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Series 4: Rome Office , 1903-1947, undated
3 Linear feet
Boxes 32-34; reels 5795-5800

This series contains records maintained by the Rome office of the American Academy in Rome.
Records are arranged into two subseries.
  • 4.1: Records of Staff: Directors and School of Fine Arts Faculty, 1903-1947, undated
  • 4.2: Personal Papers of Director Gorham Phillips Stevens, 1912-1931, undated
4.1: Records of Staff: Directors and School of Fine Arts Faculty, 1903-1947, undated
This subseries consists primarily of the office files of the Rome office directors but also contains four folders of records of the School of Fine Arts faculty. The records document the administration of the School of Fine Arts, the School of Classical Studies, and their facilities in Rome. The most extensive and complete files are those of Gorham Phillips Stevens (1.25 linear feet, reels 5796-5798). Records of other directors, H. Siddons Mowbray (reel 5795), George Breck (reel 5795), Jesse Benedict Carter (reel 5795-5796), James Monroe Hewlett (reel 5798), Chester H. Aldrich (reel 5798), Amey Aldrich (reel 5798), Charles R. Morey (reel 5798), Laurance P. Roberts (reel 5798), Frank P. Fairbanks (reel 5799), and Felix Lamond (reel 5799) are quite incomplete and range in size from 1 folder to 0.5 linear feet.
H. Siddons Mowbray's correspondence includes letters to McKim about the Villa Aurora, expenses, exhibition, and the King and Queen attending the academy opening; a letter from Charles Keck about his studio; and correspondence concerning endowment fundraising.
George Breck's correspondence includes a letter to Secretary Millet about appraisal of the Villa Mirafiore and Madam Loyson's idea of starting a girls' school in Rome that would be a branch of the American Academy in Rome. It also includes letters from Rockefeller's secretary declining to participate in the academy's proposed endowment.
General correspondence of Jesse Benedict Carter concerns competitions, use of the terms "fellowship" and "scholarship," an exhibition, Committee on the School of Classical Studies business, a request for extension of fellowship time, and activities of fellows. Endowment fundraising correspondence concerns Carter's lecturing activities on behalf of the academy's endowment fund and appeals to individuals for contributions. A folder concerning the Villa Mirafiore contains correspondence regarding an agreement to use the Villa Mirafiore as a hospice for mutilated Italian soldiers.
Gorham Phillips Stevens Stevens served as director in 1912. During Carter's tenure as director, from 1913 to 1917, Stevens was director of the School of Fine Arts and served as acting director during Carter's frequent absences. He was acting director following Carter's death in 1917, and in 1919 became the director. His general correspondence includes "Suggestions for the Management of the Academy during the absence of the Director in America;" correspondence about a proposed publication; requests for museum passes; letters of introduction; inquiries about fellowship competitions; travel arrangements; letters concerning shipment of art work, concerns about war conditions, and Daniel Chester French's opinion of the proposed purchase of an enlarging machine for the sculptors; George Breck's comments on prices set by artists for their work; and letters concerning summer school, housing for women, the possibility of McKim's daughter giving his medals and diplomas to the academy, and the trustees decision to inaugurate a new educational policy under a new director.
There is one folder of material relating to Amey Aldrich, sister of Chester H. Aldrich, who acted as an assistant and official hostess during his tenure, and probably served as acting director for a brief time following Mr. Aldrich's death. The folder includes a report on the administrative situation of the academy, ideas about closing the academy during World War II, and evaluation of staff. Material also concerns repairs to buildings, staffing, and receipts for academy funds held by Chester Aldrich and returned after his death.
