Archives of American Art

Augustus F. de Forest papers

Collection ID:
De Forest, Augustus F.
Physical Description:
1.4 Linear feet
(on 3 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers, mostly about 19th century American painters, including: correspondence, photos of art work, notes, artists' biographies, and printed matter. Many of the papers are stamped "de Forest Art Library," "de Forest Early American Portraits," or "de Forest Library of Americana." Also found are photographs of Henry Wilson, Edward Troye, Gutzon Borglum, George H. Yewell, William Sartain and Eastman Johnson; and two etchings of "The Mermaid" by Frederick Stuart Church.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
De Forest was an art appraiser and gallery owner in New York, N.Y.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 2520-2522 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
De Forest acquired some of these papers from Charles Henry Hart (after the latter's death in 1918) for the De Forest Art Reference Library and for his art appraisal-gallery business. Later, they passed into the possession of M. R. Schweitzer, another art dealer in New York. Finally, Julius H. Weitzner owned them before giving them to the Archives of American Art.

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 table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painters Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Church, Frederick S. (Frederick Stuart), 1842-1924 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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