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Erastus Dow Palmer letter, 1868 March 10

Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904



Collection Information

Size: 1 Item, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: A letter to Palmer from Frederic Edwin Church, written from Jaffa, Palestine.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sculptor; Albany, N.Y. Was self-taught. Was an expert joiner, patternmaker, and cameo cutter as well.


This typescript was prepared by the donor, David Huntington, in March 1957 from the original letter owned by Palmer's grandson, Joseph Gavit. Huntington writes, "I have had to do a minimum of editing. Church seldom used periods. He generally punctuated with dashes, or if the sentence ended at the margin he might not even write a dash. Where there would be a period, a double space has been left. If a word has been crossed out the typist has indicated dashes over the word."

Location of Originals

  • Original owned by Joseph Gavit.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3470 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Letter is a typescript.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Erastus Dow Palmer letter, 1868 March 10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.