John Alden Carpenter Papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1890-1964, bulk 1900-1950
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

3 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 oversize box) of material consisting of correspondence, mostly incoming, to American composer John Alden Carpenter, wife Rue Winterbotham Carpenter and daughter Genevieve; also material relating to Carpenter’s works; a miscellany of personal records; and a collection of photographs, many of them of well-known musicians. Correspondents include Marcel Duchamp, Gerald Murphy, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and John Singer Sargent. 

Biographical Historical Note

John Alden Carpenter was an American musical composer. His wife, Rue Winterbotham Carpenter, a designer and interior decorator, was co-founder of the Arts Club of Chicago, in 1916.