William Page and Page family papers, 1815-1947, bulk 1843-1892

A Finding Aid to the William Page and Page Family Papers, 1815-1947, bulk 1843-1892, in the Archives of American Art, by Megan McShea

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Biographical Information

The painter William Page was born in 1811 in Albany, NY. He attended public schools in New York City, and after working briefly in the law firm of Frederick de Peyster, was placed in the studio of the painter/engraver James Herring in 1825, where he received his first formal art training. He took classes at the National Academy of Design the year it was formed, in 1826, under Samuel F.B. Morse, and in 1827 he was awarded one of the National Academy's first annual student prizes.

Page joined the Presbyterian church and attended Phillips Academy and Amherst with the intention of becoming a minister, but his artistic ability won out, and by 1830 he was painting commissioned portraits in Albany, Rochester, and New York. He married Lavinia Twibill in 1833, and they had three daughters between 1834 and 1839. He joined the American Academy and served on its board of directors in 1835. He exhibited at the American Academy, the National Academy of Design, the Boston Athenaeum, and other venues throughout the 1830s. Favorable reviews brought steady portrait commissions, including John Quincy Adams and the New York governor William L. Marcy. He was made a full member of the National Academy in 1837.

In the 1840s, Page's reputation and maturity as a painter grew. His first wife left him around 1840, and in 1843 he married Sarah Dougherty. The couple moved to Albany, Boston, and back to New York seeking portrait commissions and patronage. He became friends with the poet James Russell Lowell and the writer and publisher Charles Frederick Briggs, two writers and editors who helped to promote his artwork in Boston and New York and published his theoretical writings. In 1844, Lowell dedicated his first published book of poetry to Page, and the following year, Briggs published a series of articles by Page in the Broadway Journal, entitled "The Art of the Use of Color in Imitation in Painting." The series described Page's arduous experiments with color and glazes, and his ideas about correspondences between spirituality and the natural world as expressed in art.

In 1850, Page traveled to Florence, Italy, where he painted several copies of the works of Titian in the galleries of the Uffizi and Pitti palaces, studying his use of color and further developing his own experimental techniques. He became friends with the sculptor Hiram Powers, who introduced him to the writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg, a Christian metaphysician whose ideas fueled Page's interest in the spiritual aspects of art. In 1852, Page moved to Rome, a city with an international artists' community and a strong market for art. Page found a loyal following in Rome's large circle of American ex-patriates, including the sculptors Thomas Crawford and Harriet Hosmer, the actress Charlotte Cushman, and the poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, all of whom sat for portraits by Page.

In 1854, Page's second wife left him amidst public scandal, and he sank deep in debt to his bankers at Packenham and Hooker, an English firm that by 1856 had a lien on all the paintings in his studio. That same year Page met Sophia Stevens Hitchcock, an American widow traveling in Rome with Bertha Olmsted, Frederick Law Olmsted's sister. Hitchcock was from Barnet, Vermont and came to Europe after her first husband died in 1852 after only a year of marriage. She traveled to England and Paris, where she wrote regular columns on local customs and events for the New York Tribune that were published under the by-line "An American Woman in Paris." She and Page met in Rome in 1856, and in October 1857, after Page traveled back the United States to obtain a divorce from Sarah Dougherty, he and Sophia married.

The couple stayed in Rome until 1860. His wife's three brothers, all businessmen, helped to promote his artwork in Europe and America. Page's paintings of this period include several Venus subjects, one of which was championed by his most loyal patrons, who raised $3000 by subscription to buy the painting for the Boston Athenaeum. A later Venus painting was rejected from the Paris salon for indecency, a controversy that was later leveraged for publicity in a touring exhibition in the United States.

The Pages returned to the United States in 1860 and settled in Tottenville, New York. They had six children between 1858 and 1870. Page had a studio at Eagleswood, NJ, and later in the Studio Building on 10th Street in Manhattan, where he held a large exhibition in 1867. In the 1860s, he painted a self-portrait and a companion portrait of Sophia set in Rome, as well as a series of civil war heroes including Robert Gould Shaw, Winfield Scott, and David Farragut. Photographs played a consistent part in Page's technique of portraiture, and he is known to have worked with the photographer Matthew Brady, who attended art classes early on with Page, as well as the photographers Sarony and Charles Williamson, who taught classes on drawing from enlarged photo-transparencies. Brady photographs taken for Page include David Farragut and Reuben Fenton.

Page lectured frequently on Titian and Venetian art, a subject in which he was considered an expert, and on painting technique and his philosophical ideas about nature, art, and spirituality. In 1871, Page was elected the president of the National Academy of Design, a post he held until 1873, but his poor health following a collapse in 1872 limited his accomplishments in office. Despite these limitations, he continued to paint, including portraits of General Grant, an idealized portrait of the president based on early photographs and Charles Sumner. He also became interested in portraiture of William Shakespeare around this time, and his studies resulted in a book, Shakespeare's Portraits, a bust based on existing portraiture, and a full-length portrait entitled "Shakespeare Reading," based on Page's measurements of a supposed death mask in Darmstadt, Germany, which he went to inspect against the advice of his doctor in 1874.

In 1877, another collapse left Page incapacitated for the remainder of his life. Sophia Page tried editing and publishing his writings and lectures, but with little success. Page died in 1885. A life marked by personal scandal ended the same, when two of his daughters from his first marriage contested his will, tying up his estate in a lengthy and public probate trial. Their suit was dismissed in 1889, and Sophia Page died in 1892.

This biography relies heavily on Joshua Taylor's William Page: The American Titian (1957).

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of the painter William Page and the Page family measure 8.5 linear feet and date from 1815 to 1947, with the bulk of papers dating from 1843 to 1892. Papers contain records related to the life and career of William Page, president of the National Academy of Design from 1871 to 1873 and prominent portraitist and art theorist of his day. Also found are records related to his wife's career as a writer and records documenting their personal lives and the lives of their family members. Types of documents found include personal documents and artifacts, correspondence, essays, lectures, diaries, poems, notes and notebooks, financial records, legal records, published works, clippings, catalogs, photographs, and artwork.

Correspondence includes the personal and professional correspondence of William and Sophia Page, and their parents, siblings, and children. Significant correspondents include Thomas Hicks, Enoch Wood Perry, William Stark, Theodore Tilton, Lemuel Wilmarth, Wendell Phillips, William Walker Scranton, Francis G. Shaw; James Russell Lowell, Charles Frederick Briggs, George W. Curtis, Charlotte Cushman, Thomas K. Beecher, Mary Olmsted, and Bertha Olmsted.

Writings include the essays and lectures of William Page, as written by him and revised by Sophia Page in the late 1870s, as well as Sophia's writings as a columnist in Europe in the 1850s. Notes, notebooks, diaries, and poems are also found. Personal Business Records include business records related to the sale and exhibition of artwork as well as financial and legal documents. A small number of memoranda and documents related to Page's work at the National Academy of Design are also found. Printed Materials include exhibition catalogs, published works by William and Sophia Page, and clippings and articles about Page.

