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A Finding Aid to the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers, 1851-1975, bulk 1888-1942 | Digitized Collection

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers, 1851-1975, bulk 1888-1942

Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1875-1942

Art patron, Sculptor

Representative image for Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers, 1851-1975, bulk 1888-1942

This site provides access to the papers of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2014. The bulk of the papers have been scanned, and total 49,453 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 35.8 linear feet

Summary: The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers measure approximately 35.8 linear feet and date from 1851 to 1975, with the bulk of the material dating from 1888 to 1942. The collection documents the life and work of the art patron and sculptor, especially her promotion of American art and artists, her philanthropy and war relief work, her commissions for memorial sculpture, and her creative writing. Papers include correspondence, journals, writings, project files, scrapbooks, photographs, art work, printed material, and miscellaneous personal papers.

Biographical/Historical Note

New York art patron and sculptor, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942), was the eldest daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt, and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Provenance

The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers were donated in 1981 and 1991 by Whitney's granddaughter, Flora Miller Irving.

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Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.