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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk circa 1900-1999 | Digitized Collection

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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 10 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.

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Series 1: Biographical Material, 1910-1947
4 folders
Box 1

Biographical material consists of biographical notes, identification cards, and a membership certificate from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. The legal document concerns a piano-forte - a wedding gift Thomas Leeming shipped to the Beaches in Rome - that would return to New York with them.
Materials are arranged by document type. Scrapbooks (Series 8) contain additional biographical material, including: exhibitors' cards, certificates of award from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and The Architectural League of New York, and a certificate of election as Academician of the National Academy of Design.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
DescriptionContainer
Biographical Notes, circa 1920-1947
1
1
Insurance and Social Security Cards, 1947
1
2
Legal Document, U. S. Consulate in Rome, 1910
1
3
Membership Certificate, 1918
1
4

Series 2: Project Files, 1846-1999
1.6 linear feet
Boxes 1-2, 11, OV 12-13

Project files document commissions and a few proposals for commissions not awarded, as well as Beach's own projects. The files - some sparse, and others extremely detailed - may include correspondence, financial records, notes, drawings, printed material, and photographs. Photographs are mainly of completed sculpture, but many files also contain views of maquettes, work in progress, and pictures of sitters. Found less frequently are site photographs and pictures of events such as unveilings and dedication ceremonies.
Sun and Earth
,
Fountain of the Waters
, and
Zodiac
produced for the Fine Art Gardens of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the
Edward W. Bok Memorial
in Mountain Lake, Florida, are among Beach's most extensively documented commissions. These projects were done in conjunction with Frederick Law Olmsted, and their respective files contain correspondence with Olmsted and members of his firm.
Other well-documented projects of note are:
Riders of the Elements
, commissioned for the 1939 New York World's Fair; Brewster (NY) Civil War Monument, Crosby Post #302, with documentation of its late 20th century restoration; six busts commissioned for the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, 1924-1932; and portrait busts,
President William Henry Harrison
for the Virginia State Capitol and
Senator Oscar W. Underwood
for the United States Capitol. The project file for
The Legend of Archmere
contains numerous finished drawings.
Nineteenth century items consist of a few publications and prints used as reference sources for portraits. Posthumous material in these files was added by Eleanor Beach Fitchen who ran the Chester Beach Memorial Studio, acted as the estate's sales agent, and maintained her father's archive.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by artwork title or by name of subject.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
DescriptionContainer
Alderfer,
Jacob Franklin Alderfer
, 1947
1
5
A.T. and T.,
Service to the Nation in War and Peace
(bronze and marble), 1924-1926
Oversized material housed in OV 13
1
6
Babbott
Dr. Frank Babbott
(bronze, 1933); Family hands (bronze), 1933-1934
1
7
Lydia Babbott
(ivory and 4 bronzes, 1931), 1931
1
8
A Bacchante
(marble, 1910?), circa 1990
1
9
Bacchus and Faun
(bronze, 1908), circa 1920
1
10
Beach
Beata Beach
(terra cotta), circa 1940
1
11
My Wife, Eleanor
(marble), 1914-1915
1
12
Beyond
(marble, 1920), 1996
1
13
Big Wave
(bronze, 1913), 1965
1
14
Bok,
Edward W. Bok Memorial
(Mountain Lake, Florida, 1928)
Correspondence, Financial Records, 1927-1931
1
15
Notes, Drawings, Printed Material, Photographs, 1927-1959
Oversized material housed in OV 12
1
16
Boy with Boat
(ivory, 1920), 1965-1966
1
17
Boy with Pipes
(bronze, 1918), 1920
1
18
Breath of the Pines
(bronze, 1906-1907), circa 1920
1
19
Brewster Civil War Monument
, Crosby Post #302 (bronze and marble, 1933)
Correspondence, Working Sketches, Printed Material, 1932-1933
1
20
Restoration, 1997-1998
Oversized material housed in OV 13
1
21
Photographs, circa 1933, 1997-1998
1
22
Brown
Gordon Brown Memorial
(marble, 1914), 1914
1
23
John Crosby Brown Memorial
(bronze, 1910), 1910
1
24
Brunn,
Freda M. Brunn Memorial
(bronze, 1909-1910), circa 1920
1
25
Buffalo Bill Half Dollar (not produced), 1936
1
26
Chalmers,
Ann Chalmers
(terra cotta), 1941
1
27
Cleveland Museum of Art
Correspondence, 1926
1
28
Correspondence, 1927
1
29
Correspondence, 1928
1
30
Notes; Drawing; Plan; Printed Material, circa 1926-1938
Oversized material housed in OV 13
1
31
Photographs
Completed Sculpture, circa 1927-1928, 1963-1998
1
32
Models and Construction, circa 1926-1928
1
33
Site, circa 1926-1927
1
34
Dedication Ceremony, 1928
1
35
Cloud
(marble, 1912), circa 1920
1
36
Crane Fountain (Hathaway Brown School, Cleveland; bronze, 1930), 1930
Oversized material housed in OV 12
1
37
Crowing
, circa 1920
1
38
Crying
(terra cotta, 1915), circa 1920
1
39
Davison
George W. Davison
(bronze, 1910), 1910
1
40
Harriet Davison
(marble, 1913), 1912-1942
1
41
Robert and Alfred Davison
(Wesleyan College Infirmary; marble, 1935), 1935
1
42
Dawn Evening
;
Dawn Youth and Age
;
Head of Dawn
(marble, 1918), 1918
1
43
De Silver,
Harrison De Silver, One Year
(marble, 1915), 1915
1
44
De Vinne,
Louis De Vinne
(bronze, 1926), 1912-1936
1
45
Doherty,
Henry L. Doherty
, 1932-1942
1
46
Echo of Greece
(ivory, bronze), circa 1920
1
47
Elliot,
Professor Elliot
(bronze, 1918), 1918
1
48
Emmons,
George E. Emmons
(General Electric Co.; bronze, 1925), 1925
1
49
First Born
(marble, 1912), circa 1920
1
50
Fish Fountain
(cement, 1922?), circa 1920
1
51
Fitchen,
Douglas Beach Fitchen
,
Ellen Elizabeth Fitchen
, and
Anne W. Fitchen
[Beach grandchildren], circa 1920, 1970
