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Hiram Powers papers, 1819-1953, bulk 1835-1883

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Series 3: Writings , 1827-1887
(Box 10; 0.3 linear feet)

This series contains writings by Hiram Powers and writings by others. Included here is Powers' "Studio Memorandum," a notebook he kept from 1841 to 1845, which contains dated notations of letters written, receipts and expenditures, business contacts, works in progress, commissions and price quotations for work, comments on problems encountered during studio work, and other notes. Also found are several original poems written by Powers and brief autobiographical writings, such as problems with his eyes and details regarding his arrival in Europe in 1837. Other writings by Powers include an incomplete story titled "Ghost Story," advice for a young sculptor, and directions regarding his sculptures, such as step by step instructions on using tools and directions for handling finished sculptures.
Writings by others include numerous poems written for Powers, many in praise of one of his sculptures. Of note are a poem by President John Quincy Adams, a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in praise of Powers' "Greek Slave," a booklet entitled "Occasional Verses by Maunsell B. Field," and poems by Bayard Taylor, Thomas Ball, and Theodosia Trollope. Additional writings in this series include a brief account of Powers' studio by L. L. Barnes, a biographical account of Hiram Powers' life prior to moving to Europe in 1937, and a description of one of his sculptures by Frances Trollope. Other writings consist of a Phrenological study of Hiram Powers' personality, and two writings by unidentified authors which discuss Powers' artwork.
This series has been divided into writings by Powers and writings by others. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Writings by Hiram Powers
"Studio Memorandum, Etc.,", 1841-1845
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26
"Studio Memorandum, Etc.," Transcript, 1841-1845
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27
Poetry, circa mid-1800s
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28
Autobiographical Writings, circa 1827-1847
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29
Writing on Form and Color, circa mid-1800s
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Writings about Prejudice, circa mid-1800s
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31
"A Ghost Story,", circa mid-1800s
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32
"Directions to Young Sculptor,", circa mid-1800s
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Directions regarding Sculptures by Powers, circa 1849-1865
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Miscellaneous Writings, circa mid-1800s
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35
Writings by Others
Poetry, A-E, 1837-1887
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36
Poetry, F-H, 1837-1887
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37
Poetry, J-S, 1837-1887
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38
Poetry, T-W, 1837-1887
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39
Poetry by Unidentified Authors, circa 1842-1847
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L. L. Barnes, "Mr. Hiram Powers' Studio Florence,", 1865
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L. N. Fowler, "Phrenological Description of Hiram Powers,", circa mid-1800s
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Lizzie Powers, "Life of H. P. 73,", circa 1873
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Frances Trollope, "A Story from Nature,", circa mid-1800s
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Unidentified Author, "Extracts from New Church Messenger,", 1885
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Unidentified Author, "Loose Notes on 'Fasces' in Literature and in Art,", 1859
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46

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