Photographs consist mainly of portraits, most of them mounted cabinet photographs or cartes-des-visites, some of which appear to have been used as studies for Page's painted portraits. Among those pictured are William Page, James Russell Lowell, Henry Ward Beecher, Reuben Fenton, Wendell Phillips, Charles Sumner, William R. O'Donovan, and William Lloyd Garrison. Many of the photographic portraits are unidentified. Artwork includes sketches, drawings, prints, and a small number of notes made by Page in the course of painting portraits.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • O'Donovan, William Rudolf, 1844-1920 -- Photographs
  • Page, William, 1811-1885 -- Photographs
  • Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891 -- Photographs
  • Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879 -- Photographs
  • Fenton, Rueben -- Photographs
  • Phillips, Wendell -- Photographs
  • Sumner, Charles -- Photographs
  • Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887 -- Photographs
  • National Academy of Design (U.S.)>

Subjects-Topical:

  • Portrait painting -- 19th century -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Portrait painters -- New York (State) -- New York

Types of Materials:

  • Diaries
  • Photographs
  • Works of Art
  • Poems
  • Drawings
  • Sketches

Names:

  • Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891
  • Briggs, Charles F. (Charles Frederick), 1804-1877
  • Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876
  • Page, Sophia Stevens, 1827-1892
  • Hicks, Thomas, 1823-1890
  • Perry, E. W. (Enoch Wood), 1831-1915
  • Wilmarth, Lemuel Everett, 1835-1918
  • Curtis, George William, 1824-1892
  • Stark, William
  • Phillips, Wendell
  • Scranton, William Walker
  • Shaw, Francis George, 1809-1882
  • Beecher, Thomas Kinnicut, 1824-1900
  • Olmstead, Mary
  • Olmstead, Bertha
  • Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907

Provenance

A portion of the collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by Mrs. Lesslie S. (Pauline Page) Howell, William Page's grandaughter, in 1963. William S. Page, Pauline Page Howell's nephew, donated additional papers in 1964 and 1973. Mrs. Howell's son, William Page Howell, donated material in 1980.

Letters of Charles F. Briggs to James Russell Lowell (Series 2.2) were a part of Pauline Page Howell's 1963 donation to the Archives of American Art. They had been given to Mrs. Howell by Charlotte Briggs, daughter of Charles F. Briggs, because of her father's lifelong friendship with William Page. Letters from Lowell to Briggs are in the James Russell Lowell papers in Houghton Library at Harvard University.

Separated and Related Materials

Pauline Page Howell and William S. Page loaned a group of letters to the Archives in 1964 which were microfilmed on reel 1091 and then returned to the donors. These include letters from Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, Lydia Maria Child, Charlotte Cushman, James Russell Lowell, Charles A. Dana, and others. This material is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.

How the Collection was Processed

Each accession was processed to a preliminary level upon accessioning; most were also microfilmed on reels D312 and 20-27. All accessions, except for the loaned letters microfilmed on reel 1091, were merged and re-processed and described in a finding aid by Megan McShea in 2006 and digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Project.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The William Page and Page Family papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.

How to Cite this Collection

William Page and Page Family papers, 1815-1947, bulk 1843-1892. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Materials and Artifacts, 1847-1917, undated
(Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Personal artifacts and documents in this series relate to William Page, his family, and his in-laws, the Stevens family.

Narratives include an obituary of Page written by the engraver W.J. Linton and a copy of an 1883 biographical article about Page. Personal documents of the Pages include two handwritten statements, one regarding his marriage to Sophia Page, and the other regarding his citizenship.

Personal documents of the Page children include school-related documents and traveling expenses. Personal documents of the Stevens family include Henry Stevens' passport, lists of personal items, and death notices. Medical items include the autopsy of Robert Kemble, a prescription, and phrenological charts.

Annotated postcards and maps identify the birthplace of Sophia Page, the Page family residence, and burial sites. Artifacts include an autographed calling card signed by Page, Launt Thompson, Charles H. Miller, and others, possibly all be artists from the 10th Street Studio Building in New York City; locks of hair; and a hand-carved wooden pen.

Box Folder
1 1 Narratives about William Page, 1885, undated
1 2 Personal Documents of William and Sophia Page, 1857-1858
1 3 Personal Documents of Page Children, 1878-1881, undated
1 4 Personal Documents of Stevens Family, 1847-1903, undated
1 5 Medical Documents, 1853, undated
1 6 Birthplace, Home, and Burial Sites, 1917, undated
1 7 Autographs, undated
1 8 Locks of Hair, 1867-1884, undated
1 9 Hand-carved Fountain Pen, undated

Series 2: Correspondence, 1815-1942, undated
(Boxes 1-4, 9-10; 3.2 linear feet)

This series contains personal and professional correspondence of William and Sophia Page and their children, as well as family correspondence of the Hitchcock and Stevens families. Also found are letters written by the publisher Charles Frederick Briggs to the poet James Russell Lowell and to William Page in the 1840s.

The Correspondence series is arranged into 3 subseries:

2.1: General Correspondence, 1815-1942, undated

Letters in this series include the personal and professional correspondence of William Page, his wife, Sophia Candace Stevens Page, and their families, as well as correspondence of Sophia Page's first husband Stephen Hitchcock and his family.

William Page's correspondence is found from 1833 to 1885 only, with the bulk of his correspondence dating from 1852 to 1877. Drafts of outgoing letters written by William and Sophia Page are found throughout the series. Correspondence is arranged chronologically, with undated correspondence filed alphabetically by author at the end of the series. Correspondence of Page's children, which is voluminous from the early 1880s onward, and other family correspondence of the Page, Stevens, and Hitchcock families has not been indexed.

The earliest correspondence is that of Page's relatives of the Mathies, Dunnel, and Baldwin families of New York State. From 1840 through 1852, much of the correspondence is that of the Hitchcock family. See Series 2.3 for correspondence between Sophia and Steven Hitchcock. Love letters between William Page and Sophia (then Hitchcock) are prevalent in 1857, the year they were married. Family correspondence among Sophia Page, her parents, and her brothers Henry, B. Frank, and Simon Stevens is prevalent from the 1850s through the 1880s. By 1884, much of the correspondence is that of the Page children, including their personal, business, and family correspondence. A long, amorous correspondence from Charlotte "Sharly" Briggs to Candace "Dacie" Page, which documents an apparently intimate relationship between the two women, is found from the late 1880s onward, with many undated letters.

William Page's significant correspondents include artists such as Thomas Hicks, Enoch Wood Perry, William Stark, Theodore Tilton, and Lemuel Wilmarth; patrons Wendell Phillips, J. Hopper, William Walker Scranton, and Francis G. Shaw; writers James Russell Lowell, Charles Frederick Briggs (see also Series 2.2), George W. Curtis, and the actress Charlotte Cushman. An unusually lengthy letter from Page to a young artist "W" (possibly William Stark) about painting is dated 1860. Sophia Page's correspondents include Thomas K. Beecher, Mary Olmsted and Bertha Olmsted.

See Index for List of Selected Correspondents from Series 2.1.