1
52
Fountain Figure
, circa 1920
1
53
Gates,
Dorothy Gates, Ten Days Old
, 1924
1
54
Glint of the Sea
(bronze, 1924), 1928-1965
1
55
Grant,
Madison Grant
(bronze, circa 1919-1920), 1920
1
56
Gray,
William S. Gray
(bronze, 1925?), 1935-1968
1
57
Great Grandmother
(marble), 1946
1
58
Hall of Fame for Great Americans, New York
Peter Cooper
(bronze, 1924), 1924
Oversized material housed in OV 12
1
59
Asa Gray
(bronze, 1925), 1925
1
60
George Mason
(marble, 1932), 1932-1937
1
61
Samuel F. B. Morse
(bronze, 1928), 1927-1928
1
62
Walt Whitman
(bronze, 1931), 1931-1938
1
63
Eli Whitney
(bronze, 1926), 1846-1926
1
64
Haney,
James Parton Haney Memorial
(bronze, 1925), 1917-1925
1
65
Harrison,
President William Henry Harrison
(Virginia State Capitol; bronze, 1931)
Correspondence, 1930-1931
1
66
Drawings, Printed Material, Photographs, 1931-1946
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1
1
67
Head of Legato
and Fragment (marble, 1910?), 1912
1
68
Herrara,
General Herrara
(1911), circa 1920
1
69
Herter,
Christian Herter
(bronze, 1911 and 1913), circa 1920
1
70
Holt,
Dr. Luther E. Holt Memorial Tablet
(Babies' Hospital; marble, 1930), 1928-1930
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1
1
71
Humanity in Industry, Maskell Ewing Fox, Sr., Cephas Brainerd Fox, Louis Vultee Fox, Maskell Ewing Fox, Jr.
(M. Ewing Fox Co.; bronze, 1932), 1932
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1
1
72
Ideals/The Artist's Vision/The Inexpressible
, circa 1920
1
73
Jacobs,
Charles M. Jacob
s (marble, 1908), circa 1920
1
74
Johnson,
Constantine Johnson
(terra cotta bust and figure, 1916), circa 1920
1
75
Julliard,
Augustus D. Julliard
(bronze), 1924-1925
1
76
Key,
Francis Scott Key
, circa 1920
1
77
Ladd,
Anthony Ladd
(terra cotta, 1931);
Frances Ladd
(bronze), 1923, 1970
2
1
Leaping Spray
, 1929
2
2
Leeming,
Helen Leeming
(marble, 1909), 1971-1973
2
3
The Legend of Archmere
, 1916
2
4
Lewisohn,
Adolph Lewisohn
(bronze, 1926), 1925-1926
2
5
MacDonald, Helen,
Medallion of Child
(bronze and 2 ivory reductions), 1932
2
6
Mermaid
, circa 1920, 1970
2
7
Miller, Marilyn (Mrs. Jack Pickford; ivory figurine), 1925
2
8
Mora,
Rosemary Mora
, circa 1920
2
9
New York Edison Co. Relief commemorating "fifty years of New York Edison Co. service to New York City in home and industry" (bronze, 1932), 1932
2
10
Olcott,
Jean Olcott
(marble, 1913), 1913
2
11
Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar [commission awarded to James Earle Fraser and Laura Gardin Fraser], 1926-1929
2
12
Panama-Pacific Exposition (1 group and 2 figures; plaster), 1915-1916
2
13
Perry
Mrs. Thomas Perry
(marble, 1943), 1942-1943
2
14
Perry Tombstone
(marble), 1914-1923
2
15
Purves,
Mrs. Austin M. Purves
(marble, 1909), 1907-1918
2
16
Resor,
Stanley Resor
(bronze, 1933), 1933-1965
2
17
Riders of the Elements
(New York World's Fair)
Description of Group, Sketches, Correspondence, Contract, 1937-1938
2
18
Construction, Publicity, 1938-1939
Oversized materials housed in OV 12
2
19
Photographs, circa 1939-1940
2
20
Rising Sea Mists
, 1926-1927
2
21
Robinson,
Professor Robinson
(University of Kansas; bronze, 1917), 1917
2
22
Sacred Fire
(marble, 1921), circa 1920
2
23
Scallop Fountain
, circa 1920
2
24
Scott,
Mrs. Donald Scott and Sons
(bronze, 1917), circa 1920
2
25
Sea Horses
(bronze, 1924), circa 1920
2
26
Seliger, Portraits of two daughters (terra cotta, 1931?), 1932
2
27
Skidmore,
Ann Skidmore
, 1965
2
28
Sleeping, Two Days Old
(marble, 1912), circa 1920
2
29
Snowflake Dance
(marble, 1913), circa 1920
2
30
Spirit of the Greek Games
(Barnard College; bronze), 1924-1999
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1
2
31
Spring
(marble, 1912), circa 1920
2
32
Stoiber Tombstone
(1920?), circa 1920
2
33
Stoker
, circa 1920
2
34
Stuyvesant,
Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant Memorial
(St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery; marble, 1918), 1953-1984
2
35
Sun and Earth
;
Fountain of the Waters
(Cleveland Museum of Art; marble), 1926-1996
Oversized material housed in OV 13
2
36
Sundial, Touchstone Garden, circa 1920
2
37
Surf
(bronze; later version carved in marble), 1926-1947
2
38
Swimmin'
(marble, 1907), 1942-1947
2
39
Sylvan
(marble, 1928), 1924-1968
2
40
Tefft,
Ethel Tefft
, circa 1920, 1970
2
41
Thorne,
Jonathan Thorne
(bronze, 1910), circa 1920
2
42
To the City of Immigrants
(1908), circa 1990
2
43
Toto
(ivory, 1922), circa 1920
2
44
Townsend Memorial
(bronze), 1934-1936
2
45
Underwood,
Senator Oscar W. Underwood
(U. S. Capitol; marble, 1933)
Correspondence, Notes, Drawings, Printed Material, 1932-1942
Oversized material housed in OV 12
2
46
Photographs, 1932-1942
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 2
2
47
Unfolding of Life
(marble), 1914
2
48
Union Square Park Memorial Competition (commission not awarded [4th place]), 1926
Oversized material housed in OV 13
2
49
Unveiling of Dawn
(marble, 1912), 1917-1948
2
50
Vitale,
Gioia Vitale
, 1918
2
51
Vortex of Life
(marble), 1993
2
52
War and Peace Medal
(bronze), 1968
2
53
War Medals,
American Defense Service Medal
;
Good Conduct Medal
, 1941-1942
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1
2
54
Washington,
George Washington Monument at Fort Necessity
(not funded), 1931-1932
2
55
Waterfall
(marble, 1908), 1915
2
56
Wave Head
, circa 1920
2
57
Wave Horses
, 1912
2
58
Weber,
Carl Maria von Weber
(bronze, 1909), circa 1920
2
59
Wells,
Florence Wells
(intaglio in mother of pearl; locket size in bronze), 1933-1992
2
60
Wilkes,
Lemmuel Wilkes
(bronze, 1909), 1922
2
61
Woods Figure
(bronze, 1912), circa 1920
2
62
Young Nymph I
, 1910
2
63
Young Pan/Child Pan
, circa 1920
2
64
Zodiac
(Cleveland Museum of Art; marble), 1926-1928
2
65
Oversized Designs and Drawings scanned with Box 1, Folder 67, 71-72 and Box 2, Folder 31, 54, 1924-1946
11
1
Oversized Photographs scanned with Box 2, Folder 47, 1932-1942
11
2
Oversized Blueprints and Designs scanned with Box 1, Folder 16, 37, 59 and Box 2, Folder 19, 46, 1909-1942
OV 12
Oversized Blueprints and Designs scanned with Box 1, Folder 6, 21, 31 and Box 2, Folder 36, 49, 1924-1938
OV 13

