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Series 1: Douglas Volk Papers , circa 1870-1965, 2008
11.85 Linear feet
Boxes 1-12, 15-16, OVs 13, 14

Douglas Volk's papers form the bulk of the collection and document all stages of his life and career from his first visits to Europe during his teenage years, until his death. Posthumous material primarily comprises family correspondence, financial material, and photographs, and a 2008 Antiques magazine article on the Volk family's activities at Hewnoaks.
Douglas Volk's papers are arranged as 9 subseries.
  • 1.1. Biographical Material, circa 1897-circa 1929 (0.75 linear feet; Boxes 1, 12, OVs 13, 14)
  • 1.2. Correspondence, circa 1870-1960 (4.54 linear feet; Boxes 1-5, 12)
  • 1.3. Writings and Notes, 1886-1933 (1 linear foot; Boxes 5-6)
  • 1.4. Diaries and Journals, 1873-1935 (0.2 linear feet; Box 6)
  • 1.5. Financial Records, 1873-1953 (2.5 linear feet; Boxes 7-9)
  • 1.6. Printed Material, 1873-2008 (0.53 linear feet; Boxes 9, 12, OV 13)
  • 1.7. Scrapbooks, 1900-1927 (0.2 linear feet; Boxes 9-10)
  • 1.8. Artwork and Sketchbooks, circa 1870-circa 1934 (0.78 linear feet; Boxes 10, 12, OV 13)
  • 1.9. Photographs, circa 1880-1942 (0.95 linear feet; Boxes 10-12, OV 13)
The bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of some routine financial records.
1.1: Biographical Material, circa 1897-circa 1929
0.75 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 12, OVs 13-14
Biographical material includes five address books and addresses on notes and business cards; biographical notes and résumés for Douglas Volk and his sons, Gerome and Wendell Volk; a hand-drawn and colored map of Hewnoaks; and a travel itinerary for Volk's 1919 trip to Europe, written on the back of a map of France and Belgium.
Miscellaneous material includes a blueprint of a proposed sarcophagus to be erected in Fryeburg Village Cemetery for Marion Volk and a 1925 receipt for the purchase of cemetery lots; a pair of eyeglasses; two membership cards for the Society for Ethical Culture; two handwritten verses; and genealogical memoranda of the Barlow family and Volk families from the 1600s to the early 1900s.
Biographical material relating specifically to Marion Volk includes a warranty deed for a parcel of Center Lovell land which she purchased from Hattie M. Lyons in 1904; a 1921 address book; a lock of hair accompanied by a photograph of Marion Volk; and a memorial address written for her by Felix Adler.
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Addresses, circa 1900-circa 1929
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Addresses, circa 1921-circa 1922
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Addresses, circa 1928-circa 1929
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Biographies and Résumés, circa 1930s
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4
Map of Hewnoaks, circa 1900
Map housed in Box 14
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Miscellaneous, circa 1897-circa 1925
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 1 and OV 13
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6
Travel Itinerary, 1919
Oversized material housed in OV 13
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Volk, Marion, circa 1904-circa 1925
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Oversized Miscellaneous scanned with Box 1, Folder 6
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1
Oversized Miscellaneous scanned with Box 1, Folder 6
OV 13
Oversized Travel Itinerary scanned with Box 1, Folder 7
OV 13
Oversized Map of Hewnoaks from Box 1, Folder 5
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1.2: Correspondence, circa 1870-1960
4.54 Linear feet
Boxes 1-5, 12
1.2.1: Family Correspondence, 1871-1960
3.05 Linear feet
Boxes 1-4
The bulk of the correspondence is between Douglas and Marion Volk, dating from around the time of their first encounter and documenting their married life beginning in 1881, and ending in 1924, just prior to Marion's death in 1925. Their correspondence details all aspects of their careers and personal lives as Douglas worked and taught often away from home, and Marion ran the family home and worked to promote the activities of the Sabatos Handicraft Society in Center Lovell, Maine.
The bulk of the letters from the 1890s to circa 1915 are from Douglas to Marion detailing his painting, teaching, business affairs, personal relationships, and living conditions. These letters are most prolific from 1880-1888. His responses to his wife's letters in the early 1900s provide some insight into the heyday of production at Hewnoaks, but two folders of undated letters from Marion to Douglas appear to be from circa 1900-circa 1910, and provide the most detailed information in the series about the family's involvement in the Center Lovell community and Marion's activities in rug-making and textiles. There appear to be no letters from 1891, 1902, and 1905-1906, although some letters are undated and may be from these years.
Volk's 1919 letters to Marion contain detailed descriptions of his European trip to paint portraits of World War I leaders.
Other family correspondence includes letters to Marion Volk from her mother, Margaret Larrabee, and to Marion from other family members and friends; two letters from Emily Clarissa Volk to her son, Douglas; and circa 0.75 linear feet of letters to Douglas and Marion from their children, Gerome (Jerry), Marion Volk Bridge (Mary Ann) and Wendell, which primarily describe daily life unrelated to artistic endeavors. Also found is one letter from Douglas Volk to his son Leonard "Leo" Volk, and two folders of letters from Douglas Volk's sister, Nora Volk Colt.
