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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the John White Alexander papers, 1775-1968, bulk 1870-1915 | Digitized Collection

John White Alexander papers, 1775-1968, bulk 1870-1915

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 11 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.

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Series 1: Biographical Information, circa 1887-1968
0.1 linear feet
Box 1, OV 23

This series contains notes, writings, and printed materials that describe the life of John White Alexander, as well as ephemera and personal documents related to specific life events.
Notes and narratives include biographical essays about Alexander and his guardian, Colonel Edward Jay Allen, taken from published reference works, and notes made by Elizabeth Alexander in preparation of those entries. Personal documents and ephemera include a wedding invitation, an identity card issued for the Paris International Exposition of 1900, a calling card, a circular about an artist named Jacques Alexander, examples of Alexander's signature, and a French visa. Also found are drafts of essays by Elizabeth Alexander about her husband and others in their circle, and an oral history interview of Elizabeth Alexander in three parts taken by DeWitt M. Lockman, a later president of the National Academy of Design.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Biographical Notes and Essays, circa 1913-1968
1
1
Personal Documents and Ephemera, circa 1887-1900
(Oversized items housed in OV 23)
1
2
Essays by Elizabeth Alexander about John White Alexander, after 1915
3 folders
1
3-5
Essays by Elizabeth Alexander about Others in their Circle, undated
1
6
Oral History Interview of Elizabeth Alexander by DeWitt M. Lockman, 1928
3 folders
1
7-9
Oversized Personal Documents and Ephemera, circa 1887-1900
Items scanned with Box 1, f2
23 (OV)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1870-1942
0.7 linear feet
Box 1

