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Edward H. Dwight papers, 1821-2001, bulk 1950-1979

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Series 3: Audubon Research Material , 1821-circa 1979, bulk 1950-1979
13 Linear feet
Boxes 1-14, OVs 20-23

This series forms the bulk of the collection and documents Dwight's meticulous and extensive research on John James Audubon. It includes professional correspondence on Audubon; chronologically collated copies of Audubon's and other correspondence; notes and card files providing various cross-references to Dwight's research; collections of compiled data with reproductions of Audubon's artwork; files arranged by subject relating to all aspects of Dwight's research on Audubon; printed material about Audubon; and photographs of his artwork.
This series is arranged as seven subseries.
  • 3.1. Edward H. Dwight Correspondence, circa 1950-circa 1979
  • 3.2: Audubon Correspondence, 1832-circa 1979
  • 3.3: Notes and Card Files, circa 1950-circa 1979
  • 3.4: Data Compilations and Illustrations, circa 1950-circa 1979
  • 3.5: Subject Files, 1835-circa 1979
  • 3.6: Printed Material, 1821-circa 1979
  • 3.7: Photographs of Artwork, circa 1960-circa 1979
3.1: Edward H. Dwight Correspondence, circa 1950-circa 1979
1.8 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3
This series documents Dwight's research on Audubon through correspondence with museums, libraries, art galleries, educational institutions, state and local government archives, Audubon collectors, and other Audubon scholars. It includes requests for information, responses to the requests, and discussions of the proffered information. Dwight corresponded with the American Museum of Natural History, the Audubon Society and Audubon Magazine, the Boston Atheneaum, Brown University Library, the Cincinnati Historical Society, the Louisiana State Museum, the Maryland Historical Society, and others. There is also correspondence with fellow Audubon scholars, including Annie R. Coffin, Waldemar H. Fries, John Francis McDermott, and Kathryn Hall Proby; and correspondence regarding the collections of G. Edmund Gifford, Jr., Paul F. Laning, and Morris Tyler.
Also found is correspondence relating to Dwight's writings on Audubon for publications such as Antiques, and Audubon Magazine, which supplements that found in Series 2; and correspondence related to Dwight's 1960 Ford Foundation fellowship.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1970s
1
44-46
Correspondence, A, 1960s
2
1
Correspondence, A, 1970s
2
2-3
Correspondence, B, 1960s
2
4
Correspondence, B, 1970s
2
5-6
Correspondence, C, 1959-1960s
2
7
Correspondence, C, 1960s
2
8-9
Correspondence, C, 1970s
2
10-12
Correspondence, D, 1950s
2
13
Correspondence, D, 1960s
2
14
Correspondence, D, 1970s
2
15
Correspondence, E, 1950s-1960s
2
16
Correspondence, E, 1970s
2
17
Correspondence, F, 1950s
2
18
Correspondence, F, 1960s
2
19-22
Correspondence, F, 1970s
2
23-25
Correspondence, G, 1960s
2
26
Correspondence, G, 1970s
2
27-28
Correspondence, G, Gateway Productions, Inc., 1970s
2
29
Correspondence, H, 1960s
2
30-31
Correspondence, H, 1970s
2
32
Correspondence, I, 1960s-1970s
2
33
Correspondence, J, 1960s
2
34
Correspondence, J, 1960s-1970s
2
35
Correspondence, K, 1950s-1960s
2
36
Correspondence, K, 1970s
2
2
37
Correspondence, L, 1960s
3
1
Correspondence, L, 1970s
3
2
Correspondence, M, 1950s-1960s
3
3-4
Correspondence, M, 1960s
3
5
Correspondence, M, 1970s
3
6-8
Correspondence, N, 1950s-1960s
3
9-10
Correspondence, N, 1960s
3
11
Correspondence, N, 1970s
3
12-13
Correspondence, N, New York Graphic Society, 1970s
3
14
Correspondence, O, 1960s
3
15
Correspondence, O, 1970s
3
16
Correspondence, P, 1950s-1960s
3
17
Correspondence, P, 1960s
3
18
Correspondence, P, 1960s-1970s
3
19-20
Correspondence, Q, 1960s-1970s
3
21
Correspondence, R, 1950s-1960s
3
22
Correspondence, R, 1970s
3
23
Correspondence, S, 1959-1960s
3
24
Correspondence, S, 1960s
3
25-26
Correspondence, S, 1970s
3
27-28
Correspondence, T, 1960s
3
29
Correspondence, T, 1960s-1970s
3
30
Correspondence, T, 1970s
3
31
Correspondence, U, 1970s
3
32
Correspondence, V, 1950s-1970s
3
33
Correspondence, W, 1950s-1960s
3
34
Correspondence, W, 1960s-1970s
3
35
Correspondence, W, 1970s
3
36
Correspondence, Y, 1960s-1970s
3
37
Correspondence, Z, 1960s-1970s
3
38
3.2: Audubon Correspondence, 1832-circa 1979
2.25 Linear feet
Boxes 3-5
This series consists of copies of Audubon's correspondence, collected from a variety of sources, including Princeton University and the Henderson Museum, and collated chronologically by Dwight in the course of his research. Correspondence includes letters of John James Audubon, Victor G. Audubon, Benjamin Bakewell, Audubon's grandchildren, and other Audubon associates and collaborators. Dates of the original letters are given in parentheses, followed by the dates during which it is assumed the copies were made.