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Condolences on Death of Marion Volk, 1925
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9-12
Family Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1883-1928
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13
Larrabee, Margaret to Marion Volk, 1881 July 16-December 23
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Larrabee, Margaret to Marion Volk, 1882-1886
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Larrabee, Margaret to Marion Volk, 1887-1890
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Larrabee, Margaret to Marion Volk, 1894-1895
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Volk, Douglas and Marion (1 of 4), circa 1880s-circa 1925
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Volk, Douglas and Marion (2 of 4), circa 1880s-circa 1925
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Volk, Douglas and Marion (3 of 4), circa 1880s-circa 1925
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Volk, Douglas and Marion (4 of 4), circa 1880s-circa 1925
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Volk, Douglas and Marion (1 of 2), circa 1900-circa 1910
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Volk, Douglas and Marion (2 of 2), circa 1900-circa 1910
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1878-1879 August
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1879 September-December
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 January-April
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 May-August
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 September 2-13
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 September 14-23
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 September 27-30
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 October 1-10
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 October 11-17
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 October 18-22
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 October 24-31
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 November 1-10
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 November 11-18
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 November 19-30
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 December 1-9
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 December 12-31
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 January 3-9
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 January 10-14
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 January 15-20
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 January 21-28
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 January 29-31
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 February 3-8
1
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 February 9-16
1
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 February 19-27
1
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 March 1-9
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 March 9-19
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 March 19-25
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 March 27-31
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 April 1-10
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 April 12-20
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 April 21-28
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 May 2-10
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 May 11-31
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 June 1-13
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1882 April 17-30
2
9
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1882 May
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10
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1882 August-October
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11
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1883 September-October
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12
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1884 October 5
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13
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1886 March
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14
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1886 April 2-15
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15
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1886 April 16-30
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1886 May 1-3
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1887 January-August
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1888 September-1889 July
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1890
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1892 December
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1894-1895
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1896-1899 August
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1899 September
2
24
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1899 November-December
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25
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1900 March
2
26
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1900 April
2
27
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1900 April-October
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28
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1901 April-1903 April
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1903 May
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1904 May-June
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, circa 1907-1908
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1909 July-August
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1909 October
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1909 November 2-11
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1909 November 12-23
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1910 February-September
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1910 October-1911 May
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1911 October 2-11
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1911 October 12-December
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1912
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1913
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1914-1915
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1916 February-June
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1916 August
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1916 September
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1916 October 1-15
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1916 October 16-November 9
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1917
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1918 March-May
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1918 September-October
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1919 May
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1919 June
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1919 July
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1919 August
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10
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1920
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1921
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1922-1923
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1924 March-May
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1924 July-October
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Volk, Douglas to Children, 1890-1926
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Volk, Marion to Children, 1919
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Volk, Marion and Family/Friends, 1871-1873
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Volk, Marion and Family/Friends, 1874-1897
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Volk, Marion and Family/Friends, 1920-1928
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Volk, Emily Clarissa, 1881-1899
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Volk, Gerome, 1909-1910
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Volk, Gerome, 1910-1911
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Volk, Gerome, circa 1923-circa 1926
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Volk, Gerome, circa 1927-circa 1929
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Volk, Gerome, 1930-1933
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Volk, Robert, 1906-1926
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Volk, Wendell, circa 1910-circa 1933
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Volk, Wendell, 1910-1911
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Volk, Wendell, 1912-1914
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Volk, Wendell, 1915-1919
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Volk, Wendell, 1921-1924
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Volk, Wendell, 1925-1926
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Volk, Wendell, 1927
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Volk, Wendell, 1928 June-December
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Volk, Wendell, 1928 January-May
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Volk, Wendell, 1929
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Volk, Wendell, 1931-1933
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Volk, Wendell and Jessie, 1933
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Volk, Wendell and Jessie, 1936
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Volk, Jessie, circa 1935-1960
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, circa 1914-circa 1930
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1914-1918
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1919 February-May
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1920-1924
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1925
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1926
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1927
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, circa 1928
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1928 January-March
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1928 April-September
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1928 November-December
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1929 January-March
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Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1929 April-May
4
8
Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1929 June-December
4
9
Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1930
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10
Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1932
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11
Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1933-1934
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12
Colt, Nora Volk, 1883-1900
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Colt, Nora Volk, 1923-1927
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Colt, Nora Volk, 1928
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15
1.2.2: General Correspondence, circa 1870-1952
General correspondence is with friends, colleagues, galleries, museums, art institutions, art societies, publishers, universities and colleges, and United States Government agencies. There are letters from artists including Edwin Howland Blashfield, William Merritt Chase, Elliott Daingerfield, Cass Gilbert, Philip Leslie Hale and Lilian Westcott Hale, Karl von Rydingsvard, and J. Alden Weir. Six folders of letters from George de Forest Brush and his wife Mary (Mittie) Taylor Whelpley Brush, reveal details about Brush's education in Europe, his experiences in Wyoming and Canada in the 1880s, and his later career. The letters also document the close relationship between the Brush and Volk families, recording their mutual sympathy and support during times of illness and bereavement, including the death of the Brush's infant son, Alfred, from cholera shortly after his birth in 1886, and Leonard Volk's death in 1891.
Also found is correspondence with writer and leader of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, Percival Chubb, and Volk family friend and founder of the Ethical Culture movement, Felix Adler and his wife Helen Goldmark Adler. Correspondence with the Buffalo Fine Arts Gallery, Albright Art Gallery includes personal and business related correspondence with Cornelia B. Sage Quinton, which documents, among other things, the gallery's purchase of Volk's Lincoln portrait for $5000.
