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    Charles Lang Freer Papers 1876-1931
     
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    Creator: 
    Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919
    Title: 
    Charles Lang Freer Papers 1876-1931
    Contained in: 
    Charles Lang Freer Papers, Series 12: Photographs 1856-1919
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    Charles Lang Freer Papers, 1856-1919
    Phy. Description: 
    145 linear feet
    Digital Reference: 
    Image Finding Aid
    Additional forms: 
    Portions of the papers microfilmed by the Archives of American Art. Microfilm available at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library, the Archives of American Art, and through interlibrary loan.
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Charles Lang Freer was a wealthy industrialist who founded the Freer Gallery of Art. He was a well-known collector of Asian art, and strongly supported the synthesis of Eastern art and Western art. One of his most famous acquisitions was James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room.
    Summary: 
    The personal papers of Charles Lang Freer, the industrialist and art collector who founded the Freer Gallery of Art. The papers include correspondence, diaries, art inventories, scrapbooks of clippings on James McNeil Whistler and other press clippings, financial material, architectural drawings, and photographs.
    Correspondence, ca. 1860-1921, includes Freer's correspondence, 1876-1920, with artists, dealers, collectors, museums, and public figures; letterpress books contain copies of Freer's outgoing letters, 1892-1910; correspondence collected by Freer of James McNeill Whistler, and his wife Beatrix, 186?-1909, with Lady Colin Campbell, Thomas R. Way, Alexander Reid, Whistler' mother, Mrs. George W. Whistler, and others; correspondence of Whistler collector Richard A. Canfield, 1904-1913, regarding works in Canfield's collection; and correspondence of Freer's assistant, Katharine Nash Rhoades, 1920-1921, soliciting Freer letters and regarding the settlement of his estate.
    Also included are twenty-nine pocket diaries, 1889-1890, 1892-1898, 1900-1919, recording daily activities, people and places visited, observations, and comments; a diary kept by Freer's caretaker, Joseph Stephens Warring, recording daily activities at Freer's Detroit home, 1907-1910.
    Inventories, n.d. and 1901-1921, of American, European, and Asian art in Freer's collection, often including provenance information; vouchers, 1884-1919, documenting his purchases; five volumes of scrapbooks of clippings on James McNeill Whistler, 1888-1931, labeled "Various," "Peacock Room," "Death, etc.," "Paris, etc.," and "Boston...London" ; three volumes of newsclippings, 1900-1930, concerning Freer and the opening of the Freer Gallery of Art.
    Correspondence regarding Freer's gift and bequest to the Smithsonian Institution, 1902-1916; and photographs, ca. 1880-1930, of Freer, including portraits by Alvin Langdon Coburn and Edward Steichen, Freer with others, Freer in Cairo, China and Japan, Freer's death mask, and his memorial service, Kyoto, 1930; photographs of artists and others, including Thomas Dewing, Ernest Fenellosa, Katharine Rhoades taken by Alfred Stieglitz, Rosalind B. Philip, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Abbott H. Thayer, Dwight Tryon, and Whistler; and photographs relating to Whistler, including art works depicting him, grave and memorial monuments, works of art, the Peacock Room, and Whistler's memorial exhibition at the Copley Society.
    Organization: 
    The collection is organized into sixteen series. 1. Genealogical and biographical data; 2. Correspondence; 3. Diaries; 4. Writings and notes; 5. Art inventories; 6. Financial materials; 7. Exhibition loan files; 8. Biblical manuscript files; 9. American School of Archaeology in China file; 10. Printed material; 11. Gift and bequest to the Smithsonian Institution; 12. Photographs; 13. Reproductions; 14. Architectural drawings; 15. Rubbings; and 16. Artifacts.
    Provenance: 
    Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer
    Finding aids: 
    Electronic finding aid available.
    Cite as: 
    Charles Lang Freer Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer.
    Restrictions: 
    Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Art, Asian -- Collectors and collecting
    Art, American -- Collectors and collecting
    Art -- Collectors and collecting
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Asia
    Boston (Mass.)
    Detroit (Mich.)
    Washington (D.C.)
    London (England)
    USA Michiganv Detroit
    Subject-Name: 
    Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903
    Freer Gallery of Art.
    Smithsonian Institution
    Form / Genre: 
    Photographs
    Diaries
    Financial records
    Correspondence
    Repository Loc: 
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560.
    Local Number: 
    FSA A.01
    Item Information
    RepositoryCall No. 
    Freer/Sackler ArchivesFSA A.01 06.5.2.1906.10.11Add Copy to MyList

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