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James Carroll Beckwith papers, 1871-circa 1991, bulk bulk 1875-1917

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 6 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1878-circa 1991
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material mostly consists of James Carroll Beckwith estate papers. There are extensive legal records and some correspondence regarding settlements and disputes between the Beckwith Estate and the National Academy of Design, especially related to the management of the estate. In addition, there is an art inventory notebook titled "Record of Pictures" that lists titles, dimensions, and expenses of Beckwith's works in chronological order.
This series is in chronological order.
Most of the legal records documenting the disputes and settlements between the Beckwith Estate and the National Academy of Design have not been digitized. Blank pages of the notebook have not been digitized.
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"Record of Pictures" Art Inventory Notebook, 1878-1918
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Estate Papers - General, 1926-1935
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Estate Papers - Legal Disputes and Settlements with the National Academy of Design, 1940-1941 April
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Estate Papers - Legal Disputes and Settlements with the National Academy of Design, 1941 May-June
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Estate Papers - Legal Disputes and Settlements with the National Academy of Design, 1941 June-July
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Estate Papers - Legal Disputes and Settlements with the National Academy of Design, 1966-1967
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Estate Papers - General, circa 1991
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Series 2: Correspondence , 1883-1940
10 Folders
Box 1

Correspondence includes letters by Beckwith, his wife, and researchers concerning Beckwith's selection into the National Academy of Design, his paintings, and career. Notable correspondents include Carolus-Duran, William Anderson Coffin, Roland Knoedler (art dealer), Frederick Dielman, Will Hicok Low, and the National Academy of Design. Some of the letters are photocopies.
The material in this series is divided into correspondence with James Carroll Beckwith and correspondence with his wife Bertha Beckwith. The correspondents are arranged alphabetically within these two groupings.
This series has been digitized in its entirety.
2.1: James Carroll Beckwith Correspondence, 1883-1940
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Beckwith, Bertha, 1883
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Carolus-Duran, 1916
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Dielman, Frederick, circa 1900-circa 1910
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Knoedler, Roland, 1914-1917
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Low, Will Hicok, circa 1900-circa 1917
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National Academy of Design, 1894-1895, 1940
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Unidentified Correspondents, 1914-1916
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2.2: Bertha Beckwith Correspondence, 1914-1921
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Coffin, William Anderson, 1921
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Gerrity, (Mr.), 1914, 1918-1920
Includes one letter from James Carroll Beckwith
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Shleppy, Leon, 1919
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Series 3: Diaries , 1871-1917
1.3 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

This series consists of 38 of James Carroll Beckwith's diaries and one diary that belonged to his wife Bertha Beckwith. The artist's diaries contain sporadic entries describing studies and travel in Paris and Europe, teaching at the Art Students League, financial transactions, and other events. Clippings, calling cards, photographs are inserted in some volumes. Bertha Beckwith's 1911-1912 diary contains references to her Paris tour, entertainment, and acquaintances.
James Carroll Beckwith's diaries are arranged in the chronological order. Bertha Beckwith's diary is at the end of the series.
The bulk of this series has been digitized, except for blank pages.
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Diary, 1871-1874
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Diaries, 1873-1878
The main diary covers 1874-1878 and includes 2 pocked diaries in envelopes pasted onto the last page. The 2 pocket diaries cover 1873-1875 and 1876. Also included is a typed transcript of some entries from 1874-1875.
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Diaries, 1878-1879
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Diary, 1880
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Diaries, 1881-1882
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Diaries, 1883-1884
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Diaries, 1885-1886
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Diaries, 1887-1888
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Diaries, 1889-1890
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Diaries, 1891-1892
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Diaries, 1893-1894
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Diaries, 1896-1897
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Diaries, 1898-1899
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Diaries, 1900-1901
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Diaries, 1903, 1905
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Diaries, 1906-1907
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Diaries, 1908-1909
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Diaries, 1910-1911
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Diaries, 1912-1913
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Diaries, 1915-1916
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Diary, 1917
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Bertha Beckwith Diary, 1911-1912
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Series 4: Writings , 1875-circa 1920
0.2 Linear feet
Box 2