Correspondence with Beck Engraving Company relates to plates produced by the company from Volk's Lincoln portrait. Correspondence with Charles L. Hinton relates to Hinton's work on the Lincoln medal made from a portrait of Lincoln by Volk and produced by Whitehead & Hoag. Correspondence with Whitehead & Hoag also relates to Hinton's work.
Correspondence with Fred'k Southack & Alwyn Ball Jr. Inc. relates to Volk's New York City studio lease in the mid-1920s.
National Academy of Design records include minutes of meetings and letters from Edwin Howland Blashfield, when Volk was the National Academy's Recording Secretary in the early 1920s. Correspondence with the Portland Society of Art documents the purchase by Cyrus H. K. Curtis of Volk's Lincoln portrait With Malice Toward None which Curtis donated to the Society in 1927.
Correspondence with the United States Military Academy Museum, West Point relates to Volk's portraits of Major-General John G. Foster (1930), and Major-General Gordon Granger (1931).
One folder contains carbon copies of some of Volk's letters from 1920. These copies relate primarily to his contemporary portraits of government and military subjects and include letters directly to, or relating to, David Lloyd George, Brand Whitlock, Comte d'Arschot, and John J. Pershing.
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Adler, Felix, Helen and Nelly, circa 1880-circa 1934
Includes photograph of Felix Adler
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Adler, Felix, Helen and Nelly, 1883-1886
Includes photo of Felix Adler
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Adler, Felix, Helen and Nelly, 1887-1934
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American Academy in Rome, 1925-1930
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American Federation of Arts, 1909-1927
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20
Architectural League of New York, 1917-1927
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21
Artists' Fellowship, Inc., 1932-1933
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22
A, General: A.-Am, 1910-1932
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A, General: Ar-Au, 1917-1933
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Barlow, Elbert S., 1923
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Beck Engraving Company, circa 1921-circa 1923
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Bell, Lilian, 1923
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Blashfield, Edwin Howland, 1918
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Board of Education, City of New York, 1925-1926
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29
Bowdoin College, 1927
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Brush, George de Forest, circa 1870-circa 1932
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Brush, George de Forest, circa 1870-circa 1932
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Brush, George de Forest, circa 1872-1879
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Brush, George de Forest, 1881-1888
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Brush, George de Forest, 1891-1899
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Brush, George de Forest, 1902-1932
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Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, 1922
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Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, 1922-1923
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B, General, 1901-1952
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 2
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39
Chase, William Merritt, 1886
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Chubb, Percival, 1908-1930
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Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1926-1928
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Corentine Le Noach, circa 1918-circa 1928
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Cowles, Russell, 1915-1916
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C, General, 1916-1932
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Daingerfield, Elliott, 1920-1925
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d'Arschot, Le Comte, circa 1925
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Davidson, George, 1915-1916
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Detroit Institute of Arts, 1925
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D, General, 1897-1933
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E, General, 1924-1925
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Fine Arts Federation of New York, 1917-1930
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Fred'k Southack & Alwyn Ball Jr. Inc., 1926
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F, General, 1917-1934
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Gilbert, Cass, 1919-1923
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G, General, 1892-1934
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Hale, Philip Leslie and Lilian Westcott , circa 1917
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Hinton, Charles L., 1893-1923
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H-I, General, 1901-1933
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Jennings, Martin J., 1929
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J, General, 1917-1933
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K, General, 1914-1927
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Ladd, C. C., 1927-1932
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Library of Congress, 1915-1933
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L, General, 1881-1933
Includes 1 letter from John La Farge and one from Hayley Lever
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L, General, 1881-1933
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10
M. Knoedler & Co., 1927
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11
Maine & New Hampshire Granite Corporation, 1925
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Mayflower Publishing Company, 1929
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Medici Society of America, 1926-1927
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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1907-1927
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Minnesota State Fair, 1925
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M, General, 1902-1928
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National Academy of Design, 1916-1918
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National Academy of Design, 1921 May-October
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National Academy of Design, 1921 November-December
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National Academy of Design, 1922
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National Academy of Design, 1924-1933
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National Arts Club, circa 1913-1933
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National Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1928-1929
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National Society of Mural Painters, 1927-1933
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N, General, 1918-1933
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O, General, 1901-1926
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Paquin, Herbert and Samuel, 1897-1898
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Photogravure & Color Company, 1921-1926
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Portland Society of Art, 1916-1927
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P, General, 1906-1933
Includes letter from Howard Pyle
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Quirk, James R./Photoplay, 1921-1922
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R, General, 1916-1933
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Sloane, Mr. and Mrs. William, 1924-1929
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Smithsonian Institution, 1909-1920
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Stanford, J. W., circa 1915
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S, General, 1895-1933
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S, General, 1895-1933
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T, General, 1916-1923
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U. S. Committee on Public Information, Division of Pictorial Publicity, 1918-1919
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U. S. Military Academy, West Point, 1929-1930
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U. S. Military Academy, West Point, 1930 May
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U. S. Military Academy, West Point, 1930 June-August
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U. S. Military Academy, West Point, 1930 September-December
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U. S. Military Academy, West Point, 1930 December-1931 April
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U. S. Postmaster General, 1915-1916
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U, General, 1918-1933
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von Rydingsvard, Karl, 1901-circa 1930
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V, General, 1919-1930
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W. F. Hall Printing Company, 1922-1928
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Webber, Eloise J., 1922
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Weir, J. Alden, circa 1916-1920
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White House, circa 1917
Letter to, and copy of letter from, Woodrow Wilson.
