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Series 2 | A Finding Aid to the Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley papers, 1879-1984 | Digitized Collection

Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley papers, 1879-1984

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Series 2: Correspondence, 1879-1984
4.6 linear feet
Box 1-6

Correspondence includes family correspondence and general correspondence. Family correspondence is primarily between Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley, and with immediate family. Letters discuss their travels in Europe, Daniel Putnam Brinley's military service, and other family news.
General Correspondence includes the Brinleys' personal correspondence with friends and extended family and professional correspondence. Correspondence of note is with artists Edwin Blashfield, Edward Bruce, William A. Coffin, Charles H. Davis, Anthony Euwer, Esperanza Gabay, Robert Henri, Hildreth Meiere, Ernest Peixotto, Hugh Troy, and writer John Erskine.
The Correspondence series is arranged into 2 subseries:
Subseries 2.1: Family Correspondence, 1879-1940s, 1971
Subseries 2.2: General Correspondence, circa 1888-1984
Correspondence is arranged chronologically. The material has been scanned in its entirety.
2.1:Family Correspondence, 1879-1940s, 1971
Much of the family correspondence is between Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley during the periods that they were apart, especially the period before their marriage in 1904 and during the time that Daniel Putnam Brinley was in the American Expeditionary Forces in France from 1917 to 1919. These intimate, detailed letters discuss their travels and events in their everyday lives. Researchers should note that the Brinleys often addressed each other with nicknames such as "Jock" or "Put" for Daniel Putnam Briley, and "Kat" or "Dee Dee" for Kathrine Sanger Brinley. Also found are transcripts and partial transcripts of some of these letters. Additional family correspondence is between Kathrine Sanger Brinley and her sister Emma Sanger, often called "Gippie", "Gyppie", or "Gip", correspondence with her brother William Sanger, her parents William and Kate, and correspondence between Daniel Putnam Brinley and his mother. Within these letters the family discusses their travels, including the Brinley's extensive travels throughout Europe, and news of acquaintances and events. Also found here are a few of Elizabeth Loder's notes on the family correspondence.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence between Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley, 1899-1904
(9 folders)
1
43-51
Correspondence between Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley, 1908-1917
(7 folders)
2
1-7
Correspondence between Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley, 1918
(5 folders)
2
8-12
Correspondence between Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley, 1919, 1921-1942
(4 folders)
2
13-16
Undated Correspondence between Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley, circa 1920s-1940s
2
17
Transcripts of Correspondence between Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley, 1900-1901, 1918-1919, 1927
2
18
Correspondence with Emma "Gippie" Sanger (Sister of Kathrine Sanger Brinley), 1896-1945
(12 folders)
2
19-30
Correspondence with William Sanger (Brother of Kathrine Sanger Brinley), 1896-1932
(2 folders)
2
31-32
Correspondence with William and Kate Sanger (Parents of Kathrine Sanger Brinley), 1895-1926
(5 folders)
2
33-37
Correspondence between Daniel Putnam Brinley and his Mother, 1904-1906, 1910
3
1
Letters to the Parents of Daniel Putnam Brinley regarding his Birth, March 1879
3
2
Notes about Family Correspondence, 1971
3
3
2.2:General Correspondence, circa 1888-1984
General correspondence includes Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley's personal and professional correspondence, mostly incoming letters, for a period of over 75 years. The bulk of the letters are from friends and extended family and discuss travel, mutual acquaintances, social events, and other general news. Much of the personal correspondence does not include the sender's last name. Also found are many letters from Katherine's former priest, E. A. Bazett-Jones, who often addressed her as "daughter" in his letters, and other members the religious community in which the Brinley's were active members.
Professional correspondence discusses Daniel Putnam Brinley's art exhibitions, mural and painting commissions, the sale of his artwork, and his involvement in art organizations and events. Also included is Kathrine Sanger Brinley's correspondence with magazine and book publishers such as
Craftsman
magazine and Dodd, Mead & Company, regarding the publishing of her articles and travel books. The Brinley's maintained very little correspondence with other artists, but notable correspondents include the artists William Chadwick, Anthony Euwer, Charles H. Davis, Edward Bruce, Esperanza Gabay, Robert Henri (one letter, dated 1914), Hildreth Meiere, Edwin Blashfield, William A. Coffin, Ernest Peixotto, and Hugh Troy, as well as the writer John Erskine. This subseries also includes a small amount of Elizabeth Loder's correspondence with art organizations, galleries, and others regarding the Brinleys.
Researchers should note that additional correspondence can be found in Series 4: Commission Files and Series 5: Organization Files.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, circa 1888-1904
(7 folders)
3
4-10
Correspondence, 1905-1915
(7 folders)
3
11-17
Correspondence, 1916-1925
(7 folders)
3
18-24
Correspondence, 1926-1931
(11 folders)
3
25-35
Correspondence, 1932-1935
(11 folders)
4
1-11
Correspondence, 1936-1939
(9 folders)
4
12-20
Correspondence, 1940-1942
(7 folders)
4
21-27
Correspondence, 1943-1946
(8 folders)
5
1-8
Correspondence, 1947-1955
(11 folders)
5
9-19
Correspondence, 1956-1962
(8 folders)
5
20-27
Correspondence, 1963-1965
(8 folders)
6
1-8
Unidentified Correspondence, circa 1900-1964
6
9
Undated Correspondence, circa 1900-1964
6
10
Elizabeth Loder Correspondence regarding Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley, 1965-1984
6
11

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