An index of card files, providing an additional reference to the letters, can be found in series 3.3.
Description Container
Audubon Correspondence (1809-1827), circa 1950-circa 1979
3
39-46
Audubon Correspondence (1827-circa 1841), 1832-circa 1979
4
1-36
Audubon Correspondence (1841-1940), 1843-circa 1979
5
1-17
Audubon Correspondence (circa 1880s), Henderson Museum Papers, circa 1950-circa 1979
5
18
Audubon's Grandchildren, Letters (1860s-1920s), circa 1950-circa 1979
5
19-20
Benjamin Bakewell Letters (1788-1808), circa 1950-circa 1979
5
21-23
3.3: Notes and Card Files, circa 1950-circa 1979
1.6 Linear feet
Boxes 5-7
This series consists of notes taken by Dwight from a variety of sources, including Audubon's letters and journals, and secondary sources such as Birds of America, and Ornithological Biography. Some of the notes are in the form of index card files which are arranged by categories such as life event, activity, geographical area, and subject of study. One index forms a cross reference to Audubon's letters in series 3.2.
Description Container
Notebook, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
5
24-26
Notes from Audubon's Letters (1826-1840), circa 1960s
5
27
Notes from Audubon's Journals (1820-1823), circa 1960s-circa 1970s
5
28
Nots from Audubon's Missouri Journal (1843), circa 1960s
5
29
Notes from Audubon's New Orleans Journal (1820-1821), 1960s-1970s
5
30
Notes on Audubon Chronology (1785-1860), circa 1960s-circa 1970s
5
31
Notes on Audubon in Philadelphia, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
5
32
Notes on Birds of America, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
5
33
Notes on Ornithological Biography, Vol. 1, Plates 1-100, circa 1960s
5
34
Notes on Ornithological Biography, Vol. 2, Plates 101-200, circa 1960s
5
35
Notes on Ornithological Biography, Vol. 3, Plates 201-300, circa 1960s
5
36
Notes on Ornithological Biography, Vols. 4-5, circa 1960s
5
37
Card File, Audubon Letters (1788-After 1851), circa 1960s-circa 1970s
5
38-39
Card File, Audubon Letters (1788-After 1851), circa 1960s-circa 1970s
6
1
Card Files, Various, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
6
2-4
Card Files, Various, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
7
1-2
3.4: Data Compilations and Illustrations, circa 1950-circa 1979
3.55 Linear feet
Boxes 7-10
A large portion of Dwight's Audubon research material consists of sheets of data on individual works and related works, such as those attributed to Audubon but possibly executed by other artists. These data compilation sheets are supplemented by reproductions of Audubon's illustrations in the form of copy prints, transparencies, and printed material. The arrangement of the series reflects the different ways in which Dwight appeared to collate his data. Some files are arranged by date of execution, some by geographical location, some by museum or collection/collector, and some have no obvious arrangement and are labeled "unsorted." Sheets typically list the following data about an individual illustration: artist, subject, place and date done, medium, size, inscription, provenance, bibliography, whether there is an exhibition or Audubon quote or commentary associated with the illustration, and plate number(s) from the Birds of America Havell Edition and others. Also found in the files are index cards, typically listing duplicate and/or additional data about individual illustrations.