Box Folder
1 General Correspondence
1 10 1815-1829
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
1 11 1830-1835
1 12 1841-1847
1 13 1848
1 14 1849
1 15 1850
1 16-17 1851
(2 folders)
1 18-19 1852
(2 folders)
1 20 1853
1 21 1854
1 22 1855
1 23 1856
1 24 1857
1 25 1858-1859, 185-
1 26 1860
1 27-28 1861
(2 folders)
1 29 1862
1 30-31 1863
(2 folders)
1 32 1864
1 33 1865
1 34 1866
1 35 1867
1 36 1868
1 37 1869
1 38 1870
1 39 1871
1 40 1872
1 41-42 1873
(2 folders)
1 43-46 1874
(4 folders)
1 47-49 1875
(3 folders)
1 50-51 1876
(2 folders)
1 52-54 1877
(3 folders; Oversized items housed in Box 10, OV)
1 55-56 1878
(2 folders)
Box Folder
2 1 1879
2 2 187-
(Oversized items housed in Box 10, OV)
2 3-4 1881
(2 folders)
2 5-6 1881
(2 folders)
2 7-16 1882
(10 folders)
2 17-26 1883
(10 folders)
2 27-32 1884
(6 folders)
2 33-40 1885
(8 folders)
2 41-55 1886
(15 folders)
Box Folder
3 1-4 1887
(4 folders)
3 5-7 1888
3 8-11 1889
(4 folders)
3 12 188-
3 13-15 1890
(3 folders)
3 16-17 1891
(2 folders)
3 18-19 1892
(2 folders)
3 20-22 1893
(3 folders)
3 23-24 1894
(2 folders)
3 25 1895-1897
3 26-27 1899
(2 folders)
3 28 1900
3 29 1901-1902
3 30 1903-1905
3 31 1906
3 32 1907-1917
3 33 1900, 1919-1920
3 34 1928-1932, 1942
3 Undated Correspondence
3 35 Allen, Elizabeth Akers, undated
3 36 Bartlett, C.E., undated
3 37 Beecher, Thomas K., undated
3 38-43 Briggs, Charlotte 'Sharly' to Candace 'Dace' Page, undated
3 44 Briggs, Charlotte 'Sharly' to Miscellaneous Page Family, undated
3 45 Miscellaneous A-B, undated
3 46 Carter, Susan N., undated
3 47 Miscellaneous C-D, undated
3 48 Fields, Annie, undated
3 49 Hall, Anna Maria, undated
3 50 Hitchcock, M.M., undated
3 51 Miscellaneous E-H, undated
3 52 Linton, W.J., undated
3 53 Lowell, Josephine S., undated
3 54 Mead, Mary V., undated
3 55 Minturn, Robert B., undated
3 56 Olmsted, Mary A., undated
3 57 Miscellaneous J-O, undated
3 58 Page, William, undated
3 59-60 Page, Sophia Candace (wife), undated
(2 folders; oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
3 61 Page, Candace, Sophia S., and Mary (daughters), undated
3 62 Page, James L. and George (sons), undated
3 63 Page, William Stevens (son), undated
3 64 Page Watson, Emma (daughter), undated
3 65 Perry, Enoch Wood, undated
3 66 Phillips, Wendell, undated
3 67 Miscellaneous P, undated
Box Folder
4 1 Shaw, Francis George, undated
4 2 Shaw, Sarah B., undated
4 3 Stevens, B. Frank, undated
4 4 Stevens, Mary, undated
4 5 Stevens, Simon, undated
4 6 Miscellaneous R-S, undated
4 7 Miscellaneous T-W, undated
4 8 First Names or Initials Only, undated
4 9 Unsigned Letters, or Illegible Signatures, undated
4 10 Unsigned Letter Fragments, undated
4 Envelopes
4 11 1850-1879
4 12 1882-1894
4 13 1900, 1919, undated
Box
9 (sol) Oversized Correspondence (Items scanned with Box 1, f10 and Box 3, f60)
Box
10 (OV) Oversized Correspondence (Items scanned with Box 1, f5? and Box 2, f2)

2.2: Charles Frederick Briggs Correspondence, 1843-1846, undated

Letters in this series are from writer and editor Charles Frederick Briggs to William Page and to poet James Russell Lowell from the mid-1840s. A draft of a single letter from Page to Briggs is also found. Briggs' lengthy letters discuss personal matters, matters relating to Briggs' publishing projects, current political figures, writings by Lowell and Page, and theoretical ideas about literature and art. Also found are two manuscripts of Briggs' comedic poems based on the character of Harry Franco, enclosed in letters to Lowell (1843) and Page (undated). Scattered, brief letters from Briggs to Page from a later period can be found in General Correspondence.

Box Folder
4 14-16 Charles Frederick Briggs to James Russell Lowell, 1843-1845
(3 folders)
4 17-18 Charles Frederick Briggs to William Page, 1843-1846, undated
(2 folders)
4 19 Draft of Letter from William Page to Charles Frederick Briggs, 1845

2.3: Sophia Candace Stevens and Stephen W. Hitchcock Correspondence, 1847-1852
(Not scanned)

Letters in this series are between Sophia (then Stevens) and her first husband, Stephen W. Hitchcock, whose brief marriage lasted from 1851 to 1852, when Hitchcock died. Content of letters is of a personal nature. Letters in the first two folders were sewn together, and others appear to have been sewn together at one time. These letters appear to have been used as legal evidence in an unspecified trial, perhaps the contestation of William Page's will in 1886-1887. For additional documents related to legal matters, see Personal Business Records. Additional materials related to her first marriage are found in Sophia Page's writings.

Box Folder
4 20-21 Letters from Stephen Hitchcock to Sophia Stevens, 1847-1850
(2 folders; not scanned)
4 22 Letters from Sophia Stevens to Stephen Hitchcock, 1849-1850(not scanned)
4 23-24 Stephen Hitchcock and Sophia Stevens Correspondence, 1850-1852
(2 folders; not scanned)

Series 3: Notes and Writings, 1839-1888, 1949, undated
(Boxes 4-5, OV 10; 1.3 linear feet)

This series contains essays, lectures, notes, notebooks, diaries, and poems written by William Page, Sophia Page, their family and associates. William Page's writings include handwritten essays and lectures on art subjects, annotated page proofs of published articles, notes, notebooks, and poetry. The extensive writings of Page's wife, Sophia Candace Page, include multiple revisions of her husband's essays and lectures as well as her own writings, including a series of travel essays written in the 1850s and published in the New York Tribune and other newspapers. Clippings of her columns are found in Printed Materials. Writings by the Page's children and Sophia Page's first husband, Stephen W. Hitchcock, are also found. The subject of writings in this series are described in greater detail in the folder list, below. Titles listed in quotation marks are taken from the original documents.

The papers are interspersed with notes written by Page's son, granddaughter, and biographer, Joshua Taylor, about items found within the collection. Joshua Taylor conducted research in a portion of the Page papers around 1949, and the papers include a list of the manuscripts he identified, filed under his name. Taylor's notes for individual items are filed with the manuscripts they describe. Other notes written by Taylor are found with Sophia Page's large notebook and letter book of the 1860s to 1880s.

Authorship of writings in this series is complicated by Sophia Page's effort to edit and compile her husband's writings for publication in the late 1870s. Multiple versions and fragments of William Page's essays and lectures therefore exist in Sophia Page's handwriting and other handwritings, possibly of the Page children and Rose Durfee of the National Academy, who assisted Sophia Page in her efforts. Because of Taylor's observation that Sophia Page's versions of these writings contain substantial paraphrasing and additions, they have been filed under her name. Manuscripts of works attributed to William Page, but which appear to be in Sophia Page's handwriting, are filed with William Page's writings. Other items written by William Page have been annotated by Sophia Page. The nature of Sophia and William Page's collaboration on these writings is unknown.