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H. Siddons Mowbray, Correspondence, undated, 1903-1906
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5
George Breck, Correspondence, 1906-1910
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6
Jesse Benedict Carter
General Correspondence, undated, 1913-1916
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7
Endowment Fundraising, undated, 1912-1914
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8
Villa Mirafiore, 1916
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9
Gorham Phillips Stevens
General Correspondence, undated, 1912-1934
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10-18
Academic Council Minutes, 1919-1932
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19-20
Annual Report (notes), 1916
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21
Association of Alumni of the American Academy in Rome (includes letter about collaborative problem), 1914-1915
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22
Benton, Hale P. (Assistant to Director, Rome), 1926-1932
(includes correspondence regarding Benton's appointment and his duties)
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23
Blashfield, Edwin H. (Committee on the School of Fine Arts), undated, 1916-1928
(includes correspondence about a plan for preparing a students' guide to art in Italy, fresco, war conditions, and Blashfield's love of Italy)
32
24
Boring, William A. (Treasurer)/Arthur H. Crane (Assistant Treasurer), 1913-1932
(includes correspondence concerning construction of new building, responsibility for academy finances in Carter's absence, fees connected with the sale of Villa Mirafiore, married fellows, housing)
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25-26
Carter, Jesse Benedict (Director, Rome), undated, 1913-1917
(includes correspondence about new building, Villa Aurelia; Millet's bequest of costumes, books, and photographs; staffing, housing, President Mead's visit to Rome, fellows, exhibitions, academy servants, finances and expenses, war conditions, extension of fellowship time, Carter's death; also, notes and letters from Mrs. Carter)
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27-28
Collaborative Problem, 1916
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29
Conferences, 1926-1930
(correspondence and printed matter relating to conferences attended by Stevens: Archaeological Congress in Palestine and Syria 1926; International Archaeological Congress, Rhodes, 1928; Archaeological Institute of Germany, Berlin, 1929; International Archaeological Congress, Algeria, 1930)
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30-33
Davico, Riccardo (Secretary, Rome), 1928
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1
Del Frate, Gastone (Legal Counsel), 1913-1929
(includes correspondence about Heyland will, taxes, Villa Aurelia)
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2
Egbert, James C. (Committee on the School of Classical Studies), 1922-1932
(correspondence concerning search for permanent head of the School of Classical Studies, fellows, housing, staffing, contributing colleges)
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3
Exhibitions, 1913-1917
(correspondence, invoices, and shipping lists concerning academy entries in the Architectural League of New York exhibitions, 1915-1917, and the Paris Salon, 1913)
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4-7
Fairbanks, Frank P. (Professor in Charge, School of Fine Arts), 1919-1929
(includes letters with news of Paul Manship, exhibitions, and recommendations for strengthening the academy's library)
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8
Fellows, undated, 1913-1927
(correspondence with and about current and former fellows A-Z, including suggestions for improving the Academy, rules relative to married fellows, letters of introduction, shipment of art work)
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9-11
Frank, Tenney (Professor in Charge of Classical Studies), 1924
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12
Galassi Architetti, 1915-1929
(correspondence with architects for Janiculum improvements)
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13
Guernsey, Roscoe (Executive Secretary), 1920-1932
(includes correspondence about shipment of student work, articles for Art & Archaeology, housing, fellows, staffing, inventory of china and linens in apartments for annual professors, gifts)
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14
Kelsey, Francis W. (Trustee), 1915, 1924
(includes correspondence regarding his plans to visit Rome, recommendation that Villa Aurelia be used for embassy purposes)
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15
Kendall, William M. (Trustee), 1913-1930
(correspondence concerning responsibilities and titles of officers in Rome, collaborative problem, academy monuments, new building, Mead's burial in Rome with description and diagram of his cemetery plot)
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16
La Farge, C. Grant (Secretary)/Wolfe, W.R. (Associate Secretary)/ Moses, Lionel (Assistant Secretary), 1912-1932
(includes correspondence about Stevens' responsibilities and title, married fellows, letters of introduction, collaborative problem, fellows, competitions, exhibitions, shipment of student work and packing lists, expense reduction, war conditions, gifts, fellowship in landscape architecture, extension of fellowship time, staffing, Professor Clark's war work, Art & Archaeology issue on the academy, salaries)
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17-18
Lamond, Felix (Professor of Music), undated, 1924-1928
(includes correspondence about fellows, music studios in Villa Aurelia)
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19
Laurie, Charles (Bursar), 1913-1915
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20
Library and Publications, undated, 1912-1929
(includes correspondence proposing a "Letter from Rome" column for The Journal of the American Institute of Architects, correspondence about articles on the academy for other periodicals, recommendations for purchases of books on landscape architecture, book orders)
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21
McClellan, George B. (Library Committee; Vice President), 1914-1930
(includes correspondence concerning opinions about the war, Library Committee business, housing, salaries, Villa Aurelia expenses)
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22
Mead, William R. (President), 1911-1928
(includes Stevens' letter of application for the position of director, with biographical information; correspondence concerning condition of Villa Aurelia, director Carter's style of management, new building; Stanford White's son, Lawrence; endowment, exhibitions, taxes, housing, fellows, collaborative problem, international hostel in Rome for women, acquisition of property adjacent to the academy, staffing)
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23-24
