIII. Library cards, scrapbooks, and research materials;
Series XIV. Knoedler family papers


Biographical/Historical Note:
M. Knoedler & Co. was a successor to the New York branch of Goupil & Co., an extremely dynamic print-publishing house founded in Paris in 1827. Goupil's branches in London, Berlin, Brussels, and The Hague, as well as New York, expanded the firm's market in the sale of reproductive prints.

The firm's office in New York was established in 1848. In 1857, Michael Knoedler, an employee of Goupil and a manager for the firm, bought out the interests in the firm's New York branch, conducted the business under his own name, and diversified its activities to include the sale of paintings. Roland Knoedler, Michael's son, took over the firm in 1878 and with Charles Carstairs opened galleries in Paris and London.

In 1928, the management of the firm passed to Roland's nephew Charles Henschel, Carman Messmore, Charles Carstairs and Carstairs' son Carroll. In 1956 Henschel died, and E. Coe Kerr and Roland Balaÿ, Michael Knoedler's grandson, took over. In 1971 the firm was sold to businessman and collector Armand Hammer. The gallery closed in November 2011.

extent3042.6 linear feet (5550 boxes, 17 flat file folders).
formatsAuction Catalogs Business Records Correspondence Financial Records Ephemera
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers, with the following exceptions. Boxes 77, 262-264, 1308-1512, 1969-1974, 3592-3723 are restricted due to fragility. Box 4468 is restricted until 2075.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2012m54
record sourcehttp://primo.getty.edu/GRI:GETTY_ALMA21129976460001551
contact informationContact gallery's archivist
finding aidAt the Getty Research Institute and over their website.
acquisition informationAcquired in 2012.
updated05/29/2018 14:44:15
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