Series 3: Business Records, circa 1900-1958
0.4 linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Business records include Chester Beach's general business correspondence and correspondence concerning consignments. An address book - alphabetized by services and products - records names, addresses, and sometimes prices. Included among the entries are: "enlarging and reducing; enlarging bust to heroic size," a "marble cutter (first class)" in Florence, a stair builder, photographers, pedestals, and ventilators. The volume recording building expenses and income contains lists of equipment, the effects of William Couper and their disposition, rents collected, coal purchased, and etc. The check register documents payments to foundries, purchases of marble, models, dies, and other supplies and services. Beach's record book, 1907-1947, lists sales (noting title, price, and buyer) and bronzes cast. The same volume also contains names and addresses of clients, dealers, services, tools and supplies; inside its back cover are instructions for cleaning marble and plaster, and for bronzing plaster.
Materials are arranged by document type. Additional business records are scattered among most of the project files (Series 3), and a small number of business letters are preserved in scrapbook volumes 1 and 2 (Series 8).
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
DescriptionContainer
Address Book (1 volume), 1914
2
66
Building Expenses and Income, 207 East 17th Street (1 volume), 1913-1914
2
67
Check Register (1 volume), 1922-1924
2
68
Consignments
Gorham Company, 1927-1947
2
69
Grand Central Galleries, 1928-1958
2
70
Tiffany and Co., 1926-1936
2
71
William Macbeth, 1908-1916
2
72
Miscellaneous (A-Z), 1908-1955
2
73
Correspondence, General Business, circa 1900-1924
2
74
Correspondence, General Business, 1925-1934
2
75
Correspondence, General Business, 1935-1956
2
76
Invoices, 1909-1934
2
77
Lists of Glass Plate Negatives, circa 1940
2
78
Lists of Photographs, circa 1930
2
79
Record Book (1 volume), circa 1909-1947
2
80
Sculpture Inventories and Lists, Orders, Prizes, etc. (1 volume), 1915-1916
3
1

