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Photographs of Karl Francis Theodore Bitter and Gustave Gerlach, circa 1892-circa 1915

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as two series.

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Series 1: Papers , circa 1892-circa 1915
7 Folders
Box 1

Notes and addresses include Bitter's address in New York, and those of other artists including Solon Borglum, Charles Keck, Adolph Weinman, and Enid Yandell. Also found are Gerlach's list of expenses for creating the West Hoboken honor roll board for a local school; two envelopes with brief biographical notes by Gerlach's daughter and notes that probably relate to photos in the collection but were separated from their contents; and Gerlach's proposal for the Karl Bitter memorial fountain that was never realized, with a "list of subscribers" who donated money for the cause.
The series includes lists of proposed sculpture and associated costs for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. One list has costs and another has dates for when works were started and finished. Also found is a typescript of Bitter's proposal for the 1904 exposition followed by lists of artwork for each area with number, location, sculptor, and total cost. The lists include notations indicating when works were finished and received. The proposal is incomplete with the first three pages missing, but it outlines Bitter's vision for the exposition and mentions artists selected to participate such as Daniel Chester French, Frederic Remington, Augustus St. Gaudens, Adolph Weinman, and others, and documents his appointment of Gerlach as his foreman "who has assisted me most effectually on former occasions…"
News clippings relate to work by Bitter and others including exposition work. Other printed material consists of a catalog fragment of the Religious Sculpture of Joseph Siebel, and a National Academy of Design death notice for Augustus St. Gaudens. There are also two pieces of Bitter's stationary with pen and ink sketches.
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Addresses and Notes, circa 1900-circa 1915
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1
Bitter Memorial Committee Appeal, circa 1915
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2
Lists of Artwork for Pan-American Exposition (1901), 1900-1901
1
3
Proposal and Lists of Artwork for Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904), circa 1903-1904
1
4
Printed Material, 1907
1
5
Printed Material, News Clippings, circa 1892-circa 1915
1
6
Pen and Ink Drawings by Bitter, circa 1900-circa 1915
1
7

Series 2: Photographs , circa 1895-circa 1915
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, OVs 3-4

Photographs include six head shots of Bitter; a photo of him standing with his sculpture of Alexander Hamilton; two photos of him on horseback and with his riding club; and two photos of the exterior of one of his homes. Photos of Bitter and Gerlach include Gerlach beside a large sculpture and one of Gerlach and Bitter in the studio with Isidore Konti.
Photographs of Joseph Sibbel Studio are notated to indicate that they include Gerlach, Fritz Hoffman, and Joseph Sibbel. Other unidentified artists and assistants appear in many of the photographs of studios including those for the 1901, 1904, and 1915 expositions. Also found is a studio portrait of model Audrey Munson.
Photos of artwork are primarily of sculpture by Bitter, Alexander Stirling Calder, Gustave Gerlach, Isidore Konti, and others. They include busts, reliefs, statuary, and monumental sculpture. One photo of artwork by Konti is inscribed to Bitter by Konti. Also found is a photograph album which appears to primarily document the 1904 exposition and includes photographs of Adolph Weinman's Destiny of the Red Man.
Photographs of people and Bitter's home are followed by photographs of artwork arranged by artist or studio. Artwork by unidentified artists is loosely arranged by subject matter. The photograph album is housed at the end of the series.
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Photographs of Karl Bitter, circa 1900-circa 1915
Oversized photos housed in OV 3
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8
Photographs of Karl Bitter and Gustave Gerlach, circa 1900-circa 1915
Oversized photos housed in OV 3
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9
Photographs of Exterior of Bitter's Home, circa 1900-circa 1915
1
10
Photographs of Artists at Joseph Sibbel Studio, circa 1900
1
11
Photograph of Audrey Munson, circa 1900-circa 1915
1
12
Photographs of Unidentified Artists in Studios, circa 1900-circa 1915
1
13
Photograph of Unidentified Man, circa 1900
1
14
Photographs of Artwork
Artwork by Karl Bitter, circa 1900-circa 1915
Oversized photos housed in OV 4
1
15
Artwork by Alexander Stirling Calder, circa 1912-circa 1915
1
16
Artwork by Gustave Gerlach, circa 1895-circa 1915
Oversized photos housed in OV 4
1
17
Artwork by Gustave Gerlach, circa 1895-circa 1915
1
18
Artwork by Gustave Gerlach, circa 1895-circa 1915
1
19
Artwork by Isidore Konti, circa 1900-circa 1915
Oversized photos housed in OV 4
1
20
Artwork at Joseph Sibbel Studio, circa 1900-circa 1915
1
21
Artwork Unidentified, Children and Cherubs, circa 1900-circa 1915
1
22
Artwork Unidentified, Children and Cherubs, circa 1900-circa 1915
1
23
Artwork Unidentified, Classical Themes, circa 1900-circa 1915
Oversized photos housed in OV 4
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24
Artwork Unidentified, Classical Themes, circa 1900-circa 1915
1
25
Artwork Unidentified, Classical Themes, circa 1900-circa 1915
1
26
Artwork Unidentified, Eagles, circa 1900-circa 1915
2
1
Artwork Unidentified, Native American Themes, circa 1900-circa 1915
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2
Artwork Unidentified, Plaques, and Seated Figure, circa 1900-circa 1915
2
3
Artwork Unidentified, Religious Themes, circa 1900-circa 1915
2
4
Reproductions of Artwork, circa 1900-circa 1915
2
5
Photograph Album, circa 1900-circa 1904
2
6
Oversized Photos of Karl Bitter and Bitter and Gustave Gerlach digitized with Box 1, Folders 8 and 9
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Oversized Photos of Artwork by Karl Bitter, Gustave Gerlach, Isidore Konti, and Unidentified, Classical digitized with Box 1, Folders 15, 17, 20, and 24
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