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Cecilia Beaux papers, 1863-1968

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 6 series, with multiple subseries in Series 2:

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , circa 1893-1943
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 4-5

This series contains biographical notes and narratives about Cecilia Beaux, with notes in Beaux's own handwriting; documentation of prizes and honors she received; certificates of organizational memberships in the Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts and the Hispanic Society of America; and artifacts, including her oil palette.
Additional biographical narratives can be found in Correspondence, Writings, and Printed Materials. See series descriptions for further details.
Description Container Select
Biographical Notes and Articles, 1943, undated
1
1
Prizes, Awards, and Honorary Degrees, 1893-1933
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
1
2
Memberships, 1896, 1923
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
1
3
Artifacts, Including Palette, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 5.
1
4
Oversized Biographical Materials
Oversized material digitized with Box 1, Folders 2-3.
OV 4
Oversized Palette
Oversized material digitized with Box 1, Folder 4.
OV 5

Series 2: Correspondence , 1863-1968, undated
1.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence is arranged into 2 subseries:
  • 2.1: Cecilia Beaux Letters to A. Piatt Andrew, 1904- circa 1936
  • 2.2: General Correspondence, circa 1863-1968
Description Container Select
Cecilia Beaux Letters to A. Piatt Andrew, 1904-1908
1
5
Cecilia Beaux Letters to A. Piatt Andrew, 1909-1936
1
6
Cecilia Beaux Letters to A. Piatt Andrew, undated
1
7
Cecilia Beaux Letters to A. Piatt Andrew, undated
1
8
Cecilia Beaux Letters to A. Piatt Andrew, undated
1
9
Cecilia Beaux Letters to A. Piatt Andrew, undated
1
10
Cecilia Beaux Letters to A. Piatt Andrew, undated
1
11
Cecilia Beaux Letters to A. Piatt Andrew, undated
1
12
Cecilia Beaux Letters to A. Piatt Andrew, undated
1
13
General Correspondence, 1863-1887
1
14
General Correspondence, 1888 January
1
15
General Correspondence, 1888 February-March
1
16
General Correspondence, 1888 March-May
1
17
General Correspondence, 1888 May-June
1
18
General Correspondence, 1888 July-September
1
19
General Correspondence, 1888 October
1
20
General Correspondence, 1888 November
1
21
General Correspondence, 1888 December
1
22
General Correspondence (undated), 1888
1
23
General Correspondence, 1889 January
1
24
General Correspondence, 1889 February
1
25
General Correspondence, 1889 February-March
1
26
General Correspondence, 1889 April-May
1
27
General Correspondence, 1889 June-July
1
28
General Correspondence, 1889 August-December
1
29
General Correspondence, circa 1888-1889
1
30
General Correspondence, 1890-1895
1
31
General Correspondence, 1896
1
32
General Correspondence, 1897
1
33
General Correspondence, 1898
1
34
General Correspondence, 1899
1
35
General Correspondence, 1900-1904
1
36
General Correspondence, 1905-1907
1
37
General Correspondence, 1908
1
38
General Correspondence, 1909
1
39
General Correspondence, 1910
1
40
General Correspondence, 1911-1912
1
41
General Correspondence, 1913-1916
1
42
General Correspondence, 1917
1
43
General Correspondence, 1919 January-July
1
44
General Correspondence, 1919 August-September
1
45
General Correspondence, 1919 October-December
1
46
General Correspondence, 1920
1
47
General Correspondence, 1921-1925
1
48
General Correspondence, 1926
1
49
General Correspondence, 1927-1928
1
50
General Correspondence, 1930 April-December
1
51
General Correspondence, 1930 December
1
52
General Correspondence, 1931 January
1
53
General Correspondence, 1931 February
1
54
General Correspondence, 1931 February-March
1
55
General Correspondence, 1931 April-December
1
56
General Correspondence, 1932-1933
1
57
General Correspondence, 1934
1
58
General Correspondence, 1935 January-June
1
59
General Correspondence, 1935 June
1
60
General Correspondence, 1935 July-August
1
61
General Correspondence, 1935 August-December
1
62
General Correspondence, 1936-1941, 1968
1
63
Cecilia Beaux, undated
2
1
Cecilia Beaux, undated
2
2
Cecilia Beaux, undated
2
3
Aimee Ernesta Drinker and Henry Drinker, undated
2
4
James and Henry Drinker, Jr., undated
2
5
A-D, undated
2
6
Leavitt Family, undated
2
7
E-O, undated
2
8
P-W, undated
2
9
Unsigned, Illegible, First Names, Initials Only, and Fragments, undated
2
10

