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Henry Mosler papers, 1856-1929

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1: Biographical Materials, 1863-1892, 1921
4 folders
Box 1, OV 10

Identification cards include: an 1864 entrance card for the Dusseldorfer Kunstler-Verein Malkasten, a card for the Konigl Akademie der bild Kunste in Munich, 1875-1876, a Carte D'Exposant for the Exposition Universelle of 1889, with a photograph of Mosler, and Mosler's 1892 Ordre National Légion d'Honneur. Passports are for 1863, requesting Mosler's safe passage during the Civil War, and for 1874, for his travel to the American West. Also found is a 1920-1921 entry for Mosler in
Who's Who in America
, an inoculation certificate for Ida Mosler, and a lock of hair.
DescriptionContainer
Identification Cards and Notes, 1864-1892, 1921
1
1
Inoculation Certificate and Lock of Hair, 1876, circa 1880s
1
2
Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur, 1892
oversized material housed in OV 10
1
3
Passports, 1863, 1874
oversized material housed in OV 10
1
4
Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur, 1892
oversized material scanned with Box 1, F3
OV 10
Passports, 1863, 1874
oversized material scanned with Box 1, F4
OV 10

2: Letters, 1861-circa 1920
1.3 linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Letters are primarily written to Mosler with scattered letters written by him. Of particular note is a letter to his parents written from 3 miles outside Corinth, Mississippi on 22 May 1862 in which he describes the scene during the Siege of Corinth following the Battle of Shiloh.
Calling/congratulation cards were sent in response to Mosler's winning the gold medal at the Paris Salon in 1888 and being awarded the Ordre National Légion d'Honneur in 1892.
Correspondents include members of the military regarding his service in 1861-1863 and can be found in several places. A folder of Civil War letters includes Brigadier General R. W. Johnson's request for Mosler to serve as aide-de-camp, and a March 1863 letter from a friend (Bradley?) encamped at Murfreesboro and referring to the building of fortifications there following the Second Battle of Murfreesboro. Letters from
Harper's Weekly
include a summary of Mosler's military service from 1861-1863 and a handwritten account of his experiences in September 1861 in and around Louisville, Kentucky. Also found are letters from the United States Army and the Department of the Interior in 1885 introducing Mosler as a "distinguished artist" visiting the West. Included are 3 letters from General Philip Sheridan in which he refers to the "indians, in their uncivilized state," and Mosler's desire "to be able to depict them in a correct light."
Other letters are from museums and art associations, Mosler family members, including Mosler's children, artist Gustave Henry Mosler and Edith Mosler, friends and colleagues including artists James Henry Beard, Julien Dupré, Gabriel Ferrier, François Flameng, Ernest Hébert, William Henry Howe, Heinrich Mücke (history painter and Mosler's Düsseldorf professor), J. Francis Murphy, William Ordway Partridge, and Leon Germain Pelouse, among others. Letters from the Ministere de l'Instruction Publique et des Beaux-Arts include the 1879 purchase certificate for Mosler's painting
Le Retour
, and a letter assigning the painting to the Luxembourg Museum.
Letters from the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States confirm Mosler's election as a Member-at-Large to the order in 1896. Also found is a list of autographs of Cincinnati Artists representing a petition to suggest that the Cincinnati Museum purchase Mosler's painting
The Last Moments
.
Many of the letters are in French and German.
The bulk of the series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent in general files or in named files if there are 5 or more letters from an individual correspondent. A group of files arranged by subject can be found at the beginning of the series.
DescriptionContainer
Calling/Congratulation Cards, 1888 April
1
5
Calling/Congratulation Cards, 1892 July
1
6
Empty Envelopes, circa 1860s-circa 1920
1
7
Empty Envelopes, 1884-1902
1
8
Illegible Signatures, circa 1863-1892
1
9
Illegible Signatures, 1893-1895
1
10
Illegible Signatures, 1896-1917
1
11
List of Autographs of Cincinnati Artists, 1890
1
12
A, General, circa 1877-circa 1917
1
13
B, General: Ba, circa 1888-circa 1909
1
14
B, General: Be, 1886-1910
1
15
B, General: Bo-Bu, 1886-1909
1
16
C, General: Ca-Ci, circa 1873-circa 1910
1
17
C, General: Cl-Cu, 1873-1916
1
18
Civil War Letters, circa 1861-1863
1
19
Constant, Benjamin, 1886-1893
1
20
D, General: Da, 1889-1916
1
21
D, General: De-Di, 1883-1917
1
22
D, General: Do-Dy, 1882-1917
1
23
de Czachórski, 1893
1
24
Dubouchet, H., circa 1888-circa 1899
1
25
Dupré, Julien, 1888-1908
1
26
E, General, 1888-1908
1
27
F, General, circa 1876-circa 1893
1
28
Ferrier, Gabriel, circa 1883-1912
1
29-30
Fertiault, F., 1884-1902
1
31
Flameng, François, circa 1910-circa 1912
1
32
Fuster, Charles, circa 1892-circa 1908
1
33
G, General, circa 1888-1908
1
34
H, General, circa 1885-circa 1892
1
35
Harper's Weekly
, 1861-1863, 1895
1
36
Hassaurek, Frederick, 1885
1
37
Hébert, Ernest, circa 1880s-1913
1
38-39
Howe, William Henry, circa 1890-1898
1
40
I, General, 1888-1889
1
41
J, General, circa 1889-1917
1
42
K, General, 1892-1917
1
43
L, General, circa 1888-1911
1
44
Lefebvre, Jules, circa 1880s-circa 1900
1
45
M, General: Ma., 1892-1903
1
46
M, General: Me, circa 1891-circa 1896
1
47
M, General: Mi-Mu, circa 1880-1916
1
48
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, 1895-1905
1
49
Ministère del'Instruction Publique et des Beaux Arts, circa 1866-1929
1
50
Mosler Family, circa 1885-circa 1894
1
51
Mosler, Henry, 1862, 1893, 1902
1
52
Murphy, J. Francis, 1895-1896
1
53
N, General, 1895-1914
(includes letter from Mosler to the
New York Herald
)
1
54
O, General, circa 1892
1
55
P, General, 1867-1899
1
56
Partridge, William Ordway, 1896-1904
2
1
Pelouse, Leon Germain, circa 1880-1884
2
2
R, General, 1863-1910
2
3
S, General: Sa-Se, 1884-1901
2
4
S, General: Sh-Si, 1885-1896
2
5
S, General: Sk-Su, 1888-1904
2
6
T, General, 1865-1899
2
7
Townsend, George Alfred, circa 1896-1897
2
8
U, General (United States Army, Department of Interior etc.), 1885-1893
2
9
V, General, 1876-1917
2
10
Vidal, E., circa 1891-1892
2
11
W, General, 1879-1897
2
12
Webber, C. T., 1885-1903
2
13
Worms, Henry and Ida, 1888-1916
2
14
Y-Z, General, 1889, 1892
2
15

