Archives of American Art

National Academy of Design letterbook

Collection ID:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)
Physical Description:
1 Volume
(74 items)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
A scrapbook/letterbook containing 74 letters from artists, written mostly to Academy president Harry Watrous, with several to Charles M. Kurtz regarding paintings and sculpture lent for exhibitions, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 (the St. Louis World's Fair), and other matters.
Scope and Contents
Correspondents include: Edwin Austin Abbey, John White Alexander, Otto Bacher, Edward Bell, Albert Bierstadt, Ralph Blakelock, Edwin Blashfield, Gutzon Borglum, Frederick A. Bridgman, John George Brown, Howard Russell Butler, William A. Coffin, Timothy Cole, Colin C. Cooper, Kenyon Cox, Charles Curran , Frederick Dielman, Paul Dougherty, Lucia Fairchild Fuller, Charles Gibson, Alex Harrison, Robert Henri, Daniel Huntington, John Johansen, Francis C. Jones, Wm. Kline, John La Farge, W. L. Lathrop, Jonas Lie, Will Low, Frank Millet, Thomas Moran, H. Siddons Mowbray, John Francis Murphy, James Craig Nicoll, R. A. Niehaus, Charles Niehaus, Maxfield Parrish, Joseph Pennell, Alexander Phimister Proctor, Alexander Robinson, William S. Robinson, William Allen Rogers, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Victor Salvatore, W. Elmer Schofield, Susan Watkins Serpell, Walter Shirlaw, George Smillie, James D. Smillie, Harry Snell, Edward Steichen, George Story, Henry O. Tanner, R. Van Boskerck, Elihu Vedder, Robert Vonnoh, Hubert Vos, William Whittemore, Irving Ramsey Wiles, Henry Wolf, Thomas W. Wood, and Theodore Wores.

Microfilmed in original collation order; not alphabetical or chronological.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Art society; New York, N.Y. Harry Watrous was elected president of the National Academy of Design in 1894. He served as Chairman, Executive Committee on Art for the State of New York for the International Exposition of 1904 (Louisiana Purchase Exposition). Charles M. Kurtz was editor of NAD's Academy Notes, and was Asst. Chief, Dept. of Fine Arts, for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 2679 (frames 1110-1203) available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Original in: The Corcoran Gallery of Art Archives.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1982 by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which had received it from Watrous. Watrous participated in the Corcoran's Biennials and donated two paintings.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Patrons must use microfilm copy.

More Information
Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Alphabetical index to artists/correspondents' names available in Archives of American Art offices.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Artists -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kurtz, Charles M. (Charles McMeen), 1855-1909 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Watrous, Harry W. (Harry Willson), 1857-1940 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Academy of Design (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904: Saint Louis, Mo.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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