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John La Farge and La Farge family papers, 1850-1972

La Farge, John, 1835-1910

Art teacher, Painter, Author, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 5 Microfilm reels

Summary: Correspondence of John La Farge with author Henry Adams, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, architect Russell Sturgis, Mary Cadwalader Jones (sister-in-law of Edith Wharton), and others, 1850-1910; of Bancel La Farge, 1893-1939, including correspondence of his wife, Mabel La Farge, with letters from John La Farge, Mrs. John La Farge, Mary Cadwalader Jones, artists Jean Julien Lemordant and George Dudley Seymour, and Grace Edith Barnes, John La Farge's secretary; and correspondence of Henry Adams La Farge, relating almost exclusively to the work of his grandfather, mostly with owners of art work, museum officials and art historians, 1922- 1972; writings by John LaFarge, 1893-1911, on American painting, and printed copies of articles, lectures, verses, and critical comments; articles, pamphlets, and clippings on La Farge and his work, 1896-1972; business records, including cash account books of John La Farge, 1895-1898, his will, 1910, and receipts of Henry Adams; exhibition catalogs, 1878-1968; photographs, 1850-1938 and undated, of John La Farge, his family, his paintings and stained glass windows, and a stereoscopic of John Hay.


These five reels of microfilm were made available to the Archives of American Art in 1985 by Yale University Library, Manuscripts and Archives, which retains the originals. A sixth, restricted reel containing the catalog of the works of La Farge compiled by Henry Adams La Farge was not included. The arrangement of the papers devised by the Yale University Library.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3624-3628 available for use only at Washington, DC office.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from Yale University Library, Manuscripts and Archives.

How to Cite This Collection

John La Farge and La Farge family papers, 1850-1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.