Richard Watson and Helena de Kay Gilder papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.gildrich
Creators:
Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909
Gilder, Helena de Kay, d. 1916
Dates:
1874-1878
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
41 Items
(on partial microfilm reel)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Journal kept by Richard Watson Gilder and Helena de Kay Gilder, beginning at the start of their marriage in June 1874 and spanning four years, including poems and verses, drawings by Helena de Kay Gilder, many of her husband, entries concerning the founding of American Art Association (later the Society of American Artists), and entries reflecting daily occurrences, clippings, and telegrams; and ca. 40 letters from Charles de Kay, primarily to his brother-in-law, Richard Watson Gilder.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Richard Watson Gilder was a poet and editor of the periodicals Scribner's and Century. Helena de Kay ("H. de K.G." and: deKay, De Kay, DeKay) Gilder was a portrait, still-life, ideal figure, and flower painter, and writer; born 1846 or 8; died 1916. Helena Gilder studied art with John La Farge and Winslow Homer. Professionally, she is often referred to by her maiden name. The Gilders played a central role in the founding of the Society of American Artists. Charles de Kay, an art writer, and founder of the National Sculpture Society and National Arts Club, is Helena de Kay Gilder's brother.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 285 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Journal, reel 285: Originals located at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1971 by Rosamond Gilder, the daughter of Richard Watson Gilder and Helena de Kay Gilder. She was contacted about lending the journal by Lloyd Goodrich, who had seen the journal while visiting Gilder to see a portrait of Winslow Homer painted by her mother.

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

Related Materials
Richard Watson Gilder papers also located at: New York Public Library and the University of Virginia, Richmond.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Women painters Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Portrait painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Still-life painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Kay, Charles Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Art Association (Society) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Society of American Artists Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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