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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.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

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

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 594-595 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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

R. Swain Gifford papers, 1860-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.