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Subseries 2.1 | A Finding Aid to the Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer family papers, 1851-1999, bulk 1881-1950 | Digitized Collection

Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer family papers, 1851-1999, bulk 1881-1950

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2.1: Abbott Handerson Thayer Correspondence , 1881-1921

Abbott Handerson Thayer's correspondence consists primarily of letters to Thayer, but includes a few handwritten copies or drafts of his outgoing letters. Found here are numerous personal letters to and from family members, including his daughters Mary and Gladys (Galla), his son Gerald (Gra), and his wife Emma (also known as Addie), as well as nephews, nieces, sisters, cousins, and other extended family. There is correspondence with his patrons Charles L. Freer and John Gellatly; with many artists, several of whom were close friends, including Samuel Colman, Thomas Millie Dow, Daniel Chester French, Richard Meryman, Everton Sainsbury, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, and E. M. Taber; and former students, such as Ben Foster and Barry Faulkner; with other friends, many of them prominent members of society, such as Samuel Clemens, Royal Cortissoz, Edward Waldo Emerson, and Stanford White. A large amount of Thayer's correspondence concerns his research on protective coloration in nature and the publication of his book Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom. To pursue and defend his theories on concealing coloration, especially as applied to birds, he corresponded with many notable naturalists, biologists, ornithologists, and collection curators. Most notable is his extensive correspondence with Sir Edwin Bagnall Poulton, a British zoologist, and draft letters to Theodore Roosevelt, in defense and promotion of his work. He corresponded with many, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and the War Office in London, promoting his theory on the value of concealing coloration for warships and the military. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent and chronologically within each folder.
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Allen, Francis, 1909-1915
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10
A, 1904-1918
Adams, Charles C.
Adams, Jenny S.
Allen, John E.
American Academy of Arts and Letters
1
11
Bartsch, Paul, 1914-1917
1
12
Beach, Ella, circa 1891-1914
1
13
Beach, Moses S. & Chloe, 1882-circa 1890
1
14
Beach, Violet, 1890-circa 1915
1
15
Birch, Fred & Mary Thayer, 1897-1914
1
16
Bowditch, Vincent Y., 1883, 1915-1916
1
17
Brewster, William, 1902-1911
1
18
Ba-Be, 1890s-1918
Baird, J. A.
Barton, C. Vanderbilt
Battin, Benjamin
Bayard, Fairfax
Beach, Charles
Beatty, John W.
Bell, Arthur G.
Bell, F. Jeffrey
Benson, Frank
1
19
Bi-Bu, 1902-1921
Birch, Elsie
Birch, Mrs. (Fred Birch's mother)
Blashfield, Edwin Howland
Bloede, Victor G.
Bonnat, Mr.
Braun, John F.
Brenton, Albert G.
Brown, H. S.
Bruce, Charles M.
Buffalo Fine Arts Academy
Bureau des Inventions, Ministere de l'Armement
Burlingham, L. L.
Burroughs, John
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20
Clemens, Samuel L., 1905-1909
1
21
Colman, Samuel, 1913, 1915
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22
Cortissoz, Royal, 1916-1917
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23
Ca-Cl, 1897-1918
Cabot, Mrs. Arthur (Susie)
Cabot, Elise Pumpelly
Cabot, W. B.
Calkins, Professor
Carnegie, Andrew
Carr, Albert
Cattell, J.
Channing, Anna K.
Cheney, Frederick E.
Churchill, Winston
Clark, Austin H.
Clark, Edgar
Clark, John S.
Clarke, Samuel F.
1
24
Co-Cu, 1911-1918
Cockerell, Theo. D. A.
Codair, Ernest W.
Coffin, William A.
Contant, R. B.
Coolidge, Dr. A.
Coolidge, John T.
Cooper, Susan Fenimore
Crandall, L. S.
Cunard S. S. Line
1
25
Dow, Thomas Millie, 1883-1896
1
26-27
D, 1910-1918
Davis, Livingston
Dewing, Thomas Wilmer
Dwight, Daniel A.
1
28
Eckstorm, Fannie, 1906-1917
1
29
Emerson, Edward Waldo, 1910-1914
1
30
E, 1897-1915
Endicott, William
Ewart, Professor
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31
Forbes, Alexander, 1914-1916
1
32
Foster, Ben, 1915
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33
Freer, Charles L., 1893-1916
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34
French, Daniel Chester, 1916-1918
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35
Fa-Fi, 1904-1921
Farmborough, Percy W.
Faulkner, Barry