Additional notes are found in Biographical Materials, Personal Business Records, and Artwork. See series descriptions for further details.

Box
4 William Page
4 William Page Essays
4 25 On James Russell Lowell, circa 1843-1844
4 26 "The Art and Use of Color in Imitation in Painting", circa 1845
4 27 "Modern Painters by a Graduate of Oxford", after 1848
(Review by Page of John Ruskin publication)
4 28 On Italian Painting, circa 1860
4 29 "The Proportions of the Human Figure", circa 1860
4 30 On Shakespeare's Portraits, 1875, undated
(Oversized items housed in Box 10, OV)
(Fragments)
4 31 "The Measure of a Man", circa 1879
(Oversized items housed in Box 10, OV)
4 32 "Coloring in Painting", undated
4 33 On Color Theory, undated
4 34 "The Second Part or Cause", undated
4 William Page Lectures
4 35 On Portraits of Shakespeare, 1868, undated
4 36 On Shakespeare Death Mask, 1868-1874
4 37-39 "The Theory and Practice of Art", circa 1870s
(3 folders)
(A series of three lectures)
4 40-42 Second Lecture Series, circa 1870s
(3 folders)
(A series of three lectures)
4 43 "Finite Art the Image of Infinite Creation", 1872
(Oversized items housed in Box 10, OV)
4 44 National Academy of Design Lecture, undated
(Fragment)
4 45-46 From "Art and Scope" Series, undated
(2 folders)
4 47 William Page Essays and Lectures, Miscellaneous Fragments, undated
4 48 William Page Appointment Book, 1869
4 William Page Notebooks
4 49 1841, 1865, undated
(Two entries from 1841 on portraits of Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Dougherty, notes on color, journal entries from 1865, and one entry in a child's writing)
4 50 Poetry Notebook, 1854-1859
4 51 1856, undated
(Lengthy essays on art subjects in both Sophia and William Page's handwriting)
4 52 circa 1859
(A poem, letters to the Shaws and the Brownings, a biographical note, and an essay on the Venus of Titian and the Venus of Page)
4 53 undated
(contains essays on art, notes on an exhibition of watercolors in London, and other art-related notes)
4 54 Notes, undated
4 55 Poems, 1850, undated
4 Sophia Page
4 56 Sophia Page Drafts of Catalogs, 1867, undated
4 Compilations of William Page Writings
4 57 "Art and Scope" Numbers 1, 2, 3, circa 1879
4 58 "No. 1, Art and Scope," circa 1879
4 59 "No. 3, Artists Not Writers," circa 1879
4 60 "No. 4, Titian," circa 1879
4 61 "No. 5, Quality in Painting and Portraiture and the Means of Rendering It," circa 1879
4 62 "No. 6, Nature and Means of Paralleling it in Painting," circa 1879
4 63 "No. 7, The Artist and His Conceits," circa 1879
4 64-65 "Studio Talks, No. 1-5," circa 1879
(2 folders)
  • "Art and Scope"
  • "Quality in Painting"
  • "Artists Not Writers"
  • "Titian"
  • "Quality in Landscape and Portraiture"
4 66 "The Measure of a Man," circa 1879
(Oversized items housed in Box 10, OV)
4 67 "Method in Art," circa 1879
4 68 On Copying Titian's Venus, circa 1878
4 69 On Titian, undated
4 70-76 Miscellaneous Fragments, late 1870s
(7 folders; oversized items housed in Box 10, OV)
(Content repetitive with compilations above)
Box Folder
5 Sophia Page Essays
5 1 On Paris, 1854, undated
5 2 On Rome and Monte Carlo, 1857
5 3 On Page's Painting "Venus Guiding Eneas and the Trojans to the Latin Shore," 1859
5 4 "Our New Departed, A Staten Island View of Darwinism" 1872
5 5 "Page and His Works," late1870s
5 6 On George Oakes Stevens, 1888
5 7 On Family History, undated
(Fragments)
5 8-9 Miscellaneous Fragments, circa 1857, 1879, 1883, undated
(2 folders)
5 Sophia Page Journals
5 10-11 1852-1853
(2 folders)
(2 volumes, one with brief personal entries written in a bound and printed 1853 diary, the second with longer entries covering the same period in more detail)
5 12 1853
5 13 circa 1856, 1876
5 Sophia Page Notebooks and Letterbooks
5 14 1854
5 15-16 circa 1860s-1880s
(2 folders, including items found in book)
(Large volume containing drafts of outgoing letters, essays, revisions of WP writings, and possibly original writings on Swedenbourg and other subjects; at least one essay appears to be in William Page's handwriting, but the bulk of content is in Sophia Page's handwriting)
5 17 Translations of Classical Texts, undated
5 Notes
5 18 On David Hume's History of Britain, circa 1849
5 19 Miscellaneous Notes, undated
5 20 Candace "Dacie" Page (daughter) Diary, 1884
5 21 George S. Page (son) Diary and Notebook, 1877-1878, 1882
(Diary details family life for the winter of 1877-1878)
5 22 Henry S. Page Poems, undated
5 23 Sophia Stevens Page (daughter) Notebook, 1880-1883
5 24 William S. Page (son) Journal, 1882-1883
5 25 Horace Stevens School Notebook, 1850
(Not scanned)
5 26-27 Stephen W. Hitchcock, 1843-1852, undated
(2 folders; not scanned)
5 28 J.T. Cobb, Notes on Bacon and Shakespeare, 1881
5 29 W.J. Linton, Notes on a Portrait, undated
5 30 Other Authors, Manuscripts, 1852, 1865, undated
(Handwritten manuscripts of John Brinsden's "Instructions for the Practice of the Grecian art of Painting in Dry Colors" and James Russell Lowell's "Mr. Hosea Biglow to the Editor of the Atlantic Monthly," as well as an unsigned, hand-painted booklet with religious verse)
5 31 Other Authors, Recipes for Shellac, Varnish, and Paint, undated
5 Collection Notes
5 32 Pauline Page Howell, undated
5 33 James L. Page, undated
5 34 Joshua Taylor, circa 1949
5 35 Miscellaneous Notes, undated
5 36 Miscellaneous Prose, 1886, undated
5 37 Miscellaneous Poems, 1839, 1874, undated
Box
10 (OV) Oversized Writings (Items scanned with Box 4, folders 29, 30, 42, 65, and 75)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1848-1932, undated
(Boxes 5 and 9; 0.2 linear feet)

This series contains bills, receipts, contracts, agreements, tax records, inventories, estate records, wills, memoranda, and legal records of William Page, Sophia Page, and family members and associates.

Records related to William Page's artwork include sales and shipping receipts; commission, consignment, and exhibition agreements; and inventories of artwork. Packenham and Hooker records consist of financial statements and loan agreements from the period when Page lived in Italy, including several notes specifying paintings as collateral for loans. Probate records document in detail the contestation of William Page's will by his daughters from his first marriage, Anne Rose and Emma Page Watson.

Papers related to patents include a joint submission for a patent by Page and Francis G. Shaw for a boat steering mechanism and an improvement on a rifle ordnance by Page. Miscellaneous financial records consist mainly of bills and receipts for personal items, but also include receipts from Page's 1874 stay in Darmstadt, Germany, records of personal loans Page secured in Italy, a bank book, and tax receipts.

