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

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Series 7: Notes and Writings , 1872-1980, undated

Perhaps because of his peripatetic lifestyle, Charles Kurtz kept very precise records. Included in this series are various types of lists, both personal and professional, as well as notes to himself. Drafts and fragments of lectures and his play The Millennium and his two comic operas, The Aldermen of Manhattan and The Cannibals! are also found within this series. Among the most interesting writings pertaining to the art world are the artist address lists, which are also broken down according to studio buildings (the Tenth Street Studio Building, the Sherwood, the Rembrandt, and the Y.M.C.A.), lists of artist models, dealers, and editors and detailed diagrams for the installation of the Glasgow School exhibition.
A notebook belonging to Charles M. Kurtz and now owned by Yale University was loaned to the Archives for microfilming. Reel 4912 requires permission from Yale University in order to quote, publish or reproduce. It contains about a fifty page history of art in Scotland and the Glasgow School written by Kurtz in 1891 and revised in 1895.
Reels 4822-4823 contain the bulk of his writings, however miscellaneous pieces (and references to them) can also be found in some of his letters, particularly to his wife.
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Poem sent to Proctor and Gamble Co. on Ivory Soap
4812
56
Poem written about the German steamship, Columbia
4813
794-797
Poem To My Departed Kidney, Oct. 27, 1899
4816
953
Poem Lesé Majestie, Dec. 22, 1899
4816
1017
Excerpts from Hans Christian Anderson, Robert Southey, in Charles M. Kurtz's hand
4817
1003-1006
Verses describing food aboard ship
4818
858
Wedding invitation list
4822
209-214
U.S. addresses of family and friends, undated
4822
215-16
Paris addresses
4822
217
Lists of artists, art administrators, dignitaries and collectors written on Columbian Exposition stationery
4822
218-230
Membership list of the "Tabard"
4822
231
List of New York Newspapers
4822
232-33
Address books re: distribution of catalogues, undated
(4 vols.)
Distribution list for [the Crabbe?] catalogue
4822
234-240
Writings, address books, artists, undated
4822
241
New York artists address list
4822
242-246
Address books, "Book of the Artists" and index of artists and their addresses, undated
4822
247-274
Address book with addresses for artist models and sightseeing list, "New York for Visitors,", 1873 [and later]
4822
275-341
Address books, 1881 [and later], 1881-1883
(8 vols.)
(includes artists directory, 1881; personal expenses, Feb. 2-Dec. 31, 1883; lists of artists by studio location; circulars sent, 1883; personal expenses [some entries by Mrs. Charles M. Kurtz]; contents of "little Paris trunk" and others; advertising, 1882; copies [of catalogues?] sent, 1881)
4822
343-423
Address books, 1896
(New York addresses of art dealers and art editors)
4822
427-478
Miscellaneous memo pages containing Glasgow entries, circa 1894-1905
4822
483-502
Note fragments, undated
(miscellaneous notes regarding lectures, short story, medication schedule, theater)
4822
503-520
Notes on art, undated
(exhibition schedules)
4822
521-525
Notes, undated
(gallery plans - exhibition installations - for J.G. Brown, Glasgow School, Klackner's Gallery exhibitions; plan for "An Ideal City;" sketch for bookcases)
4822
526-541
Notes on art, undated
(lists of artists and their work; list of works from the Paris Salon desired by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; list of drawings not catalogued but for sale with prices; sculptors list; unidentified installation diagram and corresponding key to works of art for [1893 Chicago World's Fair]; list of D. F. Hasbrouck paintings)
4822
542-567
Notes on art, undated
(list of artists, paintings, and their addresses; draft for biographical sketches of Montesquieu, Massillon, G.W. Morrison, Nicola Masschall)
4822
568-596
Notes, 1884-1890
(fragments; list of books; list of paintings with prices)
4822
597-606
Notebook, 1891
(miscellaneous notes on characteristics of the French; expenses for the World's Columbian Exposition, 1865; letter to a relative; genealogy of Charles M. Kurtz's family; sketches for Prix de Rome competition; diary entry on London trip; unfilmed poem draft The Cannibals! An Original Comic Opera)
4822
607-642
Notes, ca 1893
(miscellaneous notations written on World's Columbian Exposition stationery; drafts for lectures or articles)
4822
643-669
Notes, circa 1893
