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Papers relating to Carl Gutherz assembled by Joseph S. Czestochowski, 1895-1910

Gutherz, Carl, 1844-1907

Muralist, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 25 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: 2 letters to Andrew Ryan McGill from Gutherz regarding in particular Gutherz' seven "Spectrum of Light" mural panels in the Library of Congress; a nineteen-page analysis, written by Daniel Richardson, of the seven panels; a 41-page typescript, "The Life of Carl Gutherz"; descriptions written by Gutherz of some of his art works, and accompanying sketches; clippings; a chronolgy; and miscellaneous writings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mural painter; Washington, D.C. Born in Schoeftland, Switzerland, and came to America in 1851. He is best known for his ceiling decoration in the Representatives Reading Room, Library of Congress.


The lender, Joseph Czestochowski, then curator of the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, was evidently researching Gutherz [the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery has a considerable number of Gutherz' works in its collection] and lent the Archives photocopies of material he judged to be significant.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Letters to McGill: Originals in Minnesota Historical Society.
  • Photocopies returned to lender, Joseph Czestochowski, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 1198 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

All photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Papers relating to Carl Gutherz assembled by Joseph S. Czestochowski, 1895-1910. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.