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titleJames Jackson Jarves collection, 1838-1954
repositoryYale University Library
collection titleConsists of family correspondence, general correspondence, diaries, and memorabilia of the Jarves family. Major family correspondents are James Jackson Jarves, his first wife, Elizabeth Russell Swain Jarves, his son Horatio Deming Jarves, and his second wife Isabel Heyden Jarves. Collection also contains working files of Francis Steegmuller, author of The Two Lives of James Jackson Jarves, (1951).

Location: LSF-Request for Use at Manuscripts and Archives
Call Number: MS 301

Cite as: James Jackson Jarves Papers (MS 301). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

extent6.5 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence Diaries Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0301
record sourcehttp://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/613789
finding aidThe finding aid is available in the repository and on the Internet.
acquisition informationGift of Francis Steegmuller, Flora Amey Jarves, and Theodore Sizer.
updated09/12/2019 15:29:16
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titleTwo Florentine cassoni in the Jarves Collection
repositoryYale University Library
collection titleHolograph, signed. "Yale University Art Gallery. Jarves Gallery of Italian [Art]."/ Includes bibliographical references.

Location: ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Call Number: NK2725 .R36 1912 (LC)+ Oversize
extent9 leaves ; 30 cm.
formatsHolograph
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/9152564
updated06/22/2015 13:32:29
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titleWilliam Michael Rossetti collection, 1857-1910.
repositoryYale University Library
collection titleLetters by Rossetti to various parties, including James Jackson Jarves and Eric Sutherland Robertson; two manuscript pieces: a "brief critique of British artists exhibiting in a British exhibition touring America," and an essay on Ruskin; and a signature clipped from a letter.

Location: BEINECKE (Non-Circulating)
Call Number: GEN MSS 269
extent0.20 linear ft. (1 box)
formatsCorrespondence Writings
accessThis collection is open for research. Contact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.wmrosset
record sourcehttp://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4116687
finding aidOnline and in repository
acquisition informationMaterials acquired by gift and purchase from various sources.
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titleLetters concerning a collection of Italian paintings owned by James Jackson Jarves of Florence, 1859-1860.
repositoryBoston Athenaeum
collection titleJames Jackson Jarves, born in Boston, was for health reasons unable to complete his Harvard degree and so occupied himself with travel; he was publisher of the first newspaper in the Hawaiian Is. Settling in Florence, he devoted his energies to the study of art, and amassed a large and important collection of early Italian masters. This group of paintings was the first of its type to be brought to America. Charles Eliot Norton attempted to interest the Boston Athenaeum, Harvard and the Boston public in general in the collection, but the reception was disappointing. The bulk of the collection was eventually sold to Yale. The bulk of the letters are from Jarves to Norton; other letters include those from Charles Christopher Black, Charles Sumner, Edward Newton Perkins and Jarves' mother, Anna Smith Stutson Jarves.

These letters show clearly the process through which the paintings were introduced to Boston, the critical reception the collection received, and serve to illuminate an important phase in the institutional acquisition of art in the mid-19th c.
extent27 items in folder.
formatsCorrespondence
accessAppointment required. Open to qualified researchers.
record linkhttp://catalog.bostonathenaeum.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=39127
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
acquisition informationCollective gift, 1924.
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titleNathan Appleton Letters received ca. 1870-1883.
repositoryBoston Athenaeum
collection titleLetters 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)
formatsCorrespondence
accessAppointment required. Open to qualified researchers.
record linkhttp://catalog.bostonathenaeum.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=366266
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
finding aidFinding aid in the repository; item level
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titleThomas Bailey Aldrich Papers, 1837-1926 (bMS Am 1429).
repositoryHoughton Library
collection titleChiefly letters to Thomas Bailey Aldrich and letters to his wife, Lilian Woodman Aldrich. Includes editorial correspondence from Aldrich's years as editor of The Atlantic Monthly and letters from others concerning Aldrich's own writings. Correspondents include: Henry Mills Alden, Arlo Bates, Th. Bentzon, Edwin Booth, Edgar Fawcett, Annie Fields, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Richard Watson Gilder, Ferris Greenslet, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, William Dean Howells, Archer M. (Archer Milton) Huntington, Helen Hunt Jackson, Henry James, Sarah Orne Jewett, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Charles Eliot Norton, H. W. (Harriet Waters) Preston, Frank Dempster Sherman, Edward Rowland Sill, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Bayard Taylor, Edith Matilda Thomas, Mark Twain, Henry Van Dyke, Charles Dudley Warner, Richard Grant White, Sarah Wyman Whitman, Nathaniel Parker Willis, and George Edward Woodberry. Family correspondence includes a long series of letters by Aldrich to Lillian Woodman before their marriage. Many of the letters, principally those to Mrs. Aldrich, are largely of a social nature. Also includes a small group of financial records, invitations, menus, and other ephemera.

