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Charles M. Kurtz papers, 1843-1990, bulk, 1884-1909

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Series 6: Diaries , 1894-1901

For an individual as precise and meticulous as Kurtz was, this seems to be an unusually incomplete series. It consists of only five small books that record his activities for parts of only four years: 1894, 1897, 1899, and 1901. Kurtz himself gives an explanation for the lack of any diaries that date from before his marriage. In a letter, probably written in October, 1885, to his new bride, Julia Stephenson Kurtz, he writes "...our trunks have been broken open. My coins are gone. Diaries and memoranda books gone and nearly everything not destroyed seems to be ruined..."
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Diaries, March 10-May 6, 1894
(daily log of Charles M.Kurtz's trip abroad from March 10 to May 6, 1894; his activities in Gibraltar, Tangier, Cadiz, Seville, Cordova, Grenada, Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, Naples, and Rome are described in detail; daily expenses are also recorded)
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001-034
Diaries, January 1-December 31, 1897
(daily account of Charles M. Kurtz's family life in New York City including the final illness and death of his eldest daughter and a chronicle of his own health problems; also entries describing their activities on a trip abroad to Scotland, France, Belgium and Amsterdam)
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035-142
Diaries, February 1-March 24, 1899
(some entries are labeled with headings, including: Century Club, Lotos "Saturday Night," Private View of T.B. Clarke pictures, Architectural League reception, Water Color Society reception, Whitlaw Reid Dinner at the Lotos Club, Reception at Franzen's to Bessie Potter, T. B. Clarke sale, Architectural League meeting, The Havemeyer Sale, Sons of Revolution Dinner with S.P.Avery, and Lotos Club Art Reception; also a synopsis of Kurtz's account, February 1899, with Reid Northrop for expert examination and purchases)
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143-165
Diaries, March, 1899
(entries labeled: Dinner Architectural League and Sculpture Society; and Society of American Artists Reception)
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166-178
Diaries, January 1-March 10, 1901
(functions as daily calendar of activities and expenses, no exposition; entries labeled: Dinner Arts Club; Watercolor "Stag" reception; Watercolor reception Arts Club; Dinner Architectural League; Zorn Exhibition, "Tea" Arts Club; Eastman Johnson Dinner at Lotos Club)
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179-202
Miscellaneous Diary Pages, undated [after 1893]
(notations regarding Glasgow School artists)
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424-425

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