This series contains personal and business correspondence of John White Alexander and his wife, Elizabeth Alexander. Correspondence from the 1870s and 1880s consists primarily of Alexander's letters home to his guardian, Colonel Edward Jay Allen, the Allen family, and his friend, E.E. Phelps, all in Pittsburgh, written from New York and Europe. 1876 letters detail his visit to the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Many of these letters are found with typed transcriptions which contain scattered annotations which appear to be in Elizabeth Alexander's handwriting. In a couple of cases, transcripts exist for letters which are no longer found in the collection.
The remainder of correspondence consists of letters to Alexander from fellow artists, patrons, museums, arts organizations, and friends. Significant correspondents include Charles Dana Gibson, Florence Levy, Frederick Remington, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James, John La Farge, Francis Davis Millet, and Andrew Carnegie. These and other significant correspondents are noted in the folder listing. Letters dated after Alexander's death in 1915 are addressed to Elizabeth Alexander, with a single letter addressed to the Alexanders' son James.
A number of sketches by Alexander are found in his letters from Europe dated from 1877 to 1880. There are also scattered illustrated letters and an Illustrated letter from Ivan P. Pranishnikoff is found from 1898. Additional types of records found include scattered receipts and clippings.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically, with undated correspondence filed at the beginning of the series. Additional correspondence is found in Scrapbooks. See Scrapbook series description and folder listing for more details. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Undated Correspondence, Adams to Garland, undated
(Correspondents include John White Alexander, W.K. Austin, Charles Curran, M.K. Gage, Charles Dana Gibson, and H. Garland)
1
10
Undated Correspondence, Johnston to Whistler, undated
(Correspondents include Ella Bond Johnston, O. Latrobe, Florence Levy, E.L. Ryerson, Ebin R. Smith, Robert Louis Stevenson, Harry Watrous, and James McNeill Whistler)
1
11
Correspondence, 1870-1874
1
12
Correspondence, 1875
8 folders
(ink drawing found)
1
13-20
Correspondence, 1876
5 folders
1
21-25
Correspondence, 1877
4 folders
(sketches found)
1
26-29
Correspondence, 1878
5 folders
(sketches found)
1
30-34
Correspondence, 1879
(sketches found)
1
35
Correspondence, 1880-1882
(sketches found)
1
36
Correspondence, 1883-1886
1
37
Correspondence, 1887
5 folders
(Correspondents include Harry Alexander, John Burroughs, and Henry James)
1
38-42
Correspondence, 1888-1889
1
43
correspondence, 1891-1892
(Correspondents include Ministry of Art Education in France and Elizabeth Alexander)
1
44
Correspondence, 1893-1895
1
45
Correspondence, 1896-1897
(Correspondents include M.R. Blair, J.J. Cowan, Lydia E. Grosvenor Davis, Mayor F. Grimani of Venice, William Turner Dannat, and Puvis de Chavannes)
1
46
Correspondence, 1898-1900
(Correspondents include Frantz Jourdain, Fr. Linley Sanbourne, and Cowan family members)
1
47
Correspondence, 1901-1903
(Correspondents include Samuel Huey, Andrew Carnegie, John La Farge, the Pan American Exposition of 1901, Princeton University, Mabel Carleton Gage, Homer Gage, Hester Knowles, and Harper Brothers to Elizabeth Alexander)
1
48
Correspondence, 1904
(Includes many letters from John White Alexander written in Boston; also letters from Anne Bradley)
1
49
Correspondence, 1905
(Correspondents include Anne Bradley, R.D. Alexander, Carnegie Library, H.N. Matzen, F.D. Millet, and D. Webster King)
1
50
Correspondence, 1906-1908
(Correspondents include Stanford White, Charles Dana Gibson, Joseph Pennell, Alfred East, and John La Farge)
1
51
Correspondence, 1909
2 folders
(Includes many letters of congratulations written to Alexander on his election as president of the National Academy of Design. Also contains a note indicating that several letters in this folder were removed from Alexander's scrapbook of 1909. See Scrapbooks for more information. Correspondents include Albert Sternan, John W. Beatty, Charles Dana Gibson, Florence (probably Levy), Elbert Baldwin, Edward Robsinon, Samuel Swift, Edwin Howland Blashfield, Anna M. Clarke, William Laurel Harris, Harrison S. Morris, Thomas Hastings, Frank D. Millet, C. Russell, Jeannette Gilder, Robert Underwood Johnson, John La Farge, Fred Crowninshield, Leon Dabo, Henri Martin, and Edward Bok.)
1
52-53
Correspondence, 1910-1911
(Correspondents include Andrew Carnegie, Houston Lowe, Birge Harrison, William Hyde, M.A. Dixon, Yale University regarding an honorary degree, Alfred East, John F. Weir, and DeWitt Parshall)
1
54
Correspondence, 1912
(Correspondents include Edward Redfield, W.D. Howells, Potter Palmer, Geo. Dudley Seymour, Mary Hearn Greims, Josephine L. Goodyear, Geo. Peabody Wetmore, and Leslie J. Skelton.)
1
55
Correspondence, 1913
(Correspondents include George Hearn, Hugo Reisinger, C. Grant La Farge, Leslie Skelton, Trinity Church, Fred Crowninshield, Geo. Dudley Seymour, the Panama-Pacific Exposition, Timothy Cole, and Edward Redfield)
1
56
Correspondence, 1914
(Correspondents include Francis Newton, George Hopkins, Cass Gilbert, H.C. Mansfield, Robert Underwood Johnson, and Woodrow Wilson)
1
57
Correspondence, 1915
5 folders
(Letters to Alexander are found from Campbell Cooper, Carl Becker, Henry B. Snell, and Douglas Volk. Letters of condolence to the Alexanders are found from Charles Dana Gibson, E.J. Allen, E.A.S. Clarke, Maude (probably Adams), Ernest Peix (probably Peixotto), Geo. Wharton Edwards, Edward Woods, Robert Abbe, Robert Underwood Johnson, Franklin Babbitt, Edwin H. Blashfield, Harrison Morris, J. Alden Weir, Janet Van Buskirk, Edwin Baldwin, J. Henry Harper, William Laurel Harris, Adolph Lewisohn, Earl Stetson Crawford, Ernest T. Rosen, C.H. Russell, Frances M. Ward, S.H. Church, Robert De Forest, John H. Finley, John F. Weir, Ben Foster, William Bailey Faxon, William Walton, Charles H. Caffin, Bruce Crane, Herbert Adams, Ed Phelps, Elizabeth W. Roberts, Augusta H.S. Gaudens, Frederic Allen Whiting, Florence Levy, John Beatty, Harry Watrous, and C. Powell Minnigerode.)
1
58-62
Correspondence, 1916
(Correspondents include Howard Mansfield, Jane Potter Russell, J. Howland Hunt, Robert Underwood Johnson, John Beatty, John H. Finley, May Allen, Cooper Union, National Arts Club, M. MacDowell, N. H. Carpenter, and S.H. Church)
1
63
Correspondence, 1917-1923
(Correspondents include Carroll Beckwith, whose letter includes a photographer of her portrait by Alexander, Francis Wilson, Leila Mechlin, Edward Bok, Jean MacLane, Julian Clarence Levi, and W.H. Holmes)
1
64
Correspondence, 1924-1929
(Correspondents include R.M. MacIntyre, Alex Simpson, Edwin Blashfield, DuBon and Dorothy, L.M. Lockhart, E.C. Babcock, Homer Saint Gaudens, Grace Vanamee, Walter Crittenden, and William Henry Fox.)
1
65
Correspondence, 1930-1936
(Correspondents include William Barclay Parsons, Gertrude Herdle Moore, Norbert Heerman, Horace Moran, and Edwin Blashfield)
1
66
Correspondence, 1937-1939
(Correspondents include William Weldon, Norbert Heerman, Harrison Morris, Agnes Holden, and the Museum of the City of New York.)
1
67
Correspondence, circa 1940-1942
(Correspondents include Homer Saint Gaudens, Carnegie Magazine, John O'Connor, C. Bernard Shea, and Hobart Nichols.)
1
68
Correspondence, Envelopes, 1874-1904
1
69
Typescript Copies of Selected Correspondence (1912-1916), undated
1
70

