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Series 2: Correspondence , 1804-1951
(Boxes 2-5; 3.6 linear feet)

Series consists of Vedder's personal, professional, and family correspondence, comprised mostly of incoming letters as well as some copies or drafts of outgoing letters. Correspondents include family, friends, artists, dealers, collectors, admirers, and publishers. The bulk of the business correspondence was written by Caroline R. Vedder on behalf of her husband, including correspondence with collectors, people who commissioned work, dealers, and publishers.
Earliest correspondence consists of letters sent and received by various members of Vedder's immediate and extended family, including his parents, Elizabeth and Elihu Vedder, Sr., his brother, Alexander V., his maternal grandparents, Alexander and Agnes Vedder, his maternal aunt, Eveline Caister, and his paternal uncles, Levi and John Vedder. Early letters document the time the family spent apart while Elihu, Sr., was living and working in Cuba and later while the boys were living with their grandparents for a time. Of particular note is an 1850 letter from Vedder to his mother expressing his interest in drawing.
Family correspondence consists primarily of letters between and amongst Vedder, his father, and his brother (Vedder's letters to his father detail his travels in Europe from 1857 to 1860 and his first attempts to earn a living by drawing); letters between Caroline R. Vedder, her mother, sisters, and nieces; letters between Vedder and his wife when either one of them was away from home, traveling or conducting business; and letters between Caroline R. Vedder and the children: Enoch, when he was away at a school and then living in the U.S. and Anita, when she was traveling and away from home.
Personal correspondence concerns matters such as Vedder's engagement and marriage to Caroline Rosekrans, the death and settling the estate of his brother, Alexander, his travels, including a trip up the Nile in 1889-1890, and his friendship with other artists. Professional correspondence concerns: his illustrations and engravings of his work for various books and poems, including Enoch Arden (1863) and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1884); the exhibiiton of his work (for instance, in the Paris International Exposition of 1878; in gallery shows in Boston and New York in 1880 and in London in 1899; and at the Architectural League of New York in 1895) as well as the unsuccessful attempt to show in the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1876; the sale of his work to private individuals and commissions for work; the reproduction and copyright of his work; Vedder's published protest in the December 1878 issue of L'Art; his award of first prize in the Competition of Christmas Cards at the American Art Gallery, and the subsequent reproduction and sale of his Christmas cards; a mural project for the Chicago World's Fair in 1892; a proposed mural project for the Boston Public Library; his book The Digressions of V (1910); and various other financial and business matters.
Also found is some posthumous correspondence sent and received by Anita Vedder, concerning gifts, sales, and exhibitions of Vedder's work.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically. Undated correspondence is arranged alphabetically at the end of the series.
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Correspondence, 1804
515
780-784
Correspondence, 1826
515
785-792
Correspondence, 1835
515
793-796
Correspondence, 1842
515
797-803
Correspondence, January-April 1843
515
804-837
Correspondence, May-December 1843
515
838-872
Correspondence, 1844
515
873-907
Correspondence, 1845-1849
515
908-942
Correspondence, 1850
515
944-976
Correspondence, 1851
515
977-993
Correspondence, 1852-1859
515
994-1065
Correspondence, 1860
515
1066-1086
Correspondence, 1861
515
1087-1105
Correspondence, 1862
515
1106-1141
Correspondence, 1863-1864
515
1142-1196
Correspondence, 1865
515
1197-1253
Correspondence, January-February 1866
515
1254-1287
Correspondence, March-December 1866
516
1-62
Correspondence, January-June 1867
516