3: Writings and Notes, circa 1860-circa 1900
0.4 linear feet
Boxes 2-3, 6

Of particular note in this series is Mosler's 1862 Civil War diary (with transcript) and two illustrated notebooks, 1862 and 1863, containing diary entries, poems, sketches, financial tallies and names and addresses. The diary contains records of sketches Mosler made for
Harper's Weekly
, a narrative of his activities during 1862, financial notes, poems, names and addresses, and several sketches.
Writings by others include biographical accounts of Mosler's life: a Historical Press Association typescript entitled "Henry Mosler, Genre Painter," and a handwritten account of Mosler's career by an unidentified author. Also found are handwritten poems, many of them dedicated to Mosler and/or inspired by his paintings and with accompanying notes and letters. They include poems by J. C. Beard, William J. Dennis ("My Eighty-Third Christmas"), Oscar Edgar (3 poems), François Fertiault (10 poems), Charles Fuster, Alice C. Hall, Roger Miles (2 poems), Berthe Nordez, and Thomas Buchanan Read. Also found is the poem "Acrostic" written by Lt. H. Millard at Shiloh in 1862.
DescriptionContainer
By Mosler
Civil War Diary, 1862
2
16
Civil War Diary Transcript of 1862 item
2
17
Illustrated Notebook, 1862
3
1
Illustrated Notebook, 1863
3
2
Notes and Poem (possibly by Mosler), circa 1860s-circa 1880s
3
3
By Others
Biographical Accounts of Mosler's Life, circa 1900, circa 1921
3
4
Edited Galley of "Henry Mosler, Artist," by John L. Covington, 1895
oversized material housed in Box 6
3
5
Poems by Authors B-F, circa 1860-circa 1900
3
6
Poems by Authors H-W, circa 1880s
3
7
Poems by Authors with Illegible Signatures/Unsigned, circa 1862-1884
3
8
Oversized Edited Galley of "Henry Mosler, Artist," by John L. Covington, 1895
oversized material scanned with Box 3, F5
6

4: Personal Business Records, 1869-1905
4 folders
Box 3

This series includes Library of Congress copyright certificates for Mosler's pictures
Awakening of Love
,
The Dancing Lesson
,
The Light of the Cross
, and
Sharing the Breakfast
, in addition to several life insurance receipts and Sara Mosler's will. Of particular note is a detailed account book of Mosler's personal and professional income and expenses from 1869-1892. There is a gap in the accounting from the end of 1878 to October of 1886 when it resumes with a note written by Mosler explaining that he has found it a "great error not to mark down carefully the daily expenses as it serves two or more purposes-it answers as a 'diary'" and also serves as "something to prevent paying the same bill twice."
DescriptionContainer
Account Book, 1869-1892
3
9
Library of Congress Copyright Certificates, 1900-1904
3
10
Life Insurance Receipts, 1905
3
11
Sara Mosler's Will, 1905
3
12

