Howard Russell Butler papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.butlhowa
Creators:
Butler, Howard Russell, 1856-1934
Dates:
1874-1936
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
3 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Writings, journals, organizational papers, correspondence, biographical information, printed matter, art works, and diaries.
Scope and Contents
Circa 1700 letters concerning Butler's art work, his interest in astronomy, support for the League of Nations and the World Court, his investigation of the Lincoln statue controversy, his management of the Andrew Carnegie house and property, and extensive correspondence about the various activities of the National Academy of Design and the American Fine Arts Society. Also includes biographical information, addresses, and articles by Butler; miscellaneous printed materials; clippings; exhibition catalogs; and sketches.
Scope and Contents
Letters from Howard Russell Butler to family and friends written from Princeton University, Cuba, Mexico, California, Colorado, and Europe; five diaries, 1876-1877; one drawing; and two oil sketches after a painting by Titian.
Scope and Contents
A book, "Howard Russell Butler," of Butler's works, including an appreciation by F. Newlin Price.
Scope and Contents
An unpublished autobiography written from a journal kept by Butler. In it, he records travel impressions in Canada and the U.S. Northwest, Mexico, and Cuba; experiences as agent and executive in the telegraph business; thoughts on acquaintances as an art student in Paris, and artist in New York, including memories of William A. Coffin, Kenyon Cox, George de Forrest Brush, and others; work as founder of the American Fine Arts Society, which introduced him to George Vanderbilt and Andrew Carnegie; and his 10-year association with Carnegie, including various business dealings.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Howard Russell Butler (1856-1934) was a businessman, lawyer, and landscape painter from New York, N.Y. Founded the American Society of Fine Arts.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 89, 93, 347-349, and 1189-1190 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reels 89 and 93: Originals returned to lender, H. Russell Butler, Jr., after microfilming.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated and lent 1970-1975 by H. Russell Butler, Jr., Butler's son.

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

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Finding aid to microfilm reels 347-349 available at Archives of American Art offices.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painting, American -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Landscape painting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Societies, etc. -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Fine Arts Society Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Academy of Design (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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