Series 3: Associations and Memberships, circa 1897-1918
2 folders
Box 1

This series contains membership certificates, cards, circulars, rosters, and other records associated with European and American art organizations in which Alexander participated, or which solicited his participation. Organizations represented in this series include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy in Rome, the National Academy of Design, the Onteora Club (New York), the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Munich, Germany), the Ministère de L'Instruction Publique et des Beaux-Arts, the Union Internationale des Beaux Arts et des Lettres, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Items in this series are arranged chronologically. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Associations and Memberships, circa 1897-1918
2 folders
1
71-72

Series 4: Legal and Financial Records, 1775, 1896-1923
5 folders
Box 1

This series includes an 18th century road report, copyright forms, a contract, royalty statements, and receipts. Among receipts are insurance payments, membership dues, and financial transactions. Scattered receipts are also found among Correspondence.
Additional records documenting Alexander's artwork are found in Notes and Writings.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Virginia Road Report Signed by a John Alexander, 1775
1
73
Copyright Forms for Library of Congress Murals, 1896
1
74
Contract for Carnegie Institute Murals, 1905
1
75
Royalties of the Detroit Publishing Company, 1923
1
76
Miscellaneous Receipts, circa 1906-1917
1
77

Series 5: Notes and Writings, circa 1875-1943
0.3 linear feet
Boxes 1-2

This series contains notes, essays, speeches, short stories, news articles, poems, and records of artwork written by John White Alexander, his wife Elizabeth Alexander, and others.
Notes appear to be fragments of essays or speeches, typed and handwritten. A few rough sketches are found among the notes. Speeches by John White Alexander are mainly on art subjects. These include a 1901 talk for New York City's founder's Day entitled "Our Tariff on Art," and a 1912 address to the Onteora Club on the formation of the School Art League.
Short stories by Elizabeth Alexander are found in typescript and handwritten form. Tear sheets for several of her published stories illustrated by John White Alexander are also found. Original drawings of some of these illustrations are found in Artwork.
Articles about Alexander include typescripts of two critical essays by his contemporaries Sadakichi Hartmann and Anne Webb Kamaghan, a catalog description by Julia deWolf Addision, and a collection of transcribed news stories and editorials about his resignation from the Society of American Painters in Paris.
Records of artwork include two bound volumes with information about paintings and many lists of paintings related to exhibitions and storage. The second folder of lists appears to be related to a memorial exhibitions held for Alexander in 1916, and the fourth contains a small notebook with the heading "List of Portraits and Paintings by Alexander painted before 1887."
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Notes, undated
2 folders
1
78-79
Speeches by John White Alexander, circa 1901-1912
5 folders
1
80-84
Short Stories by Elizabeth Alexander, undated
3 folders
2
1-3
Short Stories by Elizabeth Alexander, Tear Sheets of Published Stories with Illustrations by John White Alexander, 1896-1897
2
4
Essays and Speeches by Elizabeth Alexander, undated
2
5
Articles about John White Alexander, 1900-1901, undated
2 folders
2
6-7
Poems Removed from Sketchbook, circa 1875
2
8
Poems Written for and to John White Alexander, circa 1897-1912
2
9
Registers of Paintings and Exhibitions, circa 1887-1913
2 volumes
(2 volumes in 2 folders)
2
10-11
Lists of Paintings, circa 1893-1943
4 folders
2
12-15

Series 6: Awards and Memorials, circa 1870-1944
0.8 linear feet
Box 2, OV 24

This series contains award certificates and medals awarded to Alexander during his lifetime, and memorial resolutions and projects carried out after his death in 1915.
Award certificates and medals are found from the Royal Academy of Art in Munich, the Carnegie Institute, and the Panama Pacific Exposition. Additional medals awarded for Alexander's artwork are found from the Societé National des Beaux-Arts, the Paris Exposition of 1900, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Pan American Exposition, the Saint Louis Exposition, the Buenos Aires Exposition, and the School Arts League. Additional medals from civic organizations are also found.
Extensive materials are found documenting the creation of the Alexander Memorial Studio at the McDowell Colony in New Hampshire, including published reports of the McDowell Club and Colony, images in the form of photo postcards and engravings, and a studio book containing photographs of the studio's construction, a history of the studio, and the signatures of resident artists. Notes and correspondence concerning the history of the studio are found tucked in the book.
Over a dozen memorial resolutions issued upon Alexander's death by arts organizations to which he contributed during his lifetime are found. Several of these resolutions exist in ornate, calligraphic, bound volumes.
Additional photographs of the Alexander Memorial Studio are found in Photographs. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Award Certificates, circa 1878-1915
Oversized items housed in OV 24
2
16
Medals, circa 1870-1922
20 items
(20 items in 3 shoe boxes)
2
17-19
Notes, undated
2
20
Blueprint of Alexander's Tomb, 1915
Oversized items housed in OV 24
2
21
Alexander Fund and Studio at MacDowell Colony
Reports, circa 1915-1926
2
22
Images, circa 1910-1944
2
23
Studio Book, circa 1925-1941
2
24
Memorial Resolutions, circa 1915
5 folders
(oversized items housed in OV 24)
2
25-29
Commemorative Lecture by Edwin Blashfield, 1917
2
30
Oversized Award Certificates, circa 1878-1915
Items scanned with Box 2, f16
24 (OV)
Oversized Blueprint of Alexander's Tomb, 1915
Item scanned with Box 2, f21
24 (OV)
Oversized Memorial Resolution, circa 1915
Item scanned with Box 2, f25
24 (OV)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1875-1915
1.5 linear feet
Boxes 2-3, 6, 14-16, OV 23

