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Charles H. Rutan papers, 1870-1973

Rutan, Charles H. (Charles Hercules), 1851-1914



Collection Information

Size: 74 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: 24 letters received, including 4 from Henry Hobson Richardson, 2 from Charles F. McKim, 1 each from Stanford White and William Rutherford Mead, others from C.W. Norcross and Charles D. Gambrill. 50 additional items include biographical information about Rutan, photographs and illustrations of architecture (many annotated by Henry-Russell Hitchcock), a list of buildings Rutan worked on, and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Architect; Boston, Mass. Started working as an architect with H.H. Richardson's firm, Gambril and Richardson, New York, in 1869. He moved with the firm to Boston, and upon Richardson's death in 1886 created the firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, where he remained for the rest of his career.


Donated 1973 by Charles Strickland, grandson of Rutan.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 1260 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Many letters include typescripts.

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. Rutan papers, 1870-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.