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William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1916-1922
2 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material consists of a calling card; a place card; membership cards for the American Legion, the Citizens' League for America, and The Allies; and an autobiographical essay concerning the influence of Léon Bonnat, Coffin's art instructor in Paris.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Calling Card and Place Card for Coffin, and Membership Cards, 1916-1922
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1
Autobiographical Essay Concerning the Influence of Léon Bonnat, 1922
1
2

Series 2: Correspondence , 1915-1924
8 Folders
Box 1

Correspondence consists of scattered letters exchanged with colleagues that do not relate to other series. There are one or two letters each from Frank W. Benson, Edwin Howland Blashfield, Royal Cortissoz, Walter Gay, and Whitney Warren, and an invitation to the launch of the U. S. Battleship Arizona.
Materials are arranged chronologically.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Correspondence, circa 1915-1924
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3
Correspondence, 1915
Includes U.S.S. Battleship Arizona invitation.
1
4
Correspondence, 1916
1
5
Correspondence, 1917 January-June
Includes correspondence from Frank W. Benson and Royal Cortissoz.
1
6
Correspondence, 1917 July-December
Includes correspondence from Edwin Howland Blashfield and Whitney Warren.
1
7
Correspondence, 1918
1
8
Correspondence, 1919
1
9
Correspondence, 1920-1924
Includes correspondence from Walter Gay.
1
10

Series 3: Project File for the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York , 1900-1901
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

This series documents Coffin's involvement as director of the Fine Arts Division of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo and includes letters, drafts of reports, scrapbooks of clippings, and an album of photographs.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Letters, 1900
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11
Drafts of Reports, 1900-1901
1
12
Drafts of Reports, 1900-1901
1
13
Drafts of Reports, 1900-1901
1
14
Drafts of Reports, 1900-1901
1
15
Drafts of Reports, 1900-1901
1
16
Final Copy of Part 2 of Rough Draft, 1900-1901
1
17
Final Copy of Part 3 of Rough Draft, 1900-1901
1
18
Pan-American Clippings Scrapbook 1, 1900-1901
Oversized material housed in Box 2, Folder 2
1
19
Pan-American Clippings Scrapbook 2, 1900-1901
Oversized material housed in Box 2, Folder 2
1
20
Photograph Album, 1901
1
21
Oversized Pan-American Scrapbook 1 scanned with Box 1, Folder 19, 1900-1901
2
Oversized Pan-American Scrapbook 2 scanned with Box 1, Folder 20, 1900-1901
2

Series 4: Project File for the American Artists' Committee of One Hundred , 1914-1923
14 Folders
Box 1

This series documents Coffin's involvement as president of the American Artists' Committee of One Hundred that established a relief fund for families of French soldier-artists and includes letters, a ledger of donations, a financial report, address lists of donors, catalogs for fund-raising exhibitions, brochures listing the American Artists' Committee of One Hundred, and a photograph of a relief sculpture Fraternité des Artistes by Antonin Mercié, used as a logo for the organization.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Letters, 1915
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22
Letters, 1916
1
23
Letters, 1917-1923
1
24
Ledger of Donations to the Relief Fund for the Families of French Soldier-Artists, 1914-1916
1
25
Documents Inserted in Ledger of Donations to the Relief Fund for the Families of French Soldier-Artists, 1914-1916
1
26
Financial Report for the Relief Fund for the Families of French Soldier-Artists, 1917
1
27
Address Lists, circa 1914-1923
1
28
Address Lists, circa 1914-1923
1
29
Address Lists, circa 1914-1923
1
30
Address Lists, circa 1914-1923
1
31
Address Lists, circa 1914-1923
1
32
Address Lists, circa 1914-1923
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33
Exhibition Catalogs, 1915-1916
1
34
Brochures and a Photograph of Art Work, circa 1921-1923
1
35

Series 5: Project File for the Exhibition of Works by American Artists at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris , 1919-1920
11 Folders
Box 1

This series includes original and photocopied materials documenting Coffin's involvement in the organization of an exhibition of art work by American Artists at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris. It includes correspondence including a letter signed by Louis Bouché, Bernard Gussow, Alfred H. Maurer, Joseph Stella, and William Zorach protesting the exclusion of their work, minutes of meetings, miscellaneous writings concerning the exhibition, and miscellaneous printed material.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Correspondence, 1919 January-February
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36
Correspondence, 1919 March
1
37
Correspondence, 1919 April-August
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38
Correspondence, 1919 September
1
39
Correspondence, 1919 October
1
40
Correspondence, 1919 November-December
Includes letter of protest signed by artists.
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41
Correspondence, 1920
1
42
Minutes of Meetings, 1919
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43
Minutes of Meetings, 1920
1
44
Miscellaneous Writings, 1919
1
45
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1919
1
46

Series 6: Scrapbooks of Clippings of Articles Written by Coffin , 1886-1913
0.3 Linear feet
Box 2

Scrapbooks contain clippings of articles written by Coffin when he was employed as an art critic. Scrapbook 1 contains clippings written for The New York Evening Post. Scrapbook 2 contains clippings written for The New York Evening Post, Harper's Weekly, and The New York Sun. Scrapbook 3 contains clippings written for The New York Sun and The New York Evening Post.
Materials are arranged chronologically.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Clippings Scrapbook 1, 1886-1891
3
1
Clippings Scrapbook 2, 1891-1900
3
2
Clippings Scrapbook 3, 1900-1913
Original scrapbook is stamped with page 33 twice.
3
3

Series 7: Printed Material , 1912-1924
6 Folders
Box 1

Printed material consists of miscellaneous clippings, programs, and souvenir tickets from various art-related events.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Clippings, 1912-1916
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47
Clippings, 1917
1
48
Clippings, 1918-1919
1
49
Clippings, 1920-1923
1
50
Miscellaneous Programs, 1916-1919
1
51
Miscellaneous Souvenir Tickets, 1917-1924
1
52

Series 8: Photographs , 1905-1923
10 Folders
Box 1

Photographs consist of an album of photographs of Coffin and various family members, a photograph of Coffin posing with a group of his colleagues, and photographs of family friends.
Materials are arranged by subject and document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Photograph of Coffin with Colleagues, circa 1910-1920
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53
Family Photograph Album, 1905-1911
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54
Family Photograph Album, 1905-1911
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55
Family Photograph Album, 1905-1911
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Family Photograph Album, 1905-1911
1
57
Family Photograph Album, 1905-1911
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58
Photographs of Family Friends, A-F, circa 1918-1923
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59
Photographs of Family Friends, G-K, circa 1918-1923
1
60
Photographs of Family Friends, L-M, circa 1918-1923
1
61
Photographs of Family Friends, O-Z, circa 1918-1923
1
62

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