A Finding Aid to the Robert C. Graham Collection of Artists' Letters,
1783-1935
(bulk 1804-1877)
, in the Archives of American Art
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.grahrobe
Creators:
Graham, Robert Claverhouse, 1913-1994
Dates:
1783-1935
bulk 1804-1877
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
Repository:
The Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters measure 0.2 linear feet and dates from 1783 to 1935, with the bulk of the letters dating from 1804 to 1877. Graham, an art dealer and collector, compiled the unrelated letters of several late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century painters such as Thomas Biddle, Thomas Doughty, G. P. A. Healy, Daniel Huntington, Henry Inman, Emanuel Leutze, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Sully, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and others.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters measure 0.2 linear feet dates from 1783 to 1935, with the bulk of the letters dating from 1804 to 1877. Graham, an art dealer and collector, compiled the unrelated letters of several late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century painters such as Thomas Doughty, G. P. A. Healy, Daniel Huntington, Henry Inman, Emanuel Leutze, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Sully, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and others.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter. Multiple letters within folders are arranged chronologically.

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Robert Claverhouse Graham (1913-1994) was the director of the Graham Gallery in New York City. He and his brother James were fourth generation owners of the gallery which specialized in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art.

Administration
Alternative Forms Available
The Robert Claverhouse Graham collection of artists' letters in the Archives of American Art were digitized in
2007
, and total
100
images.
Processing Information
The Archives microfilmed the collection on reels D23, D294 and 1236, mostly upon receipt in 1961. The collection was fully processed by Erin Corley in 2006 and digitized in 2007 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Author
Erin Corley
Sponsor
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Provenance
The collection was donated in 1961 by Robert C. Graham.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters, 1783-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Material
Related material found in the Archives includes the recording and transcript of a 1976 interview of Robert Claverhouse Graham conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art. The Archives also holds numerous collections of papers related to or created by the artists who wrote these letters.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Artists' writings Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- 19th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Letters Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Collectors and collecting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Morse, Samuel Finley, 1791-1872 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Healy, G.P.A. (George Peter Alexander), 1813-1894 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Doughty, Thomas, 1793-1856 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inman, Henry, 1801-1846 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Leutze, Emanuel, 1816-1868 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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