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Aline and Eero Saarinen papers, 1906-1977

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2.3: Research Material on Stanford White , 1880s-1969

Subseries consists of files stemming from Aline Saarinen's research for a planned, but never completed, biography of Stanford White "as an interpreter of the Age of Elegance." Included are: correspondence, notebooks, writings, scattered original material belonging to Bessie White, Stanford White and the firm of McKim, Mead and White, printed material, photographs, and architectural drawings.
2.3.1: Correspondence, 1959-1969
Correspondence consists of letters exchanged with Aline Saarinen's literary agent, publisher, scholars, friends and relatives of White, and others, as well as responses to her inquiry about Stanford White published in The New York Times. Correspondence concerns book ideas, research inquiries, her struggles with the work, and related matters. Correspondents include: Bernice Cozzens, Random House, Wayne Andrews, Mrs. Lawrence Grant White (White's daughter-in-law), Welles Bosworth, R. W. G. Vail, Francis Brown, Edward Fowles, Van Wyck Brooks, and Evelyn Nesbit.
Correspondence is typically arranged chronologically, except for the extended correspondence with her literary agent which is arranged in its own file.
Description Container
Correspondence - Cozzens, Bernice, 1959-1962, 1969
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12
Correspondence, 1959
(3 folders)
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13-15
Correspondence, 1960
(2 folders)
8
16-17
Correspondence, 1961
8
18
Correspondence, 1962
8
19
Correspondence, 1963-1971
8
20
Correspondence, undated
8
21
2.3.2: Notebooks, circa 1959-1962
Notebooks contain Aline Saarinen's notes on various topics related to Stanford White gathered in the course of her research. Individual notebooks were removed from their original binders at some previous point, and are arranged alphabetically according to subject.
Description Container
"Biblio", circa 1959-1962
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22
Century, Metropolitan, and Other Clubs, circa 1959-1962
8
23
"Cheney", circa 1959-1962
8
24
"CHR" (Chronology), circa 1959-1962
8
25
"Mackay", circa 1959-1962
8
26
"McK., M. and W. Architecture", circa 1959-1962
(2 folders)
8
27-28
"New York", circa 1959-1962
8
29
"Newport", circa 1959-1962
8
30
"R. G. W." (Richard Grant White), circa 1959-1962
8
31
"S. W. and Artists", circa 1959-1962
(2 folders)
8
32-33
"S. W. General", circa 1959-1962
(2 folders)
9
1-2
"S. W. Jobs"
A-B (Astor, Barney, Col. Day, Box Hill, and Breese), circa 1959-1962
9
3
"Ch-H" (Colony, Fish, Herald Building, and Houses, Miscellaneous), circa 1959-1962
9
4
I-M (IRT, Judson, Hyde, Knickerbocker, Madison Square, Miscellaneous, and Monuments), circa 1959-1962
9
5
N-V (NYU, Oelrichs, Reid, Sherry, Tiffany, and Villard), circa 1959-1962
9
6
"W-Z" (University of Virginia, Washington Arch, Payne Whitney, and William C. Whitney), circa 1959-1962
9
7
"S. W. Murder", circa 1959-1962
(2 folders)
9
8-9
"Unsorted", circa 1959-1962
9
10
Miscellaneous, circa 1959-1962
9
11
2.3.3: Writings, 1959-1960s
Writings include drafts and manuscripts of chapters for Saarinen's planned biography on White and her article on White for Life Magazine. Also found are scattered research notes, an outline of the planned biography, and various writings on White and architecture by others.
