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William Preston Phelps and Ina Phelps Hayward papers, 1849-1990

William Preston Phelps and Ina Phelps Hayward papers, 1849-1990

Phelps, W. P. (William Preston), 1848-1923



Collection Information

Size: 1.3 linear feet

Summary: Correspondence, estate papers, works of art, printed material and miscellaneous relating to artists William Preston Phelps and Ina Phelps Hayward.

Personal and business correspondence including Ina Phelps Hayward's correspondence with galleries and collectors offering Phelps' work for sale; estate papers including letters and papers about the auction of Phelps' home, furnishings, and paintings in Chesham, N.H., in 1917. Also included are records of Ina Hayward's expenses. Printed material includes sales catalogs, 1908-1917, a scrapbook, and miscellany.

Thirteen sketches of Ina Phelps Hayward and her son Roger, a sketchbook, 1927, attributed to William Phelps containing 24 sketches of rural scenes and New York City. "W.P. Munchen" is written on the cover of the sketchbook.

: Correspondence includes letters from William Phelps to John I. Coggeshall and posthumous letters to Ina Phelps Hayward from various people and institutions regarding Phelps' exhibitions. Photographs are of William Phelps, his studio, landscapes and works of art and include glass plate negatives, many of which were taken by William Phelps. Printed material includes an estate sale catalog and newspaper clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Preston Phelps (1848-1923) was a painter in Chesham, N.H. His daughter, Ina Phelps Hayward (1871-1944) was an artist.


Material donated 1969 by Peter Hayward, grandson of Phelps and an artist.Additional material donated in 2009 by Karl Gabosh, an art dealer who purchased the papers from the estate.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 79 and 370 available for use 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.

How to Cite This Collection

William Preston Phelps and Ina Phelps Hayward papers, 1849-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.