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William Mills Ivins papers, 1878-1964

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Series 5: Ivins Family Papers, circa 1878-1964
(Boxes 16-20; 4.5 linear ft.)

The Ivins Family Papers consist mainly of correspondence between relatives and friends of the Ivins, 1878-1964, and also include drawings, clippings, genealogies, and miscellaneous items.
Correspondence between William M. Ivins, Jr., and his mother, Emma Yard Ivins, is extensive and wide-ranging. Included are letters from boarding school, c. 1890-1897, with childhood memorabilia such as grade reports, homework papers, a silhouette, and printed programs from school concerts and athletic events. His letters written while an undergraduate at Harvard, 1897-1901, and during his European trip of 1901-1902, reflect a growing interest in art. During some periods, mother and son corresponded almost daily. He frequently wrote in detail about progress with work, news of the museum, opinions about art, and activities of friends and colleagues, as well as commenting on daily life at home.
Florence Wyman Ivins (Mrs. William M. Ivins) also wrote to her mother-in-law regularly, mainly family news which often included details of her husband's professional activities.
The series is organized into eight subseries by individual:
5.1: Genealogy, undated
5.2: William M. Ivins, Jr., circa 1893-1964
5.3: Barbara Ivins, circa 1923-1949
5.4: Emma Yard Ivins, 1878-1940
5.5: Florence Wyman Ivins, circa 1910-1948
5.6: Katharine Ivins, 1890s-1962
5.7: Margaret Ivins Holmes, 1890s-1954
5.8: Sarah Mills Ivins, 1890s-1910
5.9: William M. Ivins, Sr., 1885-1924
5.1:Genealogy, undated
Genealogy, notes on family history, and clippings about Ivins/Mills/Perrine families, and Ivins/Yard/Swift families.
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Ivins/Yard/Swift Familes, undated
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Ivins/Mills/Perrine Families, undated
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5.2:William M. Ivins, Jr., circa 1893-1964
Letters from relatives include those from Barbara Ivins [daughter]; Emma Yard Ivins [mother]; Florence Wyman Ivins [wife]; James Sterling Yard Ivins [brother]; Katharine Ivins [sister]; Margaret Ivins Holmes [sister]; Sarah Ivins [neice or cousin]; William M. Ivins, Sr., [father]; William T. Mills [grandfather]; Annie Perrine [cousin]; Loraine Wyman Painter [sister-in-law]; Walter C. Wyman [father-in-law]; and Addie Yard [grandmother].
Records concerning the estate of Ivins' estate include obituary, memorials and tributes; letters of condolence, A-Z (addressed to Barbara); and Ivins Collection of Prints and Illustrated Books, sales records and auction catalogs.
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Letters from Barbara Ivins, 1922-1956, undated
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Letters from Emma Y. Ivins, circa 1893-1939, undated
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Letters about Emma Y. Ivins Headstone, 1940
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Letters from Florence M. Ivins, 1908-1941, undated
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Letters from James S.Y. Ivins, 1897-1959, undated
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Letters from Katharine Ivins, 1909-1946
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Letters from Katharine Ivins, 1947-1961, undated
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Letters from Margaret [Holmes] Ivins, 1890s-1954, undated
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Letters from Sarah Ivins, 1947-1958
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Sr., 1893-1915
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Letters from William T. Mills, 1910
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Letters from Annie Perrine, 1929-1932
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Letters from Lorraine Wyman, 1922
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Letters from Walter C. Wyman, 1916-1924
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Letters from Addie Yard, 1898
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Miscellaneous Greeting Cards, undated
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Obituaries and Letters of Condolences, 1961
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Tributes, Memorials, and Related Materials, circa 1964
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Material Concerning the Estate of William M. Ivins, Jr., 1961-1964
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5.3:Barbara Ivins, circa 1923-1949
Barbara Ivins (1913-), daughter of William M. Ivins, Jr., and Florence Wyman Ivins, was the donor of the William M. Ivins, Jr. Papers. She is sometimes addressed as Barbi, Bubbles, Bubsey. Letters found here include those from Florence Wyman Ivins [mother]; Katharine Ivins [aunt], undated; and William M. Ivins, Jr., [father].