(lists of artist names)
4822
670-676
Notes, 1893
(incomplete gallery lists; Chicago Exposition notations concerning the size of the main building and space allotted to various countries)
4822
677-699
Notes, 1893
(gallery floor plans with square footage for Fine Arts Building, Palace of Fine Arts, Chicago Exposition)
4822
700-702
Notes, 1894
(weight list for Glasgow and Danish paintings, lists of artists and works for St. Louis Exposition)
4822
703-708
Notes, St. Louis Exposition hanging plans, 1894
(hanging plans for art gallery: numbered diagrams for placement of paintings and for the Water Color Gallery)
4822
709-714
Note, St. Louis Exposition diagrams and exhibition plans, 1895
(diagrams for placement of paintings including those by the Glasgow School and American artists)
4822
715-725
Notes, 1896
(diagrams for the American and Glasgow paintings exhibited in Art Gallery at St. Louis Exposition)
4822
726-730
Notes, gallery plans for St. Louis Exposition, 1897
(diagrams for placement of paintings with identifying numbers but no corresponding key)
4822
731-736
Shipping and storage information, St. Louis Exposition, 1897
4822
737-738
Notes, 1898-1899
(catalogue data, 1898, and miscellaneous artists biographies)
4822
739-748
Notes, circa 1900
(list of nations and types of art contributed to 1876 Centennial vs. World's Fair, 1900)
4822
749-752
Notes, circa 1901
(proposal for selling picture "The Castelane Scheme")
4822
753-757
Notes, 1904-circa 1909
(list of artists and assignments re: Louisiana Purchase Exposition; list of masterworks; personal medical notations)
4822
758-763
Notes by Isabel Kurtz, circa 1980
(list of Glasgow School paintings at St. Louis Exposition, 1895, and subsequent exhibitions thru 1906 with bibliography)
4822
764-775
Notes and writings, 1872, undated
(drafts of lectures: Art and the Nations, The Influence of the Fine Arts, and Art: Its, Evolution, Influence, and Mission; fragments of writings for The Tribune; Bunco Picture Dealing; notes on history of coin collecting; L'Art Nouveau, The Irresponsible in Art; General Art Notes; Christ Before Pilot; Christ on Calvary; The Collectors Club with the Bric-a-Brac Club; draft, information for visitors to the United States section; The Metropolitan Museum on the Question of Sunday Opening; English Stately Homes; miscellaneous notations on foreign paintings with comments; Some Art Talk; The First Exhibition of the Society of American Artists; poem, L'Envoy; draft of account of Kurtz's trip to Italy, 1881; Kind Words, The American Art Union; untitled draft on American architecture and national characteristics; Extract from Semple letter on Protective Art Society; What Is Art?; lecture course for 1892-93, St Louis Museum of Art; Art In St. Louis, 1898 (signed Stuart MacDonald); art building exhibit space; poem to Zolnay; list of names of commissioners from foreign countries; The St. Louis World's Fair of 1904 - lecture; Department of Art Awards to Exhibitors; text for informational circulars to artists)
4822
793-1337
Miscellaneous notes and writings, 1872-1908, undated
( My Last Day in Paris; Garfield's Assassination; The "Company" in a Clock; creative writing exercises; The Reviewer; A Strange Interview; Thurlow Weed editorial; The Stone Fort Club; The Festive Microbes (signed Ch. Breve); A Brave Little Soldier, A Story of War Time; The Chimpanzee and the Ass, A Fable; The Three Blind Mice, A Sermon; A Month in Massachusetts; The Artist and the Philanthropists, - - short story)
4822
1340
Miscellaneous Writings, 1872-1908, undated
(miscellaneous poems, untitled and Will H. Low; Madame Quarante-neuf; Before the Beginning; The Banker Prince; Good News; To A Lady Singing in a Church Choir; A Greeting; War's Newest Terror; Trumpet Calls; (C. A. Price) An Ode Owed to Mr. C. M. Kurtz by J. F. Riley; The Life of Adam notebook; Selections from Original Poems, New York, 1877; undated list of questions and answers about an impending election and the outlook for the Republican Party in Pennsylvania; Prophetic Spirits - draft of a report on spiritualist meeting; New York, 1880; The Aldermen of Man-hat-tan, An Original Comic Opera; The Cannibals! An Original Comic Opera - typescript and 1892 libretto; miscellaneous poems by Charles M. Kurtz)
4823
1-249
Poem [untitled], August 9, 1889
(written in Charles M. Kurtz's hand, possibly a reflection of his personal situation: "I think you're wrong for letters, you're in debt")
4823
223-224
Smythe's Song from Charles M. Kurtz's comic opera, The Cannibals
4823
267-268

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