Description Container
Data Compilations, 1803-1820, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
7
3-5
Data Compilations, Ohio River 1820-1826, 1970s
7
6-11
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1805-1806, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
7
12
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1806-1812, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
7
13-14
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1812-1821, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
7
15
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1821, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
7
16-19
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1821-1822, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
7
20-21
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1822, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
1-4
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1824, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
5
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1825, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
6
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1829, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
7-9
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1829-1830, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
10-14
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1832, circa 1960s-circa 1960s
8
15-16
Data Compilations/Illustrations, 1832-1834, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
17-20
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Atlantic Coast, 1831-1834, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
21-23
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Boston, 1832-1833, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
24-25
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Charleston 1833-1834, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
26
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Charleston 1836-1837, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
27-30
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Charleston 1841, 1966
8
31
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Charleston and Florida, 1831-1832, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
32-37
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Cincinnati, 1820, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
38-39
Data Compilations/Illustrations, England, 1834-1836, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
1-4
Data Compilations/Illustrations, England, 1837-1838, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
5-8
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Kentucky, 1812-1819, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
9
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Kentucky, 1819-1820, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
10
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Labrador, 1833, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
11
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Louisiana, 1821-1826, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
12-14
Data Compilations/Illustrations, New Orleans, 1821-1822, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
15-16
Data Compilations/Illustrations, New York, 1841-1842, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
17-20
Data Compilations/Illustrations, New York, 1843-1844, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
21-22
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Newfoundland, 1831, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
23
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Other Locations, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
24-29
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
30
Data Compilations/Illustrations, American Museum of Natural History, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
31-35
Data Compilations/Illustrations, John James Audubon Memorial Museum , circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
36
Data Compilations/Illustrations, National Gallery of Art, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
37
Data Compilations/Illustrations, National Museum of Natural History, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
9
38
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Tyler Collection, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
10
1-2
Data Compilations/Illustrations, "All Oil Copies", circa 1960s-circa 1970s
10
3-5
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Artwork Attributed to Audubon, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
10
6-8
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Artwork by/with Victor Gifford Audubon and/or Others, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
10
9
Data Compilations/Illustrations, "Duck Hawks", circa 1960s-circa 1970s
10
10
Data Compilations/Illustrations, "JWA-VGA-M.M etc.", circa 1960s-circa 1970s
10
11
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Portraits, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
10
12
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Sketchbook of Insects, Reptiles etc., 1950-1970
10
13
Data Compilations/Illustrations, Unsorted, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
10
14-23
Illustrations from Quadrupeds of North America, Audubon Animals, circa 1950s
10
24
3.5: Subject Files, 1835-circa 1979
1.2 Linear feet
Boxes 10-12
A portion of Dwight's research consists of printed material, and other copies of primary source material, collected by Dwight on a variety of subjects, including individuals whose lives or work intersected with Audubon's in some way. These include Audubon's wife, Lucy Green Bakewell, John G. Bell, whose journal recounts a trip west with Audubon, naturalist and Audubon collaborator, John Bachman, and Audubon's friend and collaborator, Maria Martin. Material includes copies of journals, letters, memoirs, and other printed matter, as well as correspondence, lists and notes, and photographs of artwork.
Also found is material relating to Audubon collectors and collections, and the publication of Audubon originals, including the Havell Edition prints for The Birds of America, and prints for The Quadrupeds of North America.
Notes and card files include sets of index cards with research resources arranged in a variety of ways, such as alphabetical by subject of painting, or by collector, collection, library, or museum.
