Stephen A. Douglas Volk and Leonard Wells Volk papers, 1845-1960, (bulk 1845-1892)

Volk, Douglas, b. 1859 d. 1935
Active in New York, N.Y.

Volk, Leonard Wells, b. 1828 d. 1895
Active in Me.; Ill.

Collection size: 7.5 linear feet

Collection Summary: Writings, correspondence, photographs, biographical material, works of art, printed material and financial records concerning (Stephen A.) Douglas Volk and his father, Leonard Wells Volk. A small amount of material concerns other family members Wendell, Marion, and Lawrence Volk.

UNMICROFILMED: Personal and professional correspondence, including letters between Mr. and Mrs. George de Forest Brush and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Volk and letters from their children; diaries, 1875 and 1934, kept by Douglas Volk as well as a personal account book, 1873-1875, listing daily expenditures, appointments and other notes; manuscripts and lectures by Douglas Volk; memoirs of Leonard Volk; photographs of works of art and family members, many unidentified; sketchbooks; one scrapbook of clippings concerning Volk exhibitions and one scrapbook containing records of the Center Lovell Rug Weaving Community; newspaper clippings; and Volk family genealogy. Also included is a photograph of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Douglas Volk.

REEL 4280: Family correspondence includes an unsigned letter to Abram Volk, possibly from U.S. Treasury Architect A. B. Mullet. Photographs show a bust of Volk by David Richards, Volk family members, and two works by Volk, one of Stephen A. Douglas. A donor file contains letters and clippings relating to the collection of Leonard Volk's papers.

Biographical/Historical Note: Douglas Volk (full name Stephen Arnold Douglas Volk) (1856-1935) was a painter. His father, Leonard Wells Volk (1828-1895) was a sculptor. Both were active in Center Lovell, Me.

Papers on reel 4280 lent in 1989 for microfilming by the George Arents Research Library, Syracuse, N.Y. (Edward Deming Andrews, the grand-nephew of Leonard Wells Volk, donated the microfilmed materials to Syracuse University.) Order and arrangement of reel 4280 is that of the George Arents Research Library, Syracuse University. Majority of unmicrofilmed material was donated in 2004-2005 by Jessie J. Volk, daughter-in-law of Douglas Volk. 1875 Diary and Brush letters donated in 2006 by David Wright, who acquired them at a Volk Family estate auction on July 19, 2006. 1934 diary and 60 photographs donated 2007 by the University of Maine Foundation via Amos Orcutt. Jessie Volk bequested material to the Foundation, who, in turn, donated it to AAA. The personal account book, 1873-1875, was donated in honor of Judy Throm by Christine I. Oaklander who acquired the item at a Volk Family estate auction on July 19, 2006. Oaklander donated additional letters and a photograph in 2008.

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