This series contains 14 sketchbooks, sketches and drawings on loose paper, and reproductions of John White Alexander's artwork in a variety of print media, including fine prints by various printmakers. An engraved portrait of Alexander by Arthur G. Learned is also found at the end of the series.
Sketchbooks contain drawings, sketches, cartoons, and illustrations in pencil, ink, wash, and gouache. A few are dated in the original. Others have been assigned dates during processing based on their content: cartoons and illustrations are dated to Alexander's main period of newspaper and magazine work (1873-1899), and sketches related to murals are dated to the murals' years of execution (Library of Congress, 1896; Carnegie Institute, 1905-1908). Additional notes on sketchbook content are found in the folder listing.
Loose sketches are filed by media, including charcoal, pencil, wash, and ink. Most of the pencil sketches are preliminary studies of allegorical figures and appear to relate to mural projects. Wash and ink drawings are more finished in appearance and were executed on Bristol board, and may have been published illustrations.
Reproductions of artwork consist of halftone prints, etchings, and engravings of Alexander's cartoons, paintings, murals, and illustrations. Reproductions are found on loose pages and in two oversized volumes. Many of the reproductions are fine prints and are signed by the printmaker. Names include George Bartle, John William Evans, Thomas Heard, William Fowler Hopson, Thomas Johnson, Frederick Juengling, W.H. Morse, Caroline A. Powell, Harry Elliott Sylvester, John H.E. Whitney, and Henry Wolf.
The second volume of reproductions also contains other types of materials, including six photographs of artwork, one sketched caricature of Alexander dated 1885, and five photographs picturing Alexander around 1903 to 1913. Among the loose reproductions are two large color prints are signed by Alexander, and installation views of the 1915 memorial exhibition at Arden Galleries.
Additional sketches and illustrated letters are found in Correspondence and Notes and Writings series, and additional art reproductions are found in Scrapbooks and Photographs. This series has been scanned in its entirety except for one sketchbook from 1882 which was donated in 2017 and added to the collection.
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Sketchbooks, circa 1873-1899
3 folders
(oversized items housed in box 14)
(sketchbooks contain primarily cartoons and illustrations and are dated to Alexander's main years of newspaper and magazine work)
2
31-33
Sketchbook, 1882
(contains six sketches, July 31-August 5, 1882, Port Jefferson, Long Island)
6
41
Sketchbook, circa 1880-1881
(inscribed July 1880; contains sketches from life; also contains sketches of illustrations depicting African Americans)
3
1
Sketchbook, 1884
(travel sketchbook with dated sketches, one of which is labeled "Tangier")
3
2
Sketchbook, circa 1891
(cover reads "B. Alexander, 1891"; may have belonged to Elizabeth Alexander, who went by the name Betsy or Bessie; contains seascapes, figures and a page of text)
3
3
Sketchbooks, circa 1896
2 folders
(contain pencil sketches of figures, landscapes, and several lunettes that appear to be related to Alexander's Library of Congress murals, executed 1896)
3
4-5
Sketchbook, circa 1905-1908
Oversized items housed in Box 14
(among the work in this volume are sketches from Alexander's murals at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, executed 1905-1908)
3
6
Sketchbooks, undated
4 folders
(five undated volumes containing a variety of work in pencil, wash, gouache, and ink; two volumes were purchased in Europe.)
3
7-10
Charcoal Sketch, undated
3
11
Pencil Sketches, circa 1896-1909
5 folders
(oversized items housed in OV 23)
(loose sketches in these folders are mainly of allegorical figures; many are recognizable from Alexander's murals at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, executed 1905-1908; a few cartoons are found; folders are dated to the period of Alexander's mural projects)
3
12-16
Wash and Ink Drawings, circa 1873-1899
(contains a series of maritime scenes in wash and gouache on Bristol board, and a single figure in period costume; assuming these are illustrations, they are dated to Alexander's main period of illustration.)
3
17
Etchings, Engravings, and Reproductions of Artwork
Bound Volume 1, circa 1886-1894
Oversized items housed in Box 15
3
18
Items Removed from Bound Volume 1, circa 1886-1894
3
19
Bound Volume 2, circa 1885-1996
Oversized items housed in Box 16, sol
3
20
Loose Items, circa 1886-1915
(4 folders; oversized items housed in OV 23)
3
21-24
Etched Portrait of John White Alexander by A.G. Learned, undated
Oversized items housed in OV 23
3
25
Oversized Sketchbooks, circa 1873-1908
(Items scanned with Box 2, folders 31-32 and Box 3, folder 6)
14 (sol)
Bound Volume 1 of Art Reproductions, circa 1896-1909
Items scanned with Box 3, folder 18
15 (sol)
Bound Volume 2 of Art Reproductions, circa 1886-1894
Items scanned with Box 3, folder 20
16 (sol)
Oversized Sketch, circa 1885-1896
Item scanned with box 3, f12
23 (OV)
Oversized Etchings, Engravings, and Reproductions of Artwork, Loose Items, circa 1886-1915
Items scanned with Box 3, folder 21
23 (OV)
Oversized Etched Portrait of Alexander by A.G. Learned, undated
Item scanned with Box 3, f25
23 (OV)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, circa 1877-1915
1.8 linear feet
Boxes 17-22

