Charles Henry Caffin papers, circa 1883-1973, bulk 1883-1918

Caffin, Charles Henry, b. 1854 d. 1918
Art critic
Active in New York, N.Y.

The papers of Charles Henry Caffin in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009. The bulk of the papers have been scanned, and total 167 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art


Collection size: 1.2 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The scattered papers of art critic and writer Charles Henry Caffin measure 1.2 linear feet and date from circa 1883-1973. Found within the papers are an interview transcript, two letters, printed materials, one scrapbook, and family photographs dating from circa 1883 to circa 1911, many by noted photographers Arnold Genthe, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz. The scrapbook contains Caffin's columns for the New York American, 1913-1915.

Biographical/Historical Note: Charles Henry Caffin (1854-1918) was an art critic from New York, N.Y. Charles Caffin was an early supporter of the Photo-Secessionists and modern art. Born in England, trained at Oxford, he came to the U.S. in 1892. He was primarily a journalist, writing and contributing to many publications, including "Camera Work." Caffin wrote many books about art, drama, and dance, including "Photography as Fine Art" (1901), "American Masters of Painting" (1902), "How to Study Pictures" (1905), and "Art for Life's Sake" (1913).

Donna Caffin Layton, daughter of Charles Caffin, donated most of the papers in 1974. Stephen D. Rockstroh, Caffin's son-in-law, donated additional material in 1985.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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