63-130
Correspondence, July-December 1867
516
131-192
Correspondence, 1868
516
193-259
Correspondence, 1869
516
260-332
Correspondence, January-July 1870
516
334-393
Correspondence, August-December 1870
516
394-456
Correspondence, 1870
2323
127
Correspondence, January-February 1871
516
457-509
Correspondence, March-April 1871
516
510-582
Correspondence, May-June 1871
516
583-629
Correspondence, July-August 1871
516
630-689
Correspondence, September 1871
516
690-735
Correspondence, October 1871
516
736-774
Correspondence, November-December 1871
516
775-821
Correspondence, 1871
2323
128-129
Correspondence, January-February 1872
516
822-868
Correspondence, March-April 1872
516
869-934
Correspondence, May-June 1872
516
935-1006
Correspondence, July 1872
516
1007-1071
Correspondence, August 1872
516
1072-1167
Correspondence, September 1872
516
1168-1240
Correspondence, October 1872
516
1241-1264
Correspondence, November 1872
516
1265-1309
Correspondence, December 1872
516
1310-1357
Correspondence, January-April 1873
516
1358-1410
Correspondence, May-September 1873
516
1411-1445
Correspondence, October 1873
516
1446-1479
Correspondence, November-December 1873
516
1480-1522
Correspondence, January-February 1874
516
1523-1584
Correspondence, March-April 1874
516
1585-1617
Correspondence, May 1874
516
1618-1656
Correspondence, June 1-6, 1874
516
1657-1685
Correspondence, June 7-30, 1874
517
1-34
Correspondence, August-September 1874
517
35-73
Correspondence, October-December 1874
517
74-116
Correspondence, January-April 1875
517
117-160
Correspondence, May-September 1875
517
161-206
Correspondence, October-November 1875
517
207-266
Correspondence, December 1875
517
267-286
Correspondence, 1875
2323
130-136
Correspondence, January-March 1876
517
287-341
Correspondence, April-May 1876
517
342-388
Correspondence, June 1876
517
389-453
Correspondence, July 1876
517
454-488
Correspondence, August-September 1876
517
489-526
Correspondence, October-November 1876
517
527-573
Correspondence, December 1876
517
574-598
Correspondence, 1876
2323
137-138
Correspondence, January-February 1877
517
599-651
Correspondence, March-August 1877
517
652-699
Correspondence, September-November 1877
517
700-745
Correspondence, December 1877
517
746-772
Correspondence, 1877
2323
139-147
Correspondence, January 1878
517
773-836
Correspondence, February-March 1878
517
837-872
Correspondence, April 1878
517
873-917
Correspondence, May 1878
517
918-961
Correspondence, June-July 1878
517
962-1017
Correspondence, August-October 1878
517
1018-1065
Correspondence, November 1878
517
1066-1106
Correspondence, 1-15 December 1878
517
1107-1168
Correspondence, 16-30 December 1878
517
1169-1225
Correspondence, January 1879
517
1226-1267
Correspondence, February-20 March 1879
517
1268-1310
Correspondence, 22 March-April 1879
518
1-47
Correspondence, May-July 1879
518
48-102
Correspondence, August-September 1879
518
103-158
Correspondence, October 1879
518
159-187
Correspondence, November 1879
518
188-257
Correspondence, 1-15 December 1879
518
258-292
Correspondence, 16-30 December 1879
518
293-330
Correspondence, 1879
2323
148-151
Correspondence, 1-16 January 1880
518
332-382
Correspondence, 17-31 Janauary 1880
518
383-444
Correspondence, 1-14 February 1880
518
445-499
Correspondence, 15-28 February 1880
518
500-540
Correspondence, March 1880
518
541-604
Correspondence, 1-15 April 1880
518
605-649
Correspondence, 16-30 April 1880
518
650-684
Correspondence, 1-15 May 1880
518
685-732
Correspondence, 16-31 May 1880
518
733-768
Correspondence, June 1880
518
769-817
Correspondence, July 1880
518
818-880
Correspondence, August-October 1880
518
881-937
Correspondence, November-December 1880
518
938-987
Correspondence, 1880
2323
152-175
Correspondence, January-February 1881
518
988-1017
Correspondence, March-April 1881
518
1018-1067
Correspondence, May-June 1881
518
1068-1108
Correspondence, July-October 1881
518
1109-1157
Correspondence, November-December 1881
518
1158-1197
Correspondence, 1881
2323
176-177
Correspondence, January-March 1882
518
1198-1249
Correspondence, April-May 1882
518
1250-1293
Correspondence, June-August 1882
518
