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Charles H. Gifford papers, 1870-1935

Gifford, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1839-1904

Landscape painter


Collection Information

Size: 31 Items, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Letters, sketchbooks, sketches, a diary, photographs, a biographical account and poems.
REEL 438: Typescript (81 pages) of AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF HENRY GIFFORD, ARTIST written by Henry's daughter, Helen Gifford James in 1935.
REEL 482: A diary, 1870, with notations of expenses and appointments; 4 letters from Gifford to his daughter; 4 sketches; a poem about Gifford by Mary Hathaway and a sonnet by Gifford; 4 photographs; notes and a manuscript of the autobiography by Helen Gifford James.
REEL 2523: A sketchbook and 8 sketches; and a calling card, ca. 1873.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Fairhaven, Mass.


Material on reel 438 donated by Mrs. Elton E. Gray, Gifford's granddaughter, November 1972. Material on reel 482 lent for microfilming by Isabel E. H. Gray, Gifford's granddaughter, February 1973. Material on reel 2523 lent for microfilming by Mrs. Edward W. Harbick, March 1982.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 482: Originals returned to the lender, Isabel E. H. Gray, after microfilming.
  • Reel 2523: Originals returned to the lender, Mrs. Edward W. Harbick, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 438, 482 and 2523 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

Charles H. Gifford papers, 1870-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.