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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the James D. Smillie and Smillie family papers, 1853-1957 | Digitized Collection

James D. Smillie and Smillie family papers, 1853-1957

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 5 series:

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Series 1: James David Smillie papers, 1853-1917
4.5 linear feet
Boxes 1-7

The James David Smillie papers consist of correspondence, personal business records, 45 daily diaries spanning 1865-1909, a scrapbook of clippings, printed materials, and artwork.
The series is arranged as 6 subseries.
1.1: Correspondence, 1850-1905
1.2: Personal Business Records, 1863-1909
1.3: Diaries, 1865-1909
1.4: Scrapbook, circa 1850s-1900
1.5: Printed Material, 1865-1917
1.6: Artwork, circa 1879
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
1.1:Correspondence, 1850-1905
The bulk of this subseries is comprised of correspondence with artists and colleagues including Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Stuart Church, Samuel Coleman, Charles Henry Hart, and Eastman Johnson. There are three pieces of personal correspondence to his wife, Anna, and from his father and uncle, Charles Smillie.
DescriptionContainer
Bierstadt, Albert, circa 1863-1869
1
1
Bierstadt, Edward, 1863
1
2
Church, Frederick Stuart, 1878 or 1879
1
3
Colman, Samuel, 1871-1906
1
4
Curtis, George M., 1886
1
5
Ehninger, John Whetton, 1882
Includes printed material from Tom Cobb for the Saratoga Humane Society.
1
6
Haden, Francis Seymour, circa 1890s
1
7
Hart, Charles Henry, 1884
1
8
Hitchcock, Ripley, circa 1890
1
9
Hogarth and Sons, 1882
1
10
Huntington, Daniel B., 1850-1885
1
11
Jenkins, Will, 1902
1
12
Johnson, Eastman, 1886
1
13
Lossing, Bevden (?), 1883
1
14
Mathers, Frank Jewell, 1905
Art Editor of the
Evening Post
, includes clippings.
1
15
Smillie, Anna Cook, 1853
1
16
Smillie, Charles F., 1893
1
17
Smillie, James, 1875
1
18
Tait, A. T., 1898
1
19
Waters, M. G., 1901
1
20
Miscellaneous Outgoing Letters, circa 1902
1
21
1.2:Personal Business Records, 1863-1909
Scattered business records include an agreement between Albert Bierstadt and James D. Smillie concerning the engraving of
Forest Glen
, donations, loans, and sales records, and a list of works in the Smillie collection.
DescriptionContainer
Agreement, 1863 May 6
1
22
Donation Records, 1908-1909
1
23
Loans and Sales Records, 1882
1
24
Smillie Collection Lists, 1901
1
25
1.3:Diaries, 1865-1909
There are forty-five volumes of daily diaries in which Smillie describes his paintings, drawings and prints, and references over 200 artists with whom he was acquainted. Loose items originally filed within the diaries include letters, notes, sketches, a silhouette, calling cards, receipts, printed material, and a photo of Smillie, among many other items.
See Appendix for a list of artists mentioned in the diaries from Series 1.3.
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Daily Diary, 1865
1
26
Daily Diary, 1866
1
27
Daily Diary, 1867
1
28
Daily Diary, 1868
1
29
Daily Diary, 1869
1
30
Daily Diary, 1870
1
31
Daily Diary, 1871
1
32
Daily Diary, 1872
1
33
Daily Diary, 1873
1
34
Daily Diary, 1874
1
35
Daily Diary, 1875
1
36
Daily Diary, 1876
2
1
Daily Diary, 1877
2
2
Daily Diary, 1878
2
3
Daily Diary, 1879
2
4
Daily Diary, 1880
2
5
Daily Diary, 1881
2
6
Daily Diary, 1882
2
7
Daily Diary, 1883
2
8
Daily Diary, 1884
2
9
Daily Diary, 1885
2
10
Daily Diary, 1886
2
11
Daily Diary, 1887
2
12
Daily Diary, 1888
3
1
Daily Diary, 1889
3
2
