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Lockwood de Forest papers, 1858-1978

Lockwood de Forest papers, 1858-1978

De Forest, Lockwood, 1850-1932

Industrial designer, Landscape painter, Architect, Author, Collector

Collection Information

Size: 3.4 linear ft.

Summary: REELS 2730-2734: Biographical information; personal, family and business correspondence, 1858-1931, including letters regarding de Forest's wood carving business in Ahmedabad, India, the export of carvings, and the sale of the operation to Tiffany Studios; correspondence, 1974-1978, regarding the exhibition of de Forest's work at the Heckscher Museum, Huntington, New York and at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; diaries, 1868-1890, kept by Lockwood de Forest and his wife Meta, which include entries about their travels in India; published and unpublished writings by de Forest on such topics as art, art schools, education, landscape architecture, museums, furniture construction, the study of nature and psychic research.

Also included are sketches and sketchbooks, undated and 1869-1881, primarily of places visited in Europe and the Middle East; printed material; photographs of de Forest, his family and friends, his house at East 10th Street in New York City, and works of art (oil paintings, decorative tiles, rugs, weapons, tools, etc.); and business records, consisting of sales records, account books, bills, receipts, invoices, and shipping records. Photographers include: George C. Cox, Frederick Hollyer, and Pach Brothers.

UNMICROFILMED: A copybook of letters, 1905-1918; and two publications "The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine," 1890, and the "Metropolitan Museum of Art Addresses at the Opening of the American Wing," vol. XXXIX.

Biographical/Historical Note

Landscape painter, interior designer, architect, writer, and collector (Santa Barbara, Calif.)


Donated 1982 by Mrs. Lockwood de Forest III, daughter-in-law of Lockwood de Forest.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm rolls 2730-2734 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access


How to Cite This Collection

Lockwood de Forest papers, 1858-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.