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A Finding Aid to the William Merritt Chase papers, circa 1890-1964 | Digitized Collection

William Merritt Chase papers, circa 1890-1964

Chase, William Merritt, 1849-1916

Art teacher, Painter

This site provides access to the papers of William Merritt Chase in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2014, and total 200 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 0.3 linear feet

Summary: The papers of New York painter and art instructor, William Merritt Chase, measure 0.5 linear feet and date from circa 1890 to 1964. Papers include a resolution of the Art Club of Philadelphia on Chase's death, letters, writings by Chase consisting of typescripts of lectures and lecture notes, blank postcards primarily depicting reproductions of artwork, a scrapbook, and photographs of Chase, his family, homes, and studios, and photographs of works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) was a painter and instructor in New York, New York. and Shinnecock, Long Island. Chase taught at the Art Students League until 1896 and at the Shinnecock Hills Summer Art School from 1891-1896, and lived in a house there designed by Stanford White.

Provenance

The papers were received in a series of accessions between 1969 and 2010: the lectures and speeches, a 1912 letter, and photocopies of a dinner menu and photos of artwork were donated by Roger Storm, widower of Chase's daughter Helen, in 1969; photographic copy prints of Chase's summer home, studio and art school were donated by art collector Fred D. Bentley in 1986; and 2 letters, 2 postcards, the Chase family scrapbook, vintage photographs and blank postcards were donated in 2010 by D. Frederick Baker, author of the Chase catalogue raisonné. Baker received the material from Chase's estate via Chase's grandson, Jackson Case Storm.

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Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Material on reels N69-115, N69-119, and reel N69-137 (except speeches and lectures) Originals returned to the lenders after microfilming.