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Harry Siddons Mowbray and Mowbray Family papers, 1872-1976

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 11 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.

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Series 1: Biographical Information , 1872-1965
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1, 13, 15

Most of the biographical material concerns Harry Siddons Mowbray's career as an artist. Found are admissions tickets, menus, programs, and invitations to dedication ceremonies in Washington D.C.; Atelier Bonnant acceptance material; awards; and World War I support material given to Mowbray in thanks for his participation in advocating for the United States' involvement in the war. Other materials include biographical sketches; Mowbray's marriage certificate with his second wife, Florence; obituaries and estate papers; travel papers; and West Point acceptance material and discharge papers. George Mowbray's pocket chemist book is also found.
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Admissions Tickets, 1918-1928
1
1
Appointment Certificates , 1888-1925
Oversized material housed in OV15
1
2
Atelier Bonnant Materials, 1878-1879
1
3
Awards, 1901
1
4
Biographical Sketches, after 1928
1
5
Business and Calling Cards, circa 1900
1
6
Invitations, 1879-1954
1
7
Marriage Certificate, 1915
1
8
Menus, 1884-1901, 1965
Some menus are original etchings and are signed by artists on the back, including Kenyon Cox, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Stanford White, J. Beckwith, and T. W. Dewing.
1
9
Programs, 1905-1907
1
10-11
Obituaries, Funeral Sermons, and Memorials, 1928
1
12-14
Travel Papers, 1874-1878
1
15
West Point and Military Papers, 1872-1978
1
16-18
Will and Estate Papers, 1926-1928
1
19
World War I Support Material, 1918-1919
Oversized material housed in OV13
1
20
George Mowbray's Chemist Pocket Book, 1883
1
21
Oversized World War I Materials, circa 1919
Material from Box 1, F20
13
Oversized Appointment Certificates, 1910
Material from Box 1, F2
15

Series 2: Correspondence , 1873-1957
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

This series contains scattered correspondence from artists, colleagues, and art organizations to Harry Siddons Mowbray. Personal correspondence consists of letters from Mowbray's adoptive father and uncle, George Mowbray and some scattered family members. Correspondents include George Mowbray, James Carroll Beckwith, Edwin Blashfield, Bryson Burroughs, Charkes McKim and William R. Mead. Also found are extensive condolence letters and thank you notes written to Florence Mowbray upon her husband's death and for copies of a biography of her husband, respectively. Other letters are to Mowbray's grandson, Harry Siddons Mowbray, Jr.. There is also a letter to Mowbray's son George.
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A, 1904-1926
1
22
B, 1909-1922
1
23
D, 1910
1
24
F, 1914
1
25
G, 1920
1
26
H, 1912-1926
1
27
I, 1905-1911
1
28
L, 1916
1
29
M, circa 1910-1926
1
30
Mc, 1902-1926
1
31
Mowbray, George, 1873-1884
1
32
P, 1911-1924
1
33
S, 1903-1923
1
34
T, 1920
1
35
V, 1911-1914
1
36
W, 1877-1915
1
37
First Names Only, circa 1900
1
38
Unidentified, circa 1900
1
39
Florence Mowbray and H. Siddons Mowbray Jr. Correspondence
Condolence Letters, 1928
1
40-43
Thank You Notes--for Mowbray Memorial Book, 1928-1935
1
44-47
General , 1928-1957
1
48-50