Writings include 2 notebooks of Beckwith's autobiography, Souvenirs and Reminiscences, as well as a typescript draft. There is also a notebook titled "Quotations, Scraps, Etc. – Student Days" that chronicle his time in Paris in 1875 and include a few sketches. Also in this series are notes, a few essays on art and architecture, and lists of artwork. Most of the writings are by Beckwith except for one biographical essay about Beckwith by an unidentified writer.
Notebooks are at the beginning of the series, followed by the rest of the writings arranged by document type such as essays, lists, and notes. Writings by others are at the end of the series.
The bulk of this series has been digitized, except for blank pages.
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Souvenirs and Reminiscences Notebook 1, 1917 February-March
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Souvenirs and Reminiscences Notebook 2, 1917 September
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Souvenirs and Reminiscences Typescript Draft, 1917
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"Quotations, Scraps, Etc. - Student Days" Paris Notebook, 1875
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Essay on Florence Portrait Exhibition Published in The Art World, 1917
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Essays on Architecture, circa 1890-circa 1915
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Lists of Artwork, circa 1910-circa 1917
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Notes, circa 1877
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Essay about James Carroll Beckwith by "L. F.", circa 1920
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Series 5: Printed Material , circa 1900-1956, bulk circa 1910-1918
4 Folders
Box 2

Printed materials include an annotated catalog of a 1918 sale of Beckwith's work at the American Art Galleries, clippings about Beckwith as well as clippings about John Singer Sargent, and a few exhibition catalogs and announcements.
The material in this series is in alphabetical order.
The bulk of this series has been digitized, except for the versos of clippings.
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Clippings about James Carroll Beckwith, circa 1910-1956
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Clippings about John S. Sargent, circa 1900-1916
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Exhibition Catalogs and Announcement, circa 1912-1914
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James Carroll Beckwith Art Sales Catalog with Annotations, 1918
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Series 6: Photographs , 1875-1915
1.4 Linear feet
Boxes 2-6

There are two photograph albums in this series: one mostly containing artwork from various museums in Europe, and the second album containing photographs taken during Beckwith's travels in Egypt as well as Greece, Italy and Holland. The travel photograph album also includes photographs of artist's models and artists Leon Bonnat, William-Adolphe Bougereau, Frank Holl, and others in their studios.
There are many board-backed photographs of Beckwith's paintings, mostly portraits of men and women. A few photographs of exhibition installations, such as a 1914 Beckwith exhibition at the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, and photographs of artwork by other artists from various museums in Europe are also included.
The photograph albums are at the beginning of the series, followed by a few exhibition installation photographs, artwork by Beckwith, and finally artwork by other artists and miscellaneous photographs.
The bulk of this series has been digitized, except for duplicates and blank versos of photographs.
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Album of Artwork by Others in European Museums, circa 1875
Oversized album housed in Box 5, Folder 1.
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Album of Travel Photographs, circa 1893
Oversized album housed in Box 6, Folder 1.
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Exhibition Installation at Buffalo Fine Arts Academy 9th Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists, 1914
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Exhibition Installation at Powell's, 1913
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Paintings of Women, 1887-1904
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Paintings of Women - Undated (1 of 2), circa 1885-circa 1910
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Paintings of Women - Undated (2 of 2), circa 1885-circa 1910
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Portraits of Children, circa 1895-circa 1911
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Portraits of Men, 1881-1893
Oversized photograph housed in Box 5, Folder 2.
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Portraits of Men, 1895-1899
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Portraits of Men, 1900-1903
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Portraits of Men, 1904-1905
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Portraits of Men, 1906-1915
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Portraits of Men - Undated, circa 1880-circa 1915
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Portraits of Women, 1891-1899
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Portraits of Women, 1901-1903
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Portraits of Women, 1904-1910
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Portraits of Women - Undated (1 of 2), circa 1890-circa 1910
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Portraits of Women - Undated (2 of 2), circa 1890-circa 1910
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Paintings for Projects and Commissions, circa 1880-circa 1915
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Photograph of Young Woman Inscribed to J. C. Beckwith, circa 1880-circa 1910
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Other Artists' Paintings (1 of 2), circa 1870-circa 1915
Oversized material housed in Box 5, Folder 3.
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Other Artists' Paintings (2 of 2), circa 1870-circa 1915
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Other Artists' Sculptures, circa 1870-circa 1915
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Oversized Album of Artwork from Box 2, Folder 23, circa 1875
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Oversized Portrait of a Man from Box 2, Folder 31, 1883
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Oversized Photographs of Other Artists' Paintings from Box 4, Folder 4, 1874-1911
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Oversized Travel Album from Box 2, Folder 24, circa 1893
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