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Series 8 | 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 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.
DescriptionContainer
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

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