Daily Diary, 1890
3
3
Daily Diary, 1891
3
4
Daily Diary, 1892
3
5
Daily Diary, 1893
3
6
Daily Diary, 1894
3
7
Daily Diary, 1895
3
8
Daily Diary, 1896
3
9
Daily Diary, 1897
3
10
Daily Diary, 1898
3
11
Daily Diary, 1899
3
12
Daily Diary, 1900
4
1
Daily Diary, 1901
4
2
Daily Diary, 1902
4
3
Daily Diary, 1903
4
4
Daily Diary, 1904
4
5
Daily Diary, 1905
4
6
Daily Diary, 1906
4
7
Daily Diary, 1907
4
8
Daily Diary, 1908
4
9
Daily Diary, 1909
4
10
Materials Tucked into Diaries
Biographical Sketches and Writings, 1897-1909
4
11
Ephemera, 1865-1880
4
12
Addresses and Notes, 1897-1909
4
13
Calendar Fragments, 1881-1896
4
14
Financial Statements, Lists of Expenses, 1865-1880
4
15
Price Lists, Bills, 1881-1896
4
16
Insurance Documents, 1865-1880
4
17
Loan Agreements, 1865-1880
4
18
Receipts, 1897-1909
4
19
Prescriptions, 1865-1880
4
20
Prescriptions, 1881-1896
4
21
Prescriptions, 1897-1909
4
22
Rental Payments, 1865-1880
4
23
Voting Tallies for National Academy of Design, 1881-1896
4
24
Correspondence, 1865-1880
4
25
Correspondence, 1881-1896
4
26
Lists of Works of Art, 1865-1880
4
27
Lists of Works of Art, 1897-1909
4
28
Note, Found in Pocket of Uncle, 1865-1880
4
29
Writings, 1865-1880
4
30
Writings, 1881-1886
4
31
Notes, 1881-1896
4
32
Business Cards, 1865-1880
4
33
Business Cards, 1881-1896
4
34
Business Cards, 1897-1909
4
35
Calling Cards, 1865-1880
4
36
Calling Cards, 1881-1896
4
37
Calling Cards, 1897-1909
4
38
Clippings, 1865-1880
4
39
Clippings, 1881-1896
4
40
Clippings, 1897-1909
4
41
Admission Tickets, 1865-1880
4
42
Admission Tickets, 1897-1909
4
43
Playbills and Invitations, 1881-1896
4
44
Playbills, 1897-1909
4
45
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1865-1880
4
46
Sketches and Silhouettes, 1865-1880
4
47
Sketches, 1881-1896
4
48
Sketches, Landscape Sketch for a House, 1881-1896
4
49
Photographs, 1864-1880
Photographs of James David Smillie and William J. Turrell.
4
50
1.4:Scrapbook, circa 1850s-1900
The scrapbook contains clippings, publications with etchings, and reproductions of prints. Although not all are labeled, many of the clippings were written by or concern James D. Smillie.
DescriptionContainer
Scrapbook of Clippings and Reproductions of Works of Art, circa 1850s-1900
7
1
1.5:Printed Material, 1865-1917
Found are scattered printed materials including exhibition catalogs for James D. Smillie, clippings, reproductions of works of art, and miscellanous art publications. Of note are advertisement circulars for engravings of Abraham Lincoln by William E. Marhsall and of
President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet
by F. B. Carpenter. Also found is a publishing proposal for a work by Bierstadt.
DescriptionContainer
Exhibition Catalog (fragment), 1909
5
1
Exhibition Catalog, 1910
5
2
Clipping, 1901-1905, 1866
5
3-5
Reproductions of Works of Art, circa 1860s
Oversized material housed in Box 6, Folder 4
5
6
Publishing Proposal, circa 1865
For
Picture of the Rocky Mountains
by Albert Bierstadt.
5
7
Advertisement, 1866
William E. Marshall's line engraving to Abraham Lincoln.
5
8
Advertisement, circa 1866
F. B. Carpenter's
President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet
.
5
9
Art Publications, 1885-1917
Oversized material housed in Box 6, Folder 4
5
10
Oversized Reproductions of Works of Art scanned with Box 5, Folder 6, circa 1860s
6
4
Oversized Art Publications scanned with Box 5, Folder 10, 1885-1917
6
4
1.6:Artwork, circa 1879
Found is one etching by James D. Smillie entitled
Up the Hill
.
DescriptionContainer
Etching,
Up the Hill
, circa 1879
5
11

