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Olin Levi Warner papers, 1857-1962, bulk bulk 1857-1899

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1863-1896
5 Folders
Box 1, OV 4

This series contains official documents for Warner's membership in several art organizations, including the Fine Arts Federation of New York and the Society of American Artists, and from Warner's time in France, including his admission form to the French Foreign Legion. Also found are death announcements and other memorial material, including a memorial paper read before the National Sculpture Society by W. C. Brownell. Additional items of note are drafts of a speech written by Warner about the Paris Commune of 1871. Oversized materials include Warner's Mason membership certificate and documentation from a U.S. diplomatic office in France, and two awards received for his artwork.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Awards, 1863, 1895
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
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1
Membership Documents, 1868, 1870
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
1
2
Memorial Materials, 1896
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
1
3
Speech Drafts, circa 1871
1
4
Speech Drafts, circa 1871
1
5
Oversized Awards, 1863, 1895
Oversized material scanned with Box 1, Folder 1.
OV 4
Oversized Membership Documents, 1868-1870
Oversized material scanned with Box 1, Folder 2.
OV 4
Oversized Memorial Material, 1896
Oversized material scanned with Box 1, Folder 3.
OV 4

Series 2: Correspondence , 1857-1962
0.7 Linear feet
Box 1

This series contains family and personal correspondence. Family correspondence is found for Olin Levi Warner, his wife Sylvia Martinache Warner, and their daughters Rosalie Warner Jones and Frances O. Warner.
Warner's family correspondence is primarily with his parents, his wife Sylvia, and his extended family. Warner's personal correspondence is with friends, including Charles Erskine Scott Wood, Albert Pinkham Ryder, W. C. Brownell, Clarence Cook, Wyatt Eaton, and his business correspondence is primarily with people interested in commissioning sculptures. Topics covered in this series include Olin Warner's studies; his life in Paris from 1869 to 1872, including the establishment of the French Third Republic; and the artist's work up to the time of his death.
Sylvia Martinache Warner's correspondence consists of sympathy notes following her husband's death; various personal matters; and the management of the artist's work by Mrs. Warner and her daughters..
Materials are arranged alphabetically by correspondent name.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
2.1: Olin Levi Warner, 1857-1896
Description Container
A-O Miscellaneous, 1857-1895
Includes letters from Wyatt Eaton and Albert Pinkham Ryder
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6
Oliver, Michael, 1893
1
7
P-W, Miscellaneous, 1857-1895
Includes letters from John Quincy Adams Ward
1
8
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1857-1860
1
9
Warner, Olin Levi and Family , 1861
1
10
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1862-1863
1
11
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1864
1
12
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1865
1
13
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1866
1
14
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1867-1868
1
15
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1869
Includes typescript transcriptions of letters.
1
16
Warner, Olin Levi and Family , 1870-1871
1
17
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1872
1
18
Warner, Olin Levi and Family , 1873-1875
1
19
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1876-1879
1
20
Warner, Olin Levi and Family , 1880-1883
1
21
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1884-1885
1
22
Warner, Olin Levi and Family , 1886
1
23
Warner, Olin Levi and Family, 1887-1890
1
24
Warner, Olin Levi and Family , 1891-1895
1
25
Wood, C.E.S., 1883-1896
1
26
2.2: Sylvia Martinache Warner, 1883-1962
Description Container
Concern for Olin Levi Warner, 1896
1
27
Condolences for Olin Levi Warner, 1896
1
28
A-B, Miscellaneous, 1896-1917
Includes letters from Herbert Adams and Paul Wayland Bartlett
1
29
Brownell, W.C. and Gertrude, 1903-1935
1
30
C-N, Miscellaneous, 1896-1930
Includes letters from Lockwood de Forest, J. Scott Hartley, H.A. MacNeil, Kenneth Hayes Miller
1
31
National Sculpture Society, 1896-1898
Includes letters from W.C. Brownell, and Daniel Chester French
1
32
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1897-1899
1
33
P-R, Miscellaneous, 1898-1920
1
34
Ryder, Albert Pinkham, 1897-1912
1
35
S-W, Miscellaneous, 1898-1930
Includes letter from J. Alden Weir
1
36
Warner, Olin Levi, 1883-1894
1
37
Wood, C.E.S., 1896-1921
1
38
X-Z, Miscellaneous, circa 1910
1
39
Letters to Rosalie Warner Jones and Frances O. Warner, 1936-1962
Letters from Cooper Union, Caro Ely, Lloyd Goodrich, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Caro Lloyd Strobell, W.S. Budworth and Son, and Sylvia Warner
1
40
Unsigned and Illegible, circa 1898-1923
1
41

