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Series 10 | 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

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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)

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