1294-1347
Correspondence, September-October 1882
518
1348-1403
Correspondence, November 1882
518
1404-1442
Correspondence, December 1882
518
1443-1489
Correspondence, 1882
2323
178-180
Correspondence, January-February 1883
518
1490-1552
Correspondence, March-December 1883
518
1553-1610
Correspondence, January-June 1884
518
1611-1655
Correspondence, July-October 1884
518
1656-1683
Correspondence, November 1884
518
1684-1728
Correspondence, 1-14 December 1884
518
1729-1765
Correspondence, 15-30 December 1884
518
1766-1810
Correspondence, January-March 1885
518
1811-1847
Correspondence, April-16 May 1885
518
1848-1865
Correspondence, 17 May-June 1885
519
1-46
Correspondence, July 1885
519
47-71
Correspondence, August-September 1885
519
72-121
Correspondence, October-November 1885
519
122-171
Correspondence, December 1885
519
172-198
Correspondence, January-March 1886
519
199-246
Correspondence, April-May 1886
519
247-299
Correspondence, June-August 1886
519
300-364
Correspondence, September-November 1886
519
365-420
Correspondence, 1886
2323
183-184
Correspondence, January 1887
519
421-468
Correspondence, February 1887
519
469-512
Correspondence, 1-15 March 1887
519
513-568
Correspondence, 16-31 March 1887
519
569-636
Correspondence, 1-11 April 1887
519
637-677
Correspondence, 12-30 April 1887
519
678-726
Correspondence, 1-18 May 1887
519
727-769
Correspondence, 19-31 May 1887
519
770-812
Correspondence, June 1887
519
813-865
Correspondence, July 1887
519
866-918
Correspondence, August 1887
519
919-966
Correspondence, September 1887
519
967-1035
Correspondence, October 1887
519
1036-1077
Correspondence, November-December 1887
519
1078-1119
Correspondence, 1887
2323
181-182
Correspondence, 1887
2323
185-186
Correspondence, January-February 1888
519
1120-1153
Correspondence, March-April 1888
519
1154-1216
Correspondence, May-June 1888
519
1217-1258
Correspondence, July-September 1888
519
1259-1283
Correspondence, October 1888
519
1284-1321
Correspondence, November-December 1888
519
1322-1387
Correspondence, 1888
2323
187-192
Correspondence, January 1889
519
1388-1429
Correspondence, February 1889
519
1430-1465
Correspondence, March 1889
519
1466-1485
Correspondence, April 1889
519
1486-1535
Correspondence, May-10 June 1889
519
1536-1582
Correspondence, 11-30 June 1889
520
1-33
Correspondence, July 1889
520
34-83
Correspondence, August-September 1889
520
84-136
Correspondence, October 1889
520
137-178
Correspondence, November 1889
520
179-219
Correspondence, 1-11 December 1889
520
220-278
Correspondence, 12-22 December 1889
520
279-309
Correspondence, 23-31 December 1889
520
310-361
Correspondence, 1889
2323
193
Correspondence, 1-21 January 1890
520
363-414
Correspondence, 22-31 January 1890
520
415-447
Correspondence, February 1890
520
448-503
Correspondence, March 1890
520
504-575
Correspondence, April 1890
520
576-623
Correspondence, May-June 1890
520
624-669
Correspondence, July 1890
520
670-706
Correspondence, August 1890
520
707-750
Correspondence, September 1890
520
751-796
Correspondence, October 1890
520
797-827
Correspondence, November 1890
520
828-880
Correspondence, December 1890
520
881-923
Correspondence, 1890
2323
194-213
Correspondence, January 1891
520
924-981
Correspondence, February 1891
520
982-1042
Correspondence, March 1891
520
1043-1104
Correspondence, April 1891
520
1105-1163
Correspondence, May 1891
520
1164-1215
Correspondence, June 1891
520
1216-1266
Correspondence, July 1891
520
1267-1305
Correspondence, 1-14 August 1891
520
1306-1350
Correspondence, 15-31 August 1891
520
1351-1397
Correspondence, 1-10 September 1891
520
1398-1443
Correspondence, 11-30 September 1891
520
1444-1480
Correspondence, October 1891
520
1481-1518
Correspondence, November 1891
520
1519-1557
Correspondence, December 1891
520
1558-1594
Correspondence, 1891
2323
214-226
Correspondence, 1-25 January 1892
520
1595-1664
Correspondence, 31 January-February 1892
521
1-33
Correspondence, March-April 1892
521
34-90
Correspondence, May 1892
521
91-134
Correspondence, June-July 1892
521
135-184
Correspondence, August 1892
521
185-246
Correspondence, September 1892
521
247-287
Correspondence, October 1892
521