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Whitehead & Hoag Company, 1923 June-July
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Whitehead & Hoag Company, 1923 August-1929
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Whitlock, Brand, 1919-1926
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Wiecker, Otho, 1931
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W, General, 1911-1936
Includes 1915 letter from Booker T. Washington then Principal of the Tuskegee Institute
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Carbon Copies of Outgoing Letters, 1920
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First Names Only, 1880-1927
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Illegible and Unidentified, circa 1881-1938
includes 8 empty envelopes at beginning of folder
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Oversized B, General scanned with Box 4, Folder 39
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1.3: Writings and Notes, 1886-1933
1 Linear foot
Boxes 5-6
Writings are primarily on art and historical events relating to Leonard Wells Volk's creation of the life mask and hands of Lincoln. They include what appear to be early versions and drafts of Volk's monograph "Art Instruction in Public Schools" (1894) and manuscripts on related ideas including "What should Children Draw?" (1897). Also found is a corrected newspaper copy of an address on the subject of art instruction in schools read before the Minnesota State Convention of Teachers (1886). Related to activities in Center Lovell are multiple partial drafts of writings entitled "Beauty Dethroned..," promoting the value of art and craftsmanship in an age when productivity was increasingly driven by automated processes and the use of machines.
Also found are manuscripts for eight dated lectures and addresses to schools and societies.
Notebooks contain lists and notes relating to Volk's daily business, scattered journal entries, scattered sketches, names and addresses, and some accounting information. The 1901-1905 notebook relates primarily to subscriptions to the Center Lovell community publication The Fire Fly: A Periodical of Fearless Endeavour.
Notes and other fragments and manuscripts include notes and annotated transcripts of letters and reviews relating to Leonard Wells Volk's Lincoln life mask. The notes and letters appear to have been used by Douglas Volk in various addresses and writings on his father's work.
Manuscripts for two plays and a fictional romance story can also be found in this series. Writings by others include Paul Dougherty's statement on Volk's portrait of William Macbeth (1917) that was given to the Brooklyn Museum, and an essay by Edgar Whitaker Work on Volk's Lincoln portrait, With Malice Toward None.
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"A Romance From Maine", circa 1890
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"Abraham Lincoln - Breasting the Winds", circa 1890-circa 1930
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"Art Instruction In Public Schools," Corrected Newspaper Copy, 1886
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"Art Instruction in Public Schools," Drafts (1 of 5)", circa 1890s
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"Art Instruction in Public Schools," Drafts (2 of 5), circa 1890s
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"Art Instruction in Public Schools," Drafts (3 of 5), circa 1890s
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"Art Instruction in Public Schools," Drafts (4 of 5), circa 1890s
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"Art Instruction in Public Schools," Drafts (5 of 5), circa 1890s
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"Art Instruction In Public Schools," Manuscript, 1897
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"Beauty Dethroned: Beauty and it's Enemy the Machine" and Related Drafts, circa 1900-circa 1930
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"Beauty Dethroned: Beauty and it's Enemy the Machine" and Related Drafts, circa 1900-circa 1930
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"Beauty Dethroned: Beauty and it's Enemy the Machine" and Related Drafts, circa 1900-circa 1930
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"Going to Gen'l Grant's Reception", circa 1870s
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"Interview with the Aid de Camp of the King of Belgium", circa 1919
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"Motive and Subject in Art", circa 1890-circa 1930
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"Protecting Brain Work", circa 1890-circa 1930
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"What Should Young Children Draw?", circa 1890-circa 1930
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Untitled Fragments, circa 1890-circa 1930
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Untitled Fragments, circa 1890-circa 1930
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Untitled Fragments, circa 1890-circa 1930
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Untitled Manuscripts, circa 1890-circa 1930
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Untitled Writings on Handweaving Textiles/Rugs, circa 1890-circa 1930
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Addresses/Lectures
"Addressed to an Art Student", circa 1890-circa 1930
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"Art as an Expression of Life," Bowdoin College (1927 May 12), 1927
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"Art as an Expression of Life," Bowdoin College (1927 May 12), 1927
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"Art as an Expression of Life," Bowdoin College (1927 May 12), 1927
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"Art Matters in Norfolk," To Norfolk Society of Arts, circa 1924-1926