Series 3: Diaries , 1876-1929
1.2 Linear feet
Box 1-2

This series consists of nineteen total diaries, seventeen of which are written by Harry Siddons Mowbray (1876-1927). The additional two diaries are by Elsie Mowbray in (1901) and Florence Mowbray (1929).
Harry Siddons Mowbray diaries discuss Mowbray's day-to-day life including his relationship with family and friends; his career spanning his service on numerous public art committees and of his works of art; and current events. The first diary (1876) focuses on Mowbray's journey to the Archipelago of the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. The diaries jump to 1912 and are complete until 1927. From 1912 until 1920, Mowbray gives descriptions of the weather and quick comments on his days. He includes tips for plaster casts (1915). Mowbray's discussion of world affairs includes the sinking of the Titanic the United States' declaration of war in 1917. He relates these larger events by describing their relation to his personal life and family by discussing his colleague Francis Millet's death upon the Titanic and his son's return from World War I.
Starting in the 1920s, Mowbray focuses his diaries on his service on the Commission of Fine Arts based in Washington, D.C.. These later diaries discuss the construction of Memorial Bridge and Key Bridge and Mowbray's opinions of their location and design; a proposed memorial to be dedicated to President Harding; the process of standardizing the flag of the United States; diplomatic receptions and visits to the White House; the dedication and design of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery; the Navy Memorial; public pool placement in the District of Columbia and related racial tension; federal buildings along Pennsylvania Avenue; and the proposed memorial to George Washington at Wakefield House.
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Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1876
This diary begins as a notepad for notes, possibly while Mowbray was at West Point, and includes a song and sketches. The diary focuses on a trip to the Azores beginning on July 6, 1876. Included are shipboard sketches as well as vivid descriptions of flying fish, whales, Azores cuisine, and Horta Bay.
1
51
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1912
1
52
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1913
1
53
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1914
1
54
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1915
2
1
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1916
2
2
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1917
2
3
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1918
2
4
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1919
Includes a recipe for mulled wine
2
5
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1920
2
6
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1921
2
7
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1922
2
8
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1923
2
9
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1924
2
10
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1925
2
11
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1926
2
12
Harry Siddons Mowbray Diary, 1927
2
13
Elsie Mowbray Diary, 1901
2
14
Florence Mowbray Diary, 1929
This diary focuses on a trip to Europe on the SS America.
2
15

Series 4: Writings and Notes , circa 1870- circa 1930
0.2 Linear feet
Box 3

Writings include an autobiographical manuscript, school writings, and lists written by Mowbray. Other materials include a handwritten copy of a poem by Kenyon Cox and a biography of Mowbray by Herbert Sherwood.
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Autobiography, Handwritten Manuscript, circa 1928
3
1
Autobiography, Manuscript and Notes, 1929-1930
3
2-4
School Writings, circa 1870
3
5
Lists, circa 1920-1966
3
6-7
Poem, by Kenyon Cox (copy), circa 1900
3
8
Biography of Harry Siddons Mowbray, by Herbert Sherwood, circa 1928
3
9

Series 5: Personal Business and Financial Records , 1877-1966
3 Folders
Box 3

This series consists of documents relating to a French military sponsorship, gift acknowledgements, and receipts.
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French Military Sponsorship, 1915
3
10
Gift to Yale University , 1924-1928
3
11
Receipts, 1966, 1877-1888
3
12-14

Series 6: Commission Files , 1896-1979
0.4 Linear feet
Box 3

Commission files include the Larz Anderson House, Appellate Court in New York City; Federal Building in Cleveland, Ohio; Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT; the Life of Christ Series; Madison Square Church in New York City; Morgan Library in New York City; St. John's Church in Washington, CT; University Club in New York City; and F. W. Vanderbilt House in Hyde Park, New York. Files contain correspondence, brochures published by the sponsor, clippings, plans and writings. Photographs of these works of art are arranged in Series 9, Photographs.
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Anderson House, Washington, D.C.
Writings, circa 1904
3
15
Society of the Cincinnati Materials , circa 1950-1979
3
16-17
Appellate Court, New York City, NY
Correspondence, 1896-1900
3
18
Clippings, 1917
3
19
Brochure, circa 1896
3
20
Federal Building, Cleveland, OH
Correspondence, 1911
3
21
Writings, Descriptions and Explainations of Works of Art, circa 1911
3
22
Gunn Memorial Library, Washington, CT
Correspondence, 1913-1929
3
23
Writings, Speeches, circa 1914
3
24
Clippings, 1914-1942
3
25
Brochures, 1908-1914
3
26
Life of Christ Series
Correspondence, 1924
3
27
Correspondence, Regarding Exhibition, 1929-1930
3
28
Lists and Notes, circa 1924
3
29
Clippings, 1924
3
30
Pamphlet and Invitations for Exhibition, circa 1929
3
31
Madison Square Presbyterian Church, New York City, NY
Correspondence, 1979, 1905-1910
3
32
Clippings, circa 1910
3
33
Pamphlets, circa 1910
3
34
Morgan Library, New York City, NY
Correspondence, 1904, 1942
3
35
Plans, Layout, circa 1907-circa 1930
3
36
Writings, circa 1907
3
37
Clippings, 1924-1927
3
38
St. John's Church, Washington, CT
Correspondence, circa 1910-1928
3
39
Clippings, 1941, circa 1920
3
40
Pamphlet, circa 1920
3
41
Photographs, before 1940
3
42
University Club, New York City, NY, 1924, 1902-1904
Writings, circa 1905
3
44
Invitations, 1904-1905
3
45
Clippings, circa 1904-1907
3
46
F. W. Vanderbilt House Murals, Hyde Park, NY
Correspondence, 1942, 1908
3
47