Records from the National Academy of Design include drafts of memoranda of the Committee on Schools by multiple authors including Enoch Wood Perry, a manuscript fragment from a public address which is unsigned, a note to the N.A.D. Council from George Paterson, two unmarked ballots from 1871, and an exhibition announcement of 1885. Page Family records include financial records of the Page children and grandchildren, some of which relate to the estate of William Page.

Box Folder
5 William Page
5 38 Records Related to Artwork, 1859-1888, undated
5 39 Packenham and Hooker (Maquay and Packenham) Accounts, 1850-1858, undated
5 40 Draft of Last Will and Testament, 1877
5 Probate of Last Will and Testament
5 41 Court Records, 1885-1890
5 42 Evidence, circa 1869-1887
5 43 Patents, 1847, 1861, undated
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
5 44 Miscellaneous Business Records, 1848-1892, undated
(In addition to Page's records, file contains receipts for Sophia Page, Mrs. Henry Stevens, and Sarah Page, his second wife.)
5 45 National Academy of Design, 1870-1871, 1885, undated
5 46 Page Family Records, 1880-1932, undated
5 47 Stephen W. Hitchcock, Receipts and Estate Inventory, 1850-1852
5 48 Charles F. Briggs Patent Report, 1861
Box
9 (sol) Oversized Patent Document (Items scanned with Box 5, folder 43)

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1845-1938, undated
(Boxes 5-7, 9, OV 11; 1.6 linear feet)

This series contains books, pamphlets, leaflets, clippings, catalogs, publicity, programs, calling cards, entire newspapers, and other printed materials. Works by William Page include a book on portraits of Shakespeare, a series of articles on Venetian painters published in The Independent in 1860, and other published lectures and articles. A scrapbook and loose clippings of columns by Sophia Page document a series of travel columns she wrote while living abroad in the 1850s, which were published in the New York Tribune.

Also found are museum catalogs, gallery catalogs and newsletters, exhibition announcements, invitations, and tickets for exhibitions and collections containing artwork by William Page and others. Clippings about the Pages include reviews of Page's artwork, lectures, obituaries, and news items related to the probate trial and other subjects. Periodicals with articles related to William Page date from 1870 to 1885. Other periodicals, pamphlets, leaflets, books, and ephemera document a range of interests and activities of various members of the Page family.

Not all of the printed material has been digitized, particularly exhibition catalogs of other artists, miscellaneous clippings, oversized newspapers, some collected periodicals, and miscellaneous ephemera.

Box Folder
5 Published Works by William Page
5 49 Newspapers with Articles and Lectures by Page, 1860, 1871, 1873, undated
(Oversized items housed in OV 11, not scanned)
5 50 Shakespeare's Portraits, 1876
(partially scanned)
5 51-52 Published Columns by Sophia Page, 1853-1857, undated
(2 folders; oversized items housed in OV 11, OV)
5 53-54 Artwork Catalogs and Announcements, 1855-1902, 1938, undated
(2 folders; partially scanned)
5 55 Exhibition Invitations and Tickets, 1856-1877
5 Clippings
5 57 About William and Sophia Page, 1857-1902, undated
(Oversized items housed in Box 11, OV)
5 58 Donation of Shakespeare Bust to Stratford-on-Avon, 1900
5 59-60 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1845-1929, undated
(2 folders; not scanned)
Box Folder
6 1-6 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1845-1929, undated
(6 folders; not scanned)
6 7-13 Periodicals, 1870-1906
(7 folders; oversized items housed in Box 9, sol; partially scanned)
(Page's 1879 article, "The Measure of a Man," has been torn from the magazine filed here. Page proofs of the article can be found in Notes and Writings)
6 14-17 Pamphlets and Leaflets, 1864-1931, undated
(4 folders; partially scanned)
6 Books
6 18 Books on Art Technique, 1849, undated
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, sol; partially scanned)
6 19-22 Miscellaneous Books, 1839-1917, undated
(4 folders; partially scanned)
6 Ephemera
6 23 Programs for Cultural Events, 1876-1900, undated
6 24 Artists' Materials Advertisements, undated
6 25 Bookseller and Library Catalogs, 1858, 1870-1886, undated
6 26-27 Miscellaneous Ephemera, 1849-1928, undated
(2 folders; not scanned)
6 28 Calling Cards and Business Cards, undated
6 29 Halftone Prints and Postcards, undated
Box Folder
7 1 Halftone Printing Block of William Page Portrait, undated
Box
9 (sol) Oversized Printed Materials (Items scanned with Box 6, f7, 8, 10, 18)
Box
11 (OV) Oversized Printed Materials (Items scanned with Box 5, f52, 57)

Series 6: Photographs, 1845-1947, undated
(Box 7-9, OV 12; 1.4 linear feet)

This series includes photographic portraits, snapshots, photographs of homes and other buildings, travel photographs, and photographs of works of art. Most portraits are mounted cabinet photographs or cartes-des-visites, but a small number of tintypes, daguerreotypes, and unmounted prints are also found. Portraits depict William Page, his family, descendants, and friends, as well as sitters for his painted portraits. Photographs after 1900 depict primarily the family of George S. Page, William Page's son, his wife and children, and their families.

Several of the portraits from the 19th century were taken in the Brady studios of Matthew Brady, and a few from the Sarony studio in New York are also found. There is a large portrait of Page taken by Charles H. Williamson. Pencil tracings on several enlarged photographs, grid marks on cabinet photographs and tintypes, and color notes handwritten on photographs seem to indicate that some of these photographs were used as studies for paintings. Drawings of some of the photographic subjects are also found in the Artwork series.

Most of the portraits and snapshots in this series are unidentified. Where subjects have been identified, their names appear in the folder list.

Many of the photographs of works of art relate to Page's study of Shakespeare, including a collection of Shakespeare portraits and photographs of the supposed death mask of Shakespeare then in Darmstadt, Germany. Other photographs of works of art include a series of heliotypes of classical busts in the Gray Collection of Harvard College.