Series 3: Writings , circa 1868-1954
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3, OV 6

This series includes twelve diaries, notebooks, lectures, essays, poetry, and notes written primarily by Cecilia Beaux, as well as a collection of poems and essays about Cecilia Beaux by various authors including Royal Cortissoz, Richard Watson Gilder, and others. A single sketch on notepaper, which appears to be a study for a portrait, is filed at the end of this series.
Twelve diaries contain entries recording daily activities, including regular notes on her work in the studio and with various sitters for portraits. Some entries are quite brief, and others go on at length about her social life in Europe and America; occasional meetings with prominent figures such as Ida Tarbell, Clarence Day, J. Alden Weir, George Bellows, the Roosevelts, and others; jurying; sitters; women's suffrage; and women in art.
Lectures and essays on a variety of art subjects are found, usually in the form of annotated typescripts and often in multiple drafts, filed chronologically with their titles or subjects listed in folder headings. The latest draft of each work is filed first in each folder. Beaux writes of her own experiences as an artist, art techniques, education, critical or theoretical ideas, and autobiographical subjects which are unrelated to art. Included are several essays in the form of letters to unidentified recipients, including a detailed account of her time time spent in Malines, Belgium, to paint Cardinal Mercier in 1919. Lengthy prose fragments, many of them autobiographical, are possibly drafts from her 1930 memoir, Background with Figures.
Poems by Beaux are arranged chronologically, with published poems filed first, along with clippings of their published versions, followed by unpublished poems, titled and untitled. Additional poems are found in her 1868-1884 school notebook. Writings about Cecilia Beaux include poems by Richard Watson Gilder, Adrian Smith, and Adeline Adams; and prose by Royal Cortissoz, Paul Bion, and Eugene Neuhaus. Also found here are corrected galley proofs for an unattributed, published article on American Art that quotes Beaux extensively.
Notebooks include school notes and poetry, expenses, contacts, and what appear to be teaching records. A notebook labeled "Important Data" contains summaries by year of autobiographical data. Other notes include corrections and annotated proofs for Background with Figures, and collection notes by Beaux and others that relate to items in this collection.
Printed editions of some poems and essays are also found in Printed Materials. Additional autobiographical notes and essays are found in Biographical materials and Correspondence. See series descriptions for further details.
Description Container Select
Diary, 1875-1877
2
11
Diary, 1905
2
12
Diary, 1906
2
13
Diary, 1907
2
14
Diary, 1908
2
15
Diary, 1909
2
16
Diary , 1909
2
17
Diary, 1910
2
18
Diary, 1911
2
19
Diary, 1911
2
20
Diary, 1912
2
21
Diary, 1912
2
22
Diary, 1913
2
23
Diary, 1913
2
24
Lectures
"What Should the College A.B. Course Offer to the Future Artist?", 1905
2
25
"The Public and Modern Art", 1907
2
26
"The Public and Modern Art", 1907
2
27
"Portraiture", 1907
2
28
Barnard College Anniversary Lecture, 1915
2
29
Address at the Dinner Given by a Committee of Artists to Lieut. Lemordant at the Vanderbilt Hotel, 1919
2
30
"Gilbert Stuart", 1922
2
31
Address to the Comtemporary Club of Philadelphia Shortly after Sargent's Death, 1926
2
32
Address to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1926
2
33
Address and Memorial Meeting, Cardinal Mercier, Contemporary Club of New York, 1926
2
34
"Color", 1928
2
35
Address to Chi Omega, 1933
2
36
Address to the Present Day Club, 1937
2
37
Essays
"Professional Art Schools,", circa 1915
2
38
"The Eakins Exhibition,", 1917
2
39
Letter-essays Including Letters from Malines, 1919, undated
2
40
Letter to the Times, undated
2
41
"Jean Julien Lemordant aus Etats-Unis,", undated
2
42
"My Aunt and I Have My Ghost,", undated
2
43
"Balthazar's Tale,", undated
2
44
On Beaux's Religious Background, undated
2
45
On Educating Children in the Platic Arts, undated
2
46
Miscellaneous Essays, circa 1937-1938, undated
Includes eulogies for Childe Hassam and Frederick MacMonnies, "Composite Photography," "Originality," "An Ancient Allegory of Life," and other brief, untitled writings
2
47
Prose Fragments, undated
2
48
Prose Fragments, undated
2
49
Prose Fragments, undated
2
50
Prose Fragments, undated
2
51
Prose Fragments, undated
2
52
Prose Fragments, undated
2
53
Poetry
Titled Poems, circa 1874-circa 1940
2
54
Titled Poems, circa 1874-circa 1940
2
55
Titled Poems, circa 1874-circa 1940
2
56
Untitled Poems, 1908-1929, undated
2
57
Poetry, Fragments and Miscellany, undated
2
58
Poems by Others, undated
2
59
Writings by Others about Cecilia Beaux, circa 1894-1935, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 6
3
1
Oversized Writings
Oversized material digitized with Box 3, Folder 1
OV 6
Notebooks
School Notes and Poetry, 1868-1884
3
2
Expenses and Other Notes, 1879-1884
3
3
"People Who Came to Teas", 1896
3
4
"Important Data" (1916-1928), undated
3
5
Notes
Corrections and Proofs for Background with Figures, circa 1930
3
6
Collection Notes, 1917-1954, undated
3
7
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
3
8
Sketch, undated
3
9