Description Container
Research Notes, circa 1959
(2 folders)
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12-13
Research Notes, "State of Buildings", 1961
9
14
Tentative Chapter Headings and Outline, 1960
(2 folders)
9
15-16
Notes and Writings, circa 1959-1962
(2 folders)
9
17-18
Drafts
"Prologue - in work (Also Prince Henry Version)", circa 1959-1962
9
19
"Chapter I in work", circa 1959-1962
9
20
"Chapter II in work", circa 1959-1962
9
21
"Chapter III in opera", circa 1959-1962
9
22
"Chapter IV - in opera", circa 1959-1962
9
23
"Chapter V - in opera", circa 1959-1962
9
24
"Chapter VI in opera", circa 1959-1962
9
25
Chapters VII and VIII, circa 1959-1962
9
26
Chapter XII (Cheneys), circa 1959-1962
9
27
Miscellaneous, circa 1959-1962
(2 folders)
9
28-29
Manuscripts
Article for Life, 1960s
(3 folders)
9
30-32
Book, Chapter I (?), 1960s
9
33
Book, Chapter on Richard Grant White, 1960s
9
34
Book, Chapter II, 1960s
9
35
Book, Chapter III, 1960s
9
36
Book, Chapter IV, 1960s
9
37
Book, Chapter V, 1960s
9
38
Manuscripts
Book, Chapter VI, 1960s
10
1
Book, Chapter VII, 1960s
10
2
Book, Chapter, VIII, 1960s
10
3
Book, Chapter IX, 1960s
10
4
Book, Chapter XII (Cheneys), 1960s
10
5
Book, Chapter XIV (Katherine Mackay), 1960s
10
6
Miscellaneous, 1960s
(2 folders)
10
7-8
Caption Suggestions, undated
10
9
Writings by Others, 1962, undated
(2 folders; not scanned in entirety)
10
10-11
2.3.4: Original Material, 1880s-1936, 1960
Original material includes certain scattered papers of Bessie White and Stanford White, and scattered office "files" of the architectural firm McKim, Mead and White, which were presumably accumulated by Aline Saarinen in the course of her research. Also found is a microfilm reel of the correspondence of Richard Grant White (approximately 25 letters) and Stanford White (1 letter) held by the Huntington Art Library.
The papers belonging to Bessie White consist of correspondence from her father-in-law, Richard Grant White; scrapbooks on the Washington Centennial and White's Washington Art, and on the Thaw Murder Trial; and written reminiscences of White. The papers belonging to Stanford White consist of lists, notes, and other documents. The McKim, Mead and White documents include memoranda and correspondence; files consisting of correspondence, contracts estimates, and descriptions for various projects (extensive documentation for the Whitelaw Reid residence can be found); and a record book.
Description Container
Bessie White Papers
Correspondence, 1880s
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12
Scrapbook on Washington Centennial and Arch, 1889
10
13
Scrapbook, "Thaw Trial Clippings", 1907-1908
(2 folders)
10
14-15
Written Memories, 1926
10
16
Stanford White Papers
Menu for Dinner Honoring Stanford White, 1884
10
17
Lists of Works (White's own?), undated
10
18
"Goods Held in Trust for Stanford White, Esq." (list with drawings), 1902
10
19
Notes on Furnishings (White's own?), undated
10
20
"S. W.'s matters, left in the hands of McKim, Mead and White", 1894
10
21
Legal Document (partial), undated
10
22
McKim, Mead and White Documents
Memoranda, 1887-1888, undated
10
23
Memoranda, 1893-1897
10
24
Memoranda, 1900-1903
10
25
Memoranda, 1904-1905
10
26
Correspondence, 1888-1904
10
27
Correspondence, 1905-1906
10
28
Correspondence, 1923
10
29
Correspondence, 1933, 1935
10
30
The Metropolitan Club, undated
10
31
Madison Square Presbyterian Church, 1903
10
32
The Colony Club, undated
10
33
Actor's Fund Fair, undated
10
34
Plan for Unidentified Building (blueprint), undated
10
35
Fairmont Park, 1895
10
36
Vanderbilt Portal, St. Bartholomew's Church, 1902, 1934
10
37
Columbian Celebration Awards, undated
10
38
Arch at Washington Square, 1889
10
39
Tiffany Building, 1903
10
40
Whitelaw Reid Residence - Estimate, Proposal, and Report on Progress, 1890-1891
10
41
Whitelaw Reid Residence - Correspondence, 1891
(2 folders)
10
42-43
Whitelaw Reid Residence - Correspondence, 1892
10
44
Whitelaw Reid Residence - Correspondence, 1893
10
45
Whitelaw Reid Residence - Correspondence, 1894
10
46
Whitelaw Reid Residence - Correspondence, 1895
10
47
Whitelaw Reid Residence - Correspondence, 1896-1899
10
48
Whitelaw Reid Residence - Correspondence, undated
10
49
Whitelaw Reid Residence - Clipping, 1936
10
50
Grant Monument, undated
10
51
University of Virginia, 1923, 1934
10
52
Arlington Memorial Bridge, undated
10
53
Record Book, "Antiques at 120 W 30", 1905
10
54
Microfilmed Correspondence of Richard Grant White (circa 25 letters) and Stanford White (1 letter) from Huntington Library, 1960
10
55
2.3.5: Printed Material, 1890s-1968
Printed material collected by Aline Saarinen in the course of her research consists primarily of clippings and publications with articles on White, his buildings, and certain people associated with him. Also found is miscellaneous printed material on the Garden City Hotel, Newport, RI, and architecture.