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Conway Rotary Club Address on Lincoln and Leonard Volk (1932 June 12), 1932
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Conway Rotary Club Address on Lincoln and Leonard Volk (1932 June 12), 1932
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Conway Rotary Club Address on Lincoln and Leonard Volk (1932 June 12), 1932
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Conway Rotary Club Address on Lincoln and Leonard Volk (1932 June 12), 1932
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"Fryeburg Address: Lincoln and Trip Abroad", 1920-1929
includes letter from Henry White (1919) and Brand Whitlock (1920)
6
20
Memorial Ceremony in Honor of Dr. Maurice Francis Egan, 1926
6
21
"Montclair Early Days", 1926 February 11
6
22
"Preamble on reading the Declaration of Independence at the celebration held in Center Lovell, ME July 4, 1918", 1918
6
23
Play, "A Studio Romance", 1893
6
24
Play, "A Studio Romance", 1893
6
25
Play, "A Studio Romance", 1893
6
26
Play, "Witchcraft", circa 1890-circa 1930
6
27
Notebook, circa 1899
6
28
Notebook, 1901-1905
6
29
Notebook, 1915
6
30
Notebook, 1916-1918
6
31
Notebook, circa 1917-1918
6
32
Notebook, 1918
6
33
Notebook, circa 1921
6
34
Notebook, circa 1931-1933
6
35
Notes, circa 1920s
6
36
By Others
"Douglas Volk's Portrait of William Macbeth" by Paul Dougherty, circa 1917
6
37
"In Memoriam, Marion Volk, 13th January 1925, Readings by Percival Chubb", 1925
6
38
On Art Instruction in Public Schools, circa 1890s
6
39
"The Douglas Volk Lincoln: 'With Malice Toward None' " by Rev. Dr. Edgar Whitaker Work, circa 1926
6
40
Untitled Manuscripts and Fragments, circa 1891
6
41
1.4: Diaries and Journals, 1873-1935
0.2 Linear feet
Box 6
Three European journals, written between March 1872 and 1875, record Volk's earliest visits to Europe and the beginning of his artistic education. His 1872-1873 journals record Volk's day-to-day life in Rome, and his impressions and activities during visits to Venice and Paris. They document meetings and friendships with artists including Eugene Benson, George de Forest Brush, George Inness, and others. In the 1873 journal Volk writes of experiencing an earthquake on June 29, 1873, and how a sketch he made of a ruined church at San Pietro di Feretto in the aftermath of the event was published in the London News, constituting "the first time my name has been before the public in connection with my art." A copy of the newspaper clipping that contains the sketch can be found in 1.6. Printed Material.
Volk's 1875 journal contains scattered sketches and records, amongst other things, his study under Jean-Léon Gérôme, visits to London, and the acceptance of his first pictures to the Paris Salon.
The 1903 diary contains only a short list of "Pictures at Knoedlers" and several other scattered notations.
Volk's 1919 journal records his time in Europe making studies from life for portraits of King Albert of Belgium, Prime Minister David Lloyd George, and Woodrow Wilson's Ambassador to Belgium, Brand Whitlock. The journal includes accounts of his sittings with the three men, Volk's meeting with Woodrow Wilson who was in Paris for the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the arrival of Cecilia Beaux who was in Europe to paint Cardinal Mercier, and Volk's friendship with John Singer Sargent. Also recorded are preparations for Volk's portrait of General John J. Pershing, and accounts of touring the battlefields of World War I and his impressions of the general devastation of the region.
Volk's 1934 journal documents work on his portrait of Lincoln from his father's life mask of Lincoln.
Description Container
Journal, Europe, 1872 March-December
6
42
Journal, Europe, 1873
6
43
Journal, Europe , 1875
6
44
Diary, 1903
6
45
Journal, Europe, 1919 May-June
6
46
Journal, Europe , 1919 July-September
Includes a photograph of Pershing taken by Volk
6
47
Journal, Europe, Loose Enclosures, 1919-1920
6
48
Journal, 1934
6
49
Journal, Loose Enclosures, 1934-1935
6
50
1.5: Financial Records, 1873-1953
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 7-9
Financial records document primarily routine, but also art-related, expenses. They include bank statements and canceled checks, some of which record payments to art and professional organizations such as the Architectural League, the Arts Club of Washington, the National Arts Club, the National Sculpture Society, and the Society of Mural Painters, as well as to individuals including William M. Post, John Wanamaker, Russell Cowles, Karl von Rydingsvard, R. Whalen, and others. The canceled checks are supplemented by, and in some cases can be cross-referenced with, check records which consist primarily of check book stubs recording deposits and withdrawals on Volk's account, including art-related transactions.
Also found are three personal account books which contain daily entries for food, clothes, rent, travel (to Paris, Dournanez, Versailles, Barbizon, and elsewhere), entertainment and painting incidentals including canvas, varnish, crayons, colors, paint boxes, sketchbooks, easels, brushes, photographs, and other items. The books also have scattered notes on galleries and cathedrals, and several sketches, as well as notations of interest such as a December 1873 note about a banquet for Volk's teacher Jean-Léon Gérôme and an October 1873 note about dinner with another teacher, Leon Bonnat.
Bills and receipts include a 1914 certificate acknowledging receipt by the Chicago Historical Society of Volk's gift of the life mask of Stephen. A. Douglas, made in Chicago by his father (Replica 4th original). Tax records include some information about Volk's professional expenses in the early 1920s. Insurance records are both routine and art-related.
Two Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. auction catalogs document sales of Lincoln memorabilia, including that belonging to Jessie Volk in 1953. Records of the sales include correspondence and lists of items sold and buyers.
