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Douglas Volk and Leonard Wells Volk papers, circa 1858-1965, 2008, bulk circa 1870-1935

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1.2: Correspondence , circa 1870-1960
4.54 Linear feet
Boxes 1-5, 12

Correspondence is arranged as two series.
  • 1.2.1. Family Correspondence, 1871-1960
  • 1.2.2. General Correspondence, circa 1870-1952
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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14
Larrabee, Margaret to Marion Volk, 1882-1886
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15
Larrabee, Margaret to Marion Volk, 1887-1890
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16
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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24
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1879 September-December
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25
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 January-April
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26
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 May-August
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27
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 September 2-13
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28
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1880 September 14-23
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29
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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33
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
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 February 9-16
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 February 19-27
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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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5
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 May 2-10
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6
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 May 11-31
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7
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1881 June 1-13
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8
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1882 April 17-30
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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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16
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1886 May 1-3
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1887 January-August
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18
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1888 September-1889 July
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19
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1890
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20
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1892 December
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21
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
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24
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1899 November-December
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25
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1900 March
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26
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1900 April
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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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29
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1903 May
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30
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1904 May-June
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31
Volk, Douglas and Marion, circa 1907-1908
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32
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1909 July-August
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33
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1909 October
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34
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1909 November 2-11
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35
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1909 November 12-23
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Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1910 February-September
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37
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1910 October-1911 May
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38
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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13
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1924 March-May
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14
Volk, Douglas and Marion, 1924 July-October
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15
Volk, Douglas to Children, 1890-1926
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16
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
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8
Bridge, Marion Volk and Ezra Bridge, 1929 June-December
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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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14
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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16
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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18
American Academy in Rome, 1925-1930
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19
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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24
Barlow, Elbert S., 1923
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25
Beck Engraving Company, circa 1921-circa 1923
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26
Bell, Lilian, 1923
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27
Blashfield, Edwin Howland, 1918
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28
Board of Education, City of New York, 1925-1926
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29
Bowdoin College, 1927
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30
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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38
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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49
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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M. Knoedler & Co., 1927
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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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