Mellon, Edward P. (Trustee; Endowment Committee), 1913-1915; 1922-1923
(includes correspondence concerning details of the academy fellowship competitions to be held in Paris, Polasek's activities, travel plans, new building, servants, Endowment Committee business)
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25
Notes re: Castle of Bolsena and St. Peter's, undated
(possibly Fellows' projects)
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26
Platt, Charles A. (Vice President; Acting President; Committee on the School of Fine Arts; President), 1928-1932
(includes suggestions for improving the quality of fellows, staffing, studios, housing, salaries, ideas for Mead memorial, proposed curriculum changes, collaborative problem, married fellows, endowment fundraising, problem with fellows sneaking women into Villa Aurelia during the night, announcement of director Hewlett's appointment)
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27
Richardson, W. Symmes (Professor of Fine Arts), 1914-1915, 1925
(includes letter expressing Stevens' opinion of the Ward-Thrasher memorial)
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28
Rotch Traveling Scholarship, 1915
(requests for candid opinions of the Rotch Scholarship men)
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29
Sanders, Henry A. (Annual Professor of Classical Studies), 1915
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30
Showerman, Grant (Director, Summer Session), 1928
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31
Trowbridge, Breck (Acting President; Vice President; Committee on the School of Fine Arts; Chairman, Endowment Committee), 1915-1926
(correspondence about collaborative problem, ideas for revision of curriculum, architecture fellow Victor L. S. Haffner's plan for third year project)
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32
Van Buren, Albert W. (Librarian; Professor of Archaeology), 1913-1928
(mainly correspondence concerning library business)
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33
Vitale, Ferruccio (Committee on Landscape Architecture), 1927-1932
(includes correspondence about fellows)
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34
West, Andrew (Committee on the School of Classical Studies), 1924
(letter about where funds might be found to hire Showerman as permanent Professor in Charge of the School of Classical Studies)
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35
Wilkins, H. Blakiston (Executive Secretary, Rome), 1920-1921
(includes correspondence concerning budget, Wilkins' resignation)
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36
James Monroe Hewlett
General Correspondence, 1934-1935
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37
Academic Council Minutes, 1935
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38
Aldrich, Chester H. (Committee on the School of Fine Arts), 1933-1935
(includes correspondence about extending fellowship time for Nelson and Chabanne, collaborative problem, exhibitions, fellows)
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39
Boring, William A. (Treasurer), 1933
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40
Davico, Riccardo (Secretary, Rome), 1933
(letters about exchange rate, possible reduction in the number of fellows in the coming year)
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41
Del Frate, Gastone (Legal Counsel), 1935
(correspondence concerning possible dispute over proposed building plans of neighboring Siro Maronita College)
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42
Guernsey, Roscoe (Executive Secretary), 1933-1935
(letters about budget, expense reduction, fellows' activities, repairs and alterations to Villa Aurelia, film of Mussolini's visit to the academy, exhibitions)
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43
La Farge, C. Grant (Secretary), 1933-1934
(includes correspondence concerning financial, educational and social problems observed by Hewlett during his first year as director; proposed bequest of a collection of artifacts)
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44
McClellan, George B. (Acting President), 1933
(letter about Hewlett's moving expenses and debt to academy)
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45
Platt, Charles A. (President), 1933
(includes correspondence regarding donations to Vitale memorial fund, reduction of expenses by closing Villa Aurelia and moving the director to Villa Bellacci)
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46
Pope, John Russell (President), 1933-1935
(includes correspondence about expense reduction, relation of fellows to Director and to one another, fellows' work and progress)
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47
Chester H. Aldrich
Committee on the School of Classical Studies (James C. Egbert, Chairman), 1936-1938
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48
Committee on the School of Fine Arts (James Kellum Smith, Chairman), undated, 1935-1937
(includes letters about work of the fellows)
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Guernsey, Roscoe (Executive Secretary), 1935-1940
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50
McClellan, George B. (Vice President), 1937-1939
(letters about fellows, property, library)
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51
Pope, John Russell (President), 1935-1937
(includes letters about overspending on studio upkeep, library, activities of staff and fellows, budget, Italian income tax, problems with neighboring Siro MaronitaCollege's building plans, concerts at Villa Aurelia, married fellows, funeral of Mrs. Mead, exhibitions, visitors)
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52
Smith, James Kellum (President), 1937-1940
(letters about staff and student activities, library, condition of buildings and grounds, travels, evaluation of fellows, finances and expense reduction, Department of Music, exhibitions, visitors, suicide of Librarian Schnacke, staffing, collaborative problem, recommendations of the Committee on the Welfare of Women Students, budget, political conditions, staff housing, arrangements for students to return to the U.S., suggestions for staffing and work that should continue during wartime)
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53
Aldrich, Amey, General Correspondence, 1941
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54
Charles R. Morey
Davico, Riccardo (Secretary, Rome), 1945-1946
(includes correspondence about wages of Academy servants, expenses)
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Library, 1945
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Smith, James Kellum (President), 1945-1946
(letter about salaries, boarding discharged soldiers at the Academy, opinion about selling Villa Aurelia)
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Laurance P. Roberts
General Correspondence, 1946-1947
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58
Brown, Frank E. (Professor in Charge of Classical Studies), 1947
(letter of welcome, correspondence concerning housing)
