Archives of American Art

Selected art related documents from the Ferdinand Julius Dreer Collection

Collection ID:
Dreer, Ferdinand J. (Ferdinand Julius), 1812-1902
[ca. 1770-1910]
Physical Description:
3 Reels
ca. 300 items (on 3 partial microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Primarily letters from the Dreer collection's autograph sections for painters and engravers (ca. 150 letters of 129 artists), and architects and sculptors (ca. 45 letters of 36 artists). Ca. 50 letters selected from other autograph categories are also included, among them soldiers of the Revolution, American lawyers, inventors, scientists, American prose writers, American poets, British prose writers, philanthropists, and famous merchants. Twenty-six of the letters are to F.J. Dreer; other frequent recipients include Robert Gilmor, J.A. McAllister, Arthur Stedman, and Edmund C. Stedman.
Scope and Contents
Artists in the painters and engravers section include: Edwin Austin Abbey, Washington Allston, Alexander Anderson, Henry Bacon, William Holbrook Beard, Albert Bierstadt, William Birch, Edwin Blashfield, George Boughton, Frederic Bridgeman, George Loring Brown, John G. Brown, George Catlin, James Champney, John Gadsby Chapman, John Cheney, George Chinnary, Frederic Edwin Church, Lewis Peter Clover, Thomas Cole, Clarence C. Cook, John Singleton Copley, Joseph S. Cowell Jr., Palmer Cox, Jasper Cropsey, Thomas S. Cummings, Moseley Isaac Danford, Felix O.C. Darley, Homer C. Davenport, H. P. Delafield, Joseph Delaplaine, Thomas Doughty, William Dunlap, Asher Durand, Jacob Eichholtz, Stephen J. Ferris, Robert Field, Jno. P. Frankenstein, Charles Fraser, Moritz Furst, Charles Dana Gibson, William H. Gibson, R. Swain Gifford,
Scope and Contents
Sanford Robinson Gifford, Herbert Gilchrist, Eliza Greatorex, Valentine Green, Anne Hall, James Hamilton, Chester Harding, George P.A. Healy, James Herring, Thomas Hovenden, William Humphreys, D. Hunt, Henry Inman, James ? Jarvis, John Wesley Jarvis, Nathaniel Jocelynn, E. Johnson, Matthew Harris Jouett, John F. Kensett, Charles B. King, Daniel Ridgeway Knight, John Lewis Krimmel, John LaFarge, James Reid Lambdin, William S. Leney, Charles R. Leslie, Emanuel Leutze, William J. Linton, James Barton Longacre, Will Hicok Low, Sidney S. Lyon, Jervis McEntee, Alfred Jacob Miller, Francis Davis Millet, Edward Moran, Samuel F.B. Morse, John L. Morton, Wm. S. Mouet, John Neagle, Alfred Newsam, Gilbert S. Newton, Samuel S. Osgood, William Page, George Parker, Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale,
Scope and Contents
Rubens Peale, Titian Ramsey Peale, George D. M Peixotto, John Rito Penniman, Edward Peticolas, Robert Edge Pine, Howard Potter, William H. Powell, Howard Pyle, Thomas Buchannan Read, Hugh Reinagle, Frederick DeBourg Richards, Thomas Addison Richards, William T. Richards, Alexander Robertson, Thomas P. Rossiter, Peter Rothermel, John Sartain, Stephen A. Schoff, Walter Shirlaw, E. Simmons, James Smillie, John Smibert, Russell Smith, William Sonntag, D. Strotter, Jane Stuart, Thomas Sully, Philip Tilyard, Benjamin Trott, John Trumbull, John Vanderlyn, C. E. Wagstaff, S.L. Walso, Wm. G. Wall, Robert Weir, Thomas B. Welsh, Adolph Wertmuller, and Benjamin West.
Scope and Contents
Letters in the architects and sculptors section are by Charles Akers, Frederic A. Bartholdi, E. Bartholomew, Gutzon Borglum, Solon Borglum, H. Brown, ? Casusui, ? Cerruchi, Alban J. Conant, T. Crawford, Elliot Daingerfield, Alexander Jackson Davis, Edwin Willard Deming, Daniel Chester French, Horatio Greenough, John Haviland, Harriet Hosmer, Robert Ball Hughes, Benjamin Latrobe, Larkin Mead, Wm. R. O'Donovan, Erastus Palmer, Luigi Persico, Ferdinand Pettrich, Hiram Powers, John Rogers, Randolph Rogers, William Rush, Augustus St. Gaudens, William W. Story, Wm. Strickland, John Struthers, Wm. Thornton, John Quincy Adams Ward, John Ferguson Weir, and Benjamin West.
Scope and Contents
Other sections include one or more letters from Trumbull, Gilbert Stuart, Charles Willson Peale, John J. Audubon, Victor Audubon, Benjamin West and Thomas Sully.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels P20 (fr.388-601, 606-608, 638, 710-740); P21 (fr. 1-42); and P29 (fr. 1-2) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Ferdinand Julius Dreer Collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1955 by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

More Information
Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Microfilm inventory available at all Archives of American Art offices.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Collectors and collecting Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architects Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engravers Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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