Series 7: Organization Files , 1904-1928
0.7 Linear feet
Box 3-4, 13, 15-16

This series contains records relating to Harry Siddons Mowbray's involvement with the American Academy in Rome, Commission of Fine Arts, and the Sculpture Commission of Connecticut. American Academy in Rome materials consist of organizational history notes, correspondence, printed materials, and photographs. The Commission of Fine Arts records contain correspondence, meeting minutes, reports and conclusions made by the commission, printed material, and sketches. Materials of note include those relating to the standardization of flag of the United States which consist of drawings and sketches, reports, and color samples of blue and red. There is also a report concerning the authenticity of a Titan painting, The Scultpure Commission of Connecticut material consists of appointment certificates, correspondence, lists, a resolution, and clippings.
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American Academy in Rome
Organizational History Notes, circa 1904
3
48
Correspondence, 1903-1919
3
49
Brochures and Information Booklets, 1916, 1904-1907
3
50
Clippings, 1905-1924
3
51
Prints of Plans of Director's Residence, circa 1904
3
52
Commission of Fine Arts
Correspondence, 1921-1928
3
53-55
Meeting Minutes, 1923-1927
3
56-58
Reports and Conclusions, 1925-1926
Includes flag standardization reports
3
59-62
"A Visit to the White House," probably by Harry Siddons Mowbray, 1923 November 15
3
63
Clippings and Printed Materials for Memorials , 1921-1927
Oversized material housed in OV15-16
3
64-65
Sketches, Drawings, and Examples for Flag Standardization, circa 1925
Oversized material housed in OV15
3
66
Color Samples for Flag Standardization, 1925
3
67
Oversized Clippings and Flag Standardization Material, 1921-1928
Material from Box 3, F64-66
15-16
Sculpture Commission of Connecticut
Appointment Certificates, 1909-1925
Oversized material housed in Box 13
4
1
Correspondence, 1916
4
2
Lists, circa 1909
4
3
Resolution, 1909 August 11
4
4
Clippings, circa 1909
4
5
Oversized Certificates, 1909-1925
Material from Box 4, F1
13

Series 8: Printed Material , 1876-1976
0.2 Linear feet
Box 4, 16

This series contains blank stationery and postcards, clippings, an issue of Collector's News, and exhibition announcements and catalogs
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Blank Postcards, circa 1929
4
6
Blank Stationery, circa 1890
4
7
Clippings, circa 1900-1976
Oversized material housed in OV16
4
8-9
Collector's News, 1876
Includes article by Mowbray concerning egg collection
4
10
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1897-1976
4
11-12
Oversized Clippings, circa 1900-1928
Material from Box 4, F8-9
16