288-333
Correspondence, November-December 1892
521
334-371
Correspondence, 1892
2323
227-257
Correspondence, January-February 1893
521
372-445
Correspondence, March-May 1893
521
446-510
Correspondence, June-August 1893
521
511-571
Correspondence, September-October 1893
521
572-624
Correspondence, November 1893
521
625-663
Correspondence, December 1893
521
664-713
Correspondence, 1893
2323
258-266
Correspondence, 1-20 January 1894
521
714-750
Correspondence, 21-31 January 1894
521
751-809
Correspondence, 1-10 February 1894
521
810-859
Correspondence, 11-18 February 1894
521
860-909
Correspondence, 19-28 February 1894
521
910-965
Correspondence, 1-20 March 1894
521
966-1004
Correspondence, 20-31 March 1894
521
1005-1067
Correspondence, April 1894
521
1068-1136
Correspondence, May 1894
521
1137-1195
Correspondence, June 1894
521
1196-1262
Correspondence, 1-10 July 1894
521
1263-1307
Correspondence, 11-31 July 1894
521
1308-1357
Correspondence, August-September 1894
521
1358-1419
Correspondence, October 1894
521
1420-1475
Correspondence, November 1894
521
1476-1525
Correspondence, December 1894
521
1526-1594
Correspondence, 1894
2323
267-277
Correspondence, January-10 February 1895
521
1595-1644
Correspondence, 11 February-April 1895
522
1-52
Correspondence, May-August 1895
522
53-102
Correspondence, October-December 1895
522
103-131
Correspondence, 1895
2323
278-287
Correspondence, January-February 1896
522
132-178
Correspondence, March 1896
522
179-239
Correspondence, April 1896
522
240-275
Correspondence, May-June 1896
522
276-339
Correspondence, July-August 1896
522
340-406
Correspondence, September-November 1896
522
407-450
Correspondence, December 1896
522
451-496
Correspondence, 1896
2323
288-297
Correspondence, January-February 1897
522
497-552
Correspondence, March-June 1897
522
553-606
Correspondence, July-September 1897
522
607-646
Correspondence, October-December 1897
522
647-702
Correspondence, 1897
2323
298-311
Correspondence, January-April 1898
522
703-741
Correspondence, May-June 1898
522
742-797
Correspondence, July-August 1898
522
798-845
Correspondence, September-October 1898
522
846-873
Correspondence, November-December 1898
522
874-904
Correspondence, 1898
2323
312-340
Correspondence, January-March 1899
522
905-948
Correspondence, April 1899
522
949-1044
Correspondence, May 1899
522
1045-1116
Correspondence, June-October 1899
522
1117-1152
Correspondence, November-December 1899
522
1153-1213
Correspondence, 1899
2323
341-359
Correspondence, January 1900
522
1215-1306
Correspondence, February 1900
522
1307-1351
Correspondence, March-May 1900
522
1352-1394
Correspondence, June 1900
522
1395-1413
Correspondence, July 1900
522
1414-1477
Correspondence, August 1900
522
1478-1527
Correspondence, September-November 1900
522
1528-1581
Correspondence, December 1900
522
1582-1632
Correspondence, 1-20 January 1901
522
1633-1661
Correspondence, 22 January-February 1901
523
1-50
Correspondence, March 1901
523
51-111
Correspondence, April 1901
523
112-165
Correspondence, May 1901
523
166-235
Correspondence, 1-8 June 1901
523
236-269
Correspondence, 9-30 June 1901
523
270-322
Correspondence, August-October 1901
523
323-355
Correspondence, November-December 1901
523
356-381
Correspondence, January-June 1902
523
382-413
Correspondence, September-December 1902
523
414-445
Correspondence, 1-14 January 1903
523
446-497
Correspondence, 15-31 January 1903
523
498-540
Correspondence, February 1903
523
541-578
Correspondence, March-April 1903
523
579-610
Correspondence, May-December 1903
523
611-665
Correspondence, 1903
2323
360-361
Correspondence, January-October 1904
523
666-702
Correspondence, November 1904
523
703-747
Correspondence, December 1904
523
748-792
Correspondence, 1904
2323
362-363
Correspondence, January-April 1905
523
793-814
Correspondence, 1-7 May 1905
523
815-871
Correspondence, 8-17 May 1905
523
872-926
Correspondence, 18-25 May 1905
523
927-962
Correspondence, 26-31 May 1905
523
963-1005
Correspondence, 1-8 June 1905
523
1006-1059
Correspondence, 9-17 June 1905
523
1060-1101
Correspondence, 18-30 June 1905
523
1102-1151
Correspondence, September-December 1905
523
1152-1182