Biographical Notes:
Aldrich was a poet, novelist and short story writer, and editor of Every Saturday (1865-1874) and The Atlantic Monthly (1881-1890).
extent19 boxes (6.3 linear ft.)
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records Invitations Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://hollis.harvard.edu/
finding aidElectronic finding aid available (1.62 MB)http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou00327.
acquisition informationDeposited by Talbot Aldrich, 1942; gift, 1949.
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titleJames Jackson Jarves Papers 1859-1881.
repositoryThe Winterthur Library
collection titleThis collection contains one photo album, one letter, and one lecture by James Jackson Jarves. The photograph album was compiled in 1859 in Florence, Italy and includes portraits of various counts, countesses, friends, and family members. The letter is addressed to Herbert S. Rentire of the Hawthorne Literacy Union. The lecture, signed and dated 1881, is entitled "Thoughts on the Esthetics of Liveries, Uniforms, and Distinctive Decorations in a Republic."

Notes
Photo album has full leather binding; one photo missing. Other items have been laminated.

Biography or history
James Jackson Jarves was born in Boston, MA in 1818, the son of prominent glass manufacturer Deming Jarves and his wife, Anna. Educated in Boston with hopes of studying history or medicine, Jarves was unable to enter Harvard University because of illness and impaired eyesight. He began travelling extensively through California and Mexico, and landed in Hawaii. In 1840, he founded and became editor of the Polynesian, the first Hawaiian weekly newspaper. After returning home in 1848, Jarves negotiated several commercial treaties between the U.S. and Great Britain, and the U.S. and France. From 1880-1882, he served as the U.S. vice-consul at Florence, Italy.

In the 1850s, Jarves lived in Florence, Italy where he collected paintings and published more than twenty volumes on Italian art. A decade later he brought his paintings to America. They became one of the most important collections in the country and were exhibited in Boston, MA and New York City. After several years of unsuccessful attempts at selling, Yale University purchased the collection in 1871. An avid collector, Jarves sold another collection of 52 paintings to Liberty Holden who subsequently donated it to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Jarves donated his collection of Venetian glass to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in memory of his father.

Jarves married Elizabeth Swain in 1838. After Elizabeth's death, he married Isabel Hayden in 1862. In total, Jarves had six children. He died in Switzerland in 1888. Jarves was a patron of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he was honored by the King of Hawaii. He was named Chevalier of the Order of the Crown by Italian King Humbert I in recognition of his aid to Italian art and artists.

Associated materials
James Jackson Jarves Papers, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Location
The Winterthur Library Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera Winterthur, DE 19735.

Call Number
Col. 428
extent1 box : ill. ; 26 cm.
formatsCorrespondence Writings Photographs
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://library.winterthur.org:8000/cgi-bin/webgw
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titleEvert Augustus Duyckinck papers, 1809-1878.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleLetters and documents of 19th century Americans, outstanding in literature and the arts. Correspondents include: Washington Allston, Alexander Anderson, John Audubon, Samuel P. Avery, John Warner Barber, Mathew B. Brady, John Casilear, Vincent Colyer, Christopher P. Cranch, Felix O. C. Darley, Daniel P. Huntington, Washington Irving, James J. Jarves, Charles Lanman, Charles Leslie,Benjamin Lossing, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, Thomas B. Read, Thomas A. Richards, Thomas B. Thorpe, William D. Washington, and Benjamin West. 35mm microfilm reel N9 (frames 700-1435) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Originals in the New York Public Library, Manuscript Division. Editor; New York City. Edited, with his brother George, Literary World, 1847, and published a journal with him, 1848-1853. Also, edited CYCLOPAEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1855.

Microfilmed 1956 by the Archives of American Art with other art-related papers in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library. Included in the microfilming project were selected papers of the Art Division and the Prints Division.
extent300 items (on partial microfilm reel)
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
updated11/12/2014 11:29:56
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titleWilliam Conant Church letters, 1866-1878.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleCorrespondence with contributors to THE GALAXY, of which Church was editor with his brother, Francis Pharcellus Church. Correspondents include: Eugene Benson (40 letters), Clarence C. Cook, William P. W. Dana, James J. Jarves, John La Farge, Charles Lanman, William J. Linton, Benson J. Lossing, Maria R. Oakey, Thomas B. Read, William J. Stillman, Russell Sturgis, Bayard Taylor, and Henry T. Tuckerman. 35mm microfilm reel N5 (frames 1153-1315) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Originals in the New York Public Library, Manuscript Division. Microfilmed 1956 by the Archives of American Art with other art-related papers in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library. Included in the microfilming project were selected papers of the Art Division and the Prints Division.
extent60 items (on partial microfilm reel)
formatsCorrespondence
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
updated11/12/2014 11:29:56
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titleTheodore Sizer papers, 1679-1992 (inclusive), 1916-1966 (bulk).
repositoryYale University Library
collection titleThe papers consist of correspondence, writings, drawings for posters, bookplates, Christmas cards, and armorial designs for Yale College. Also included is material related to Theodore Sizer’s service as an officer in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Important correspondents are Eric Gill, James Lukens McConaughy, Gifford Pinchot, Neal Lawson Lewis and Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers. Also in the papers are grade and attendance books from his courses at Yale (1927-1955). Papers relating to the Yale University Art Gallery include correspondence and drafts for a "History of the Visual Arts at Yale, 1701-1957," material on James Jackson Jarves, and correspondence and notes on John Marshall Phillips who succeeded Sizer as director of the Art Gallery.