Description Container
Account Book, 1873 August 27-1875 January 1
7
1
Account Book , 1895 October 12-1899 July
7
2
Account Book , 1910 November 1-1916 November 1
7
3
Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, 1895-1900
7
4
Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, 1906-1907
7
5
Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, 1912-1914
7
6
Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, 1917-1918
7
7-10
Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, 1920-1929
7
11-33
Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, 1929-1935
8
1-7
Bills and Receipts, 1896-1925
8
8
Bills and Receipts, 1926-1936
8
9
Check Records, circa 1893-circa 1935
8
10
Check Records, 1893-1894
8
11
Check Records, 1894-1895
8
12
Check Records, 1895-1896
8
13
Check Records, 1899-1900
8
14
Check Records, 1903-1904
8
15
Check Records, 1907-1908
8
16
Check Records, 1908-1910
8
17
Check Records, 1910-1911
8
18
Check Records, 1912-1913
8
19
Check Records, 1913-1914
8
20
Check Records, 1914
8
21
Check Records, 1917
8
22
Check Records, 1919
8
23
Check Records, 1925-1927
8
24
Check Records, 1925-1926
8
25
Check Records, 1926-1927
9
1
Check Records , 1928-1929
9
2
Check Records , 1929
9
3
Check Records, 1929-1930
9
4
Check Records, 1930-1931
9
5
Check Records, 1931-1933
9
6
Check Records, 1933-1935
9
7
Insurance, General and Life, 1913-1925
9
8
Insurance, H. Mosenthal & Son., Inc., 1924-1925
9
9
Insurance, Herbert M. Smith, 1925
9
10
Lease and Mortgage Records, 1925-1926
9
11
Miscellaneous Expenses, circa 1900-circa 1930
9
12
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., Sales, 1952-1953
9
13
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., Sales, 1952-1953
9
14
Tax Records, 1917-1934
9
15
Wendell Volk, Account Book, 1906-1907
9
16
Wendell Volk, Insurance Records, 1929-1930
9
17
1.6: Printed Material, 1873-2008
0.53 Linear feet
Boxes 9, 12, 16, OV 13
Series includes two announcements and a pamphlet for the exhibition of Volk's Lincoln portrait With Malice Toward None, as well as eight announcements and catalogs for other exhibitions, including an Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists (1915) at the American Art Gallery, George P. Perkins. Clippings about Volk include reviews of exhibitions and articles about him including a 2008 article in Antiques magazine titled "Douglas Volk and the Arts and Crafts in Maine," by Arlene M. Palmer. This article is a rich source of information about the history of the Hewnoaks artist colony. Other clippings and miscellaneous material include news articles about Abraham Lincoln, David Lloyd George and the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, and articles on art.
Art-related bulletins and pamphlets include a Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art recording the 1915 purchase of Volk's portrait of Felix Adler; two Bulletins of the National Arts Club (1923, 1925); and Volk's menu from a National Academy of Design dinner (1915) signed by attendees.
Of note is a mounted clipping of the London News article which included Volk's 1873 sketch of a church ruined by an earthquake in Italy, the first instance of his work appearing in the press. The clipping is annotated by Volk.
Also found is printed material related to Abraham Lincoln and Leonard Well Volk's monument to Stephen A. Douglas. Two folders of reproductions of artwork, some by other artists, may have been used by Volk as source material.
Description Container
Announcements and Catalogs, Volk, circa 1926
9
18
Announcements and Catalogs, Others, circa 1910-circa 1933
9
19
Art-Related Bulletins/Pamphlets, circa 1911-1915
9
20
Art-Related Bulletins/Pamphlets, 1923-circa 1934
9
21
Clippings About Volk, circa 1900-circa 1930s
9
22
Clippings About Volk, circa 1915-1916
Oversized material housed in OV 13
9
23
Clippings About Volk, 1922-1923
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 2
9
24
Clippings About Volk, 2008
9
25
Clippings and Miscellaneous Material, circa 1891-circa 1929
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 2 and OV 13
9
26
Lincoln and Douglas Related Material, circa 1908-circa 1950s
9
27
London News Article with Volk Sketch, 1873
9
28
Reproductions of Artwork by Volk, circa 1900
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 2
9
29
Reproductions of Artwork/Source Material, circa 1900-circa 1930
9
30
Oversized Clippings About Volk scanned with Box 9, Folder 24
12
2
Oversized Clippings and Miscellaneous Material scanned with Box 9, Folder 26
12
2
Oversized Reproductions of Artwork by Volk scanned with Box 9, Folder 29
12
2
Oversized Clippings About Volk scanned with Box 9, Folder 23
OV 13
Oversized Clippings and Miscellaneous Material scanned with Box 9, Folder 26
OV 13
Oversized Clippings and Miscellaneous Material, circa 1900-1920s
16
1
1.7: Scrapbooks, 1900-1927
0.2 Linear feet
Boxes 9-10
The circa 1903-circa 1918 scrapbook primarily contains press coverage of Douglas Volk's career, including clippings reviewing exhibitions and other events, documentation of the activities of the National Academy of Design, and scattered letters including one each from artists Charles Dana Gibson, Cass Gilbert, and John La Farge.
Scrapbook 1900-1927 concerns the Center Lovell community's activities in rug making, textiles, and other handicrafts. The scrapbook includes photos of Marion Volk, her daughter Marion, son Wendell, and other community members making rugs, as well as letters and news clippings relating to their work. It includes a catalog and program of a "Handicrafts Exhibition" (1901), and one of only three known editions of the publication The Fire Fly, A Periodical of Fearless Endeavour, which were hand-printed on the Hewn Beam Press by Wendell Volk and A. E. Hanson.