Series 4: Writings, 1913-1935
2 folders
Box 3

Chester Beach's writings consist of "The Art Course in College" and general statements on art. The writings about him are "History and Allegory with a Silver Lining: Silver Coins and Medals by Chester Beach, N.A. 1881-1956" by Eleanor Beach Fitchen, and biographical sketches by Lee Lawrie and an unidentified author.
Materials are arranged by document type. An unfinished poem by FitzRoy Carrington to Chester Beach and Eleanor Hollis Murdock is preserved in scrapbook volume 1 (Series 8).
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
DescriptionContainer
By Chester Beach, 1913-1935
3
2
About Chester Beach, circa 1966-1971
3
3

Series 5: Correspondence, 1875, 1933-1996
0.5 linear feet
Box 3

With the exception of a nineteenth century letter addressed to a relative of Mrs. Beach, most letters are addressed to Chester Beach's widow and their daughter, Eleanor Beach Fitchen. Many mention Chester Beach. Estate correspondence and related documents, created mainly by the sculptor's daughter, Eleanor Beach Fitchen, concern efforts to exhibit or sell Beach's remaining work and maintain his reputation.
The series is arranged as 2 subseries. Project files (Series 2) contain the majority of Beach's professional correspondence. General business correspondence is filed among his business records (Series 3), and additional correspondence is found in volumes 1 and 2 of the scrapbooks (Series 8). A few Christmas cards (Series 5) contain notes from friends.
5.1: Family Correspondence, 1875-1996
5.2: Estate Correspondence and Related Documents, 1956-1999
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
5.1:Family Correspondence, 1875-1996
The 1875 letter to George Murdock from Mame relays news of family and friends. Among the small number of letters to Mrs. Beach is one from Walker Hancock reminiscing about their days at the American Academy in Rome.
Letters to Eleanor Beach Fitchen are mostly from friends, and one from each of her sisters; several mention her father.
DescriptionContainer
Murdock Family Letter, 1875
3
4
Letters to Mrs. Chester Beach (Eleanor Hollis Murdock Beach), 1944-1963
3
5
Letters to Eleanor Beach Fitchen ("Toto"), 1933-1996
3
6
5.2:Estate Correspondence and Related Documents, 1956-1999
Estate correspondence and related documents were created mainly by Chester Beach's daughter, Eleanor Beach Fitchen; also found are a very small number of letters addressed to or from her mother and sisters. Mrs. Fitchen acted as the estate's sales agent, ran the Chester Beach Memorial Studio, sought exhibition opportunities, and worked to maintain her father's reputation.
Letters from Brenda Kuhn to Eleanor Beach Fitchen concern estate management and relate some of what she learned from handling the estate of her father, Walt Kuhn. The letters include ideas and advice about exhibitions, the Memorial Studio, and the Beach Centennial.
A letter from sculptor Walker Hancock, filed with "Letters, Miscellaneous," contains advice about posthumous castings. "Studio Building, 207 East 17th Street" contains a letter from the great-granddaughter of sculptor William Couper, who sold the property to Beach around 1913; Mrs. Fitchen's reply relates the building's history, as she recalls being told by her parents.
DescriptionContainer
Article Proposals Declined, 1968
3
7
Centennial of Beach's Birth, 1981
3
8
Consignments, 1956-1965
Inlucdes the Gorham Company, James Graham and Sons, Grand Central Art Galleries, and Purnell Art Gallery.
3
9
Curators/Scholars/Writers, 1977-1994
3
10
Exhibition Proposals and Gifts Declined, 1963-1969
3
11
Exhibitions
"The Armory Show 50th Anniversary Exhibition," Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute and Henry Street Settlement, 1962-1963
3
12
"The Figure in American Sculpture," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991-1995
3
13
"Fresh Air Sculpture," National Sculpture Society at America's Tower, 1995-1996
3
14
"Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition," C. W. Nelson Nursery, Sandisfield, MA, 1998-1999
3
15
"Sculptors of United States Coins," Chase Manhattan Money Museum, 1968
3
16
Gifts of Sculpture, 1964-1997
3
17
Letters from Brenda Kuhn, 1962-1971
3
18
Letters, Miscellaneous, 1968-1998
3
19
Photograph Requests and Reproduction Permissions, 1985-1986
3
20
Requests for Corrections, 1960-1996
3
21
Research
Commissions (1908-1951), Prizes, Sales (photocopy), circa 1960s
3
22
Lists of Sculpture, Available Work, Photographs, 1956-1968
3
23
Notes, circa 1960s-1990s
3
24
Sales Card Index (1919-1961), circa 1961
3
25
Sales
Chester Beach Sculpture, 1965-1987
3
26
Eleanor Beach Paintings, 1965-1970
3
27
Not Completed, 1964-1966
3
28
Pending, 1965-1969
3
29
Studio Building, 207 East 17th Street, 1959-1986
3
30