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Letters from Florence Wyman, circa 1944
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Letters from Katharine Ivins, circa 1923-1949
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr., circa 1923-1949
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Watercolors, Pencil Sketches, and Prints by Barbara Ivins, circa 1923-1949
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5.4:Emma Yard Ivins, 1878-1940
Emma Yard Ivins (1857-1940) was the mother of William M. Ivins, Jr. She was an amateur photographer whose work was exhibited at the turn of the century. She was active in the woman's suffrage movement from circa 1900 to 1915. She was sometimes addressed as Nem or Bammie.
Correspondence between William M. Ivins, Jr., and his mother, Emma Yard Ivins, is extensive and wide-ranging. Included are letters from boarding school, c. 1890-1897, with childhood memorabilia such as grade reports, homework papers, a silhouette, and printed programs from school concerts and athletic events. His letters written while an undergraduate at Harvard, 1897-1901, and during his European trip of 1901-1902, reflect a growing interest in art. During some periods, mother and son corresponded almost daily. He frequently wrote in detail about progress with work, news of the museum, opinions about art, and activities of friends and colleagues, as well as commenting on daily life at home.
Material relating to the woman's suffrage movement includes letters from Susan B. Anthony, with a photographic portrait and a printed silhouette. Also included are letters from Ida Husted Harper and Anna H. Shaw. In addition, there is miscellaneous printed matter and undated impressions of the suffrage movement in England by an author unknown.
Miscellaneous records include Christmas lists; constitution and by-laws of the Wednesday Afternoon Club, with lists of officers and programs since its establishment in 1888; a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation; and clippings about Emma Yard Ivins.
Letters from relatives include those from James S. Y. Ivins [son]; Katharine Ivins [daughter]; Margaret Ivins Holmes and Jonathan Holmes [daughter and grandson]; Sarah Mills Ivins [mother-in-law]; William M. Ivins, Jr. [son]; and William M. Ivins, Jr., and Florence Wyman Ivins [son and daughter-in-law].
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Miscellaneous Letters, 1906-1935
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Re: Financial Matters, 1920-1930
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Letters from Susan B. Anthony, 1900-1906
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Letters from Ida Harper, 1909
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Letters from Anna H. Shaw, 1906-1915
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Printed Material about Women's Suffrage Movement, circa 1900-1906
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Impressions of Suffrage Movement in England, circa 1900-1906
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Christmas Lists, 1900-1929
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Wednesday Afternoon Club, 1917-1918
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Certificate from Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1922
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Clippings, 1921, 1924, circa 1921-1924
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Letters from James S.Y. Ivins, circa 1897-1937
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Letters from Katharine Ivins, circa 1917-1937
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Letters from Margaret [Ivins] Holmes and Jonathon Holmes, 1909-1937
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Letters from Sarah M. Ivins (mother-in-law), circa 1910s
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr., 1889, circa 1880-1940
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr. from Boarding School (Stamford, Conn.), circa 1890-1893
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr. from Boarding School (Concord, N.H.), circa 1893-1897
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr. from St. Paul's School- Reports and Event Programs, 1893-1894
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr. from Harvard, circa 1897-1901
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr. from European trip, 1901-1902
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr., circa 1903-1910
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Letter from William and Florence W. Ivins, 1910
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr., 1911-1913
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Letters from William and Florence W. Ivins, circa 1914-1924
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Letters from William and Florence W.Ivins, 1925-1940
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Sr., circa 1883-1915
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Letter from James S. Yard, 1878
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5.5:Florence Wyman Ivins, circa 1910-1948
Florence Wyman Ivins was the wife of William M. Ivins, Jr., and an illustrator, primarily of children's books, and a painter of children's portraits. Many of her letters to family members are illustrated with pen and ink drawings or watercolors. She was addressed as Flossie of Flo.
Letters from family and friends include those from Emma Yard Ivins [mother-in-law]; Katharine Ivins [sister-in-law]; Sarah Ivins; William M. Ivins, Jr. [husband]; Margaret Orr; Margaret Wind; Helen and Herbert Winlock; Wyman Family [letters from FWI to her father and sister].
Artwork includes a sketchbook, Southold [L. I.], from the summer of 1922, containing watercolor and pencil sketches of local scenery, Barbara, WMI, Jr., Loraine Wyman, and Paderewski. Also found here are portraits of William M. Ivins, Jr, (2), Bruce Rogers, and Marion Stone; miscellaneous prints and drawings; Christmas and other greeting cards designed by FWI, circa 1910-1937, including a 1937 New Year's greeting, "A Parable of Artists and Art Critics" by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by FWI with calligraphy by WMI, Jr.