Description Container
Clippings
Stanford White, 1896-1898
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56
Stanford White, 1919, 1931-1936, 1960
10
57
Stanford White, 1960, 1962
10
58
Stanford White, undated
10
59
Stanford White, Auctions, 1934
10
60
Players' Club, 1890s?
10
61
Madison Square Presbyterian Church, 1906
10
62
Madison Square Garden, 1890s
(2 folders)
10
63-64
Madison Square Garden, Horse Show, 1890s
10
65
New York, 1904
10
66
Garden of J. L. Breese, 1915
10
67
Article on Architecture by Lawrence Grant White, 1929
10
68
Building and Designs of Stanford White, Various, 1932-1968
10
69
Evelyn Nesbit, 1905, 1954
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70
Amelie Rives Chanler, 1895-1897
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71
Other Printed Material on Stanford White and His Buildings, 1955-1967
(Not scanned in entirety)
10
72
Garden City Hotel (Long Island, NY), circa 1894
10
73
Newport, RI and "The Breakers", 1946-1963
(Not scanned in entirety)
10
74
Miscellaneous Printed Material on Architecture, 1928-1960
(Not scanned in entirety)
10
75
Miscellaneous Printed Material, undated
10
76
2.3.6: Photographs, 1880s-circa 1960
Photographs include ones of Stanford White and his family, his clients, Anne, Louise, and Robert Cheney, and his one-time mistress, Evelyn Nesbit; and ones of buildings and residences designed by White or McKim, Mead and White, many of which were photographed by Wayne Andrews. Also found are photographs of interiors and slides and negatives of certain photographs of buildings and residences.
Description Container
Stanford White and His Family, 1880s-1890s
11
1
The Cheney Family, 1880s?
11
2
Evelyn Nesbit, 1890s-1902
11
3
Buildings and Residences Designed by Stanford White, 1960, undated
(7 folders; not scanned in entirety)
11
4-10
Residences in Newport, RI Designed by Stanford White and McKim, Mead and White, 1960, undated
(2 folders; not scanned in entirety)
11
11-12
Residences Designed by Stanford White and McKim, Mead and White, 1960, undated
(3 folders; not scanned in entirety)
11
13-15
Views of Interiors, Various, undated
11
16
Views of Interiors, Unidentified, undated
11
17
Slides, Buildings Designed by Stanford White and McKim, Mead and White, circa 1960
(Not scanned)
11
18
Negatives, Buildings Designed by Stanford White and McKim, Mead and White, circa 1960
(Not scanned)
11
19
2.3.7: Architectural Drawings, undated
Included are reproductions and negatives of architectural drawings for various buildings and residences, which date from 1884 to 1903, designed by White or McKim, Mead and White.
Description Container
Reproductions of Architectural Drawings, undated
(See also OV 16)
11
20
Negatives, Architectural Drawings, undated
(Not scanned)
11
21
Oversize, Reproductions of Architectural Drawings, undated
(See Box 11, F20)
OV 16

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