Eight scrapbooks date primarily from 1888 to 1915, with some earlier clippings in the first volume from Alexander's first trip to Europe in the late 1870s. Scrapbooks begin shortly after his marriage to Elizabeth Alexander and contain annotations that appear to be in her handwriting. Thus, the scrapbooks may have been created by her.
Most of the contents of the scrapbooks are newspaper and magazine clippings, with articles about Alexander's art activities and reproductions of his paintings. Also found are scattered letters from patrons and organizations announcing honors and thanking Alexander for commissioned portraits. Other types of items in the scrapbooks include exhibition invitations and catalogs, invitations to club events, programs for speaking engagements, and a few photographs.
Exhibition catalogs in the scrapbooks include Alexander's one-man show at Durand-Ruel Galleries (1901-1902), Pratt Institute (1905), the National Arts Club retrospective (1909), the Albright Knox gallery retrospective (1909), and the Art Institute of Chicago (1913). Other special contents of individual scrapbooks are noted in the folder listing.
Contents of scrapbooks are in loose chronological order, with each volume covering three to five years. Scattered items fall outside of the date ranges indicated for each volume. Additional volumes containing art reproductions, engravings, and photographs are found in the artwork series. Additional exhibition catalogs and clippings are found in the Printed Materials series.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Scrapbook, circa 1877-1895
(contains 1893 letter from Puvis de Chavannes re: membership in the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1896 letter from Prince Eugene of Sweeden and Norway inviting Alexander to exhibit)
17 (sol)
1
Scrapbook, 1895-1900
17 (sol)
2
Scrapbook, 1900-1904
(contains photograph of the jury of Etchings and Engravings, Paris Exposition, 1900, on which Alexander served; 1901 letter from Emile Loubet, president of France, and a notice of the same year of his honor of Crois de Chevalier de L'Ordre Nationale de la Legion d'Honneur; 1904 letter from Edward Coates awarding him the Gold Medal of Honor by the Pennsylvania Academy)
18 (sol)
1
Scrapbook, 1904-1907
(contains letters from Henry van Dyke, V. van Syckel, Jane Potter Russell, Walter Gunnison, and K.M., possibly Katherine Mackay; also, telegram from JWA to EA informing her of the Carnegie mural contract for $175,000)
18 (sol)
2
Scrapbook, 1907-1909
(Contains program for MacDowell club event with tableaux by Alexander; extensive publicity for the Carnegie Institute murals; and a 1908 note from H. W. Mabie)
19 (sol)
1
Scrapbook, 1909-1911
(contains letter from George A. Hearn; programs and publicity for Maude Adams productions of John of Arc and Chanticler)
20 (sol)
1
Scrapbook, 1910-1913
(contains note from Florence Levy re: honors from the School Art League; letter from Robert Underwood Johnson re: membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters; 1912 photograph of the Pittsburgh International Jury, of which Alexander was a member; an invitation to a dinner honoring Alexander Drake, reproducing a cartoon by Alexander)
21 (sol)
1
Scrapbook, 1914-1915
(contains annotations related to publicity over Alexander's failure to complete the Carnegie murals)
22 (sol)
1

