Robert Aitken papers, ca. 1900-1960

Aitken, Robert Ingersoll, b. 1878 d. 1949
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 0.5 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: A letter from Benjamin Wheeler at the University of California thanking Aitken for a bust of George Washington, 1904, and a postcard, 1926; a booklet on Aitken's F.W. SCHUMACHER FRIEZE, MASTERS OF ART [done for the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, 1930-1936]; photographs of Aitken, including 1 by De Witt Ward, and of his works, including portrait busts, medallions and coins, reliefs, fountain figures, the American Navy Monument [Union Square, San Francisco, California, 1902], The Fountain of the Earth [Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915], the Monument to Samuel Gompers [Washington, D.C., 1933], and the Guardian Figures at the National Archives [Washington, D.C., ca. 1934]; two photographs of Theodore Roosevelt dedicating the Navy Monument; and ca. 8 clippings, some reproducing works by Aitken.

Biographical/Historical Note: b. 1878 in San Francisco, Calif.; sculptor; d. 1949.

Donated 1973 by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

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