Fenn, Roger
Fischer, Dr. Martin H.
Fisher, Ned
1
36
Fo-Fu, 1907-1916
Forbush, Edward Howe
Forest and Stream
Franck, Peter
Fuertes, Louis Agassiz
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37
Gellatly, John, 1910-1918
1
38
G, 1893-1917
Gérôme, Jean-Léon
Grave, Caswell
Green, H. S.
Greene, Mary Amory
Grovenor, Gilbert H.
Guthrie, W. N.
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39
Handerson, Esther, 1889-1895
1
40
H, 1911-1919
Hardy, Walter M.
Hatch, Rob
Hawthorne, Charles W.
Hazen, John D.
Hemenway, Mr.
Hill, Mrs.
Hodge, C. F.
Holbrook, Mrs. Frederick
Hutchins, Professor
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41
James, William & Alice, 1910-1920
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42
J-K, 1903, 1914-1916
James, Angela?
Johnson, R. U.
Kurtz, W. M.
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43
Longley, W. H., 1916-1918
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44
L, 1899-1920
Lankester, Edwin Ray
Latham, Mrs. C. F.
Lay, Wilfrid
Leicester
Library of Congress
Life magazine
Lillie, Frank R.
Lucas, Frederic A.
1
45
Meryman, Richard (Wig), 1916-1919
1
46
Ma, 1892, 1908-1919
Macbeth Galleries
Mackintosh, Henry S.
Macmillan Company
MacVeagh, Franklin
Manship, Paul
Marshall, Guy A. K.
Masefield, John
Mathewson, Dr.
Mayer, Alfred G.
Mayor's Committee on Cultivation of Vacant Lots by the Unemployed
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47
Me-Mu, 1896-1924
Mead, Teddy
Mercur, Dr. William H.
Merriam, Clinton Hart
Minnigerode, C. Powell
Moloney, Governor
Momber, E. A.
Morris, Mr.
1
48
N-O, 1913-1921
National Academy of Design
Olcott, Adeline Cheney
Old Colony Trust Company
Oldys, Henry
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49
Poulton, Sir Edward Bagnall, 1898-1915
(2 folders)
1
50-51
Poulton, Sir Edward Bagnall, Undated Letters, circa 1898-1915
(3 folders)
1
52-54
P, 1902-1915
Packard, Alpheus Spring
Parker, G. H.
Patten, Mary C.
Peabody, Francis Greenwood
Pepper, Charles H.
Perabo, Ernst
Perkins, Katrine C.
Pocock, R. I.
Psychological Laboratory, Cornell University
Putnam, A. P.
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55
Reasoner, Gladys Thayer, 1897-1919
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56
Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1917-1918
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57
Roosevelt, Theodore, circa 1910
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58
Q-R, 1903-1917
Quelch, Joe
Rand, Mr.
Reusch, Hans & Helga
Rice, James Henry
Richards, Patty
Robbins, Reginald C.
Robinson, B. L.
Robinson, Scott
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59
Sainsbury, Everton, 1876-1882
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60
Sa-Sl, 1896-1922
Sackett, Edith S.
Sainsbury, Harrington
Sears, Sara C.
Secretary of the Admiralty
Shelden, C. S.
Shurtleff, Roswell Morse
Shurtleff, William H.
Slack, Julia L.
Sloane, William M.
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61
Sm-St, 1899-1919
Smith, William Lord
Southwick, E. B.
Stephens, T. C.
Stillman, Clara
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62
Taber, E. M. & Frances F. Holt (Taber's sister), 1890-1913
(3 folders)
1
63-65
Thayer, Emma Beach, 1881-1919
(2 folders)
1
66-67
Thayer, Emma Beach, Undated Letters, circa 1881-1919
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68
T-V, 1890, 1907-1916
Thayer, David
Thayer, Gerald
Tiffany, Louis Comfort
Tryon, Dwight W.
Van Norden, Ottomar H.
Von Wittenburg, Marie
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69
War Office, London, 1916-1917
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70
Whelpley, Jay & Philip, 1904-1917
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71
Wa-We, 1896-1918
Walker, H. O.
Wallace, Alfred R.
Walton, Blanche W.
Warren, Gretchen
Watkins & Doncaster
Webster, Arthur Gordon
Weigels, Mrs.
Weld, George F.
Wellesley College
Wentworth, N.
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72
Wh-Wy, 1882-1917
White, Stanford
Wilcox, W. D.
Wild Life Protection League of America
Wilson, Woodrow
Wyeth, N. C.
Wylie, J. E.
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73
Y-Z, 1889, 1916
Yale University
Zuler?, H. Morris
1
74
Unidentified Correspondents, 1891-1918
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75
Unidentified Correspondents, Fragments, circa 1880-1920
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76

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