Box Folder
7 Portrait Photographs
7 2 William Page, undated
7 3 Henry Ward Beecher, 1874, undated
7 4 Reuben E. Fenton, 1860-1875
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
7 5 Emma A. Fortuna, 1882, undated
7 6 Sophia Stevens Page (daughter), 1882, undated
7 7 William Page (grandson), 1889-1892, undated
7 8 Wendell Phillips, 1855-1865
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
7 9 Winfield Scott, 1862
7 10 B.Frank and Charlotte Stevens, 1882
7 11 Henry Stevens, undated
7 12 Simon Stevens, 1884, undated
7 13 Charles Sumner, 1856-1866, undated
7 14-16 Unidentified, Multiple Views, undated
(3 folders; oversized items housed in Box 12, OV)
7 Photographs of Miscellaneous Men
7 17-18 1863-1890, undated
(2 folders, including copies; oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
(Includes portraits of James Russell Lowell, Charles W. Eliot, Admiral David Farragut, possibly Robert Browning, William Lloyd Garrison, Paul Christen__, Sanford Thayer, Edwin Liebfreed, and William R. O'Donovan)
7 19-23 Unidentified, 19th century
(5 folders, including glass negative; oversized items housed in Box 12, OV)
7 24 Unidentified, 20th century
(Not scanned)
7 Photographs of Miscellaneous Women
7 25 1882-1885, 1929, undated
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
(Includes portraits of Emma Page Watson, Candace Page [both daughters of William Page], Bertie Maretzeh, Julia Butler, Alice B. Jepson, Mrs. George Stevens Page [daughter-in-law of William Page])
7 26-31 Unidentified, 19th century
(6 folders, including glass negatives; oversized items housed in Box 12, OV)
7 32 Unidentified, 1922, undated
(Not scanned; oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
7 33 Miscellaneous Couples and Groups, 1882, undated
7 34-35 Miscellaneous Children and Pets, 1882, undated
(2 folders, including glass negative; oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
7 Snapshots
7 36 1886-1887, undated
7 37 1906-1915, undated
(Not scanned)
7 39 1920-1947, undated
(Not scanned)
Box Folder
8 (hol) Photographs of Places
8 (hol) 1 Page Home in Tottenville, NY, 1904
8 (hol) 2 Lighthouse on Long Island Sound, 1872
8 (hol) 3 Tomb of Henry Stevens, Vermont, USA, undated
8 (hol) 4 Travel Series from Great Britain and Switzerland, 19th century
8 (hol) 5 Photographic Postcards of Bemus Point, NY, circa 1906
(Not scanned)
8 (hol) 6 Miscellaneous Places, 1865, undated
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, OV)
8 (hol) Photographs of Works of Art
8 (hol) 7-8 Page's Bust and Portrait of Shakespeare, undated
(2 folders, including oversized glass negative; oversized items housed in OV 12 and artifact cabinet, drawer 1; not scanned)
8 (hol) 9 Other Shakespeare Portraits, undated
(Not scanned)
8 (hol) 10 Shakespeare Death Mask, circa 1870s
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, sol; not scanned)
8 (hol) 11 "Farragut at Mobile" by Page, circa 1868
(Not scanned)
8 (hol) 12 Heliotypes of Classical Busts, undated
(Oversized items housed in Box 12, OV; not scanned)
8 (hol) 13 Works of Art by Others, 1880-1881, undated
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, sol; not scanned)
Box
9 (sol) Oversized Photographs (Items scanned with Box 7 f4, 8, 17, 25, 32 and 34; Box 8 f6 and 10)
Box
12 (OV) Oversized Photographs (Items scanned with Box 7 f14, 20 and 29; Box 8 f7, 12 and 13)

Series 7: Artwork, 1856-1874, undated
(Box 8, OV 13-16, rolled documents 17-19; 0.6 linear feet and 3 rolled documents)

This series includes sketches and drawings in pencil, graphite, and pastel; oil paintings; and fine prints. Subjects are mostly portraits, although some classical subjects and a landscape drawing are also found. Most of the artwork is unsigned. A few of the drawings bear Page's handwriting and one is dated 1856. One drawing is signed C. Page and may be the work of Page's daughter Candace, who attended art school in the 1890s.

Sketches and drawings include finished drawings, rough sketches, and line drawings on tracing paper. Among the line drawings are copies of Titian and Page paintings and figure drawings which were published with Page's essay on proportion, "The Measure of Man." A number of the more finished drawings resemble photographic portraits in the Photographs series. Named subjects include Charlotte Cushman, Catherine Hayes, and the son of M.I. Bard. Other subjects recognizable from Page's photographs and paintings include Reuben Fenton, W.R. O'Donovan, a self-portrait of Page, and Titian.

Prints include an engraving of Page's painting "Farragut at Mobile," an untitled portrait by Page, and a lithograph showing a Shakespeare bust. Other prints include a print made and signed by A.B. Durand, prints of classical paintings by Rubens and Titian, and of paintings by Page's contemporaries. A large collection of Italian prints of anatomical drawings are also found.

A few of the drawings depict subjects in 20th century clothing and could not be William Page's work. Because so few of the works of art in this small series are identified by artist or by date, all items have been sorted by media and interfiled. Not all of the artwork has been digitized.

Box Folder
8 (hol) 14-15 Sketches and Drawings, 1856, undated
(2 folders; oversized items housed in OV 13, 14, and 15 and rolled documents; partially scanned)
8 (hol) 16 Paintings, undated
(Oversized items housed in OV 14 and 15)
8 (hol) 17 Prints of William Page Artwork, undated
(Oversized items housed in OV 16)
8 (hol) 18 Signed Print by A.B. Durand, 1872
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
8 (hol) 19 Prints of Other Artists' Work, undated
(Oversized items housed in OV 16 and 17; not scanned)
8 (hol) 20 Prints of Anatomical Drawings, undated
(Oversized items housed in OV 16 and 17; not scanned)
8 (hol) 21 Notes Taken from Portrait Subject and Shakespeare Death Mask, circa 1874, undated
(Oversized items housed in Box 9, sol)
Box
9 (sol) Oversized Signed Print by A.B. Durand (Items scanned with Box 8, f18)
9 (sol) Oversized Notes on Artwork (Items scanned with Box 8, f21)
Box
13 (OV) Oversized Sketches and Drawings (Items scanned with Box 8, f15)
Box
14 (OV) Oversized Sketches and Drawings (Items scanned with Box 8, f15)
14 (OV) Oversized Paintings (Items scanned with Box 8, f16)
Box
15 (OV) Oversized Drawings
15 (OV) Oversized Paintings
Box
16 (OV) Oversized Prints (Items scanned with Box 8, f17, 19 and 20)
Box
17 (OV) Oversized Prints (Items scanned with Box 8, f19 and 20)
Box
18 (RD) Oversized Shakespeare Drawing (See Box 8, f15)
Box
19 (RD) Oversized Shakespeare Drawing (See Box 8, f15)
Box
20 (RD) Oversized 20th Century Drawings (See Box 8, f15)

Index: List of Selected Correspondents from Series 2.1.

The following is a selective list of correspondence of William and Sophia Page in Series 2.1: General Correspondence.

Spellings and abbreviations of names below reflect the actual signatures of letters. Names preceded by question marks indicate partially-legible signatures. Letters with unsigned and illegible signatures which could not be indexed are common in the correspondence, so this index should not be considered comprehensive.