5: Printed Material, circa 1860s-1929
10 folders
Box 3

The bulk of this series consists of news clippings, primarily about Mosler from American and French newspapers. Also found is a brochure about Mosler and a catalog of an 1897 exhibition of his paintings. Miscellaneous items include an 1887 menu of a "Diner offert a Monsieur Mosler par ses Eleves" from the cafe of the Hotel Del'Elusee.
DescriptionContainer
Brochure About Mosler, 1887
3
13
Catalog, Galleries of Pape Bros.,
Exhibition of Paintings by Henry Mosler, Artist
(1897), 1897
3
14
Miscellaneous, circa 1880s
3
15
News Clippings, circa 1880s-circa 1920s
3
16
News Clippings, 1880-1883
3
17
News Clippings, 1883-1884
3
18
News Clippings, 1885
3
19
News Clippings, 1890-1896
3
20
News Clippings, 1905-1929
3
21
News Clippings of Poems, circa 1860s-circa 1890s
3
22

6: Artwork and Sketchbooks, 1856-1917
0.5 linear feet
Box 4, OVs 10-11

Artwork by Mosler includes an undated engraving, 4 sketches (1858, 1893, 1898 and undated), a pencil sketch of Sara Mosler on her deathbed in 1903 dedicated to Mosler's children, and an ink drawing for Edith Mosler on her birthday in 1903. Also found are an oil portrait on a scallop shell; an 1890s book that contains sketches by Mosler and various artists including James Henry Beard, E. L. Ravenshaw, Lillian Greene and L. C. Mitchell; and an autograph book belonging to Edith Mosler, 1885, containting sketches by Mosler and others.
Artwork by others includes a handwritten menu with a watercolor illustration signed by Garbriel Ferrier, J. Whitelaw Reid and others, a circa 1880 ink drawing by Leon Germain Pelouse; and an ink drawing of soldiers by E. Hillery.
DescriptionContainer
Artwork by Mosler
Etching and Sketches, 1856-1903
oversized material housed in OV 11
4
1
Oil Portrait on Scallop Shell, 1862
4
2
Sketchbook, 1917
4
3
Artwork by Mosler and Others, Autograph Book of Sketches, 1885
4
4
Artwork by Mosler and Others, Sketchbook, 1890s
4
5
Artwork by Others, circa 1880s-circa 1900
oversized material housed in OV 10
4
6
Oversized Artwork by Others, circa 1880s-circa 1900
oversized material scanned with Box 4, F6
OV 10
Oversized Artwork by Mosler, Etchings and Sketches, circa 1856-1903
oversized material scanned with Box 4, F1
OV 11

7: Photographic Material, 1860-circa 1910
2 linear feet
Boxes 5-9, BV 12

Photos of Mosler include two of Mosler in his studio, including an 1860 photograph taken in Cincinnati, one photo of Mosler in his studio with a group of students, and an early small framed head portrait.
Photos of family include photos of Mosler and his wife, children, and grandchildren in 2 dismantled albums and 1 bound album. Album 2 also contains a 1906 pencil sketch by Mosler dedicated to Gustave and a watercolor sketch. Photos of others include artists such as Gabriel Ferrier, Ernest Hébert, and Thomas Buchanan Read, art critic Gustave Ollendorf, opera singers Emma Nevada Palmer and Renée Richards, and General R. W. Johnson, who appointed Mosler as aide-de-camp in the Civil War.
Photographs of artwork include 2 albums dedicated to Edith Mosler and Gustave Henry Mosler respectively, containing photos of Mosler's paintings. The album dedicated to Edith also contains one photo of Mosler in his studio.
DescriptionContainer
Photos of Mosler, 1860, circa 1870, circa 1890
oversized material housed in Box 6
5
1
Photos of Mosler and Family
Mosler and Family, circa 1860s-1900s
5
2-3
Album 1 Contents, 1860-1902
5
4-7
Album 2 Contents, 1876-1906
5
8-11
Album 3, circa 1860s-1900s
5
12
Glass Plate Negative Prints, circa 1860s-1900s
5
13-14
Glass Plate Negative Copy Negatives, circa 1860s-1900s
5
15
Photos of Others, circa 1860s-circa 1900
5
16-19
Photos of Others, "Munich Artists," Ambrotype, circa 1880
5
20
Photos of Artwork by Mosler
"Album of Pictures by Henry Mosler to Edith Mosler,", circa 1900
(includes photo of Mosler; oversized material housed in Boxes 7-9)
5
21
"Album of Pictures by Henry Mosler to Gustave Henry Mosler,", circa 1900
oversized material housed in BV 12
5
22
Loose Photos, circa 1890-circa 1910
oversized material housed in Box 6
5
23
Prints from Glass Plate Negatives, circa 1870s-1900s
5
24
Photos of Artwork by Others, circa 1870s-1900s
5
25
Oversized Photo of Mosler, circa 1870, circa 1890
oversized material scanned with Box 5, F1
6
Oversized Loose Photos, circa 1890-1910
oversized material scanned with Box 5, F23
6
Oversized "Album of Pictures by Henry Mosler to Edith Mosler,", circa 1900
(includes photo of Mosler; oversized material scanned with Box 5, F21)
7-9
Oversized "Album of Pictures by Henry Mosler to Gustave Henry Mosler,", circa 1900
oversized material scanned with Box 5, F22
BV 12

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