Series 9: Printed Materials, circa 1891-1945
1.5 linear feet
Boxes 3-4, OV 23

This series contains magazine and newspaper clippings, exhibition catalogs, circulars, bulletins, reports, books, pamphlets, and brochures.
Clippings in this series are often duplicated in Scrapbooks, especially those dating to Alexander's lifetime. Later clippings are unique to this series. The scope of subjects found in this series is also greater, including not only stories about Alexander's career, but also about other artists, family matters, and Elizabeth Alexander's career before and after her husband's death.
Exhibition catalogs are found for Alexander's solo exhibitions, before and after his death. Scattered catalogs for other artists' exhibitions are also found. The 1905 catalog of a Pratt Institute exhibition contains prices, and a 1915 catalog for his memorial exhibition is marked with scattered corrections and sales. Additional exhibition catalogs are found in Scrapbooks.
Circulars include an unsigned, printed letter of protest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art related to an exhibition of European modernists. Entire issues of a variety of magazines are found, several of which contain major articles related to Alexander and his artwork. See details in the folder listing. Bulletins and reports relate to organizations in which Alexander was involved or exhibited. Miscellaneous printed materials include calling cards, a magazine subscription, and a civil defense poster.
Additional printed materials are found throughout the collection, especially in Artwork and Scrapbooks. See series descriptions for more details. The bulk of this series has been scanned. Items not scanned include newspaper and magazine clippings, and for some published items, only the covers have been scanned.
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Magazine Clippings, circa 1896-1922
2 folders
(oversized items housed in OV 23; not scanned)
3
26-27
Newspaper Clippings, undated
3 folders
(not scanned)
3
28-30
Newspaper Clippings, 1900-1914
8 folders
not scanned
3
31-38
Newspaper Clippings, 1915
10 folders
(not scanned)
3
39-48
Newspaper Clippings, 1916
(3 of 12 folders; not scanned)
3
49-51
Newspaper Clippings, 1916
(9 of 12 folders; not scanned)
4
1-9
Newspaper Clippings, 1917-1918
7 folders
not scanned
4
10-16
Newspaper Clippings, 1924-1940
not scanned
4
17
Exhibition Catalogs, undated, 1902-1905
4
18
Exhibition Catalogs, 1915-1918
3 folders
4
19-21
Exhibition Catalogs, 1937-1945
3 folders
4
22-24
Exhibition Poster and Wall Text, undated
Oversized items housed in OV 23
4
25
Circulars, circa 1908, 1921
4
26
Memorial Essay by William Laurel Harris, circa 1915
4
27
Magazines, circa 1914-1933
6 folders
(Articles include "A Visit to Mr. Alexander's Summer Studio," by Elbert F. Baldwin (page proof); "Is Our Art Distinctively American," by JWA in Century, various obituaries and memorials; "The JWA Murals" in Carnegie Magazine; "The Portrait Work of John W. Alexander" by John V. Sears)
4
28-33
Bulletins, 1913, 1937
(School Art League, Mint Museum of Art)
4
34
Reports
Société Royale Des Beaux-Arts (Brussels, Belgium), 1908, 1911
4
35
New York City Improvement Commission, 1907
4
36
Books
Autobiography of Worthington Whittridge, after 1941
4
37
American Academy of Arts and Letters
Book of Record
, 1922
4
38
Smithsonian Institution National Gallery of Art, 1922
4
39
Pamphlets, Brochures, and Mailings, 1926, undated
4
40
Miscellaneous Printed Materials, circa 1891-1945
Oversized item housed in OV 23
4
41
Oversized Magazine Clippings, circa 1896-1922
not scanned
23 (OV)
Oversized Exhibition Poster and Wall Text, undated
Items scanned with Box 4, f25
23 (OV)
Oversized Miscellaneous Printed Materials, circa 1891-1945
Item scanned with Box 4, f41
23 (OV)

Series 10: Photographs, circa 1870-1915
5.8 linear feet
Boxes 4-8, MGP 1-2, OV 25-43, RD 44-45

