John Frazee papers, 1810-1964

Frazee, John, b. 1790 d. 1852
Sculptor
Active in New York, N.Y.

The papers of John Frazee in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2010.The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 264 images.

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


Collection size: 0.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of sculptor and architect John Frazee measure 0.6 linear feet, and date from 1819-1966, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1819-1893. These scattered papers contain documentation of Frazee's early career as a gravestone carver, his commission to design the New York Customs House, and his busts of John Jay, the Marquis De Lafayette, and other famous figures. There is also correspondence with family members, genealogical materials, sketches of Frazee monuments and stone engravings, poems and notes by Frazee, printed materials, a few financial documents, photographs of works of art, and a plaster cast of a medal.

Biographical/Historical Note: John Frazee (1790-1852) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y. Born in Rahway, N.J., Frazee worked in New York City and died in Crompton Mills, R.I.

The John Frazee papers were donated by the sculptor's great granddaughter Marguerite Heath and grand niece Theresa Eliot in several increments between 1973-1978.

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

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