Miscellaneous material includes notes about E.S. [Elizabeth Sears?]; a flyer advertising children's portraits by FWI, with snapshots of children [used for paintings?]; a marriage announcement and related clippings, 1910; and Wyman family obituaries, including FWI.
Writings include childhood reminiscences and principles of art instruction at Brearly School.
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Letter to Wyman Family, circa 1911- 1914
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Letter from William M. Ivins, Jr., circa 1917- circa 1928
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Letter to H.E. Winlock, 1937
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Letters from Family and Friends, 1910s, 1940s
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Southold [L.I.] Sketchbook, 1922
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Portraits of William Ivins, Jr., Marion Stone, and Bruce Rogers, 1911, 1925, 1938
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Miscellaneous Drawings and Prints, circa 1911-1948
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Special Occasion Cards Designed by Florence Ivins, circa 1910-1937
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Miscellaneous, circa 1911-1948
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Marriage Announcements and Clippings, 1910
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Clippings of Wyman Family Obituaries, circa 1911- circa 1948
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Childhood Reminiscences, circa 1911-1948
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Principles of Art Instruction at the Brearly School, circa 1911-1948
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5.6:Katharine Ivins, 1890s-1962
Katharine Ivins (circa 1888-) was the sister of William M.Ivins, Jr. A music teacher, she lived with mother in the Yard family home, in Freehold, N.J. She was addressed as Kate or Katti.
Letters from relatives include those from Barbara Ivins [niece] Florence Wyman Ivins [sister-in-law]; Margaret Ivins Holmes [sister]; and William M. Ivins, Jr. [brother]. Writings include an essay [school homework], and a notebook, including childhood reminiscences with mention of mother's photography, schooling etc.
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Letters from Barbara Ivins, 1926, 1962
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Letters from Florence W. Ivins, 1918-1947
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Letters from Margaret Ivins, circa 1890s-1962
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr., circa 1890s-1962
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Letters from Friends and Business Letters, circa 1890s-1962
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Miscellaneous Writings by Katharine Ivins, circa 1890s-1962
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Notebook, circa 1890s
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5.7:Margaret Ivins Holmes, 1890s-1954
Margaret Ivins Holmes, (1882-1954), sister of William M. Ivins, Jr., lived in Freehold, N.J. and ran an antique store there with her husband, William Holmes. She was addressed as Margie or Peggy. Letters from relatives include those from Florence W. Ivins [sister-in-law]; William M. Ivins, Jr. [brother]; and William M. Ivins, Sr. [father].
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Letters from Relatives, 1890s-1954
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5.8:Sarah Mills Ivins, 1890s-1910
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Letters from Emma Yard Ivins [daughter-in-law], and William M. Ivins, Jr. [grandson], 1890s-1910
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5.9:William M. Ivins, Sr., 1885-1924
William M. Ivins, Sr., (1851-1915), father of William M. Ivins, Jr., was a lawyer and politician and was addressed as Will. He spent a great deal of time in Europe and South America as a corporate lawyer. In 1905, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City. Business correspondence includes a letter from Mme. Blavatsky, with clippings and photographic portrait. Letters from relatives include those from Emma Yard Ivins [wife]; Katharine Ivins [daughter]; Margaret Ivins Holmes [daughter]; Sarah Mills Ivins [mother]; William M. Ivins, Jr. [son]; Annie Perrine [cousin]; James S. Yard [father-in-law]. Miscellaneous material includes biographical notes; clippings by and about WMI Sr., including an obituary; and miscellaneous notes copied from an unidentified publication.
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Business- Copies of William M. Ivins, Sr. Letters, 1897-1901
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Blavotsky, circa 1891-1924
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Letters from Emma Ivins, 1904, 1924, circa 1891
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Letter from Katharine Ivins, 1901
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Letter from Margaret Ivins, 1901
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr. from Boarding School, 1891-1897
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr. from Harvard, 1897-1901
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Letters from William M. Ivins, Jr. from European Trip, 1901-1902
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Letters from Relatives, 1885-1904
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Biographical Notes, circa 1891-1924
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Clippings, circa 1891-1924
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Miscellaneous, circa 1891-1924
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Estate Correspondence, 1914-1924
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