Correspondence, 1905
2323
364-365
Correspondence, January-March 1906
523
1183-1220
Correspondence, July-December 1906
523
1221-1278
Correspondence, 1906
2323
366-368
Correspondence, January-June 1907
523
1279-1327
Correspondence, July-December 1907
523
1328-1396
Correspondence, January-March 1908
523
1397-1416
Correspondence, April 1908
523
1417-1487
Correspondence, May 1908
523
1488-1564
Correspondence, 1-25 June 1908
523
1565-1615
Correspondence, 25 June-December 1908
524
1-21
Correspondence, 1909
524
22-75
Correspondence, 1909
2323
369-372
Correspondence, 1910
524
77-153
Correspondence, 1910
2323
373-378
Correspondence, 1911
524
154-161
Correspondence, 1911
2323
379-382
Correspondence, 1912
524
162-172
Correspondence, 1912
2323
383-385
Correspondence, 1913-1914
524
173-190
Correspondence, 1913
2323
386-390
Correspondence, 1915-1919
524
191-212
Correspondence, 1915, 1919
2323
391-392
Correspondence, 1920-1923
524
213-226
Correspondence, 1922
2323
393-395
Correspondence, 1930
524
227-234
Correspondence, 1932
2323
396-402
Correspondence, 1934
524
235-248
Correspondence, 1935-1937
524
249-263
Correspondence, 1938
524
264-310
Correspondence, 1940-1951
524
311-335
Correspondence A, undated
524
338-383
Correspondence B, undated
524
384-432
Correspondence, Butler, Annie, undated
(1 of 5)
524
434-474
Correspondence, Butler, Annie, undated
(2 of 5)
524
475-529
Correspondence, Butler, Annie, undated
(3 of 5)
524
530-586
Correspondence, Butler, Annie, undated
(4 of 5)
524
587-625
Correspondence, Butler, Annie, undated
(5 of 5)
524
626-670
Correspondence, C, undated
524
671-719
Correspondence, D-E, undated
524
720-750
Correspondence, F-G, undated
524
765-822
Correspondence, Ha-Hep, undated
524
823-888
Correspondence, Herriman, Elizabeth, undated
(1 of 6)
524
751-764
Correspondence, Herriman, Elizabeth, undated
(2 of 6)
524
890-947
Correspondence, Herriman, Elizabeth, undated
(3 of 6)
524
948-1000
Correspondence, Herriman, Elizabeth, undated
(4 of 6)
524
1001-1059
Correspondence, Herriman, Elizabeth, undated
(5 of 6)
524
1060-1117
Correspondence, Herriman, Elizabeth, undated
(6 of 6)
524
1118-1164
Correspondence, Hi-K, undated
524
1166-1194
Correspondence, L, undated
524
1195-1272
Correspondence, M, undated
(1 of 2)
524
1273-1312
Correspondence, M, undated
(2 of 2)
524
1313-1369
Correspondence, N-P, undated
524
1370-1385
Correspondence, R, undated
(1 of 3)
524
1386-1433
Correspondence, R, undated
(2 of 3)
524
1434-1477
Correspondence, R, undated
(3 of 3)
524
1478-1512
Correspondence, S, undated
(1 of 2)
524
1513-1571
Correspondence, S, undated
(2 of 2)
524
1572-1621
Correspondence, T, undated
524
1622-1685
Correspondence, Va-Ved, undated
524
1686-1697
Correspondence, Vedder, Anita H., undated
525
2-73
Correspondence, Vedder, Caroline E., undated
525
75-80
Correspondence, Vedder, Caroline R., undated
(1 of 6)
525
82-136
Correspondence, Vedder, Caroline R., undated
(2 of 6)
525
137-187
Correspondence, Vedder, Caroline R., undated
(3 of 6)
525
188-247
Correspondence, Vedder, Caroline R., undated
(4 of 6)
525
248-292
Correspondence, Vedder, Caroline R., undated
(5 of 6)
525
293-328
Correspondence, Vedder, Caroline R., undated
(6 of 6)
525
329-376
Correspondence, Vedder, Elihu, undated
(1 of 4)
525
378-422
Correspondence, Vedder, Elihu, undated
(2 of 4)
525
423-475
Correspondence, Vedder, Elihu, undated
(3 of 4)
525
476-532
Correspondence, Vedder, Elihu, undated
(4 of 4)
525
533-599
Correspondence, Vedder, Elihu, Sr., undated
525
601-609
Correspondence, Vedder, Enoch, undated
(1 of 4)
525
611-662
Correspondence, Vedder, Enoch, undated
(2 of 4)
525
663-712
Correspondence, Vedder, Enoch, undated
(3 of 4)
525
713-764
Correspondence, Vedder, Enoch, undated
(4 of 4)
525
765-811
Correspondence, W, undated
525
813-848
Correspondence, Unidentified, undated
(1 of 3)
525
849-913
Correspondence, Unidentified, undated
(2 of 3)
526
1-44
Correspondence, Unidentified, undated
(3 of 3)
526
45-95
Correspondence, Unidentified, undated
2323
6-28
Correspondence, A-H, undated
2323
30-62
Correspondence, I-R, undated
2323
63-108
Correspondence, S-Z, undated
2323
109-126

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