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Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams papers, 1887-1984

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1942-1979
2 Folders
Box 1

There is a membership card to the Rockport Art Association and a biographical sketch of Esther Baldwin Williams.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Biographical Sketch, 1979
1
1
Membership Card, 1942
1
2

Series 2: Personal Business Records , 1893-1966
9 Folders
Box 1

Business records are very scattered. They include receipts of purchases made at an auction and galleries by Esther Baldwin Williams. Esther Williams' records consist of banking records, exhibition entry forms, loan and sales receipts, and consignment receipts from Kraushaar Galleries.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Auction Receipts, 1893
1
3
Art Purchase Receipts, 1899, 1905-1925
1
4
Banking Materials, circa 1910
1
5
Confirmations and Receipts, 1939-1945
1
6
Consignment Receipts, Kraushaar Galleries, 1942-1948
1
7
Dues, circa 1930
1
8
Exhibition Entry Forms, 1937
1
9
Loan Receipts, 1936-1941
1
10
Sales Receipts, 1966
1
11

Series 3: Correspondence , 1887-1961
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Incoming and outgoing correspondence is found for both women, however, the majority of correspondence is that of Ester Williams. Esther Williams wrote many letters to her parents while she was in Paris. She discusses her painting, her thoughts about life, impressions of current events, and her daily activities. There is also routine business correspondence with galleries, institutions, and associations, including the Rockport Art Association, concerning sales, loans, and commissions. Notable correspondents found among Esther Williams letters are Louis Eilshemius, Furman J. Finck, and Leon Kroll.
Esther Baldwin Williams was a friend and patron of Maurice Prendergast and her correspondence contains a significant number of letters written to her by Prendergast. He writes about his health, including his loss of hearing in 1905, the "eye strain" which forced him to give up painting that same year, and his illness in Venice in 1911. He also writes about sales of his paintings to Williams, exhibitions of his work, of mutual friends Charles Prendergast, Arthur B. Davies, and William Glackens, the influence of Cézanne on his work, of his reaction to French paintings in Paris in 1907, and of his reaction to a jury's rejection of a Luks painting in 1904 and of the superiority of the Luks painting over a Sargent painting that was accepted by the jury for exhibition. There are also letters to Esther Williams from other friends.
The correspondence of Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams is arranged together by name of correspondent.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1931-1932
1
12
Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1933
1
13
Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1938
1
14
Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1947
1
15
Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1948
1
16
Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1949 January-April
1
17
Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1949 May
1
18
Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1955, 1961
1
19
Esther Williams to Her Parents, circa 1930-1940s
1
20
Esther Baldwin Williams to Esther Williams, 1947-1948
1
21
Esther Baldwin Williams to Oliver Williams, 1942
1
22
Esther Baldwin Williams Letters, circa 1900, 1887
1
23
Unidentified Family Members, 1917
1
24
Alan, Mrs. Joseph, 1941-1944
1
25
Albany Institute of History and Art, 1941-1945
1
26
American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1944
1
27
American Library of Color Slides, 1941
1
28
Art Institute of Chicago, 1935-1943
1
29
Artist Dealer Committee, 1940
1
30
Artists for Victory, 1944
1
31
A, 1950
  • Acheson, George
