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William Trost Richards papers, 1848-1920

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1851-1917, undated
0.7 Linear feet
Box 1-2

This series contains Richards' incoming and outgoing correspondence with family, friends, artists, dealers, and collectors, and is divided into family and general correspondence. Files arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent and chronologically within each folder.
The Correspondence series is arranged into 2 subseries:
  • 1.1: Family Correspondence, 1878-1905, undated
  • 1.2: General Correspondence, 1851-1917
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
1.1: Family Correspondence, 1878-1905, undated
Family Correspondence includes letters from William Trost Richards or his wife, Anna M. Richards, to family members. The bulk of this subseries are intimate and detailed letters to their daughter Eleanor (Nelly) Richards Price concerning things such as the family, travels throughout Europe, raising children, clothing, and societal issues. Also found are letters to their son-in-law, William Price, one letter to their son Herbert, letters to their son Theodore and his wife, Miriam Thayer Richards, and letters to Anna's brother, Charles Matlack. Also of note are letters written by William Trost Richards to his wife while he was in Europe, which include many illustrations of his travels. Researchers should note that much of the correspondence was originally undated and was dated much later based on the content of the letter.
Description Container
William T. Richards to wife Anna, circa 1878-1885
1
1
Charles Matlack, 1896-1905, undated, 1878-1879
1
2
Eleanor Richards Price, circa 1880-1905, undated
18 Folders
1
3-20
William Price, circa 1880-1897
1
21
Herbert Richards, 1891
1
22
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Richards, 1887-1905, undated
4 Folders
1
23-26
1.2: General Correspondence, 1851-1917
General Correspondence is with friends, fellow artists, collectors, and others and includes letters to and from William Trost Richards. Correspondence is with artists Fidelia Bridges, George Cochran Lambdin, and William H. Willcox, art dealer Samuel Putnam Avery, and Edward H. Coates, President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Also found are numerous letters to and from his major patron and collector, George Whitney, and from his friend and patron, Elias Lyman Magoon. Items of note in the miscellaneous correspondence include, an 1877 letter from Thomas Eakins, an 1881 letter from Alexander Lawrie, and an 1883 letter from Charles Lanman.
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Charlotte Augusta Astor, undated
1
27
Samuel P. Avery, undated, 1869-1904
1
28
Fidelia Bridges, undated
1
29
Edward H. Coates, 1886-1905
1
30
George Cochran Lambdin, 1885-1887
1
31
Elias Lyman Magoon, 1871-1884
1
32
James T. Mitchell, 1851-1853
2 Folders
2
1-2
Harrison S. Morris, 1898-1905
2
3
Daniel Neall, undated, 1876, undated
2
4
A. E. Outerbridge, undated, 1887
2
5
George W. Outerbridge, 1894-1902
2
6
John R. Sheridan, 1892-1893
2
7
George F. Shrady, 1900-1905
2
8
Hannah W. Smith, 1866
2
9
George Whitney, circa 1860-1885
13 Folders
2
10-22
William H. Willcox, 1854, 1879, 1885, undated
2
23
Miscellaneous, 1853, 1864-1917, undated
5 Folders
2
24-28

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