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

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Series 1: Miscellaneous Personal Papers , 1975, 1888-1947
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3, 33-34, OV 42

This series consists of material of a more personal nature or relating to more personal aspects of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's life apart from her numerous professional, philanthropic, and artistic activities. Material includes schoolwork, report cards (for both Whitney and her daughter, Barbara), financial material (relating mostly to household and clothing expenses), official and travel documents, interviews, biographical sketches and writings about Whitney (including pieces written by Guy Pene du Bois, Frederick James Gregg, and Camille Mauclair), awards and honorary degrees, address and telephone books, printed material, two sound recordings of interviews on two sound discs, and scattered lists and notes.
Also found are files relating to various committees in which Whitney participated, such as ones for the campaign of Charles Hughes for President in 1916, for the erection of Victory Hall, a combined war memorial and convention center, and the New York World's Fair; files relating to the Whitney's custody battle for her niece, Gloria Vanderbilt, in 1934; and files relating to the gift of Whitney's dresses to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1975.
Of particular note in this series are a paper doll book consisting of hand-made, painted, and individually named paper dolls, presumably created by Whitney sometime in the late 1880s or early 1890s, and the book A Handbook of Anatomy for Art Sudents (1896), which may have been used by Whitney in her early studies of art and which contains scattered sketches and notes. Another item of note is a letter of introduction for the Whitneys, written by Alice G. Vanderbilt and introducing them to the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Files are arranged alphabetically.
The bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of some clippings and printed miscellany; the bulk of A Handbook of Anatomy for Art Students (Whitney's enclosed sketches and notes have been scanned); and clippings relating to the Gloria Vanderbilt custody case.
Description Container Select
Address and Telephone Books, undated
1
1-3
Affidavit Regarding Taxes on Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Estate, 1943
1
4
Auction Catalogs
The Private Collection of Mrs. W. B. Force, 1931
1
5
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Estate, 1942
1
6
Awards and Honorary Degrees, 1924-1941
Oversized material housed in Box 33 and OV 42
1
7
Biographical Sketches (WMAA file), 1917-1947
1
8
Biographical Writings on Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, undated
1
9
Committee Files
National Hughes Campaign, 1916
1
10
Victory Hall Association, 1920
1
11-13
New York World's Fair, World's Fair Five Corporation, 1935-1940
1
14
Cut-outs of Famous People on Cardboard, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 42
1
15
Financial Material
Morgan, Harjes, and Co. Statements, 1915-1918
1
16
Cancelled Checks, 1898-1900
1
17
Checkbooks, 1902-1903
1
18
Checkbooks, 1908-1909
1
19
Checkbooks, 1911-1912
1
20
Checkbooks, 1914-1918
1
21
Checkbooks, 1916-1917
1
22
Checkbooks, 1907, 1918
1
23
Checkbooks, 1919-1920
1
24
Checkbooks, 1920-1928
1
25
Checkbooks, 1926-1940
1
26
Receipts, 1911-1940
2
1-6
Lists of Expenses, 1917-1919
2
7
Flora Payne Whitney: Her Life and Times by Mark D. Hirsch, Typed Manuscript of Chapters 5-6, Bibliography, and Appendices, undated
2
8
Gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, 1975
2
9
Girls Club, Book (empty) and Rules, 1893
2
10
Gloria Vanderbilt Custody Case, 1933-1937
2
11-13
Gloria Vanderbilt Custody Case, Clippings, 1934-1941
2
14
A Handbook of Anatomy for Art Students (sketches and notes enclosed), 1896
Oversized material housed in Box 33
2
15
Interviews
"Revising City Charter," W. H. N. Station, 1935 December 28
1 sound discs (vinyl)
Oversized material housed in Box 34
2
16
General Motors Program (transcript), 1940 April 6
2
17
"Hour of Charm," W. E. A. F. Station, 1940 April 7
1 sound discs (vinyl)
Oversized material housed in Box 34
2
18
Last Will and Testament (draft), 1910
2
19
Last Will and Testament of Harry Payne Whitney, 1929
2
20
Last Will and Testament of Alice G. Vanderbilt, 1934
2
21
Letter of Introduction for Gertrude and Harry Payne Whitney (from Alice G. Vanderbilt to Augustus Saint-Gaudens), circa 1900
2
22
List of Books Owned by Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1890
2
23
List of Works and Sketch of Sculpture, undated
2
24
Notes, 1900-1925
2
25
Paper Doll Book, circa 1890s
2
26
Passport, 1937
2
27
Poem Written for Gertrude Vanderbilt While Aboard Etruria (author unknown), 1889
2
28
"Pourquoi Aimer?" by [Harry] McVickar, 1895
2
29
Printed and Other Miscellany, 1910-1939
2
30-32
Report Cards for Barbara Whitney, 1916-1920
2
33
School Reports, 1889-1892
2
34
School Work, 1889-1894
2
35-40
Scrapbook on Eleanore Duse, 1923-1924
3
1
Sign, "In Memory of Harry Payne Whitney", 1930
Oversized material housed in OV 42
3
2
Steamship Trips, Sailing and Passenger Lists, 1888-1901
3
3
Telephone Message, Empty Envelopes, and Other Material, undated
3
4
Volumes of Transcribed Poetry, 1895, undated
3
5-8
Oversize, Awards and Honorary Degrees scanned with Box 1, Folder 7, 1924-1941
33
Oversize, A Handbook of Anatomy for Art Students (sketches and notes enclosed) scanned with Box 2, Folder 15, 1896
33
Oversize, Interviews, "Revising City Charter," W. H. N. Station (sound recording) from Box 2, Folder 16, 1935 December 28
34
Oversize, Interviews, "Hour of Charm," W. E. A. F. Station (sound recording) from Box 2, Folder 18, 1940 April 7
34
Oversize, Awards and Honorary Degrees scanned with Box 1, Folder 7, 1924-1941
OV 42
Oversize, Cut-outs of Famous People on Cardboard scanned with Box 1, Folder 15, undated
OV 42
Oversize, Sign, "In Memory of Harry Payne Whitney," scanned with Box 3, Folder 2, 1930
OV 42

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