Charles Walter Stetson papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.stetchar
Creators:
Stetson, Charles Walter, 1858-1911
Dates:
1879-1974
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1.8 Linear feet
(on 4 microfilm reels)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letters; sketchbooks; photographs and cyanotypes; scrapbook; writings, novelettes, and poetry by Stetson; biographical information; and printed material.
Scope and Contents
REELS 3211-3213: 9 letters, 1912, written by Stetson's widow to Edward B. Knight containing transcribed entries from Stetson's journal; a notebook, 1881-1908, "Opera," containing Stetson's notes on his paintings; novelettes and poetry by Stetson and his first wife, Charlotte Perkins Gilman; an autobiography by his daughter, Katharine Stetson Chamberlin; an unpublished manuscript by David Goodale on Stetson; 15 sketchbooks; a scrapbook containing etchings; three sketches by Frank Tolles Chamberlin and a brief biography of him; photographs of Stetson, his daughter, Katharine, and his paintings.
Scope and Contents
Also included are 734 photographs, including some cyanotypes, of Stetson, his family and friends, works of art, models, animals, buildings, children, landscapes, ships, and many other subjects; and clippings.
Scope and Contents
REEL 3646: 5 photographs, ca. 1880-1899, of Stetson, his second wife, Grace, his daughter, and interior and exterior views of his studio. [Also filmed on reels 3590 and 3612.]

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; California and Rome, Italy. Born in Rhode Island. His daughter, Katharine Beecher Stetson, a painter and sculptor also, married Frank Tolles Chamberlin.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 3211-3213 and 3646 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reels 3211 and portions of 3212 originally lent for microfilming 1983 by David Goodale, an art historian who studied Stetson. These papers were subsequently donated 1986 by Goodale's daughter, Shelley Luckenbach upon her father's death. Remaining material on reel 3212 and all material on reel 3213 donated 1983 by Doroth Stetson Chamberlin and Walter Chamberlin, grandchildren of Stetson. Photographs on reel 3646 transfered to AAA by National Museum of American Art via director, Charles Eldredge, 1985.

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
Painting, Modern -- 19th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists' studios -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Knight, Edward B. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stetson, Katharine Beecher, 1885-1979 or 81 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chamberlin, F. Tolles (Frank Tolles), 1873-1961 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goodale, David Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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