Archives of American Art

Selected letters from the Frank M. Etting Collection

Collection ID:
Etting, Frank M. (Frank Marx)
Physical Description:
2 Reels
ca. 100 items (on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Primarily artists' letters from the autograph section of the Etting collection, as well as 30 letters to Etting from artists or concerning art related matters. Letters to Etting are dated 1854-1889, from James R. Lambdin, Catherine A. Drinker, Edward D. Marchant, Edward Lamson Henry, William C. Sanders, Anna M. Lea, J.J. Sawyer, William B. Myers, George C. Lambdin, Peter F. Rothermel, Frank B. Mayer, and William A. Coffin. Items from the autograph section include: a receipt from Thomas Birch to Mr. Shippen, Nov. 7, 1811; letters to Robert Gilmore from William Dunlap, George Catlin, Henry Inman, John Gadsby Chapman, Thomas Cole, Thomas Doughty, Horatio Greenough, George Harvey and William Sidney Mount;
Scope and Contents
letters to Henry A. Wise from John Gadsby Chapman, Ferdinand Pettrich, and L. Walk; to G.C. Childs from William Kneass, John Neagle, and John Sully; and to Ben. Perley Poore from J.W. Osborne and Henry Stone. Additional items include letters of Pierre Eugene Du Simitiere, Charles Fraser, Alexander Galt, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Joseph Jefferson, Charles Robert Leslie, Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Thomas Sully, John Trumbull (to Sully), and Benjamin West; and a list of subscribers to procure a full-length painting by Thomas Sully of LaFayette for Independence Hall.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel P20 (fr. 602-605; 631) and P21 (fr. 43-112) available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Frank M. Etting Collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the Archives of American Art, 1955. Selected for microfilming by Frances Lichten.

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 listing dates and recipients of the letters is available at all Archives of American Art offices (filed under Etting).

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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