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Benson J. Lossing letters, 1854-1880

Benson J. Lossing letters, 1854-1880

Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891

Engraver

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft. (on 3 partial microfilm reels)

Summary: Letters to Lossing from the following people: Henry Carey Baird, Mr. Barnard, William W. Belknap, Charles Campbell, L. L. Doty, Lyman C. Draper, Theodor F. Dwight, Charles W. Parsons, Anna T. Harrison, and James Grant Wilson. Most of the correspondents are historians, government officials, or relatives of prominent political figures.

Biographical/Historical Note

Wood engraver; Poughkeepsie and New York City, N.Y. Apprenticed to a watchmaker in Poughkeepsie, but became joint editor of a newspaper and literary magazine soon thereafter. Learned wood engraving from Joseph Alexander Adams and in 1838 established himself in New York City as an engraver. In 1848, he began work on his PICTORIAL FIELD-BOOK OF THE REVOLUTION and subsequently produced many works based on American history and biographies.

Provenance

Donated 1958 by Argosy Book Stores of New York City.

Related Materials

Benson John Lossing papers also at Syracuse University.

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels D8-D10 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Benson J. Lossing letters, 1854-1880. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.