Series 2: James Smillie Papers, 1882
0.2 linear feet
Box 5

This series is comprised of writings and biographical material relating to James Smillie.
The series is arranged as 2 subseries.
2.1: Biographical Material, 1882
2.2: Writings and Notes, 1882
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
2.1:Biographical Material
This subseries consists of memorabilia from James Smillie's and Catherine Van Valkenburg Smillie's 50th wedding anniversary in 1882 including an announcement, a poem to Catherine from James, a printed program, and a list of signatures of family members.
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50th Anniversary Memorabilia, James and Catherine Smillie, 1882
5
12
2.2:Writings and Notes, 1882
Found are copies of James Smillie's autobiography,
A Pilgrimage
, which includes an incomplete original copy written in James's hand, a photocopy of the complete original version, and a typescript.
DescriptionContainer
A Pilgrimage
, Incomplete, 1882
5
13
A Pilgrimage
, Copies of Original, 1882
5
14
A Pilgrimage
, Typescript, 1882
5
15

Series 3: George Smillie Papers, 1867-1920
0.6 linear feet
Boxes 5-6

The papers of George Henry Smillie include biographical material, correspondence, a scrapbook of clippings, printed materials, and portraits and snapshots of Smillie and his family.
The series is arranged as 5 subseries.
3.1: Biographical Material, 1873-1921
3.2: Correspondence, 1885-1925
3.3: Scrapbook, 1867-1939
3.4: Printed Material, 1872-1913
3.5: Photographs, 1880-circa 1920
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
3.1:Biographical Material, 1873-1921
Found is a biographical sketch, a business card from a company for which George worked, and membership certificates.
DescriptionContainer
Biographical Sketch or Obituary, after 1921
5
16
Business Card, circa 1880s
5
17
Membership Certificates and Records, 1873-1883
Oversized material housed in Box 6, Folder 1
5
18
Oversized Certificates from the National Academy of Design scanned with Box 5, Folder 18, 1883
6
1
3.2:Correspondence, 1885-1925
The subseries consists of scattered correspondence between colleagues, friends, and family.
DescriptionContainer
Halsey, R. T. H., 1925
5
19
Hubbard, P. M. (?), 1907
Postcard of painted sign for the Bread Loaf Inn, designed by George Smillie in 1904.
5
20
S., R. O., 1910
5
21
Simpson, Nathaniel, 1885
Secretary of American Art Association, announcing prize awarded to Smillie.
5
22
Smillie, William, 1903
5
23
Unsigned and Illegible, circa 1900
5
24
3.3:Scrapbook, 1867-1939
Found is a scrapbook of clippings mostly pretaining to or written by George Henry Smillie.
DescriptionContainer
Scrapbook of Clippings, circa 1867-1910s
5
25-27
Clippings Tucked into Scrapbook, circa 1880s-1939
5
28
Reproductions of Works of Art and Periodicals Tucked into Scrapbook, circa 1880s-1914
5
29
3.4:Printed Material, 1872-1913
Found are clippings of articles written by George Smillie and reproductions of works of art.
DescriptionContainer
Clippings, 1913
Oversized material housed in Box 6, Folder 4
5
30
Reproductions of Works of Art, 1872
5
31
Oversized Clippings scanned with Box 5, Folder 30 , 1913
6
4
3.5:Photographs, 1880-circa 1920
Found are portraits of George Smillie, Smillie in his studio, family portraits and snapshots including children, photographs of his home and studio at Ridgefield, and other unidentified houses.
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George H. Smillie, circa 1880-1910
5
32
George H. Smillie in Studio, circa 1890
Oversized material housed in Box 6, Folder 3
5
33
George H. Smillie Family, circa 1889-circa 1920
5
34-36
Outdoors, circa 1900
5
37
Studio at Ridgefield, circa 1900
5
38
Ridgefield House, circa 1900
5
39
Unidentified Homes and Interiors, 1898-circa 1900
Likely the Smillie's Cohasset home.
5
40
Oversized photo of George H. Smillie in Studio scanned with Box 5, Folder 33, circa 1890
6
3

Series 4: Helen Jacobs Smillie Papers, 1860-1910
0.1 linear feet
Box 5

Found are scattered correspondence and photographs.
The series is arranged as 2 subseries.
4.1: Correspondence, 1860-1906
4.2: Photographs, circa 1870s-1910
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
4.1:Correspondence, 1860-1906
Found are letters from Smille's mother, father, and husband, George H. Smillie.
DescriptionContainer
Jacobs, Samuel, 1860
5
41
Jacobs, Mrs. Samuel, circa 1894
5
42
Smillie, George, 1894
5
43
Illegible, 1906
5
44
4.2:Photographs, 1870-1910
Found are portraits of Helen Jacobs Smillie.
DescriptionContainer
Helen Jacobs Smillie, circa 1870-1910
5
45

Series 5: Other Family Members, circa 1880s-1957
0.2 linear feet
Box 5

There are materials relating to other members of the Smillie Family, including the children of George and Helen Jacobs Smillie--Sheldon, Charles, Gordon, and William Smillie.
The series is arranged as 3 subseries.
5.1: Correspondence, 1895-1943
5.2: Personal Business Records, 1957
5.3: Photographs, 1880-circa 1910
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
5.1:Correspondence, 1895-1943
Found are two pieces of correspondence to Gordon Smillie and Charles Smillie.
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Grandma Jacobs to Charles Smillie, 1895
5
46
Walter Pierce to Gordon Smillie, 1943
5
47
5.2:Personal Business Records, 1957
Found is a list of works of art by Smillie family members.
DescriptionContainer
Lists of Works of Art by Smillie Family Members, 1957
5
48
5.3:Photographs, 1880-circa 1910
Found is Sheldon Smillie's scrapbook of photographs that depict exteriors and interiors of homes in Cohassett and Westport Point; landscapes; works of art by George Smillie; family members; disasters and tragedies in New York City including the Windsor Hotel fire, a fire at the Pulitzer residence, and the collapse of a shore wall at the navy yard in Brooklyn; and weddings and other family events. There is also a portrait of William Smillie.
DescriptionContainer
Sheldon Smillie's Scrapbook, 1898-circa 1910
5
49
Unknown Portrait, circa 1898
Photograph tucked into scrapbook.
5
50
William Smillie, circa 1880s
5
51

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