Skip to main content

Robert K. Fitzgerel collection of papers on Louis M. Eilshemius, 1869-1940

Robert K. Fitzgerel collection of papers on Louis M. Eilshemius, 1869-1940

Fitzgerel, Robert K.

Collector, Biographer

Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear ft.

Summary: Correspondence, writings, printed material, small paintings, drawings, and photographs of Louis Eilshemius collected by Robert K. Fitzgerel. consisting largely of material of the previous collector/owner, William Schack. Included are letters to William Schack relating to Shack's publication of his biography on Eilshemius, including references to the individual owners and institutions holding Eilshemius's artwork; other correspondents are Robert Tannahill and George L.K. Morris; writings, including self-published material by Eilshemius; promotional cards; and a handwritten play script, The Course of Love. The printed material consists of newspaper clippings about Eilshemius and an extensive group of Eilshemius' letters to the editors of New York dailies. Photographs include nineteenth century images of Eilshemius as a child and his family members and photographs of artists model nudes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Fitzgerel is a collector; Newcastle, Maine. Louis Eilshemius's first biographer. Louis Eilshemius (1869-1941) was a painter, writer, and composer.

Provenance

Donated 2001 by Robert K. Fitzgerel. The letters and epherema in the Fitzgerel collection were loaned to Steven Harvey, director of contemporary exhibitions at Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, who organized an exhibition on Eilshemius at the National Academy of Design (Sept.-Dec. 2001).

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 K. Fitzgerel collection of papers on Louis M. Eilshemius, 1869-1940. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.