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John Kenneth Byard papers, 1908-1960

Byard, John Kenneth, 1886-1959

Dealer, Antiquarian


Collection Information

Size: 1,150 Items

Summary: Papers relating mainly to Byard's business as a dealer in American antique furniture. Included are correspondence, 1950-1960, with Henry N. Flynt, Robert B. Hanan, A. M. Adler (Hirschl & Adler), Ellerton M. Jette, Cornelius C. Moore, Dr. J. Reed McClure, Otto M. Wasserman, Electra Webb (Shelburne Museum), and others; a scrapbook, 1908; notes from lectures; an obituary notice; and letters to Mrs. Dorothy Byard after her husband's death.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art and antique dealer; Norwalk, Conn.. Byard graduated from Columbia Law School in 1911. Ill health prompted Byard to move to the country, where he made his interest in early American antiques into a business. The library at the Heritage Foundation in Deerfield, Massachusetts, bears his name.


Donated 1959-1961 by Mrs. John Kenneth Byard, widow of Byard.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 102 and 103 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.

How to Cite This Collection

John Kenneth Byard papers, 1908-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.