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Subseries 5.2 | 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

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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
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6
Centennial of Beach's Birth, 1981
3
7
Consignments, 1956-1965
The Gorham Company
James Graham and Sons
Grand Central Art Galleries
Purnell Art Gallery
3
8
Curators/Scholars/Writers, 1977-1994
3
9
Exhibition Proposals and Gifts Declined, 1963-1969
3
10
Exhibitions
"The Armory Show 50th Anniversary Exhibition," Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute and Henry Street Settlement, 1962-1963
3
11
"The Figure in American Sculpture," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991-1995
3
12
"Fresh Air Sculpture," National Sculpture Society at America's Tower, 1995-1996
3
13
"Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition," C. W. Nelson Nursery, Sandisfield, MA, 1998-1999
3
14
"Sculptors of United States Coins," Chase Manhattan Money Museum, 1968
3
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Gifts of Sculpture, 1964-1997
3
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Letters from Brenda Kuhn, 1962-1971
3
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Letters, Miscellaneous, 1968-1998
3
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Photograph Requests and Reproduction Permissions, 1985-1986
3
19
Requests for Corrections, 1960-1996
3
20
Research
Commissions (1908-1951), Prizes, Sales, circa 1960s
photocopy
3
21
Lists of Sculpture, Available Work, Photographs, 1956-1968
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Notes, circa 1960s-1990s
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23
Sales (1919-1961), circa 1961
card index
3
24
Sales
Chester Beach Sculpture, 1965-1987, undated
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25
Eleanor Beach Paintings, 1965-1970
3
26
Not Completed, 1964-1966, undated
3
27
Pending
3
28
Studio Building, 207 East 17th Street, 1959-1986
3
29

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  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.