Stearns-Ames collection

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.amesmanu
Creators:
Ames Manufacturing Company. Bronze Foundry
Dates:
[ca. 1838-1894]
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
(on partial microfilm reel)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, castings record, financial materials, photographs and printed materials relating primarily to the work of the Bronze Division of the Ames Manufacturing Company.
Scope and Contents
Professional and personal correspondence, chiefly of James Tyler Ames, with sculptors, architects, government officials, and colleagues, including his brother, Nathan Peabody Ames, Henry Kirke Brown, Randolph Rogers, and Thomas Ustick Walter. A castings record (16 p.) contains expenses and final prices of bronze castings, a printed list of "Bronze Works Executed by the Ames Manufacturing Company," and photographs of completed work. There are also an expense account for the Lincoln National Monument artillery and cavalry groups, lists of expenses relating to "Bronze Castings for Washington and his Horse," the (Benjamin) "Franklin Statue," and other works. Photographs are of works cast by the Ames Company and of unidentified works, of Ames' artisans, of a room in James Ames' house with framed medallions of Washington and Franklin on the wall, and of a head of Washington and a head of his horse in Thomas Ball's studio; reports by the architect of the Capitol extension, and the U.S. Art Commission (1860); Ames Company promotional items; a printed narrative of the incidents connected with the statue of Washington in Union Square by Henry Kirke Brown; and clippings relating to various statues.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts, was founded in 1835 by James Tyler Ames and his brother, Nathan Peabody Ames. The company manufactured small tools, cotton machinery, swords, cannons, and did casting of bells. It began manufacturing large bronze statuary circa 1850.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3828 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1986 by Malcolm Stearns, Jr., who purchased them from Parke Bernet, New York, in the 1960s. There are numerous notations on the backs of letters and photographs. It is not known who added this information.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Bronze founding -- Massachusetts -- Chicopee Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bronze sculpture, American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Metal-workers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Decorative arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Memorials -- United States Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington, George, 1732-1799 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ball, Thomas, 1819-1911 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Greenough, Horatio, 1805-1852 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rogers, Randolph, 1825-1892 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Walter, Thomas Ustick, 1804-1887 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ames, James Tyler, 1810-1883 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ames, Nathan Peabody, 1803-1847 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brown, Henry Kirke, 1814-1886 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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