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Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk circa 1900-1999

Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk circa 1900-1999

Beach, Chester, 1881-1956


Collection Information

Size: 7.3 linear feet

Summary: The Chester Beach papers measure 7.3 linear feet and are dated 1846-1999, bulk circa 1900-1999. Biographical material, project files, business records, correspondence, artist-designed Christmas cards sent and received by the Beach family, artwork by Beach and others, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs document the Beaux Arts sculptor's work and professional activities, as well as his family's efforts to exhibit and sell work from the estate.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chester Beach (1881-1956) was a sculptor and medalist in New York, N.Y.


The Chester Beach papers were donated in 2009 by the estate of Eleanor Beach Fitchen, Chester Beach's daughter, through her grandson and executor, John Fitchen.

Related Materials

Portions of the Chester Beach papers were loaned by Eleanor Beach Fitchen in 1967 and 1968 for microfilming on reels N727-N729 and N68-11; some of these papers were not included in the 2009 gift and are still available on microfilm and for interlibrary loan. The loaned materials are not described in the container listing of this finding aid but include passports, genealogical materials, photograph albums, travel sketches, travel diaries of Mrs. Beach, and business and family correspondence. Loaned obituary letters on reel N68-11 are also referenced in a scrapbook in Series 8.

Additional Forms Available

Materials loaned for microfilming are available on reels N727-N729 and N68-11 and for interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is being processed and digitized and is CLOSED to researchers.

How to Cite This Collection

Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk circa 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.