This series contains photographs of John White Alexander, friends and associates, family members, studios, places, exhibitions, and works of art.
Dozens of formal portraits are found depicting Alexander, many taken by notable photographers, including Zaida Ben-Yusuf, Aimé Dupont, Curtis Bell, Elizabeth Buehrmann, and several signed Miss Huggins, who may have been Estelle Huntington Huggins, a New York painter and photographer. Also found are photographs made in the well-known studios of Pach, Sarony, and George Rockwood. Portraits of others include Alexander's friends William Merritt Chase and Edward Austin Abbey.
Groups portraits depict Carnegie Founders' Day, the Metro Club, and the National Academy of Design. Juries include the Carnegie International Exhibition, the National Academy of Design, and one group identified as both the Academy jury and the last meeting of the Paris Society of American Artists.
Annotations are found throughout the series, in what appears to be either John White Alexander's or Elizabeth Alexander's handwriting. Mrs. Alexander's annotations in particular sometimes contradict information found in the photograph itself, or on other photographs of the same subjects. Contradictory annotations are particularly common among jury, studio, and personal photographs, and photographs of works of art.
Photographs of Alexander's studios include spaces in New York City; Paris; Sea Bright, New Jersey; and Onteora, New York; Alexander is pictured in some of the studios. Also found are photographs of the Alexander Memorial Studio built at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire after Alexander's death, several of which were taken by photographer Jesse Tarbox Beals. See Awards and Memorials for more images and documentation of the MacDowell studio.
Individuals identified in personal photographs include Alexander, Katherine Beatty, Ed Moran, Thomas S. Clarke, and Alexander's son, James. Also pictured here is Alexander with portraits painted at the Cowan residence in Scotland circa 1900, and Alexander in a mummy costume circa 1903-1904. Numerous photographs of unidentified children appear to have been taken in Alexander's Paris studio. Photographs of Polling, Bavaria show scenic views and architectural details.
Photographs of works of art span Alexander's career and are sometimes annotated with titles, dates of execution, and often owners. Note that annotations are sometimes contradictory. Photographs of paintings are arranged in broad chronological groups, with approximate dates noted in parentheses in the folder listing. These dates have not been verified, however, and many paintings are undated.
Original glass negatives are found for several personal photographs, photographs of studios, and photographs of works of art. Several of the negatives of works of art are retouched and numbered in the original. Recent prints have been made from the original negatives are filed along with vintage prints. Note that recent prints of paintings have been cropped to the picture frame and do not show the negative images in their entirety.
Additional photographs are found in Awards and Memorials, Artwork, and Scrapbooks. The bulk of this series has been scanned. Items not scanned include photographs of artwork, and duplicate photographs. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
DescriptionContainer
Portraits of John White Alexander
Photographs by Curtis Bell, circa 1900-1915
Oversized items housed in OV 25
4
42
Photographs by Curtis Bell, Copies, circa 1900-1915
Not scanned
4
43
Photographs by Zaida Ben-Yusuf, circa 1900-1915
Oversized items housed in OV 25
4
44
Photographs by Zaida Ben-Yusuf, Copies, circa 1900-1915
Not scanned
4
45
Photographs by Bradley, circa 1913
Oversized items housed in OV 25
5
1
Photographs by Elizabeth Buehrman, circa 1909-1912
Oversized items housed in OV 25
5
2
Photographs by Elizabeth Buehrman, Copies, circa 1909-1912
Not scanned
5
3
Photograph by Dana (Photography Studio; Brooklyn, NY), circa 1870-1879
5
4
Photographs by Davis and Sanford, circa 1911
Oversized items housed in OV 25
5
5
Photographs by Aimé Dupont, 1915
Oversized items housed in OV 25
5
6
Photographs by Davis Garber, undated
5
7
Photographs by Miss Huggins, circa 1903-1913
Oversized items housed in OV 25
5
8
Photographs by Miss Huggins, Copies, circa 1903-1913
Not scanned
5
9
Photographs by Chester Abbott Lawrence, circa 1904
5
10
Photographs by Pach (Photography Studio, New York), circa 1912
5
11
Photograph by Otto Reitmayer (Photography Studio, Munich), 1877
5
12
Photographs by Rockwood (Photography Studio, New York), circa 1888-1896
5
13
Photographs by Sarony (Photography Studio, New York), circa 1879-1885
Oversized items housed in OV 25
5
14
Photographs by Sarony (Photography Studio, New York), Copies, circa 1879-1885
Not scanned
5
15
Photographs by E. Syms, undated
5
16
Photographer Unknown, before 1880
5
17
Photographer Unknown, circa 1890-1909
(1 glass plate negative housed in Box 7)
5
18
Photographer Unknown, circa 1890-1915
(2 glass plate negatives housed in MGP 1)
5
19
Portraits of Others
Edward Austin Abbey, circa 1880-1889
5
20
William Merritt Chase, circa 1870-1879
Oversized items housed in OV 26
5
21
Robert Louis Stevenson, circa 1880-1894
5
22
Ruth McEnery Stuart, undated
5
23
Unidentified Sitters, undated
(2 glass plate negatives housed in MGP 1-2)
(Probably subjects of portrait paintings by JWA)
5
24-25
Group Portraits and Juries, circa 1900-1915
Oversized items housed in OV 26
5
26
Studio, Alexander Memorial Studio at the MacDowell Colony, after 1915