Series 6: Christmas Cards, 1909-1961
0.7 linear feet
Boxes 3-4

This series consists of cards sent and received by Chester Beach. The earliest cards sent by Chester Beach featured his dog, whose image was soon replaced by those of the Beach children. A complete set of cards produced and sent by Beach are included in the album; those sent after his death reproduce the work of Mrs. Beach.
Christmas cards received by the Beach family are mostly artist-designed cards, many containing original artwork; in some instances, the sender is not the artist. Cards are from Ernest Blumenschein, Edward W. Greacen, Hazel Brill Jackson, Paul Jennewein, Bonnie Leibig, F. Luis Mora, Robert Nisbet, Ezra Winter, and other artists. One of Walker Hancock's cards features a photograph of his studio. A card from Anna Hyatt Huntington's card reproduces a painting of Beach's
Sylvan
at Brookgreen Gardens. Beach patron Mary Jester Allen's card includes a note mentioning the Frontier Art Colony she was establishing near Cody, Wyoming.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by name of sender. A few of Beach's original designs for Christmas cards are filed with artwork (Series 7).
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
DescriptionContainer
Abbott family - Barnes family, 1939
3
31
Beach, Chester and family (loose cards), 1911-1957
3
32
Beach, Chester and family (1 volume, disbound), 1909-1961
3
33
Beach, Marion D. - Brinckerhoff, A. F., 1925-1950
3
34
Carrington, FitzRoy - Cross, Hollis and Harriett, 1922-1940
3
35
Dankin, Susan D. H. and H. D. - Demming, Edwin W. and family, 1919-1942
3
36
De Silver, Ann and family - Duell, Prentice, 1920-1940
3
37
Eberle, Betty - Fairbanks, David and Barbara, 1921-1940
3
38
Gates family - Greacen, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund W., 1915-1931
3
39
Hancock, Walker - Huntington, Anna Hyatt and Archer, 1935-1944
3
40
Ivins, William and Florence - Jones, Carlyle and Rosalie, 1926-1961
3
41
Ladd, Dr. and Mrs. William Sargent - Lloyd, Dr. and Mrs. Henry D., 1930-1961
3
42
MacDonald, Pierce - Mora, F. Luis and Rosemary, 1920-1940
4
1
Nisbet, Robert and Marguerite - Nordli family, 1927-1934
4
2
Paquin, Warner and Ella - Rubins, David Kresz, 1917-1930
4
3
Sensargaard, Edwin A. - Sutton, Charles R., 1932
4
4
Taft, Mabel B. - Vitale, Ferruchio and family, circa 1920-1940
4
5
Waid, D. E. - Winter, Mr. and Mrs. Ezra, 1919-1939
4
6
Unidentified (Clive - Milton and Rosamund), 1945-1948
4
7
Unsigned, 1922-1927
4
8

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1900-1955
0.3 linear feet
Boxes 4, 11

Artwork by Chester Beach includes drawings, sketches, and designs for a few of his Christmas cards. The sketchbook contains drawings of sculpture. Work by other artists consists of prints; several are signed, but the only completely legible signature is Ezra Winter.
Materials are arranged by artist and subject. Project files (Series 3) contain numerous drawings and sketches by Chester Beach, though few are finished artwork. An exception is
The Legend of Archmere
, with many finished, colored drawings. Among the Christmas cards (series 6) are numerous artist-designed cards, many with original artwork, received by the Beach family. Additional artwork by Chester Beach includes book plates and a place card etched for Mr. and Mrs. George Davison, found in volume 1 of the scrapbooks (Series 8).
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
DescriptionContainer
By Chester Beach - Drawings and Sketches
Early Work (San Francisco and Paris), circa 1900-1907
4
9
Christmas Card Designs, 1911-1955
4
10
Animals, circa 1920-1940
4
11
Figures, Female, circa 1920-1940
4
12
Figures, Male, circa 1920-1940
4
13
Figures, Couples and Groups, circa 1920-1940
4
14
Heads, circa 1920-1940
4
15
Landscapes, circa 1920-1940
4
16
Medallions and Coins, circa 1926
4
17
Miscellaneous Subjects, circa 1920-1940
4
18
"Sketches of Cornelia Mil[illegible] in Dutch Costume 1907", 1907
4
19
Sketchbook (1 volume), circa 1920-1940
4
20
By Other Artists
Prints, 1921, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 3
4
21
Oversized Print scanned with Box 4, Folder 21, 1921
11
3

