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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
    Co-Creator: 
    Bacher, Otto H. (Otto Henry), 1856-1909
    Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959
    Bing, Siegfried, 1838-1905
    Binyon, Laurence, 1869-1943
    Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931
    Bosch-Reitz, Sigisbert Chretien, 1860-
    Caffin, Charles Henry, 1854-1918
    Campbell, Colin, Lord, 1853-1895
    Campbell, Colin, Lady, 1857-1911
    Chase, William Merritt, 1849-1916
    Church, Frederick S. (Frederick Stuart), 1842-1924
    Churchill, Alfred Vance, 1864-1949
    Canfield, Richard A. (Richard Albert), 1855-1914
    Coburn, Alvin Langdon, 1882-1966
    Dewing, Thomas Wilmer, 1851-1938
    Dow, Arthur W. (Arthur Wesley), 1857-1922
    Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco, 1853-1908
    Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene), 1881-1952
    Gellatly, John, 1853-1931
    Gookin, Frederick William
    Hartmann, Sadakichi, 1867-1944
    Hecker, Frank J. (Frank Joseph), 1846-1927
    Kelekian, Dikran, 1868-1951
    Laufer, Berthold, 1874-1934
    McCormick, Frederick, 1870-
    Matsuki, Bunkio, 1867-1940
    Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932
    Meyer, Agnes Elizabeth Ernst, 1887-
    Meyer, Eugene, 1875-1959
    Moore, Charles, 1855-1942
    Nomura, Yozo
    Philip, Rosalind Birnie, 1873-1958
    Reid, Alexander
    Rhoades, Katharine N., 1885-1965
    Platt, Charles A. (Charles Adams), 1861-1933
    Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
    Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907
    Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973
    Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946
    Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921
    Tryon, Dwight William, 1849-1925
    Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle), 1850-1927
    Warring, Joseph Stephens, 1863?-1944
    Way, Thomas R. (Thomas Robert), 1861-1913
    Whistler, Beatrix Philip Godwin, d. 1896
    Wong, K. T.
    Yue, Seaouke
    M. Knoedler & Co.
    Yamanaka & Company
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    Freer/Sackler ArchivesFSA A.01Add Copy to MyList

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