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Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters, 1783-1935, bulk 1804-1877

Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters, 1783-1935, bulk 1804-1877

Graham, Robert Claverhouse, 1913-1994

Collector, Dealer

Representative image for Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters, 1783-1935, bulk 1804-1877

The Robert Claverhouse Graham collection of artists' letters in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 100 images.

The collection was fully digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.

Collection Information

Size: 40 items

Summary: The Robert C. Graham collection of forty artists' letters dated from 1783 to 1935, with the bulk of the letters dating from 1804 to 1877. Graham, an art dealer and collector, compiled the unrelated letters of several late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century painters such as Thomas Biddle, Thomas Doughty, G. P. A. Healy, Daniel Huntington, Henry Inman, Emanuel Leutze, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Sully, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Graham (1913-) is an art dealer, and collectorfrom New York, N.Y. He was the director of the Graham Gallery.

Provenance

Donated by Robert Graham, 1961. Microfilmed and subsequently digitized in 2007.

Related Materials

Funding

The collection was fully digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.

A Finding Aid to the Robert C. Graham Collection of Artists' Letters,
1783-1935
(bulk 1804-1877)
, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.grahrobe
Author
Finding aid prepared by Erin Corley
Biographical Note
Robert Claverhouse Graham (1913-1994) was the director of the Graham Gallery in New York City. He and his brother James were fourth generation owners of the gallery which specialized in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter. Multiple letters within folders are arranged chronologically.
Scope and Content Note
The Robert C. Graham collection of forty artists' letters dates from 1783 to 1935, with the bulk of the letters dating from 1804 to 1877. Graham, an art dealer and collector, compiled the unrelated letters of several late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century painters such as Thomas Doughty, G. P. A. Healy, Daniel Huntington, Henry Inman, Emanuel Leutze, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Sully, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and others.
Provenance
Donated by Robert Graham, 1961. Microfilmed and subsequently digitized in 2007.
Related Material
Related material found in the Archives includes the recording and transcript of a 1976 interview of Robert Claverhouse Graham conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art. The Archives also holds numerous collections of papers related to or created by the artists who wrote these letters.
Processing Information
The Archives microfilmed the collection on reels D23, D294 and 1236, mostly upon receipt in 1961. The collection was fully processed by Erin Corley in 2006 and digitized in 2007 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional Forms Available

The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters, 1783-1935, bulk 1804-1877. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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