Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.robbjame
Creators:
Robb, James, 1814-1881
Dates:
1846-1871
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
(on partial microfilm reel)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Fourteen letters written to Robb, 1846-1871, from John Gadsby Chapman, Henry Dilworth Gilpin, James H. Hackett, George Peter Alexander Healy, Daniel Huntington, Miner Kilbourne Kellogg, William Kemble, Charles Macalester, Hiram Powers, Robert Walter Weir, and Richard Henry Wilde; a letter written to "My Dear Sir" by Robb, 1848; a handwritten copy of an agreement between Hiram Powers and Robb concerning the exhibiting of Powers' THE GREEK SLAVE, 1848; a page of clippings, undated and 1859, relating to the sale of the Robb collection and to his railroad affiliation.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Railroad and banking tycoon, art collector; active in New Orleans in the mid-nineteenth century. Robb collected European and American art. Much of his collection was sold in 1859; some works from his collection are in the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3948 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1983 by Herbert Gray, a collector of autographed letters. This group of James Robb papers was included in a scrapbook that Mr. Gray purchased, containing letters to and from various historical figures. The remainder of the James Robb items from the scrapbook (ca. 157 letters and receipts pertaining to the purchase and sale of the Robb art collection) were donated to the Historic New Orleans Collection, a major repository of manuscript material on Robb.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Louisiana -- New Orleans Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kellogg, Miner K. (Miner Kilbourne), 1814-1889 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kemble, William Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Macalester, Charles, 1798-1873 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weir, Robert Walter, 1803-1889 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wilde, Richard Henry, 1789-1847 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chapman, J. G. (John Gadsby), 1808-1889 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gilpin, Henry D. (Henry Dilworth), 1801-1860 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Healy, G. P. A. (George Peter Alexander), 1813-1894 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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