Series 9: Photographs , circa 1874-circa 1928
4.7 Linear feet
Box 4-14, 17-18

This series contains two photo albums compiled by the Mowbray family, portraits and snapshots of Harry Siddons Mowbray, photos of homes and a studio. There are substantial photographs of works of art including glass plate negatives and lantern slides. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
Glass plate negatives have been scanned.
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Photo Album, Fragment, circa 1890-1900
4
13-14
Photo Album, circa 1890-1914
Oversized material housed in Box 13
4
15
Harry Siddons Mowbray, Portraits, 1883-circa 1928
1 glass plate negative; Housed in box 12
4
16
Harry Siddons Mowbray, with Colleagues and Friends, circa 1874-1925
4
17
Homes, circa 1884
4
18
Studios, circa 1885
4
19
Works of Art
Works of Art, by Mowbray , circa 1900-1920
5
1-2
Appellate Court, New York City, NY, 1896
6 glass plate negatives; Housed in box 11
5
3
Breckenridge Long House, St. Louis, MO, circa 1916
5
4
Larz Anderson House, Washington, DC, circa 1916
Oversized material housed in Box 14. 1 glass plate negative; Housed in box 11
5
5
Gunn Memorial Library, Washington, CT, circa 1910
8 glass plate negatives; Housed in box 8
5
6
University Club, New York City, NY, circa 1904
14 glass plate negatives; Housed in boxes 11 and 12
5
7-8
Life of Christ Series, 1915-1925
5
9
St. John's Church, Washington, CT, 1918
5
10
St. Michael's Church, Litchfield, CT, 1920
4 glass plate negatives; Housed in box 11
5
11
Morgan Library, New York City, NY, 1905-1907
5
12
Mrs. William Reese House, New Hamburg, NY, circa 1927
5
13
Prudential Life Insurance Mural, Neward, NJ, circa 1920
5
14
Madison Square Church, New York City, NY, circa 1920
5
15
Reference Photos, Works of Art by Others, circa 1900
Oversized material housed in OV17-18. 7 glass plate negatives; Housed in box 11
5
16
Lantern Slides of Works of Art, circa 1900-1928
6-10
Glass Plate Negatives of Works of Art, circa 1900-1928
11
Glass Plate Negatives of Works of Art, circa 1900-1928
12
Oversized Photo Album, 1890-1914
Material from Box 4, F15
13
Oversized Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1910
Material from Box 5, F4
14
Oversized Photographs, Reference, circa 1910
Material from Box 5, F14
17-18

Series 10: Scrapbooks , circa 1890-1920
0.3 Linear feet
Box 5, 13-15

This series consists of three scrapbooks, two of which were compiled by Harry Siddons Mowbray and the other likely compiled by George Mowbray. One scrapbook by Harry Siddons Mowbray contains clippings and some printed material, photographs, and invitations relating to his time spent in Rome with the American Academy in Rome. The other scrapbook by Mowbray contains clippings relating to his career and artworks. The George Mowbray scrapbook contains clippings concerning his chemical inventions.
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American Academy in Rome Scrapbook, Compiled by Harry Siddons Mowbray , 1904
Oversized material housed in Box 13
5
17
Clippings Scrapbook, Compiled by Harry Siddons Mowbray, circa 1890-1920s
Oversized material housed in Box 14
5
18
Clippings Scrapbook, Compiled by George Mowbray, circa 1900-1920
Oversized items housed in Box 14
5
19
Oversized Scrapbooks, circa 1890-1914
Material from Box 13, F15-17
13-14

Series 11: Artwork , 1870-1910
3 Folders
Box 5, 13

This series contains scattered prints, etchings, and sketches by Harry Siddons Mowbray and others. There is also a photocopy of a booklet illustrated by Mowbray relating to the history of England.
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Prints and Etchings, by Harry Siddons Mowbray, circa 1880-1910
5
20
Sketches, by Harry Siddons Mowbray and Others, circa 1870-1900
Oversized material housed in Box 13
5
21
Photocopy of History of England, Illustrated Booklet by Harry Siddons Mowbray, 1876
5
22
Oversized Sketches, circa 1900
Material from Box 5, F19
13

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  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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