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National Academy of Design letterbook, 1891-1916

National Academy of Design (U.S.)


Collection Information

Size: 1 v. (74 items)

Summary: A scrapbook/letterbook containing 74 letters from artists, written mostly to Academy president Harry Watrous, with several to Charles M. Kurtz regarding paintings and sculpture lent for exhibitions, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 (the St. Louis World's Fair), and other matters.
Correspondents include: Edwin Austin Abbey, John White Alexander, Otto Bacher, Edward Bell, Albert Bierstadt, Ralph Blakelock, Edwin Blashfield, Gutzon Borglum, Frederick A. Bridgman, John George Brown, Howard Russell Butler, William A. Coffin, Timothy Cole, Colin C. Cooper, Kenyon Cox, Charles Curran , Frederick Dielman, Paul Dougherty, Lucia Fairchild Fuller, Charles Gibson, Alex Harrison, Robert Henri, Daniel Huntington, John Johansen, Francis C. Jones, Wm. Kline, John La Farge, W. L. Lathrop, Jonas Lie, Will Low, Frank Millet, Thomas Moran, H. Siddons Mowbray, John Francis Murphy, James Craig Nicoll, R. A. Niehaus, Charles Niehaus, Maxfield Parrish, Joseph Pennell, Alexander Phimister Proctor, Alexander Robinson, William S. Robinson, William Allen Rogers, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Victor Salvatore, W. Elmer Schofield, Susan Watkins Serpell, Walter Shirlaw, George Smillie, James D. Smillie, Harry Snell, Edward Steichen, George Story, Henry O. Tanner, R. Van Boskerck, Elihu Vedder, Robert Vonnoh, Hubert Vos, William Whittemore, Irving Ramsey Wiles, Henry Wolf, Thomas W. Wood, and Theodore Wores.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art society; New York, N.Y. Harry Watrous was elected president of the National Academy of Design in 1894. He served as Chairman, Executive Committee on Art for the State of New York for the International Exposition of 1904 (Louisiana Purchase Exposition). Charles M. Kurtz was editor of NAD's Academy Notes, and was Asst. Chief, Dept. of Fine Arts, for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904.


Lent for microfilming 1982 by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which had received it from Watrous. Watrous participated in the Corcoran's Biennials and donated two paintings.

Location of Originals

  • Original in: The Corcoran Gallery of Art Archives.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 2679 (frames 1110-1203) available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Patrons must use microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

National Academy of Design letterbook, 1891-1916. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.