The circa 1903-circa 1918 scrapbook primarily contains press coverage of Douglas Volk's career, including clippings reviewing exhibitions and other events, documentation of the activities of the National Academy of Design, and scattered letters including one each from artists Charles Dana Gibson, Cass Gilbert, and John La Farge.
Loose enclosures include an announcement for a woodcarving and weaving class offered by Karl von Rydingsvard and Wendell Volk, hand-printed by Wendell Volk.
Description Container
Scrapbook, circa 1903-circa 1918
9
31
Scrapbook, Loose Items, circa 1903-circa 1918
9
32
Scrapbook , 1900-1927
10
1
Scrapbook Loose Items, 1901-1927
10
2
1.8: Artwork and Sketchbooks, circa 1870-circa 1934
0.78 Linear feet
Boxes 10, 12, OV 13
Sketches by Douglas Volk are primarily in pencil with some in ink and watercolor. Also found is a small oil-on-wood and a small oil-on-canvas sketch. Sketches in Volk's fifteen sketchbooks include landscapes, cityscapes of European cities including Venice and Rome, seascapes, figure studies, and studies from master paintings.
Artwork by others includes an ink and watercolor sketch of Hewnoaks by Wendell Volk (1905), and two sketchbooks of Wendell Volk that date from childhood, but also include some later designs; one sketchbook of Marion Volk Bridge, that also dates from childhood and contains some rug designs; multiple prints of an engraving of a portrait of Douglas Volk by E. G. Williams & Br., NY.; a sketch by Edmund Aubrey Hunt; and a sketch made around a photograph of a fireplace showing a fireplace and mantelpiece design, possibly by Gerome or Wendell Volk.
Description Container
Oils, 1891
10
3
Sketchbook, Untitled (1 of 5), circa 1870-circa 1900
10
4
Sketchbook, Untitled (2 of 5), circa 1870-circa 1900
10
5
Sketchbook, Untitled (3 of 5), circa 1870-circa 1900
10
6
Sketchbook, Untitled (4 of 5), circa 1870-circa 1900
10
7
Sketchbook, Untitled (5 of 5), circa 1870-circa 1900
10
8
Sketchbook, Untitled (France?), circa 1870s
10
9
Sketchbook, Untitled (New Hampshire?), circa 1870s
10
10
Sketchbook, Rocca di Papa, Italy, 1871
10
11
Sketchbook, Italy, 1871-1872
10
12
Sketchbook, Venice, Italy, circa 1872
10
13
Sketchbook, Rome, Italy, circa 1873
10
14
Sketchbook, Rome, Italy, 1873
10
15
Sketchbook, Venice, Italy, 1873
10
16
Sketchbook, Untitled, circa 1878
10
17
Sketchbook, Untitled, 1885
10
18
Sketches, circa 1870-circa 1900
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 3 and OV 13
10
19
Sketches, circa 1870-circa 1900
10
20
Sketches, on Photo of Leonard Wells Volk's Lincoln Life Mask , circa 1934
10
21
Artwork by Others, circa 1870-circa 1905
Sketchbook of Marion Volk Bridge, circa 1890s
10
22
Sketch and Sketchbooks of Wendell Volk, circa 1890-circa 1905
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 3
10
23
Other Artwork, circa 1870-circa 1930
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 3
10
24
Oversized Sketches scanned with Box 10, Folders 19-20
12
3
Oversized Sketch and Sketchbooks of Wendell Volk scanned with Box 10, Folder 23
12
3
Oversized Other Artwork scanned with Box 10, folder 24
12
3
Oversized Sketches scanned with Box 10, Folders 19-20
OV 13
1.9: Photographs, circa 1880-1942
1.35 Linear feet
Boxes 10-12, 15-16, OV 13
Photographs of Douglas Volk include portraits taken throughout his career, including four by Doris Ulmann, photos of Volk in the studio, and with family members and friends.
Studio photographs of Volk show him working on his painting Father Hennepin Discovering the Falls of St. Anthony (1905), and a painting installed at the Minnesota State Capitol. Some of these photographs are mounted on what appear to be pages from a dismantled scrapbook.
Photos with family and friends include a circa 1880 tintype of Douglas and Marion, and a series of circa 1880s albumen photographs, including some in which Douglas Volk, Leonard Volk, and other family members can be identified. These are possibly related to the photographs of unidentified camps/lakes/woods, some of which may have been taken in the Adirondacks and/or at the Volk's summer retreat in Osceola, Wisconsin. Also found is a group photo taken at the National Arts Club New Year's Eve carnival in 1921.
Individual photos of family members include photos of the Volk children, Gerome, Marion (with her children), and Wendell Volk. Two studio portraits are possibly of Marion Larrabee Volk as they are very similar to a portrait identified as her by the Lovell Historical Society. However, other photographs in this collection which picture Marion with Douglas, raise questions as to the identity of the person in the folder labeled "Marion Volk."
Photos of others include studio portraits of actresses, including Agnes Huntington; a photo of William Merritt Chase inscribed "To my friend Douglas Volk" (circa 1880s); a photo of Karl and Mrs. von Rydingsvard with Wendell Volk; a photo of an unidentified sculptor; a series of photos of boys and men apparently involved in battle re-enactment; and photos of the subjects of Volk's 1919 portraits, including David Lloyd George and King Albert of Belgium.