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59
Davico, Riccardo (Secretary, Rome), 1947
(includes correspondence concerning work on buildings and grounds)
33
60
Fulbright Bill, 1947-1948
(correspondence expressing hopes that the Academy will be considered for participation in the program)
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61
Hammond, Mason (Trustee), 1946
(includes correspondence about staffing)
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62
Howe, George (Architect in Residence), 1947
(correspondence concerning his appointment)
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Lord, Milton E., 1946-1947
(correspondence regarding appointment of a librarian)
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Mendell, Clarence (Committee on the School of Classical Studies), undated, 1946-1947
(correspondence about staffing, publications)
33
65
Moore, Lamont (Assistant Director), 1947
(includes letter of appointment, report on activities of fellows and staff)
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66
Morey, Charles R., (Acting Director, Rome), 1946-1947
(includes correspondence regarding arrival of Laurance Roberts, housing)
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Smith, James Kellum (President), 1946-1947
(includes correspondence concerning Roberts' appointment, negotiations with candidate for position of librarian, staffing, buildings, library, fellowships, housing)
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Stuart, Meriwether (Executive Secretary), 1946
(request to help exiled sculptor Ivan Mestrovich)
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69
Villa Aurelia, 1945-1947
(includes correspondence regarding alterations and their estimated costs)
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70
Williams, Mary T. (Executive Secretary), 1947
(letter about housing, fellowships, visitors to the academy, plans to hold a reception for embassy officers)
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71
Frank P. Fairbanks (Professor of Fine Arts), Correspondence, 1923-1930
(includes letters about collaborative problem, shipment of student work, studio equipment, fellow Walker Hancock's need to accept commissions in order to aid his mother financially or sacrifice his fellowship to return home)
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72
Felix Lamond (Professor of Music)
Correspondence, 1922-1932
(includes letter outlining the history and accomplishments of the Department of Music, correspondence about plans to establish an alumni music colony in Europe, library needs, suggestions for music jurors)
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73
Endowment Campaign--Fundraising Correspondence, 1919-1920
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Endowment Campaign--Horatio Parker Fund, 1920
(includes mailing lists, lists of donors and honorary committee members; correspondence regarding raising an endowment for the Department of Music and a fellowship in memory of Horatio Parker)
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4.2: Personal Papers of Director Gorham Phillips Stevens, 1912-1931, undated
The personal papers of director Gorham Phillips Stevens were also preserved by the Rome office. They consist of correspondence with relatives and friends, financial records, and correspondence and printed matter of various charitable organizations in which Stevens actively participated or had interest. General correspondence includes correspondence regarding personal business, invitations, thank you notes, holiday and get well wishes, letters of introduction, condolences on the death of his mother, honorary degree from Harvard, family news, and congratulations on his book about the Erectheum.
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General Correspondence, undated, 1912-1932
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1-6
Legal Correspondence and Wills, 1922-1931
(mainly relating to the estate of his aunt Harriet S. Cabot)
34
7
Financial Records, Banking, 1912-1929
(includes Italian banks and State Street Trust Co., Boston; also, bank and fund pamphlets)
34
8
Financial Records, Insurance (Frank Arthur), 1920-1928
(correspondence, policies)
34
9
Financial Records, Investments, 1914-1929
(mainly correspondence with stockbrokers Jackson & Curtis)
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10
Financial Records, Purchases, 1914-1927
(correspondence, invoices)
34
11
Financial Records, Travel Expenses, 1923-1928
(correspondence, invoices)
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12
Charitable Activities, American Red Cross, Correspondence, undated, 1917-1922
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13
Charitable Activities, American Red Cross, Financial Records, 1918-1919, undated
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Charitable Activities, American Red Cross, Notes, undated, 1918
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Charitable Activities, American Red Cross, Printed Matter, undated, 1917-1918
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Charitable Activities, Archaeological Organizations (A-Z), 1912-1929
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Charitable Activities, Architectural Organizations (A-Z), 1913-1929
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Charitable Activities, Arts Organizations (A-Z), 1915-1928
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Charitable Activities, Miscellaneous Notes, undated
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Charitable Activities, Miscellaneous Organizations, Canada, England, and Greece, 1916-1928
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Charitable Activities, Miscellaneous Organizations, Italy, Anglo-American Nursing Home, undated, 1914-1929
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Charitable Activities, Miscellaneous Organizations, Italy, Italian War Relief Fund of America, undated, 1917-1922
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Charitable Activities, Miscellaneous Organizations, Italy, Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, undated, 1915-1928
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Charitable Activities, Miscellaneous Organizations, Italy, St. Paul's American Protestant Episcopal Church in Rome, undated, 1913-1929
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Charitable Activities, Miscellaneous Organizations, Italy, Other Organizations (A-Z), 1920-1928
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Charitable Activities, Miscellaneous Organizations, Switzerland, 1923
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Charitable Activities, Miscellaneous Organizations, United States (A-Z), 1915-1929
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Charitable Activities, Miscellaneous Organizations, Schools, Universities, and Libraries (A-Z), 1913-1927
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Miscellaneous, Menus, undated, 1918
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