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1903-1972
0.3 linear feet
Box 10

The scrapbooks are largely comprised of newspaper clippings and other printed material.
Volume 1 contains letters, among them notification of acceptance from the Ecole des Beaux Arts, work accepted for Salon d'Automne; American Academy in Rome announcement of Beach's eligibility to compete in the Prix de Rome preliminary competition, and a letter from Daniel Chester French regretting Beach's descision to withdraw from consideration; membership in The Architectural League of New York and National Sculpture Society; appointment to the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Committee and U.S. Treasury Department Committee for 4th Liberty Loan; and from Jessica B. Piexotto, concerning a medal commemorating Children's Year. There are samples of book plates and a place card etched for Mr. and Mrs. George Davison, and an unfinished poem by FitzRoy Carrington to Chester Beach and Eleanor Hollis Murdock. Photographs include a view of the Mark Hopkins Art Institute's night school class attended by Beach, circa 1900-1902, and a portrait of Chester Beach painted by G. Laurance Nelson. Also found are exhibitors' cards, certificates announcing Beach's election as an Associate member of the National Academy of Design; and the award of a silver medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
Volume 2 includes letters from the National Academy of Design about Beach's election as an Academician and the award of a gold medal; and from Frederick MacMonnies commending,
Spirit of the Greek Games
, Beach's sculpture at Barnard College. Also found are certificates from The Architectural League of New York announcing the award of its Medal of Honor, one naming Beach an Academician of the National Academy of Design, and a photograph of Beach working in his studio.
Volume 3, with the exception of one letter from Hazel Brill Jackson addressed to Beata Beach Porter, consists only of printed material, mostly newspaper clippings. It begins with obituaries of Chester Beach, and the first page contains the handwritten note "See: Obituary letters" (not part of the 2009 gift of Chester Beach papers described in this finding aid). Other printed items are a catalog of the 1966 Beach memorial exhibition with a related press release, and a brochure about the Chester Beach Memorial Studio in Brewster, New York.
Materials are arranged chronologically.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
DescriptionContainer
Volume 1, 1903-1919
10
1
Volume 2, 1919-1935
10
2
Volume 3 (disbound), 1956-1972
10
3

Series 9: Printed Material, 1910-1997
0.4 linear feet
Box 4

Most of the printed material is about or mentions Chester Beach, and quite a few items contain reproductions of his work. Panama-Pacific International Exposition guide books are
The Jewel City
by Ben Macomber, and
The Sculpture and Murals of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, Official Handbook
containing commentary on the Beach sculptures commissioned for the exposition. Two brochures are about the Chester Beach Memorial Studio in Brewster, New York, and one from The Society of Medalists reproduces Beach's work. Exhibition catalogs are for solo and group exhibitions. Miscellaneous items are calling cards of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Beach; and "The New Society Dinner of 1923" seating card. Also found is a printing block for a half-tone reproduction of an unidentified Beach sculpture, probably used for an article or catalog.
General art-related printed items consist of brochures and an exhibition catalog. The brochures are for the Armory Show 50th Anniversary Exhibition and The Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Although neither brochure mentions Beach, he participated in the original Armory Show and his work appeared in its anniversary exhibition; and The Hall of Fame for Great Americans commissioned Beach to create six busts. Also found is a catalog,
Exhibition of a Loan Collection of the Work of Maxfield Parrish, Through the Kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Austin M. Purves
, date unknown, held at the Plastic Club in Philadelphia (Beach became acquainted with the Purveses in 1909 when Mr. Purves commissioned a marble portrait head of his wife).
Materials are arranged by subject and document type. Additional printed material is found in many project files (Series 2). All of the scrapbooks (Series 8) contain clippings, and volumes 1 and 2 include a variety of printed items such as exhibition catalogs, brochures, and a newsletter for Académie Julian students.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. In some cases exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.
DescriptionContainer
About/Mentioning Beach
Articles, 1918-1996
4
22
Books
An Historical Sketch of Fort Hill, Lloyd's Neck, Long Island
(with photographs of site for Beach's garden sculpture
Glint of the Sea
), 1918
4
23
Everyday Poems
by George Elliston (includes "To a Replica of Chester Beach's
Night
"), 1921
4
24
Panama-Pacific International Exposition Guide Books (2 volumes), 1915
4
25
Brochures, circa 1947-1960
4
26
Exhibition Catalogs, 1912-1997
4
27
Miscellaneous Items, 1923
4
28
Newspaper Clippings, 1945-1966
4
29
Printing Block for Half-tone Reproduction, circa 1920-1940
4
30
Reproductions of Artwork, circa 1910
4
31
Art-Related
Brochures, 1976
4
32
Exhibition Catalog, Other Artist, circa 1920-1940
4
33

