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John Frederick Lewis selected letters, 1903-1929

Lewis, John Frederick, 1860-1932

Collector, Lawyer


Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot, (on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Summary: The letters, predominately incoming, relate to Lewis' activities on behalf of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts regarding exhibitions, prizes, hiring, and problems relating to the teaching staff. There are also letters relating to the Philadelphia Water Color Club, the Art Club of Philadelphia, Lewis' collecting, and letters from artists and others prominent in the arts including Cecilia Beaux and Albert C. Barnes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lawyer, art collector; Philadelphia, Penn. Served on the boards of many Philadelphia arts organizations, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Art Jury of Philadelphia.


Lent for microfilming by American Philosophical Society as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. The Lewis collection contains over 45,000 items which document Lewis' legal practice, collecting and business affairs. Only the art related letters were microfilmed.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, the American Philosophical Society, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3903-3904 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

John Frederick Lewis selected letters, 1903-1929. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.