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Weir family papers, 1823-1930

Weir family papers, 1823-1930

Weir fam, Weir family

Collection Information

Size: 9 microfilm reels

Summary: Correspondence, photographs, genealogical material, writings, a diary, sketchbooks, and art works, primarily of John Ferguson Weir and his father, Robert W. Weir, but also including Mary French Weir, Edith Weir Perry, Julian Alden Weir, and Irene Weir. [Additional Julian Alden Weir papers are also in a separate collection]).

Biographical/Historical Note

Family of artists, New York, N.Y. Robert Walter Weir (1803-1889) was a Hudson River School painter and Professor at West Point. His two sons John Ferguson (1841-1926) and Julian Alden (1852-1919) were painters. Mary French Weir (1846-1927) was married to John. They had a daughter Edith (1875-1955). John was Director of the Yale School of Fine Arts from 1869-1913.


Material on reel D129 purchased 1961 from Harold O. Love; it is unclear how it was separated from other family papers. Material on reels 529-531, 533, 565, 936, & 949 lent for microfilming 1973-1975 by Rev. DeWolf Perry, grandson of John F. Weir. He donated material on reel 3781 in 1975.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 529-531, 533, 565, 936 & 949: Originals returned to Rev. DeWolf Perry after microfilming.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels D129, 529-531, 533, 565, 936, 949 & 3781 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Reel 533: Authorization to publish, reproduce, or quote must be obtained from: Mrs. Richard E. Baker, 125 Ash St., Hopkinton, Mass. 01748.

How to Cite This Collection

Weir family papers, 1823-1930. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.