Lockwood de Forest papers, 1858-1978

De Forest, Lockwood, b. 1850 d. 1932
Author, Collector, Architect, Industrial designer, Landscape painter
Active in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Collection size: 2.6 linear ft.

Collection Summary: REELS 2730-2734: Biographical information; personal, family and business correspondence, 1858-1931, including letters regarding de Forest's wood carving business in Ahmedabad, India, the export of carvings, and the sale of the operation to Tiffany Studios; correspondence, 1974-1978, regarding the exhibition of de Forest's work at the Hechscher Museum, Huntington, New York and at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; diaries, 1868-1890, kept by Lockwood de Forest and his wife Meta, which include entries about their travels in India; published and unpublished writings by de Forest on such topics as art, art schools, education, landscape architecture, museums, furniture construction, the study of nature and psychic research.

Also included are sketches and sketchbooks, undated and 1869-1881, primarily of places visited in Europe and the Middle East; printed material; photographs of de Forest, his family and friends, his house at East 10th Street in New York City, and works of art (oil paintings, decorative tiles, rugs, weapons, tools, etc.); and business records, consisting of sales records, account books, bills, receipts, invoices, and shipping records. Photographers include: George C. Cox, Frederick Hollyer, and Pach Brothers.

UNMICROFILMED: A copybook of letters, 1905-1918; and two publications "The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine," 1890, and the "Metropolitan Museum of Art Addresses at the Opening of the American Wing," vol. XXXIX.

Biographical/Historical Note: Landscape painter, interior designer, architect, writer, and collector (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

Donated 1982 by Mrs. Lockwood de Forest III, daughter-in-law of Lockwood de Forest.

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