Series 10: Photographs, circa 1885-circa 1960s
3.1 linear feet
Boxes 4-9, 11, 14

Photographs of artwork by Beach are mainly of sculpture. A large number of duplicate prints were weeded, though multiple copies may still remain. No duplicate glass plate negatives were removed, and their original box letters are noted in the finding aid since there are references to them in many project files. Among the images of early work are drawings from his student days. Both photograph albums are devoted to the sculpture of Chester Beach. It is evident that the many blank pages in Volume 1 once contained photographs. Photographs of artwork by other artists consist of a portrait of Chester Beach by G. Laurance Nelson, and one painted posthumously by his daughter, Natalie Beach McLaury.
Photographs of Chester Beach include an early childhood portrait, circa 1885, and several images of Beach as a young artist by Gertrude Kasebier, circa 1910. There are photographs of Beach in his studio, including him working on portraits of Helen Leeming and Henry L. Doherty. Pictures of Beach with others include a drawing class at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute, with family and friends, and at a "Dinner tendered to Edmund W. Greacen by Samuel T. Shaw, Salmagundi Club, March 2, 1922." Also found are a few photographs of sitters. Places recorded are Beach's boyhood home in San Francisco, the interiors of his New York City and Brewster, New York studios, and Brookgreen Gardens. Miscellaneous subjects are nude models.
Photograph and negatives are arranged by document type and subject. Glass plate negatives are arranged by negative size and original order. Most images of sitters are found among the project files (Series 2). Project files also contain a wide variety of other photographs, including: finished work, work in progress, maquettes, plasters, sites, and installation and dedication ceremonies. Scrapbook volumes 1 and 2 (Series 8) contain a few photographs, as do the Christmas cards (Series 6).
Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Duplicates of negatives and blank versos of photographs have not been scanned. Duplicates of glass plate negatives have been scanned.
DescriptionContainer
Photograph Albums of Sculpture by Chester Beach
Volume 1, circa 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 4
4
34
Volume 2, circa 1940
4
35
Photographs of Artwork by Chester Beach
Early Work, circa 1903-1914
4
36
Coins, 1923-1935
4
37
Sculpture, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, circa 1915
4
38
Sculpture, Identified (children, men, women), circa 1920-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 5
4
39-40
Sculpture, Identified (male busts, bas-reliefs), circa 1920-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 5
4
41-42
Sculpture, Identified (miscellaneous), circa 1920-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 5
5
1
Sculpture, Unidentified (children, men, women), circa 1920-1940
5
2
Sculpture, Unidentified (children, men women), circa 1920=1940
5
3
Sculpture, Unidentified (figures, fountains, bas reliefs), circa 1920-1940
5
4
Sculpture, Unidentified (figures, fountains, bas reliefs), circa 1920-1940
5
5
Photographs of Artwork by Other Artists
Portraits of Chester Beach by G. Laurance Nelson and Natalie Beach McLaury, 1908, 1957-1958
5
6
Photographs of People
Chester Beach, circa 1885, 1910-1938
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 6
5
7
Chester Beach Working In Studio, circa 1909, circa 1909, 1932
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 6
5
8
Chester Beach with Sculptures, circa 1899, circa 1966, undated
5
9
Chester Beach with Others, circa 1910s, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 6
5
10
Chester Beach with Family, circa 1915-1953, undated
5
11
Beach Family (daughters Beata, Eleanor, and Natalie), 1928
5
12
Photographs of Places
Beach's Boyhood Home, San Francisco, circa 1920-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 7
5
13
Beach's Studios, New York City and Brewster, NY, circa 1930-1969
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 7
5
14
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrell's Inlet, SC, circa 1950
5
15
Photographs of Miscellaneous Subjects - Nude Models, circa 1920-1940
5
16
Negatives of Artwork by Chester Beach
Walt Whitman
(Hall of Fame for Great Americans; copy negative), circa 1965
5
17
Negatives of People
Chester Beach (circa 1910; Gertrude Kasebier, photographer; copy negative), circa 1965
5
18
Chester Beach (circa 1930; copy negative), circa 1965
5
19
Glass Plate Negatives of Sculpture by Chester Beach
Fountain Figure in Plaster, Studio, circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
1
Pan Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
2
'Breath of Pines' (Ivory), circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
3
'Spirit of the Woods' (Bronze), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
4
Nathalie (Bust), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
5
George Maron (Bust), Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
6
Unidentified Sculpture, Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
7
Brewster Monument, Studio, circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
8
Brewster Monument, On Site, circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
9
Anthony Ladd (Relief), circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
10
Constantine Johnston (Bust), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
11
Lydia Babbitt (Sculpture), circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
12
Memorial Tablet, Hold Memorial Babies' Hospital, Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
13
Doherty (Bust), circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
14
Doherty (Sitter), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
15
Dr. Babbott (Relief), circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
16
Dr. Babbott (Sitter), circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
17
Resor (Relief), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
18
Davison (Relief), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
19
Underwood (Bust), circa 1910-1930
9 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
20
Con Edison Plaque, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
21
Selinger Children (Reliefs), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
22
Leroy Wiles (Bust), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
23
Stuyvesant Reredos (Relief), circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
24
Hathaway School Fountain, Cleveland, Studio, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
25
A. Lewisohn (Sitter), circa 1910-1930
7 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
26
Wm. Henry Harrison (Bust), circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
27