Biographical/Historical note:
Theodore Sizer was born on March 19, 1892 in New York City. He received a B.S. degree from Harvard in 1915. He worked in the import-export business from 1915 until 1922 and served as a first lieutenant in the Army in World War I. He was curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1922 to 1927, and a lecturer at Case Western Reserve College from 1924 to 1927. He became an associate professor of the history of art at Yale and associate director of the Yale Art Gallery in 1927. Sizer was a professor of art history at Yale University from 1931 until his retirement in 1957. He was director of the Yale University Art Gallery from 1940 to 1947. An expert on heraldry, he became the first Pursuivant of Arms at Yale University in 1963 and created banners for Yale and the city of St. Louis. Sizer died on June 21, 1967 in West Haven, Connecticut.

Location: LSF-Request for Use at Manuscripts and Archives
Call Number: MS 453
extent8.25 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence Writings Drawings Ephemera
accessGradebooks are restricted until 2030.Contact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0453
record sourcehttp://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/614088
finding aidFinding aid is available in repository and on Internet.
acquisition informationAccession 93-M-28 was the gift of Judith Ryland Sizer, 1992; Accession 99-M-86 was transfer from Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1999; accession 2000-M-071 was the gift of Theodore R. Sizer, 1999; accession 2000-M-073 was transfer from Arts of the Book Collection, 1999.
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titleOffice of the Secretary records, 1870-[ongoing].
repositoryThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
collection titleRecords comprise correspondence and subject files created by the Secretary and General Counsel, Trustees and several past Directors of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This material relates to all aspects of Museum operations and administration including: acquisition of artworks through purchase, gift and bequest, exhibitions, building maintenance and construction, relations with City and State agencies, drafting and negotiating contracts, managing litigation, cultural property issues, legal and business affairs, grants and corporate donations. Files documenting the tenures of each Secretary of the Museum are included.

In addition, there is substantial original documentation created by: former Directors of the Museum, including Luigi Palma di Cesnola, Caspar Purdon Clarke, Edward Robinson, Herbert E. Winlock; past Trustees, including: John Taylor Johnston, Henry Gurdon Marquand, Robert W. De Forest, and J. Pierpont Morgan; and key curatorial and administrative staff.

Biography or History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 in New York City by a group of businessmen, financiers, artists and collectors. On April 13 of that year the New York State Legislature granted an Act of Incorporation "for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said City a Museum and Library of Art, of encouraging and developing the Study of the Fine Arts, and the application of Art to manufacture and natural life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and to that end of furnishing popular instruction and recreations." Railroad executive John Taylor Johnston served as the institution’s first President. Luigi Palma di Cesnola was appointed the first Director in 1879.

The Office of the Secretary was established concurrently with the founding of the Museum, and is the central repository for official Trustee records, administrative correspondence and legal files of the Museum’s General Counsel. The Secretary is a member of the Museum staff who performs administrative duties under the general direction of the President or as may be assigned by the Chairman or Board of Trustees.

The Secretary is responsible for coordinating and recording the proceedings of meetings the Board of Trustees and Trustee committees. The Secretary attends to official correspondence, has custody of and preserves the corporate seal and the archives, and oversees the legal affairs of the Museum.

The following have served as Secretary of the Museum: William J. Hoppin (1874-1877), Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1877-1904), Robert W. DeForest (1904-1913), Henry W. Kent (1913-1940), George Lauder Greenway (1941-1942), Dudley T. Easby, Jr. (1945-1969), Ashton Hawkins (1969-1987), Linden Havemeyer Wise (1987-1992), Sharon H. Cott (1992-present).

Citation
[Title of item], [date], [folder title], Office of the Secretary Records, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives.

Note
Most materials in English; French, Italian, German and other languages are represented as well.
extent2500 linear feet.
formatsCorrespondence Subject Files Administrative Records Financial Records Legal Papers
accessConsult Archives staff regarding permission to quote or reproduce.
record linkhttp://library.metmuseum.org/record=b1705272~S1
record sourcehttp://library.metmuseum.org/record=b1705272~S1
finding aidnpublished index and folder level database; access restricted to Archives staff only.
acquisition informationTransferred from Office of the Secretary.
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