Description Container
Audubon Articles and Books, 1960s-1970s
10
25-26
Audubon Artifacts, 1970s
10
27
Audubon in Kentucky, 1807-1810, 1970s
10
28
Audubon in Philadelphia, 1824, 1960s-1970s
10
29-30
Audubon's Last Illness, circa 1970s
10
31
Audubon's Ledger, Birds of America, 1831-1839, circa 1970s
10
32-34
Audubon's Memoir, 1842-1846, circa 1970s
10
35
Audubon's Wife, Lucy Green Bakewell, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
11
1
Bachman, John, 1970s
11
2
Baird, Spencer F., 1970s
11
3
Bakewell, Thomas W., 1970s
11
4
Bell, John G., Journal of Trip West with Audubon, 1843, circa 1976
11
5
Best Family, circa 1970s
11
6
Bien, Julius, Chromolithographs, 1970s
11
7
Bonaparte, Charles Lucien, 1970s
11
8
Brewer, Thomas M., 1960s
11
9
Catesby, Mark, 1960s
11
10
College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1960s
11
11
Cummings, Samuel, circa 1970s
11
12
Fair Incognito, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
11
13
Fuertes, Louis Agassiz, 1970s
11
14
Genealogy and Miscellany, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
11
15
Harris, Edward, circa 1960s
11
16
Havell, Robert, 1960s-1970s
11
17
Havell, Robert, Plates List, 1966
11
18
Henderson, KY, 1809-1820, 1970s
11
19-21
John James Audubon Memorial Museum, 1960s-1970s
11
22-23
Johnson, Grace Philips, Collection, 1970s
11
24
Keats, George, 1970s
11
25
Keynes, Geoffrey, Collection, 1970s
11
26
Kidd, J. B., 1960s-1970s
11
27
Lafayette, 1970s
11
28
Lambdin, James Reid, 1973
11
29
Lehman, George, 1960s
11
30
Leitner, Edward Frederick, 1971
11
31
Leseur, Charles Alexandre, 1938-circa 1960s
11
32
Libraries with Audubon Material, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
11
33
Lownes, Albert E., 1960s-1970s
11
34
MacGillvay, William, circa 1960s
11
35
Martin, Maria, 1960s
11
36
Mason, John Robert, 1835-1970s
11
37-38
National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1970s
11
39-40
New Harmony, Indiana, 1975
11
41
Ord, George, 1920
11
42
Portraits by Audubon, 1950s-1970s
11
43
Princeton University Library Audubon Catalog, circa 1950s
11
44
The Quadrupeds of North America, 1843-1970s
11
45
Rafinesque, C. S., circa 1870s-circa 1950s
11
46
Scrapbook of Maria Audubon (Copy), circa 1960s
11
47
Sprague, Isaac, 1963-1975
12
1
Swainson, William, circa 1960s
12
2
Trollope, Frances, 1974
12
3
Trudeau, James de Beatty, 1960s-1970s
12
4
"View of Natchez", 1970s
12
5
von Humboldt, Alexander, 1973
12
6
Watercolors of Eggs by John James Audubon, 1970s
12
7
Wilson, Alexander, circa 1960s
12
8
3.6: Printed Material, 1821-circa 1979
2.2 Linear feet
Boxes 12-14, OVs 20-23
Printed material is a combination of original printed material, including newspapers dating from the 1820s-1870s containing articles about Audubon, copies of printed material from the 1800s, and later original printed material about Audubon, such as journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, and catalogs for collections and exhibitions. Printed material related specifically to Dwight and his career, is housed in Series 1: Biographical Material.
Description Container
Printed Material, circa 1800s
12
9
Printed Material, 1813-1960s
12
10-35
Printed Material, 1960s-1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 20
13
1-23
Printed Material, 1970s
14
1-2
Printed Material, Book Jackets, 1900s
14
3
Printed Material, Newspapers, 1820s-1870s
Oversized material housed in OVs 21-23
14
4
Oversized Printed Material from Box 13, Folders 1-23
OV 20
Oversized Printed Material, Newspapers from Box 14, Folder 4
OVs 21-23
3.7: Photographs of Artwork, circa 1960-circa 1979
0.4 Linear feet
Box 14, OV 20
This subseries includes a folder of photographs of what appears to be an exhibition at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History entitled "Audubon in Mississippi." Also housed here are other photographs of artwork by Audubon, including copy prints, slide transparencies, and negatives.
Description Container
Photographs of Exhibition, 1977
14
5
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 20
14
6-8
Photographs of Artwork, Negatives, circa 1960s
14
9-11
Photographs of Artwork, Slides, 1960s
14
12-14
Photographs of Artwork, Slides, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
14
15-17
Notes on Slides, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
14
18
Oversized Photographs of Artwork from Box 14, Folders 6-8
OV 20

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