Wm. Henry Harrison (Bust), Studio, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
28
Walt Whitman (Bust), Hall of Fame for Great Americans, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
29
Peter Cooper (Bust), Hall of Fame for Great Americans, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
30
Eli Whitney (?) (Bust), Hall of Fame for Great Americans, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
31
Carl Maria von Weber (Bust), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
32
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
33
Head of George Davison (Sitter), circa 1910-1930
6 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
34
H. L. Doherty (Sitter), circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
35
Unidentified Heads, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
36
Unidentified Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
37
Rosemanry Mora (Bust), Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
38
Frances Ladd Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
39
Swimming Boy Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
40
Girl on Sphinx, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
41
Anne Skidmore (Bust), Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
42
Small 'Beyond' (Ivory), Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
43
Showcase with Small Bronzes, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
44
Young Girl with Tortoise (Bronze), Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
45
'Echo of Greece' Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
46
Robert McDonald (Relief), Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
47
Unidentified Bust, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
6 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
48
Unidentified Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(4.25 x 5.5)
7
1
Unidentified Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
2
Constantine Johnson (Bust), circa 1910-1930
7 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
3
Constantine Johnson (Sculpture), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
4
Waterfall Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
5
Charles M. Jacobs (Bust), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
6
Purves Family (Relief), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
7
'The Awakening' (Marble), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
8
Dawn (Head), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
9
'Vortex' (Sculpture), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
10
Unidentified Bust, circa 1910-1930
5 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
11
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
12
'Spirit of the Woods, A Stoker', circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
13
'Nero' (Bronze), Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
14
'Le Masque' (Bronze), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
15
Faun with Kid (Bronze), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
16
Indian Horse Group, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
17
Bacchante Head, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
18
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
19
'Out of Work' Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
20
Bradbury Bust, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
21
Horses, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
22
Unidentified Sitter, circa 1910-1930
5 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
23
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
24
Unidentified Sculpture, Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(4.25 x 5.5)
7
25
Unidentified Bust, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(4.25 x 5.5)
7
26
Unidentified Drawing, "1st Mention", circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(4.25 x 5.5)
7
27
Unidentified Drawing, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(4.25 x 5.5)
7
28
Jonathan Thorne (Relief), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
1
Unidentified Sculpture, World's Fair San Francisco, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
2
Unidentified Sculpture, Studio, circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
3
Helen (Bust), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
4
Freda N. Brunn (Memorial Relief), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
5
"George and Harriet Davison and Their Son Robert Alfred" (Relief), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
6
Jean Olcott (Bust), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
7
Charles Perry 2nd (Headstone), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
8
Unidentified Bust, circa 1910-1930
8 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
9
'The Sacred Fire' Statue, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
10
Eleanor (Bust), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
11
Beata (Baby) Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
12
'Achievement' Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
13
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
10 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
14
Unidentified Sculpture, Studio, circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
15
Christian Herter (Relief/Plaque), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
16
'Actor's Fund' (Relief), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
17
DeVinne (Bust), circa 1910-1930
8 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
9
1
"In As Much As You Have Done ... " (Relief), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
2
Wood Figure, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
3
Man (Sculpture), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
4
Unidentified Sculpture, Pan-Pacific Exposition, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
5
'Big Wave' Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
6
Unidentified Sculpture, 1913 February 4
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
7
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
9
8
Unidentified Sculpture with Tools, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
9
9
Unidentified Sculpture, Studio, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(9.5 x 11.75)
14
1
Cleveland Fountain: 'Sun,' 'Earth,' and 'Sun, Mist and Sea', circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(9.5 x 11.75)
14
2
Oversized Photograph Album scanned with Box 4, Folder 34, circa 1940
11
4
Oversized Photographs of Artwork scanned with Box 4, Folder 39-42 and Box 5, Folder 1
Box 5, F 13
11
5
Oversized Photographs of Beach scanned with Box 5, Folder 7-8, 10, circa 1909-1931
11
6
Oversized Photographs of Places scanned with Box 5, Folder 13-14, circa 1920-1940
11
7

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