John Kenneth Byard papers, 1908-1960

Byard, John Kenneth, b. 1886 d. 1959
Dealer, Antiquarian
Active in Norwalk, Conn.

Collection size: 1150 items.

Collection Summary: Papers relating mainly to Byard's business as a dealer in American antique furniture. Included are correspondence, 1950-1960, with Henry N. Flynt, Robert B. Hanan, A. M. Adler (Hirschl & Adler), Ellerton M. Jette, Cornelius C. Moore, Dr. J. Reed McClure, Otto M. Wasserman, Electra Webb (Shelburne Museum), and others; a scrapbook, 1908; notes from lectures; an obituary notice; and letters to Mrs. Dorothy Byard after her husband's death.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art and antique dealer; Norwalk, Conn.. Byard graduated from Columbia Law School in 1911. Ill health prompted Byard to move to the country, where he made his interest in early American antiques into a business. The library at the Heritage Foundation in Deerfield, Massachusetts, bears his name.

Donated 1959-1961 by Mrs. John Kenneth Byard, widow of Byard.

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