Series 4: Personal Business Records , circa 1883-1936
0.2 Linear feet
Box 3, OV 6

This series contains exhibition records, a list of artwork, and receipts and contracts, mostly related to Beaux's artwork. Exhibition records include a floor plan for an exhibition at the St. Botolph Club in Boston, receipts and lists of paintings related to an exhibition at Knoedler Gallery, a list of paintings for an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery, and extensive documentation of the solicitation of paintings for the 1935-1936 retrospective exhibition at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
A list of artwork which appears to have been written by Beaux is organized by the studio in which the painting was made. Among the receipts and contracts are handwritten bids on her painting "Foggy Morning," receipts for the sale of "The Dreamer" and a magazine illustration, and her contract with Houghton Mifflin for her 1930 memoir.
Correspondence related to exhibits, sales, and production of artwork is found in the Correspondence series. Catalogs and reviews of exhibitions are found in Printed Materials.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Records, 1912-1936, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 6
3
10
Oversized Exhibition Record
Oversized material digitized with Box 3, Folder 10
OV 6
List of Artwork, undated
3
11
Receipts and Contracts, 1883-1930, undated
3
12

Series 5: Printed Materials , circa 1874-1953
0.5 Linear feet
Box 3, OV 6

This series contains printed materials related to Beaux's exhibitions and career as an artist, including catalogs, announcements, invitations, clippings, articles, pamphlets, broadsides, a poster, and prints of Beaux's paintings.
The Scrapbook contains clippings from her early career, as well as letters, telegrams, and notes from patrons, sitters, and other art world figures such as Clement A. Griscom, Russell Smith, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design, the Art Club of Philadelphia, Horace Brodsky, Thomas Hovenden, J.C. Nicoll, and H.S. Morris. Loose clippings continue the chronological sequence of clippings and generally do not duplicate clippings in the scrapbook. Clippings include reviews and other articles related to her artwork and career. Pamphlets, broadsides, and other miscellany include a broadside of a poem, "Sargent," written by Beaux in 1925. Prints include an engraving of the painting "Mother and Daughter," a lithograph portrait of S. Weir Mitchell, and a Century magazine advertising poster featuring Beaux's sketch of Rear-Admiral Sampson.
Additional printed materials are found in the Biographical Materials series, and additional halftone prints of Beaux's paintings are found in the Writings series.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Catalogs, Announcements, Tickets, and Invitations, 1893-1935
3
13
Scrapbook, 1874-1899
3
14
Clippings, 1895-1899
Oversized material housed in OV 6
3
15
Clippings, 1900
3
16
Clippings, 1901-1903
3
17
Clippings, 1906-1912
3
18
Clippings, 1913-1915
3
19
Clippings (copies), circa 1906-circa 1918
3
20
Clippings, 1916-1918
3
21
Clippings, 1920-1926
3
22
Clippings, 1930
3
23
Clippings, 1931-1953
3
24
Clippings, undated
3
25
Pamphlets, Broadsides, and Miscellany, 1885-1943, undated
