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Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1991, bulk 1890-1955

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 4 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1922-1955
(Box 1; 5 folders)

Biographical material consists of a small amount of biographical information on Bessie Potter Vonnoh, including a resume, obituaries, and notes on her family history. Also found is an inventory and appraisal of Vonnoh's estate and various certificates for awards she received. This series also includes Robert Vonnoh's obituaries and a few of his writings.
Description Container Select
Biographical Information on Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1955, 19--
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1
Appraisal, Estate of Bessie Potter Vonnoh Keyes, 1955
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2
Award Certificates, 1931, 1934
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3
Robert Vonnoh Obituaries, 1933
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4
Writings by Robert Vonnoh, 1922, 19--
1
5

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1863-1985
(Box 1; 11 folders)

Correspondence primarily documents Bessie Potter Vonnoh's personal and family life, as well as her career as an artist. Included are letters (mostly transcripts) from Vonnoh, known as "Betty" to her family, to her mother regarding her trip to the Paris International Exposition in 1900 and a later trip to France in 1914. There are letters from Bessie to her husband, Robert Vonnoh, known as "Bonny". Also found are letters to her cousin Lulette Jenness Thompson regarding Vonnoh's career, and several letters from her uncle, J. S. McKenny. Personal and professional correspondence includes letters from Daniel Chester French, Hamlin Garland, Rupert Hughes, Archer Huntington, Larkin G. Mead, Jean Francois Raffaelli, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson (Ellen Axson) and her daughter Jessie Wilson Sayre, and others. There is one folder of Robert Vonnoh's letters from Charles M. Carter, Daniel Chester French, William M. R. French, Charles Vezin, and others, and scattered family letters. Correspondence is arranged chronologically within each folder.
Description Container Select
From Bessie Potter Vonnoh to Robert Vonnoh, circa 1909-1928
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6
From Bessie Potter Vonnoh to her mother, Mary Potter, 1900
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7
From Bessie Potter Vonnoh to her mother, Mary Potter, 1914
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8
From Bessie Potter Vonnoh to Lulette Jenness Thompson, 1946-1953
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9
To Bessie Potter Vonnoh from her uncle, J. S. McKenney, 1899-1904
1
10
Lulette Jenness Thompson Letters regarding Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1952-1954, 1982, 1985
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11
Robert Vonnoh Correspondence, 1899-1926
1
12
From William Vonnoh (Robert's father) to wife Friederika Vonnoh, circa 1863
1
13
General Correspondence, 1892-1914
1
14
General Correspondence, 1915-1947
1
15
General Correspondence, circa 1900-1950
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16

Series 3: Photographs , circa 1860-1950
(Box 1-2; 0.4 linear feet)

Photographs include numerous portraits of Bessie and Robert Vonnoh, and photographs of the Vonnoh's together and with friends, Bessie's father, Bessie with her second husband, Edward Keyes, and the Vonnoh's home in Lyme, Connecticut. Also found are photographs of artwork by Bessie and Robert Vonnoh. Photographs are both loose and in a disbound photograph album.
Description Container Select
Portraits of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, circa 1890-1950
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17
Portraits of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, circa 1890-1950
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18
Portraits of Robert Vonnoh, circa 1890, 1930
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19
Photographs of Bessie Potter Vonnoh and Robert Vonnoh with others, circa 1895-1930
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20
Photograph of Bessie Potter Vonnoh and Edward Keyes, circa 1948
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21
Photograph of Alexander Potter, circa 1860
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22
Photograph Album (disbound), circa 1900-1930
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1
Photograph Album (disbound), circa 1900-1930
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2
Photograph Album (disbound), circa 1900-1930
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3
Photograph Album (disbound), circa 1900-1930
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4
Photograph Album (disbound), circa 1900-1930
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5
Photographs of Artwork by Bessie Potter Vonnoh, circa 1890-1950
2
6-8
Photographs of Artwork by Robert Vonnoh, circa 1890-1930
2
9

Series 4: Printed Material , 1901-1991
(Box 2; 9 folders)

Printed material consists of exhibition catalogs for both Bessie and Robert Vonnoh, including joint exhibitions, and newspaper and magazine clippings documenting their careers. Items are arranged chronologically within each folder.
Description Container Select
Clippings, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1913-1928
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10
Clippings, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1929-1952
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11
Clippings, Robert Vonnoh, 1901-1928
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12
Clippings, Robert and Bessie Potter Vonnoh joint exhibitions, 1913-1929
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13
Exhibition Catalogs, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1926, 1984, 1987
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14
Exhibition Catalogs, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1990
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15
Exhibition Catalogs, Robert Vonnoh, 1911, 1987, 1991
2
16
Exhibition Catalogs, Robert and Bessie Potter Vonnoh joint exhibitions, 1913, 1914, 1922, 1928
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17
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1924, 1942, 1988
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18

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