  • Adam, Sarah W.: 1877-1878
  • Allan, W.G.: 1848
  • Allen, Elizabeth Akers: 1863-1864, 1880, 1885-1888, 1892, undated
  • Alsop, ?H.J.W.: 1871
  • Ammon, W.E.: 1887-1888
  • Appleton, Nathan: 1874
  • Arcadian Club: 1874
  • Armstrong, William: 1889
  • Austin Baldwin and Co.: 1863
  • Avery, Charles: 1870
  • Avery, Sam P.: undated
  • Badeau, Adam: 1866
  • Baker, H.: undated
  • Baker, W.J.: 1874
  • Balducci, Y.: 1855
  • Bard, M.I.: undated
  • Barney, C. H.: 1863
  • Barney, Hiram: undated
  • Bartholemew, E.: 1855-1856
  • Bartlett, C.E.: undated
  • Barton, Sam: 1870, 1879
  • Bates, L.: undated
  • Beardsley, Annie: 1885
  • Beatty, John W.: 1900, 1902
  • Becker, Dr.: undated
  • Beckwith, James Carroll: 1899
  • Beecher, Thomas K.: 1850, 1853-1854, undated
  • Bellinger, Louis: 1887
  • Benedict, Robert D.: 1856, 1876, 1886
  • Benedict, Taft, and Benedict: 1880
  • Benet, W.V.: 1861
  • ?Bennett, J.R.: undated
  • Berdam, D.W.: 1861
  • Betty, Edward: 1875
  • Biglow, L.G.: 1883
  • Bigmore, Edward: 1880
  • Birney, E.P.: 1865
  • Blomeger, Georgina: undated
  • Boies, H.M.: 1875-1876
  • Bossange, H.: 1855
  • Bradford, J.F.: 1870
  • Brady, J.R.: 1873
  • Brehart, Mary: 1888, undated
  • Briggs, Charles Frederick: 1852, 1861, undated (see also series 2.2)
  • Briggs, Charlotte "Sharly": 1877, 1882-1883, 1886-1894, 1896, 1899, undated
  • Brower, Edith: 1878
  • Brown, Henry J.: 1884
  • Brown, H.K.: 1871
  • Brownell, W.C.: 1889
  • Bullard, Laura Curtis: 1875, 1880, undated
  • Burt, John: 1860
  • Carlin, R.: 1863
  • Carpenter, Edward J.: 1873
  • Carter, C.M. 1882
  • Carter, R.: 1864, 1866, 1872, 1874-1876
  • Carter, Susan N.: 1864, 1879, 187?, 1880, 1882, 1884, 1886-1889, 188?, 1891-1892, undated
  • Catlin, Henry: 1882
  • Centennial Commision: 1876
  • Chase, Thomas: undated
  • Chase, William M.: 1902
  • Cheney, E.D.: 1886
  • Cheney, T.A.P.: 1869
  • Child, Lydia Marie: 1848, undated
  • Chilton, James R.: 1848
  • Chilton, R.I.: 1849
  • Chilton, W.W.: undated
  • Choate, Joseph: 1873
  • Clagstone, H. Glassford: 1884
  • Clark, Mrs. C.S.: 1871
  • Clason, Mrs. A.S.: 1868, undated
  • Clemens, Clara: 1886
  • Cleveland, Esther Greeley: undated
  • Clover, Lewis: 1870, 1880
  • Codling, Geroge: 1862
  • Conant, B.B. (Harper and Brothers): 1883
  • Conant, L.B.: 1877
  • Congers, N.S.: 1863
  • Cook, Albert S.: 1873
  • Corbin, Francis: 1852
  • Cornwallis, H.J.: undated
  • Cowley, Mrs. Julius D.: undated
  • Crawford, L.W.: undated
  • Crawford, Thomas: 1853, undated
  • Crocker, U.H.: 1875-1876
  • Curtis, George W.: 1857, 1870, 1880, 1887
  • Cushman, Charlotte (Charles): 1853, 1858, 1874, undated
  • Dana, Charles A.: 1854, 1881
  • Day, Livy: undated
  • ?Decamps, J.: 1880
  • Dewy, Julius: 1882
  • Dexter, Franklin B.: 1871
  • Didama, H.D.: 1867
  • Dietz, Linda: undated
  • Dixon, O.H.: 1875
  • Douglas, Eliza: 1863
  • Druker, L.E.: undated
  • Dunnel, John H.: 1861, 1863
  • Durfee, Rose: 1877, 1879
  • Easton, Harriet: undated
  • Eliot, Charles W.: 1876
  • Elliman, Charles B.: 1870
  • ?Evans, Joseph or George: 1874
  • Evans, W.W.: 1877
  • Fagan, John F.: 1888
  • Farrell, M.: 1869
  • Fenton, R.: undated
  • Fields, Annie: 1860, undated
  • French, W.M.R.: 1877
  • G.P. Putnam Sons: 1877
  • Gale, L.D.: 1848
  • Gay, S.H.: undated
  • Gibbons, S.J.: 1878
  • Gifford, S.R.: 1871, 1873
  • Gilder, R.W.: undated
  • Godkin, E.L.: 1871-1872
  • Godwin, Parke: 1880, undated
  • Goodyear, William Henry: 1882-1883
  • Gray, David: 1862
  • Green, H.H.: 1865
  • Guy, S.J.: 1874, 1885, 1887
  • Hale, Mrs. E.E.: 1872
  • Hall, Anna Maria: 1853, undated
  • Hall, E.W.: 1868, undated
  • Hammersley, J.W.: undated
  • Hannah, George: 1870
  • Harper Brothers: 1879
  • Harris, Addie A.: 1863
  • Hart, Burnham: 1885
  • Hart, John S.: 1873
  • Hart, Levi Wells: undated
  • Hastings, Alice: undated
  • Hawkins and Cothren: 1871
  • Hazard, W.A.: 1879
  • Henderson, Ettie: 1891
  • Henry Holt and Co.: 1879
  • Hibbard, James N.: 1880
  • Hicks, Thomas: 1863, 1868
  • Hills, Mrs. Amelia: 1869
  • Hinckley, Polly Page: 1873
  • Holcombe, Emily: 1886
  • Hooker, J.C. (of Packenham and Hooker): 1854-1858, 1860, undated
  • Hooper: 1854
  • Hopkins, Geraldine: 1863
  • Hopper, J.: 1861-1862, undated
  • Hoppin, Rosalie: 1858
  • Hoppin, William J.: 1857
  • Hudson, John: 1883
  • Humphreys, Mary Cray: undated
  • Hunt, Richard M.: 1868
  • Huntington, D: 1878
  • Huntington, Frank: 1888-1889
  • Hussey, George B.: 1875
  • ?Ickelheimer, I.: 1872, 1875
  • Ingersoll, W.H.: 1876
  • Jay, William: 1888
  • Jeremiah, Ann; 1880
  • Johnson, B.: 1863
  • Johnson, E.H.: 1876-1877
  • Johnson, E.N.: 1874
  • Johnson, Josephine M.: 1873
  • Johnson, Kate: 1886
  • Johnston, J.B.: 1869, 1876-1877
  • Johnston, Mrs. : 1868
  • Keenan, Thomas Jr.: 1889
  • Kennedy, James C.: 1858
  • Kidney, John S.: 1872
  • Kimball, Richard: 1852, 1854
  • King, Augustu G.: undated
  • King, Clarence: 1875
  • Knortz, Karl: 1877
  • Knowell, John: 1881
  • Kucsczuski, S.W.: 1861
  • Kuzynski, Pauline A.: 1855
  • Laing, Charles G.: 1885
  • Laurie, Alexander: 1870
  • Law, S.D.: 1848
  • Lester, Mrs. L.: 1877
  • Leupp, Charles: 1852
  • Lewis, Eliela P.: 1865
  • Lewis, Juan: 1873
  • Lines, Mary: undated
