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

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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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Bitter Memorial Committee Appeal, circa 1915
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Lists of Artwork for Pan-American Exposition (1901), 1900-1901
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Proposal and Lists of Artwork for Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904), circa 1903-1904
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Printed Material, 1907
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Printed Material, News Clippings, circa 1892-circa 1915
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Pen and Ink Drawings by Bitter, circa 1900-circa 1915
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