1
32
The Barnetts, 1944, 1947
1
33
Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1937-1940
1
34
Bradley, Mary, 1941
1
35
Brooklyn Museum, 1939
1
36
Budworth and Son, 1939
1
37
Burroughs, John Rolfe, 1938-1946
1
38
B, 1941-1950
  • Barron, Grace
  • Bates, Nathan W.
  • Beal, Mrs. Gifford
  • Berrall, Lloyd
  • Biddle, Will
  • Bidder, Gina
  • Borne, Mrs. Adolphe
  • Brandeis, Irma
  • Brooks, Reva
  • Brown, Elizabeth Wentworth
  • Winifred, H. B.
1
39
California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, 1948
1
40
Carnegie Institute, 1936-1949
1
41
Carson, Margaret, 1944
1
42
Chamberlain, Grace M., 1941-1947
1
43
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1937-1939
1
44
Cram, Caroline, 1946-1951
1
45
C, 1939-1945
  • Creighton, Bessy
1
46
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1935
1
47
De Young Memorial Museum, 1943
1
48
Detroit Institute of Arts, 1943
1
49
Doelper, Mrs. Margaret, 1945-1947
1
50
Doll and Richards Inc., 1941
1
51
D, 1941-1944
  • D'Antuire, Leanne
  • Damrosch, Mr.
  • Desfosses, Beatrice
  • Dunn, Mrs. Henry W.
1
52
Edwards, Lucretia, 1948-1950
1
53
Edwards, W.D., 1937-1950
1
54
Eilshemius, Louis M., 1930-1936
1
55
Finck, J. Furman and Millie, 1943-1944
1
56
Finck, J. Furman and Millie, 1945-1948
1
57
Freuler, Helen M., 1947
1
58
Golden Gate International Exposition, 1938-1940
1
59
Grace Horne Galleries, 1935-1944
1
60
G, 1941-1957
  • Galande, Jane
  • Goldstone, Harmon
  • Greene, N.
  • Guglin, Marie
  • G., Elliot
1
61
Hibbard, A.T., 1943-1944
1
62
H, 1941-1947
  • Haranki, N.
  • Hartwell, Mrs.
  • Hathaway, Calvin
  • H., John
1
63
Institute of Modern Art, Boston, 1937-1939
1
64
John Herron Art Institute, 1939-1940
1
65
Jordan Marsh Company, 1937-1940
1
66
Kraushaar Art Galleries, 1940-1946
1
67
Kraushaar Art Galleries, 1947-1952
1
68
Kroll, Leon and Genevieve, 1929-1942
1
69
K, 1943-1947
  • Katzenstein, Irving
  • Killam, Louise
  • Kleinschmidt, Eleanor Stevens
1
70
Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art, 1944
1
71
L, 1941-1947
  • Latimer, Glenna
  • Laylin, John
  • Lockwood, John
  • Lundbergh, Holger
1
72
Mayer, Mrs. Arthur, 1950
1
73
Montclair Art Museum, 1942-1943
1
74
M, 1941-1950
  • Mathews, Alison
  • Money, T. Davis
1
75
National Art Society, 1939
1
76
New Britain Institute, 1950
1
77
New York World's Fair Exhibition, 1939
1
78
N, 1941
  • Nellies, C.
1
79
Prendergast, Eugenie and Charles, 1941-1948
1
80
Prendergast, Maurice, 1904-1918
1
81
Prendergast, Maurice, 1904-1918
(Duplicates, Xerox Copies)
1
82
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1940
1
83
Penny, Laura, 1939
1
84
Pepper, Charles H., 1936-1947
1
85
Pittsburgh Art Company, 1940
1
86
P, 1941
  • Peterson, Eva
  • Pikard, Aunt
  • Paul P.
1
87
Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, 1938
1
88
Rhys, Hedley, 1950
1
89
Rockport Art Association, 1937-1948
1
90
Rosebault, C.J., 1944-1947
1
91
Ruellan, Andree, 1941-1947
1
92
R, 1950
  • Rich, Dan
  • Rieffel, Mary
  • Riezler, Katherine
  • Rothenberg, Mrs. Harold
  • Ruart, Cornet de Ways
  • R., Charlotte
1
93
Shaw, George R., 1940
1
94
Smith College, 1945
1
95
Society for the Presevation of New England Antiquities, Inc., 1938-1939
1
96
Studio Guild Inc., 1938
1
97
S, 1941-1944
  • Scott, Mrs. Palmer
  • Studin, Charles
  • Sugrand, Elsce
1
98
Taylor, Molly, circa 1960
2
1
Toledo Musuem of Art, 1935-1944
2
2
Watson, Forbes, 1947
2
3
Weyhe Gallery, 1940-1941
2
4
White, Peregrine, 1941
2
5
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1936-1940
2
6
Windsor, Mary P., 1941
2
7
Worchester Art Museum, 1937-1945
2
8
United American Artists, 1939
2
9
T, U, V, W, 1941-1946
  • Tomorrow's Masterpiece Inc.
  • Vicentini, Noel
  • Wagners
  • Wanamaker, John
2
10
First Names Only, 1941-1949
  • Annie
  • Betty
  • Esther
  • Hetty
  • Mary
  • Nadin
  • Sandy
  • Winifred
2
11
Drafts of Letters, 1943
2
12
Fragments, circa 1930s
2
13

