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Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams papers, 1887-1984

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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
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Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1933
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Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1938
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Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1947
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Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1948
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Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1949 January-April
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Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1949 May
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Esther Williams to Her Parents, 1955, 1961
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Esther Williams to Her Parents, circa 1930-1940s
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Esther Baldwin Williams to Esther Williams, 1947-1948
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Esther Baldwin Williams to Oliver Williams, 1942
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Esther Baldwin Williams Letters, circa 1900, 1887
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Unidentified Family Members, 1917
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Alan, Mrs. Joseph, 1941-1944
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Albany Institute of History and Art, 1941-1945
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American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1944
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American Library of Color Slides, 1941
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Art Institute of Chicago, 1935-1943
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Artist Dealer Committee, 1940
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Artists for Victory, 1944
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31
A, 1950
  • Acheson, George
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The Barnetts, 1944, 1947
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Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1937-1940
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34
Bradley, Mary, 1941
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Brooklyn Museum, 1939
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Budworth and Son, 1939
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Burroughs, John Rolfe, 1938-1946
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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.
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California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, 1948
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40
Carnegie Institute, 1936-1949
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41
Carson, Margaret, 1944
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Chamberlain, Grace M., 1941-1947
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Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1937-1939
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Cram, Caroline, 1946-1951
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C, 1939-1945
  • Creighton, Bessy
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Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1935
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47
De Young Memorial Museum, 1943
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48
Detroit Institute of Arts, 1943
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49
Doelper, Mrs. Margaret, 1945-1947
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Doll and Richards Inc., 1941
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D, 1941-1944
  • D'Antuire, Leanne
  • Damrosch, Mr.
  • Desfosses, Beatrice
  • Dunn, Mrs. Henry W.
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Edwards, Lucretia, 1948-1950
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Edwards, W.D., 1937-1950
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Eilshemius, Louis M., 1930-1936
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Finck, J. Furman and Millie, 1943-1944
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Finck, J. Furman and Millie, 1945-1948
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Freuler, Helen M., 1947
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Golden Gate International Exposition, 1938-1940
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Grace Horne Galleries, 1935-1944
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G, 1941-1957
  • Galande, Jane
  • Goldstone, Harmon
  • Greene, N.
  • Guglin, Marie
  • G., Elliot
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Hibbard, A.T., 1943-1944
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H, 1941-1947
  • Haranki, N.
  • Hartwell, Mrs.
  • Hathaway, Calvin
  • H., John
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Institute of Modern Art, Boston, 1937-1939
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John Herron Art Institute, 1939-1940
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Jordan Marsh Company, 1937-1940
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Kraushaar Art Galleries, 1940-1946
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Kraushaar Art Galleries, 1947-1952
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Kroll, Leon and Genevieve, 1929-1942
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K, 1943-1947
  • Katzenstein, Irving
  • Killam, Louise
  • Kleinschmidt, Eleanor Stevens
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Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art, 1944
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L, 1941-1947
  • Latimer, Glenna
  • Laylin, John
  • Lockwood, John
  • Lundbergh, Holger
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Mayer, Mrs. Arthur, 1950
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Montclair Art Museum, 1942-1943
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M, 1941-1950
  • Mathews, Alison
  • Money, T. Davis
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National Art Society, 1939
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New Britain Institute, 1950
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New York World's Fair Exhibition, 1939
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N, 1941
  • Nellies, C.
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Prendergast, Eugenie and Charles, 1941-1948
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Prendergast, Maurice, 1904-1918
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Prendergast, Maurice, 1904-1918
(Duplicates, Xerox Copies)
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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1940
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Penny, Laura, 1939
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Pepper, Charles H., 1936-1947
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Pittsburgh Art Company, 1940
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P, 1941
  • Peterson, Eva
  • Pikard, Aunt
  • Paul P.
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Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, 1938
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Rhys, Hedley, 1950
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Rockport Art Association, 1937-1948
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Rosebault, C.J., 1944-1947
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Ruellan, Andree, 1941-1947
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R, 1950
  • Rich, Dan
  • Rieffel, Mary
  • Riezler, Katherine
  • Rothenberg, Mrs. Harold
  • Ruart, Cornet de Ways
  • R., Charlotte
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Shaw, George R., 1940
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Smith College, 1945
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Society for the Presevation of New England Antiquities, Inc., 1938-1939
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Studio Guild Inc., 1938
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S, 1941-1944
  • Scott, Mrs. Palmer
  • Studin, Charles
  • Sugrand, Elsce
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Taylor, Molly, circa 1960
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Toledo Musuem of Art, 1935-1944
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Watson, Forbes, 1947
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Weyhe Gallery, 1940-1941
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White, Peregrine, 1941
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Whitney Museum of American Art, 1936-1940
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Windsor, Mary P., 1941
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Worchester Art Museum, 1937-1945
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United American Artists, 1939
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T, U, V, W, 1941-1946
  • Tomorrow's Masterpiece Inc.
  • Vicentini, Noel
  • Wagners
  • Wanamaker, John
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First Names Only, 1941-1949
  • Annie
  • Betty
  • Esther
  • Hetty
  • Mary
  • Nadin
  • Sandy
  • Winifred
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Drafts of Letters, 1943
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Fragments, circa 1930s
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