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Charles E. Feinberg collection of artists letters, 1800-1930

Feinberg, Charles E., 1899-1988



Collection Information

Size: 300 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters from artists, including Kenyon Cox, Elihu Vedder, John Sartain, Rembrandt Peale, Joseph Pennell, Albert Bierstadt, Timothy Cole, and many others. Also included is an artist autograph collection collected by Ben Austin, Esq. Many of the letters are addressed to James D. Gill, a gallery owner whose gallery suffered a fire, regarding the status of paintings and offering condolences.

Biographical/Historical Note

Businessman, and book and manuscript collector; Detroit, Mich. and Florida. Died in 1988.


Lent for microfilming 1968 by Charles Feinberg, an active donor and friend of AAA. Fifteen of the letters microfilmed were subsequently bought at auction by AAA in 1968, including one letter from Cox, three from Fielding, three from Johnson, five from Sargent, and two from West. All except for one (Johnson) have been remicrofilmed and cataloged individually. Feinberg also donated additional letters to AAA during the 1950s and 1960s; these have been cataloged separately.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Feinberg after microfilming. All subsequently sold at auction by Parke-Bernet, sale no. 2676, April 2-3, 1968; fifteen letters purchased by AAA at auction.
  • Letters from Cox (1/2/19), Fielding (3/23/31-4/29/31), Johnson (5/10/46 and undated), Sargent (1/19/87, 3/13, 5/24, 7/25, and undated), and West (1812, and 4/15/15): Originals in Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel D316 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Charles E. Feinberg collection of artists letters, 1800-1930. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.