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Mollie Garfield (Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown) papers regarding President James Garfield, 1874-1883

Mollie Garfield (Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown) papers regarding President James Garfield, 1874-1883

Stanley-Brown, Mary Garfield, 1867-1947

The papers of Mollie Garfield (later Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown) regarding her father, President James Garfield in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2006. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 66 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 19 items

Summary: The papers of Mollie Garfield (later Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown) regard her father President James Garfield, and date from 1874 to 1883. They consist primarily of an illustrated memorial album presented to Mollie after the assassination of her father in 1881. The album contains 26 signed pencil sketches, ink drawings, and watercolors of various subjects by American painters and illustrators, including James Carter Beard, Harry Fenn, William Henry Holmes, Joseph Pennell, and others. Also found are a few items of correspondence and notes regarding the album and the artists, and a few scattered miscellaneous documents from the 1870s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown (1867-1947), known as Mollie as a girl, was the daughter of assassinated President Garfield.

Provenance

Donated 1970 by Mrs. Herbert Feis, Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown's (Mollie Garfield's) daughter.

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Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

A Finding Aid to the Mollie Garfield papers regarding President James Garfield, 1874-1883, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Erin Corley
Scope and Content Note
The Mollie Garfield papers regarding her father President James Garfield date from 1874 to 1883 and consist primarily of an illustrated memorial album presented to Mollie after the assassination of her father in 1881. The album contains 26 signed pencil sketches, ink drawings, and watercolors of various subjects by American artists. Also found are a few items of correspondence and notes regarding the album and the artists, and a few scattered miscellaneous documents from the 1870s.
Biographical Note
Mary "Mollie" Garfield (1867-1947) was born in Washington, D.C. to James A. Garfield and Lucretia Rudolph Garfield. She was 14 when her father became President of the United States in January, 1881. On July 2, James Garfield was shot at Union Station in Washington, D.C. and Mollie and her mother were present when he died of his wounds on September 19. Mollie Garfield's education included Miss Mittleberger's School in Cleveland, Ohio and one semester at Miss Porter's Finishing School in Farmington, Connecticut. She lived with her mother at the Garfield family home, Lawnfield, in Mentor, Ohio until her marriage in 1888 to Joseph Stanley-Brown, who had been her father's private secretary. She died in Pasadena, California at the age of 80.
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection, there is only one series consisting of five folders of 19 items. Items are arranged chronologically.
Provenance
Donated 1970 by Mrs. Herbert Feis, Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown's (Mollie Garfield's) daughter.
Processing Information
The Mollie Garfield papers regarding President James Garfield were microfilmed on reel 865, and the album was conserved in 1989. The collection was fully processed by Erin Corley and digitized in 2007 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional Forms Available

The collection was digitized in 2007 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.

How to Cite This Collection

Mollie Garfield (Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown) papers regarding President James Garfield, 1874-1883. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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