(4 folders; oversized items housed in OV 27)
(includes photographs taken by Jesse Tarbox Beals and Favor Davis; additional photographs and images are found in Awards and Memorials)
5
27-30
Studio, New York City, circa 1898-1915
(J.W. Alexander pictured)
(Oversized items housed in OV 27; 3 glass plate negatives housed in Box 7)
5
31
Studio; Onteora, New York, circa 1913
Oversized items housed in OV 27
(J.W. Alexander pictured)
5
32
Studio, Paris, circa 1892-1898
Oversized items housed in OV 27
(J.W. Alexander pictured)
5
33
Studio; Sea Bright, New Jersey, circa 1888-1908
5
34
Personal Photographs, circa 1882-1912
(3 folders; oversized items housed in OV 27; 1 glass plate negative housed in MGP 2)
5
35-37
Personal Photographs, Copies, circa 1882-1912
Not scanned
5
38
Polling, Bavaria, circa 1878-1886
includes negatives
5
39
Photographs of Works of Art
Installation Views, Art Institute of Chicago, circa 1903, 1907
Oversized items housed in OV 28
5
40
Murals
Library of Congress Murals (1896), undated
Not scanned
5
41
Carnegie Institute Murals In Progress, circa 1905-1908
(snapshots with workers pictured)
5
42
Carnegie Institute Murals, Preliminary Drawings, circa 1905-1908
Not scanned
5
43
Carnegie Institute Murals (1905-1908), undated
4 folders
(oversized items housed in OV 28-36; not scanned)
5
44-47
Carnegie Institute Murals, Lantern Slides, circa 1908-1915
(8 lantern slides made by Charles Beseler of New York and identified in what appears to be JWA's handwriting)
(8 lantern slides housed in Box 8; not scanned)
5
48
Unidentified Mural, undated
Not scanned
5
49
Paintings (circa 1879-1899), Vintage Prints, undated
10 folders
(not scanned)
5
50-59
Paintings (circa 1879-1899), Vintage Prints, undated
(6 of 16 folders; oversized items hosued in OV 37-39; not scanned)
6
1-6
Paintings (circa 1900-1915), Vintage Prints, undated, 1906
19 folders
oversized items housed in OV 40-42; not scanned
6
7-25
Paintings (circa 1898-1904), Recent Prints from Glass Negatives, undated
not scanned
6
26
Poster, Sculpture, and Drawing (circa 1880-1915), undated
not scanned
6
27
Photographs of Works of Art by Others (circa 1880-1899), undated
(Oversized items housed in OV 43, rolled documents 44-45; not scanned)
(includes a portrait of John White Alexander by Frank Duveneck, a portrait of P.W. Bartlett by Charles Sprague Pearce, and around 20 rolled and fragile prints of Rodin sculptures with the note "Given to JWA and EA in Paris circa 1899")
6
28
Photo Lab Envelopes, undated, 1921, 1910
not scanned
6
29
Glass Plate Negatives, Portraits of John White Alexander
1 glass negative
Scanned with Box 5, f18-19
7
Glass Plate Negatives, Portraits of John White Alexander
2 glass negatives
Scanned with Box 5, f18-19
MGP 1
Glass Plate Negatives, Portraits of Unidentified Sitters
1 glass negative
Scanned with Box 5, f25
MGP 1
Glass Plate Negatives, Portraits of Unidentified Sitters
1 glass negative
Scanned with Box 5, f25
MGP 2
Glass Plate Negatives, New York City Studio
3 glass negatives
Scanned with Box 5, f31
7
Glass Plate Negative, Personal Photographs
1 glass negative
Scanned with Box 5, f37
MGP 2
Glass Plate Negatives, Paintings, circa 1898-1904
41 glass negatives
not scanned
7
Lantern Slides, Carnegie Institute Murals, Lantern Slides
not scanned
8 (pam)
Oversized Portraits of John White Alexander by Curtis Bell, Zaida Ben-Yusuf, Bradley, Elizabeth Buehrman, Davis and Sanford, Aimé Dupont, Miss Huggins, and Sarony
Scanned with Box 4, f42 and 44, Box 5, f1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 14
25 (OV)
Oversized Portrait of William Merritt Chase
Scanned with Box 5, f21
26 (OV)
Oversized Group Portraits and Juries
Scanned with Box 5, f26
26 (OV)
Oversized Photographs of Studios
Scanned with Box 5, f28, 31-33
27 (OV)
Oversized Personal Photographs
Scanned with Box 5, f38
27 (OV)
Oversized Photographs of Works of Art, Installation Views
Scanned with Box 5, f40
28 (OV)
Oversized Photographs of Carnegie Institute Murals
not scanned
28-36 (OV)
Oversized Photographs of Paintings, Vintage Prints, circa 1879-1899
not scanned
37-39 (OV)
Oversized Photographs of Paintings, Vintage Prints, circa 1900-1915
not scanned
40-42 (OV)
Oversized Photographs of Drawings and Poster
not scanned
43 (OV)
Oversized Photographs of Works of Art by Others
not scanned
43 (OV)
Photographs of Rodin Sculptures
not scanned
44-45 (sol)

Series 11: Artifacts, circa 1899-1915
0.4 linear feet
Box 6 and artifact cabinet

This series contains a variety of objects found among Alexander's papers. The metal door plate reads "J.W. Alexander, Artist" and is signed J.C. Michel and Son. Printing plates are for an ex-libris engraving and two newspaper photographs. Souvenir pendants are from dedications of the Carnegie Institute in 1907 and the New York Public Library in 1911. Title plates from exhibited paintings include one for "Sunlight" and another for a portrait of Mercer Beasley, LLD.
The bulk of this series has been scanned.
DescriptionContainer
Door Plate, undated
6
30
Hand-sewn Book Cover, undated
6
31
Laurel Wreath, undated
(See Artifact Cabinet)
6
32
Palette, undated
(See Artifact Cabinet)
6
33
Printing Plates, circa 1915, undated
3 folders
(not scanned)
6
34-36
Relief Model for Pendant, undated
6
37
Souvenir Engraving of Mark Twain Self-Portrait, 1902
Not scanned
6
38
Souvenir Pendants, 1907, 1911
(made for School Art League award; see Awards and Memorials for Alexander's award medal dated 1911)
6
39
Title Plates from Paintings, circa 1899-1911
6
40

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