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R. Swain Gifford papers, 1860-1965

R. Swain Gifford papers, 1860-1965

Gifford, R. Swain (Robert Swain), 1840-1905


Collection Information

Size: 515 items (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Biographical sketches; 222 letters, 1860-1923; "Memoranda Concerning Pictures, Sketches, etc.," by Gifford's wife, Frances E. Gifford; Gifford's chart of an Alaskan expedition, 1899; 21 sketches, etchings, and watercolors; 15 exhibition and sale catalogs; 74 photographs of Gifford, his studio, art works, family, Alaska, and the New England coast; floor plans and correspondence relating to Gifford's studio and house; clippings; research material, 1960-1965, on Gifford; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Etcher, watercolorist; New England, and Alaska.


The lender, Mrs Philip Dechert, is the granddaughter of R. Swain Gifford, and inherited the material.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to lender, Mrs. Philip Dechert, after microfilming.

Microfilm reels 594-595 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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