Percy Ives papers, 1870-1905

Ives, Percy L. (Percival L.), b. 1864 d. 1928
Painter, Art teacher
Active in Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Detroit, Mich.

Collection size: ca. 340 items (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Collection Summary: Sketches, diaries, photograph albums, and a book of illustrations.

REEL 565: 59 undated sketches by Ives.

REEL 593: Two diaries, 1885-1887 and 1903-1907; 3 albums containing photographs of family and friends; a book of illustrations of commmercial signs painted by Ives; and 15 loose sketches.

UNMICROFILMED: 216 glass negatives of paintings, sitters, and models, undated and unidentified; and the contents of Ives' desk, including: 4 newspaper clippings about the Ives family, ca. 1940; a photograph of a work of art by Ives; a letter to "The Oil and Colour Man" from "The Dweller in the Cave of the Winds," 1923, an I.O.U. from A.W. "Gus" Ives to Percy Ives, 1923; handwritten lyrics to a song about Mike McCarty's wake; notes by Ives about the sales of his paintings; 38 photographs of the interior of a house and studio, an unidentified woman and man, possibly Ives, and a farm; and notes about Ives written by Dr. Albert Russell Parker, 1936, who purchased Ives' desk with the contents intact.

Biographical/Historical Note: Portrait painter, art instructor; Detroit, Mich.

Material on reel 565 and the glass negatives were donated by the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library, 1956-1957. The Burton Historical Collection lent the material on reel 593 for microfilming in 1973. The remainder of the unfilmed material was donated in 1994 by by James B. Parker, whose father, Dr. Albert Russell Parker, purchased Ives' desk with the items intact.

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