  • Linton, W.J.: 1872-1874, 1876-1886, 1891, undated
  • Livingston, John Henry: 1878
  • Loring, E.G.: 1857
  • Lossing, Bevson J.: 1877
  • Low, William H.: 1904-1905
  • Lowell, Effie: 1877
  • Lowell, James Russell: 1843, 1848, 1874, 1878, 1885-1887, 1889, undated
  • Lowell, Josephine S.: 1885, 1887, undated
  • Ludlow, E.H.: 1884
  • Lyman, Arthur T.: 1876
  • M. Knoedler and Co.: 1901
  • MacBeth, W.: 1902-1903
  • Mackay, W.B.: 1848
  • MacPherson, William H.: 1874
  • Mansfield, John W.: 1883
  • Manton, Walter: 1857
  • Maquay, George A.: 1853
  • Marrell, J.H.: 1871
  • Martin, Charles F.: 1887-1888
  • Martin, Mrs. C.L.: 1877, 1885 , 1887
  • Martin, Louise P.: 1885
  • Martin, ?H.H.: 1872
  • Maston, William H.: 1866
  • Mead, Mary V.: 1877, 1882, undated
  • Menger, Louis R.: 1880, 1887
  • Merchant, Daniel M.: 1868
  • Metcalf, Arthur: 1884
  • Millner, J.B.: 1877
  • Minturn, Robert B.: 1861, undated
  • Moulton, Charles: 1886
  • Moulton, Francis: 1872
  • Munn and Co.: 1861
  • Murphy, Charles: 1888
  • Naramore, E.M.: 1875
  • Neal, John: 1855
  • Newton, O.L.: 1864
  • Nichols, Abel: 1857
  • Nichols, Florence: 1857
  • Nichols, George Ward: 1857
  • Norris, J. Parker: 1870, 1873-1877, undated
  • Norton, Catherine: 1874, 1878, undated
  • Nutting, Mary O.: 1883
  • O'Donovan, W.R.: 1877, 1886, 1890-1891, undated
  • Olmsted, Bertha: 1853-1854, 1856-1857, 1860
  • Olmsted, Frederick Law: 1868-1869
  • Olmsted, John H.: 1851, 1853-1854
  • Olmsted, Mary A.: 1850, 1853-1854, 1874, 1877, undated
  • Osborne, Mary: undated
  • Ostrander, Nathaniel J.: 1885
  • Pakenham, N.: 1851
  • Pardue, Charles Inslee: 1873
  • Parkhurst, Henry M.: 1865-1866
  • Partridge, James R.: 1862
  • Patterson, F.B.: 1874
  • Peabody, Cornelia Marshall: undated
  • Peck, J.: 1854
  • Peet, Eileen: 1884
  • Pentecost, Hugh O.: 1890
  • Perkins, T.B.: 1872
  • Perry, Enoch Wood: 1870, 1873, 1877-1878, 1882-1884, 1886, 1902, undated
  • Phillips, E.O.: 1876
  • Phillips, Wendell: undated
  • Powers, H.N.: 1876
  • Putnam, G.P.: 1866
  • Quick, Addie T.: 1872
  • Rawson, Charlotte: 1886, 1888
  • Raymond, George: 1886
  • Ream, Vinnie: undated
  • Reinhart, B.F.: 1873
  • Rice, Alexander H.; 1882-1883
  • Richards, T. Addision: 1882, 1886 (see also the letters used as evidence in Page's probate trial; Series 4)
  • Richmond, Victoria and J.W.B.: 1883, 1886
  • Rider, George S.J.: 1868
  • Ridner, Caroline: 1885, 1887
  • Rively, Mary: 1886-1887
  • Robertson, Ann Elize Worcester: 1877
  • Robinson, A.S.: 1852-1853, 1855, 1862
  • Robinson, E.: 1874
  • Robinson, George C.: 1868, undated
  • Robinson, Mrs. Jennie: 1870
  • Robinson, M.C.: 1853
  • Robinson, W.H.: 1875-1876
  • Rogers, John: undated
  • Rogers, W.K.: 1877
  • Rose, J.W.: 1882
  • ?Rossel: 1878
  • Ruggles, Edward: 1861
  • Sanborn, ?O.H.: 1868
  • Sartain, John: 1875
  • Schultz, E.A.: 1873
  • Schuyler, Louisa Lee: 1877
  • Schwab, Charles M.: 1906
  • Scott, Frank H.: 1875
  • Scott, Julian: 1874
  • Scranton, William Walker: 1874-1875, 1877-1879, 187?, 1880-1881
  • Scribner editors: 1879
  • Searle, L.: undated
  • Sellstedt, L.G.: 1863-1864, undated
  • Shaw, Anna K: 1863, undated
  • Shaw, Francis George: 1850-1851, 1853-1855, 1859, 1861, 1863-1864, 1872-1874, 1876-1877, 1880-1881, undated (see also letters used as evidence in Page's probate trial; Series 4)
  • Shaw, Sarah B.: 1877, 1879, 1881, 1883, 1885-1889, 1892, undated
  • Shegogue, J.H.: 1848
  • Shelton, W.H.: 1905
  • Shinn, Earl: 1873
  • Shipman, Andrew: 1892
  • Shipman, Frank: 1886
  • Shipman, Mary C.: 1886, undated
  • Skinner, Mabel R.: 1879
  • Smith, Charles E.: 1868
  • Smith, J. Eustace: 1884
  • Southland, William D.: 1886
  • Spencer, L: 1862
  • Sperry, Watson: 1880
  • Spring, Jeanie: 1861
  • Spring, Marcus: 1867, 1869, 1872
  • Spring, R.B.: undated
  • Spring, Rebecca: 1886
  • Stafford, John: 1864, 1877
  • Stafford, O.H.: 1864
  • Stark, William and Madelaine: 1858, 1860-1862
  • Stebbins, A.: 1869
  • Stenton, Josephine: 1872
  • Stoddard, W.O.: 1870
  • Storrs, R.S.: 1870
  • Story, Mr. and Mrs. William Wetmore: 1850, undated
  • Sturgis, Robert: 1870, 1873, undated
  • Sturgis, Russell: 1874-1875, 1879, 1881
  • Suydam, W.A.: 1883
  • Taylor, Charles J.: 1869
  • Thayer, A.H.: 1890, undated
  • Thayer, William Henry: undated
  • Thompson, E.C.: 1863
  • Thompson, Launt: 1872
  • Tilton, Theodore: 1868-1872
  • Torry, C.P.: 1869
  • Varnum, Joseph b.: 1875
  • Vaughn, Virginia: 1854
  • Vaulchaick, S.W.: 1873
  • Vlymer, Alice: 1884
  • Wainwright, C.S.: undated
  • Wales, George: 1856
  • Wall, J.W.: undated
  • War Department: 1877
  • Ward, J.Q.A.: 1870, 1872, 1873
  • Ward, Sam S.: 1850
  • Washburn, B. Davis: 1868
  • Watson, Fred: 1882
  • Watson, J.W.: 1886, 1890
  • Watts, Edmund: 1875, 1887-1889, 1892, 1903, 1907, undated
  • Weir, ?J or G.F.: 1871, 1874, 1876
  • Welby, Edgar: 1856
  • Weston, Eduard Payson: 1863
  • Weston, Theodore: 1871
  • Whiting, Julia D.: 1879
  • Whittingham, Jane: 1881
  • Wild, Hamilton G.: 1851, undated
  • Wilds, Howard Payson: 1874
  • Williams, M.W.: 1857
  • ?Wills (Wells?), Theodore: 1877-1878
  • Wilmarth, L.E.: 1874, 1877
  • Winthrop, Robert C.: 1850
  • Wood, T.W.: 1880
  • World's Fair St. Louis: 1904
  • Wright, George F.: undated