Skip to main content

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

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.

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.
Description Container Select
Allen, Francis, 1909-1915
1
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
1
20
Clemens, Samuel L., 1905-1909
1
21
Colman, Samuel, 1913, 1915
1
22
Cortissoz, Royal, 1916-1917
1
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
1
31
Forbes, Alexander, 1914-1916
1
32
Foster, Ben, 1915
1
33
Freer, Charles L., 1893-1916
1
34
French, Daniel Chester, 1916-1918
1
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
1
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.
1
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
1
41
James, William & Alice, 1910-1920
1
42
J-K, 1903, 1914-1916
  • James, Angela?
  • Johnson, R. U.
  • Kurtz, W. M.
1
43
Longley, W. H., 1916-1918
1
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
1
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
1
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.
1
55
Reasoner, Gladys Thayer, 1897-1919
1
56
Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1917-1918
1
57
Roosevelt, Theodore, circa 1910
1
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
1
59
Sainsbury, Everton, 1876-1882
1
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.
1
61
Sm-St, 1899-1919
  • Smith, William Lord
  • Southwick, E. B.
  • Stephens, T. C.
  • Stillman, Clara
1
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
1
68
T-V, 1890, 1907-1916
  • Thayer, David
  • Thayer, Gerald
  • Tiffany, Louis Comfort
  • Tryon, Dwight W.
  • Van Norden, Ottomar H.
  • Von Wittenburg, Marie
1
69
War Office, London, 1916-1917
1
70
Whelpley, Jay & Philip, 1904-1917
1
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.
1
72
Wh-Wy, 1882-1917
  • White, Stanford
  • Wilcox, W. D.
  • Wild Life Protection League of America
  • Wilson, Woodrow
  • Wyeth, N. C.
  • Wylie, J. E.
1
73
Y-Z, 1889, 1916
  • Yale University
  • Zuler?, H. Morris
1
74
Unidentified Correspondents, 1891-1918
1
75
Unidentified Correspondents, Fragments, circa 1880-1920
1
76

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.