Series 3: Project Files , 1871-1936
6 Folders
Box 1, OV 4

This series contains materials such as receipts, contracts, and correspondence documenting some of Warner's sculptural projects. Projects with a significant amount of material include a statue of Massachusetts governor Charles Devens; the Hodgkins Medal, designed as the Smithsonian Institution seal; sculptural work for the Chicago World's Fair; and works produced by the Jno. Williams Foundry.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by project name.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Charles Devens Statue, 1892-1896
1
42
Jno. Williams Foundry, 1904-1936
1
43
Library of Congress Doors, circa 1897-1898
1
44
Smithsonian Seal, 1893-1894
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
1
45
World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair), 1893
1
46
Miscellaneous contracts and receipts, 1871-1905
1
47
Oversized Smithsonian Seal Information, 1893-1894
Oversized material scanned with Box 1, Folder 45.
OV 4

Series 4: Printed Material , 1862-1950
6 Folders
Boxes 1-2, OV 4

This series contains assorted printed materials including exhibition catalogs for the Society of American Artists and the National Sculpture Society; a catalog for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; information from clubs to which Warner belonged; newspaper and magazine clippings; promotional materials and a booklet highlighting Warner's doors for the Library of Congress; and miscellaneous materials such as programs and booklets.
Materials are arranged by document type.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Duplicates and blank pages in bound volumes have not been scanned. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1895-1950
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
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48
Club and Association Membership Listings, 1892-1896
1
49
Exhibition Catalogs, 1880-1883
2
1
Exhibition Catalogs, 1893
2
2
Exhibition Catalogs, 1895-1907
2
3
Miscellaneous, 1862-1921
2
4
Oversized Clippings, 1895-1950
Oversized materials scanned with Box 1, Folder 48.
OV 4

Series 5: Photographs , 1870s-1890s
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3, OV 4

Photographs are of Warner, his family, sitters, and artwork. Included are photographs of Warner in his New York City studio and with his wife and two daughters. Two photographs of note are of Warner standing with an unfinished Caryatid for the Skidmore Fountain project. Also found are photographs of the exterior of Warner's New York home and studio, an unidentified exhibition, and photographs of some of the many people Warner sculpted, including the artist J. Alden Weir. Additional photographs are of Warner's completed sculptures, medals, or other works.
Materials are arranged by photographic subject.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Photographs of artwork, duplicates, and blank versos of photographs have not been scanned.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Artist and Family at Home and Studio, circa 1875-1895
2
5
Photographs of Olin Levi Warner Standing with Caryatid for Skidmore Fountain, circa 1883
2
6
Photographs of Exterior of Warner Home and Studio, circa 1890s
2
7
Photograph of Exhibition, circa late 1890s
2
8
Photographs of Sitters, circa 1870's-1890's
Includes photographs of J. Alden Weir, Governor Buckingham, Chief Joseph, and President Hayes.
2
9
Photographs of Artwork
W. C. Brownell, 1886
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
2
10
Governor Buckingham, 1884
2
11
General Charles Devens, 1894
2
12
Dancing Nymph, 1879
3
1
Diana, 1883
3
2
Library of Congress Doors, circa 1896
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
3
3
Native American Series, circa 1880's
3
4
Skidmore Fountain, circa 1883
3
5
Various Sculptures, circa 1880s-1890s
3
6
Various Sculptures, circa 1880s-1890s
3
7
Portraits of Olin Levi Warner, 1880s
3
8
Oversized Photographs of Artwork, 1886-circa 1896
Oversized material scanned with Box 2, Folder 10 and Box 3, Folder 3.
OV 4

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