3
26
Prints of Beaux artwork, circa 1898-1899, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 6
3
27
Oversized Printed Materials
Oversized material digitized with Box 3, folders 15 and 27
OV 6

Series 6: Photographs , circa 1888-1919
0.3 Linear feet
Box 3

Photographs in this series include formal portraits of Cecilia Beaux and informal photographs of Beaux alone and with colleagues, friends, and family members in various settings including Concarneau, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Gloucester, and Malines, Belgium. Also found is a photograph of John Singer Sargent painting, shot from behind, and photographs of paintings by Beaux.
Photographs are arranged by subject and described in the folder list. Nitrate negatives of photographs taken at Green Alley and snapshots of family members were printed and discarded. Images in this group are separated into folders for vintage prints made during Beaux's lifetime, recent prints from the discarded nitrate negatives, duplicates, and copy negatives.
Additional photographs are found in the Correspondence series. See series description for further details.
Description Container Select
Portraits of Cecilia Beaux, 1917, undated
3
28
Portraits of Cecilia Beaux, 1917, undated
3
29
Beaux in Groups, circa 1888-1889, undated
One photograph believed to be CB in Concarneau, France with Mary Ursula Whitlock, Alexander Harrison, and others; the other shows Beaux with the Carnegie Institute Jury in 1899, including Walter Elmer Schofield, Anders Zorn, and Frank Duveneck, (front row L to R) John Wesley Beatty, William Merritt Chase, Cecilia Beaux, Edmund Tarbell, Julian Alden Weir, unidentified English judge, and possibly Charles Harold Davis.
3
30
Beaux in Groups, circa 1888-1889, undated
3
31
Beaux in Academic Robes, 1908
3
32
Beaux Painting Cardinal Mercier, Malines, Belgium, 1919
3
33
Green Alley, Gloucester, Massachusetts, after 1905
Several pictures depict Beaux outside her home, alone and with others who are unidentified; includes vintage prints.
3
34
Green Alley, Gloucester, Massachusetts, undated
Several pictures depict Beaux outside her home, alone and with others who are unidentified; recent prints from discarded nitrate negatives.
3
35
Green Alley, Gloucester, Massachusetts, undated
Several pictures depict Beaux outside her home, alone and with others who are unidentified; recent duplicate prints from discarded nitrate negatives.
3
36
Green Alley, Gloucester, Massachusetts, undated
Several pictures depict Beaux outside her home, alone and with others who are unidentified; copy negatives.
3
37
Beaux's Family Members, undated
Pictured are Beaux's nephew Harry Drinker and her Aunt Eliza; vintage prints.
3
38
Beaux's Family Members, undated
Pictured are Beaux's nephew Harry Drinker and her Aunt Eliza; recent prints from discarded nitrate negatives.
3
39
Beaux's Family Members, undated
Pictured are Beaux's nephew Harry Drinker and her Aunt Eliza; copy negatives.
3
40
John Singer Sargent, 1903
3
41
John Singer Sargent, 1903
3
42
Unidentified Woman, undated
3
43
Photographs of Works of Art, Installation Views, undated
3
44
Photographs of Works of Art, undated
Not scanned
3
45-47

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