Photos of places include several of Volk at Hewnoaks, and photos showing the Hewnoaks Rambling Timbers and Viking Court buildings in the early 20th century. Also found are three photographs of the interior of the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts, including one of a class in progress.
Photos of Volk's artwork include one showing Volk's work at an undated exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. Photos of artwork by others include six cyanotypes, and several photos of wood carved furniture, one identified as being by Karl von Rydingsvard. Other wood-carved furniture pictured may also be by von Rydingsvard, and/or possibly Wendell Volk.
Description Container
Others
Actresses, circa 1880s-circa 1890s
11
10
Artists, circa 1880s-circa 1940s
11
11
Battle Reenactors, circa 1890s
11
12
Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Orlando, and Wilson, 1919
11
13
David Lloyd George and Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street, 1919
11
14
Franklin Glynn (Lincoln Impersonator), 1922
11
15
King Albert of Belgium, 1919
11
16
Unidentified People, circa 1880s-circa 1920s
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 6
11
17
Unidentified People, circa 1880s-circa 1920s
11
18
Places
Briar Lodge, Belmont, CA, circa 1880s
11
19
Hewnoaks, Center Lovell, ME, circa 1901-circa 1939
11
20
Larrabee Home, Geneva, IL, circa 1920s
11
21
Mark Lodge (CA?), circa 1880s
11
22
Minneapolis School of Fine Arts, circa 1880s-circa 1890s
11
23
Osceola, WI, circa 1880s
11
24
Unidentified Camps/Lakes/Woods, circa 1880s
11
25
Unidentified Camps/Lakes/Woods, circa 1880s
11
26
Unidentified Places, circa 1880s-circa 1900
11
27
Unidentified Places, circa 1870s-1920s
15
1
Oversized Unidentified Places, circa 1870s-1920s
16
2
Unidentified, Cyanotypes, circa 1880s
11
28
Exhibition at Art Institute of Chicago, circa 1930s
11
29
Artwork by Volk
Portrait of Albert, King of Belgium, circa 1919
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 7
11
30
Portraits of Abraham Lincoln, circa 1908-circa 1931
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 7
11
31
Portrait of David Lloyd George and 10 Downing Street, circa 1919-1920
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 7
11
32
Portrait of William Macbeth, 1917
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 7
11
33
Portraits of General John J. Pershing, circa 1920-circa 1921
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 7
11
34
Portraits of Children, circa 1880s-circa 1920s
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 8
11
35
Portraits of Men, circa 1900-circa 1930s
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 8
11
36
Portraits of Women, circa 1890-circa 1930s
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 8
11
37
Other Paintings, circa 1880-circa 1920
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 8
11
38
Miscellaneous Artwork, circa 1870s-1920s
15
2
Preparatory Artwork Photographs, circa 1880s-1920s
15
3
Artwork by Others, Karl von Rydingsvard, circa 1900
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 9
11
39
Artwork by Others and Unidentified, circa 1900
11
40
Artwork by Others and Unidentified, circa 1900
11
41
Artwork by Others and Unidentified, Cyanotypes, circa 1900
11
42
Empty Enclosures, circa 1900-circa 1931
11
43
Oversized Volk Family, Douglas Volk, Portraits scanned with Box 10, Folders 25-27
12
4-5
Oversized Volk Family, Douglas Volk, Portraits by Doris Ulmann scanned with Box 10, Folder 28
12
5
Oversized Douglas Volk in Studio scanned with Box 10, Folder 29
12
6
Oversized Others, Unidentified People scanned with Box 11, Folders 17-18
12
6
Oversized Artwork by Volk, Portraits scanned with Box 11, Folders 30-34
12
7
Oversized, Artwork by Volk, Portraits of Children, Men, Women scanned with Box 11, Folders 35-38
12
8
Oversized Miscellaneous Artwork by Volk, circa 1870s-1920s
16
3-4
Oversized Preparatory Artwork Photographs, circa 1880s-1920s
16
5
Oversized Artwork by Others, Karl von Rydingsvard scanned with Box 11, Folder 39
12
9
Volk and Volk Family
Douglas Volk, Portraits , circa 1883-1905
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 4
10
25
Douglas Volk, Portraits, circa 1905-1919
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 4
10
26
Douglas Volk, Portraits, circa 1920s-1930s
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folders 4-5
10
27
Douglas Volk, Portraits by Doris Ulmann, 1917
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 5
10
28
Douglas Volk in Studio, circa 1919-circa 1930s
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 6
10
29
Douglas Volk, Family, and Friends, circa 1880s
10
30
Douglas Volk, Family, and Friends, circa 1880s
10
31
Douglas Volk, Family, and Friends, circa 1880s-circa 1890s
11
1
Douglas Volk, Family and Friends, circa 1900-circa 1930s
11
2
Douglas Volk, Family, and Friends, circa 1870s-1930s
15
4-6
Oversized, Douglas Volk, Family, and Friends, circa 1870s-1930s
16
6
Douglas Volk with Party on Trip to Battlefields of France, 1919
11
3
Gerome Volk, circa 1918
11
4
Marion Volk (possibly), circa 1880
11
5
Marion Volk and Rug Making, circa 1910
11
6
Marion Volk Bridge and Children, circa 1920s
11
7
Mary and Philip Larrabee, 1902-1904
11
8
Wendell Volk, 1890s-1942
11
9

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