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Dorothea Gilder papers regarding Cecilia Beaux, 1897-1920

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 3 series:

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1897-1920
(Boxes 1-2, 0.5 linear feet)

The majority of letters in this series are from Cecilia Beaux to Gilder (about 235) and recount daily activities, travels, social life, work, including details of work in the studio, attitudes, and aspects of Beaux and Gilder's close relationship. Beaux frequently mentions fellow artists and prominent people she meets in her letters, including her experiences painting Admiral Beatty (1919) and Georges Clemenceau (1919-1920). Letters from Beaux were sent from Boston, Philadelphia, Gloucester, New York, Washington (the White House, 1902 and 1904), Paris, and London.
Eleven letters from Gilder to Beaux are found for 1902, and two are found for 1914. Letters to Gilder from her mother Helena De Kay Gilder are found from 1904 and 1908 (one from each year). Letters enclosed with the correspondence are found from Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown (1902), Julia Leavitt Richards (1903), and M.B. Ford of the New Gallery (New York, 1909).
A group photograph of Beaux, Gilder, and others in costume is found enclosed with a letter from 1906, and a clipping with a negative review of Beaux's painting After The Meeting, for which Gilder was Beaux's sitter, is found with a letter of 1914.
Letters are arranged chronologically. Most of the letters appear to be complete, but scattered fragments of letters are found.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, 1897-1899
1
1
Correspondence, 1900 February-April
1
2
Correspondence, 1900 May-July
1
3
Correspondence, 1900 October
1
4
Correspondence, 1901 January-February
1
5
Correspondence, 1901 May-December
1
6
Correspondence, 1902 April-June
Box 1, folders 7-11 contains letter from Dorothea Gilder to Cecilia Beaux, as well as a letter from Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown
1
7
Correspondence, 1902 February-April
1
8
Correspondence, 1902 June-August
1
9
Correspondence, 1902 August-September
1
10
Correspondence, 1902 October-December
1
11
Correspondence, 1903 January-April
1
12
Correspondence, 1903 May-June
1
13
Correspondence, 1903 July-December
1
14
Correspondence, 1904 January-February
1
15
Correspondence, 1904 March-April
1
16
Correspondence, 1904 May-June
1
17
Correspondence, 1904 July-December
1
18
Correspondence, 1905 March-August
1
19
Correspondence, 1905 September-November
1
20
Correspondence, 1906 January-February
1
21
Correspondence, 1906 May-November
Includes photograph depicting Beaux and Gilder in costume with others
1
22
Correspondence, 1907
1
23
Correspondence, 1908
2
1
Correspondence, 1909
2
2
Correspondence, 1910 April-June
2
3
Correspondence, 1910 July-October
2
4
Correspondence, 1911
2
5
Correspondence, 1912
2
6
Correspondence, 1913-1914
2
7
Correspondence, 1916-1917
2
8
Correspondence, 1919-1920
2
9

Series 2: Printed Materials , 1897-1910, undated
(Box 2; 2 folders)

This series contains newspaper clippings and exhibition catalogs. Clippings from 1903 are reviews of Beaux's 1903 exhibition at Durand-Ruel Gallery, and an undated anecdote related to Beaux overheard in a gallery. Exhibition catalogs are from Beaux's exhibitions at American Art Galleries (1897), Durand-Ruel Gallery (1903), Boston Art Club (1907), Macbeth Gallery (1910), and an undated exhibition of Florence Scovel Shinn at Kraushaar Galleries.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1903, undated
2
10
Exhibition Catalogs, 1897-1910, undated
2
11

Series 3: Photograph , after 1913
(Box 2; 1 item)

This series contains a single, undated photograph of the two women with a photographic envelope depicting Woodrow Wilson. Another photograph is found in the Correspondence series with a 1906 letter.
Description Container Select
Dorothea Gilder and Cecilia Beaux, after 1913
2
12

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