Series 4: Writings and Notes , 1892-1947
0.2 Linear feet
Box 2

Writings include two diaries kept by Esther Baldwin Williams from 1892 until 1902, covering time spent in Paris, and later in Boston. The diaries discuss personal relationships with friends and family as well as art and music; some pages are illustrated with sketches. Also found in this series are scattered notes, including lists of works of art, family members, visitors to an exhibition, and Esther William's concerts. Notes include Charles Prendergast's Notes on Formula of Ebonizing Technique.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Esther Baldwin William's Diary, 1892-1896
2
14
Esther Baldwin William's Diary, 1897-1902
2
15
Lists of Works of Art, circa 1940s
2
16
Lists of Family Members, circa 1940
2
17
Lists of Esther's Concerts, circa 1930s
2
18
Lists of Exhibition Visitors, 1947
2
19
Notes, circa 1940-1947
2
20
Charles Prendergast's Notes on Formula of Ebonizing Technique, 1902-1910
2
21

Series 5: Sketchbooks and Sketches , circa 1900
0.2 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Four sketchbooks, and loose sketches tucked into sketchbooks, likely by Esther Baldwin Williams, contain pencil and watercolor sketches of cats, babies and children, orchestral scenes, portraits, and architecture.
Materials are arranged by artist and document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Esther Baldwin Williams Sketchbook, circa 1900
Architecture, portraits, babies
2
22
Esther Baldwin Williams Sketchbook, circa 1900
Children, babies, cats
2
23
Esther Baldwin Williams Sketchbook, circa 1900
Cats
3
1
Esther Baldwin Williams Sketchbook, circa 1900
Orchestras
3
2
Loose Sketches, circa 1900
3
3

Series 6: Printed Material , 1883-1984
0.2 Linear feet
Box 3

Scattered printed materials include a copy of Cezanne's Studio given to Esther Baldwin Williams by Maurice Prendergast, a copy of a family history by Nadia Williams, exhibition announcements and catalogs for J Foxcroft Cole, Adelaide Cole Chase, and Maurice Prendergast, materials concerning Louis Eilshemuis, bulletins for museums and art organizations, clippings, a playbill, and blank postcards.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been partially scanned. Only the cover and title page of Charles Abbot Baldwin and his Family, by Nadia Williams has been scanned.
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Cezanne's Studio, by Ambrose Vollard, 1915
3
4
Charles Abbot Baldwin and his Family, by Nadia Williams, 1984
3
5
Poem by L. Eilshemius, 1900
3
6
Exhibition Catalog, J. Foxcroft Cole, 1883
Annotated with prices and purchases
3
7
Exhibition Catalog, Adelaide Cole Chase, circa 1917-1920
Fragment
3
8
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcement, Maurice Prendergast, 1925-1950
3
9
Concerning Louis Eilshemuis, circa 1930
3
10
Clippings, 1949-1969
3
11
Museum and Art Organization Bulletins, circa 1937-1944
3
12
Business Cards, circa 1950s
3
13
Blank Exhibition Entry Forms, 1939-1942
3
14
Playbill, circa 1920s
3
15
Blank Postcards, circa 1950s, 1908
3
16
Postcards of Maurice Prendergast's Works of Art, circa 1950s
3
17

Series 7: Photographs , circa 1900-circa 1920
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4

There is one photograph of an unidentified work of art and a family photo album circa 1900 with photos of babies, children, and family members. The photo album is largely unlabeled.
This series has been partially scanned. Some of the photographs of children in the family album have not been scanned.
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Photograph of Unidentified Work of Art, circa 1920
3
18
Loose Photographs Tucked into Scrapbook, circa 1900
3
19
Photo Album, circa 1900
4
1

Make a Request

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