Dennis Miller Bunker papers, 1882-1943, bulk 1882-1890

Bunker, Dennis Miller, b. 1861 d. 1890
Painter, Portrait painter
Active in New York, N.Y.

The papers of Dennis Miller Bunker in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 1,237 images.

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


Collection size: 0.4 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The Dennis Miller Bunker collection of letters, an exhibition catalog, and a few photographs measures 0.4 linear feet and dates from 1882 to 1943, with the bulk of the material dating from 1882 to 1890. Most of the collection consists of letters. Letters dating from 1882 to 1889 are primarily to Bunker's friend Joseph Evans (46 letters) in New York City and discuss work, projects, his dislike of teaching, mutual interests and friends, and other topics. Four volumes of letterpress books, circa 1889-1890, contain letters to Bunker's fiancée Eleanor Hardy prior to their marriage in the fall of 1890, and his untimely death a few months later. There are also a 1943 exhibition catalog and three photographs of Bunker.

Biographical/Historical Note: Dennis Miller Bunker (1861-1890) was a painter from New York, N.Y. Bunker married Eleanor Hardy in October 1890. He died in December of that year.

Material on reel 1201 and 2773 donated 1974 by William and Geoffrey Platt. William is the son of Eleanor Hardy Bunker, widow of Bunker, by a second marriage. Photograph (photocopy) and clipping on reel 1201 (fr. 990-991,995) donated 1974 by Frederick D. Hill of Berry-Hill Galleries. Two photographs, ca. 1886, donated 1977 by Catherine B. Ramsdell and microfilmed in 1980 as part of AAA's Photographs of Artists-Collection II and scanned in 2004.

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

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Also found at the Archives of American Art is the Charles A. Platt letter collection. Platt was the second husband of Dennis Miller Bunker's wife Eleanor Hardy. Included in the collection are a letter from Platt to Bunker, a letter from Bunker to Anne Page, and other related items.