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Read family papers, 1848-1935

Read family


Collection Information

Size: 229 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence between Read family members, Thomas Buchanan Read, Mary Pratt Read, Mary Alice Read, and Harriet Denison Butler Read, and notable military, literary, political, and artistic figures, particluarly of the 19th century. Correspondents include Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Edwin Church, William Whiteman Fosdick, Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, Ludwig Knaus, Hiram Powers, Thomas Addison Richards, Randolph Rogers, John Sartain, William Wetmore Story, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, Philip Sheridan, James Garfield, and William Tecumseh Sherman, among others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Buchanan Read was a poet, a portrait and history painter, and sometime sculptor, and worked in the U.S. and abroad.


Lent for microfilming 1979 by Denison L. Burton.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, Denison Burton, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 1478 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

Read family papers, 1848-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.