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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Karl Theodore Francis Bitter papers, 1887-circa 1977 | Digitized Collection

Karl Theodore Francis Bitter papers, 1887-circa 1977

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Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1927
1 folder
Box 1

Found is one short biography of Karl Bitter.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Biography, circa 1927
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Series 2: Family Correspondence, 1915-1958
3 folders
Box 1

Found is correspondence of Karl Bitter's children, Marietta (Mrs. Walter Abel) and Francis Bitter, most of which concerns the Committee to Preserve American Art and the reinstallation of the caryatids on the St. Paul Building in New York City. There is also a copy of a letter written by Marie Bitter to her children concerning the death of her husband and wishes for her own burial, which was sent to Francis Bitter. Also found is a copy of a letter written by Karl Bitter to Daniel Chester French in which he discusses Greek archaeology and his feelings on World War I.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Abel, Marietta (Mrs. Walter), 1958
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Bitter, Francis, 1945-1958
Includes a copy of a letter written by Marie Bitter in 1916 concerning the death of her husband Karl and of burial arrangement.
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Bitter, Karl, 1915
Copy of a letter to Daniel C. French.
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Series 3: Diaries, 1901-1909
0.1 linear feet
Box 1, 3

Found are two diaries from Karl Bitter describing his travels abroad in 1901 and 1909. The 1901 diary is from Bitter's honeymoon with his wife Marie and details their travel schedule in France, Switzerland, and Italy. The diary is very specific and describes hotels, restaurants, historic sites, castles, and ruins. It includes scrapbook elements such as hand-drawn maps of bicycle routes, travel receipts, a photograph of Marie and Karl, postcards, and sketches. Visited cities and sites include Cherbourg, Valognes, Mont Saint-Michel, Vitre, the Loire Valley, Geneva, St. Monte, Lake Como, Verona, Venice, and Milan.
The 1909 diary documents Bitter's trip to Austria in the form of letters written to his wife. Bitter details his journey on the USS Deutchland and his trip from Paris to Vienna. He gives his reactions to seeing his family and other sites after living many years abroad. On June 25th, 1909, Bitter describes a lavish party.
Materials are arranged chronologically.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Diary, 1901
Oversized material housed in Box 3, Folder 1.
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Diary, 1909
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Oversized Diary Items scanned with Box 1, Folder 5., 1901
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Series 4: Printed Material, 1912-circa 1977
4 folders
Box 1, OV 7

Found is a clipping concerning the 1912 Panama-Pacific Exposition, an exhibition announcement, a postcard, and reproductions of works of art by Bitter.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Clipping, 1912
Oversized material housed in OV 7.
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Exhibition Announcement, circa 1958
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Postcards, circa 1977
One post card depicts the transferred St. Paul Building caryatids in Holiday Park, Indiana.
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Reproductions of Works of Art, circa 1930
Excerpted from Ferdinand Schevill's book.
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10
Oversized Clipping scanned with Box 1, Folder 7, 1912
OV 7

Series 5: Photographic Materials, 1887-circa 1960s
1 linear foot
Box 1-5, OV 7

Found are two photo albums; portraits of Karl Bitter; snapshots of Bitter with his family, friends and works of art; studios and homes; and photographs works of art.
Materials are organized by document type and subject.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Photo Album #1, 1897-1914
Oversized materials housed in Box 3, Folder 5 and Box 4.
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Loose Materials from Photo Album #1, 1897-1914
Oversized materials housed in Box 3, Folder 4.
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12
Photo Album #2, 1887-1914
Oversized material housed in Box 5.
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Loose Materials from Photo Album #2, 1887-1914
Oversized material housed in Box 3, Folder 3.
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14
Karl Bitter, circa 1915
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15
Jonathan Abel, after 1958
In front of "The Ruins" in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Studio, Bitter and Moretti, circa 1910
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17
Works of Art
Indiana
Fountain, Indianapolis, circa 1950
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18
Minnesota
Lowry Memorial, Minneapolis, circa 1910
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19
New York
Standard Bearer for Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, circa 1910
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20
Andrew D. White, Seated, Cornell, circa 1910
Plaster Model
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21
All Angels Church, New York City, circa 1910
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22-23
St. Paul Building Caryatids, New York City, circa 1958
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24-25
Franz Sigel Equestrian Statue, New York City, circa 1910
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26
Villard Memorial, Sleepy Hollow, circa 1910
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27
Ohio
Alexander Hamilton and Lord Mansfield, Cleveland, circa 1910
Oversized material housed in OV 7.
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28-29
Vermont
John Erastrus Hubbard Memorial, circa 1910
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30
Mrs. C. R. Crane and Child, Portrait Relief, circa 1910
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31
Robert Curtis Ogden, Tablet, circa 1910
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32
Fritz Schwyzer Memorial, circa 1910
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Relief Bust, circa 1910
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34
Negatives, circa 1960s
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35
Glass Plate Lantern Slides
Karl Bitter, Portraits, circa 1890-1915
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Karl Bitter, with Family and Friends, circa 1890-circa 1915
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Karl Bitter, with Works of Art in Studio, circa 1890-1915
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Studio, New York City, circa 1890
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Studio, Weehawken, New Jersey, circa 1890
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Homes, Adirondacks, New York, circa 1890
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Works of Art, circa 1890-1910
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Oversized Photo Album Materials scanned with Box 1, Folders 11-12, 14, 1887-1914
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Oversized Photo Album scanned with Box 1, Folder 11, 1887-1914
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Oversized Photo Album scanned with Box 1, Folder 13, 1887-1914
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Oversized Photographs of Works of Art scanned with Box 1, Folder 28-29, circa 1908
OV 7

Series 6: Artwork and Artifacts, 1890-1915
1 linear foot
Box 1, 3, 6

Found is a sketchbook, a bound sketchbook of drawings of the Depew Foundatin, a print by Blanche Stollson, and 11 commemorative medals.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Sketchbook, circa 1890
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Sketchbook, Depew Fountain (Dismantled), 1914-1915
Oversized material housed in Box 6.
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37
"The Depew Fountain," by Blanche Stollson, after 1915
Oversized material housed in Box 3, Folder 2.
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38
Commemorative Medals
World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois (1892), 1892
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39
Exposition Universelle Internationale, Paris, France (1900), 1900
Two medals, one to K. Bitter and another to C. Bitter.
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Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York (1901), 1901
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South Carolina Interstate and West Indian Exposition (1901), 1901-1902
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42
Universal Exposition, St. Louis, Missouri (1904), 1904
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Universal Exposition, St. Louis, Missouri (1904), 1904
Plaquette
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44
Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, California (1915), 1915
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45
Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, California (1915), 1915
Placquette
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Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, California (1915), 1915
Division of Works, Chief of Sculpture Award
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47
Unidentified, circa 1900
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48
Oversized Etching scanned with Box 1, Folder 38, after 1915
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Oversized Sketchbook scanned with Box 1, Folder 37, 1914-1915
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