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Charles M. Kurtz archive, 1870-1910

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Series I. Correspondence, 1870-1910 ca. 340 items
Series I contains correspondence from prominent figures in the late 19th century and early 20th century art world, arranged alphabetically. These letters pertain to Kurtz's role as the director of a gallery and art academy and discuss exhibitions, the sale of works, patronage, atelier visits, and submissions to "Academy Notes" and "Illustrated Art Notes."
Correspondents include William Merritt Chase (1 letter, 1908), Frederick Stuart Church (3 letters and 2 sketches, 1904, undated), Thomas Eakins (3 letters, 1882, 1884), Charles Lanman (3 letters, 1883) and James D. Smillie (3 letters, 1882, 1884), the German artists Hans Hermann and Franz Skarabina (1 letter, 1906), the Scottish artists Edward Atkinson Hornel (1 letter, 1906) and William Kennedy (12 letters, 1903-1908), the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Luigi Palma di Cesnola (9 letters, 1882-83, undated), and the director of the American Art Union, Enoch Wood Perry (19 letters, 1883, undated). In 20 letters to his parents Julia Maria and Davis Brooks Kurtz (1881-1905), Kurtz discusses speculation in the art market, New York art dealers, patrons such as Jay Gould, planning of exhibitions, and the growth Kansas City. Also included are 19 letters ordering the Crabbe sale catalogue (1890) and 37 letters from various correspondents to Enoch Wood Perry regarding their nominations to the American Art Union (1883).
Box
1 Letters received
1 1 Alexander, D.S., undated 1.0 letters
1 1 Allen, R., 1906 1.0 letters
1 1 Andrews, E.F., 1883 1.0 letters
1 1 Angus, Craibe, 1908 1.0 letters
1 1 Annan, J. Craig, 1908 1.0 letters
1 1 Ault, Charles H., 1908 1.0 letters
1 1 Austin, R. S., 1882 1.0 letters
1 1 Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1883 1.0 letters
1 2 Bacher, Otto H., 1884 1.0 letters
1 2 Baker, F. L., 1884 1.0 letters
1 2 Beatty, John W., 1898 2.0 letters
1 2 Beckwith, J. Carroll, 1904, undated 2.0 letters
1 2 Bell, Curtis, 1904 2.0 letters
1 2 Belmont, August, 1883 3.0 letters
1 2 Bénéntz, Léonce, 1908 1.0 letters
1 2 Benjamin, Marcus, 1883 1.0 letters
1 2 Berwind, John E., 1909 1.0 letters
1 2 Blackburn, Henry, 1881 1.0 letters
1 3 Bower, A. de, 1881 1.0 letters
1 3 Brandt, Carl L., 1882, undated 2.0 letters
1 3 Bricker, A. T., undated 1.0 letters
1 3 Bridgman, Charles, 1883 1.0 postcard
1 3 Burleigh, Lemoyne, 1881, 1883 2.0 items
1 3 Bristol, J. B., 1883, 1889, 1906 4.0 letters
1 3 Brown, W. M., 1883 1.0 letters
1 3 Browne, Waldo R., undated 1.0 letters
1 3 Brownell, W. C., 1908 1.0 letters
1 3 Brush, George de Forest, 1907 1.0 letters
1 4 Carter, Thomas, 1883 2.0 letters
1 4 Casilear, John William, 1883 1.0 letters
1 4 Cauldwell, John B., 1902 1.0 letters
1 4 Cesnola, Luigi Palma di, 1882-1883, undated 9.0 letters
1 5 Champlin, John D., 1905, undated 4.0 items
1 5 Champney, J. Wells, 1883 1.0 letters
1 5 Chapin, J. H., 1907 1.0 letters
1 5 Chapman, Carlton T., undated 1.0 letters
1 5 Chase, Harry, 1883 2.0 letters
1 5 Chase, William Merritt, 1908 1.0 letters
1 5 Church, Frederick Stuart, 1904, undated 5.0 items
Includes 2 sketches.
1 6 Clarenbach, Max and Franz Von Stuck, 1907 1.0 letters
1 6 Clarke, Thomas S., 1883 1.0 letters
1 6 Clendenin, W. B., 1880 1.0 letters
1 6 Coffin, William Anderson, 1883 1.0 letters
1 6 Corliss, George, 1883 1.0 letters
1 6 Cornoyer, Paul, 1908 1.0 letters
1 6 Coyney, W., 1882, undated 2.0 letters
1 6 Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1882-1883 2.0 letters
1 6 Cunningham, Jno., 1881 2.0 letters
1 7 Daughaday & Becker, publishers, 1870 1.0 letters
1 7 Davidson, George, 1906 1.0 letters
1 7 De Haas, M. F. H., 1883 1.0 letters
1 7 De Kay, Charles, 1908 1.0 letters
1 7 Dickson, H. G., 1881 1.0 letters
1 7 Dielman, Frederick, 1883 1.0 letters
1 7 Dolph. J. H., 1883 2.0 letters
1 7 Dun, R. G., 1883 1.0 letters
1 7 Dyan, Anthony, undated 1.0 letters
1 8 Eakins, Thomas, 1882, 1884 3.0 letters
1 8 Eaton, Charles Harry, 1883 2.0 letters
1 8 Eddy, Marvin, 1904 1.0 letters
1 8 Ehrich, Louis R., 1908 1.0 letters
1 8 Emmet, Rosina, 1882-1883 2.0 letters
1 8 Ericson, David, 1907 1.0 letters
1 8 Eschke, Richard, 1906 1.0 letters
1 8 Eu?, Joseph P., 1908 1.0 letters
1 8 Evans, W. W., 1881 5.0 letters
1 9 F., 1908 1.0 letters
1 9 Faulds, James, undated 1.0 letters
1 9 Feld, Otto, 1905 1.0 letters
1 9 Fischel, W. E., 1908 1.0 letters
1 9 Flincher?, Fritz, 1906 1.0 letters
1 9 Forster, D. K., 1882 2.0 letters
1 9 Fowler, Frank, 1882 1.0 letters
1 9 Freer, Charles L., 1907 1.0 letters
1 9 Freer, Frederick Warren, 1883 1.0 letters
1 9 French, W. M. R., 1903, 1908 2.0 letters
1 10 Genéri, C. G., 1903 1.0 letters
1 10 Good, M.?, 1909 1.0 letters
1 10 Goodman, William O., undated 1.0 letters
1 10 Goodyear, William Henry, 1882 1.0 letters
1 10 Graves, Algernon, 1908 1.0 letters
1 10 Grayson, Clifford P., 1883 1.0 letters
1 10 Greatorex, Kate, 1883 1.0 letters
1 10 Grenet, Edward, 1883 1.0 letters
1 10 Gribayedoff, V., 1881 1.0 letters
1 10 Griffith, A. H., 1905, 1908-1909 3.0 letters
1 10 Grolle, Johon, 1908 1.0 letters
1 10 Gruppe, Charles P., undated 1.0 letters
1 10 Gurlitt, Fritz, 1906 1.0 letters
1 11 Harrison, Birge Lowell, 1908 2.0 letters
1 11 Henry, Edward Lamson, 1883 3.0 letters
1 11 Henseler, Ernst, 1906 1.0 letters
1 11 Herrmann, Curt, 1906 1.0 letters
1 11 Herrmann, Hans, 1906 1.0 letters
1 11 Hicks, Thomas, 1882-1883, undated 4.0 letters
1 11 Hirschler, E., 1906 2.0 letters
1 11 Hitchcock, J. R. W., 1884 1.0 letters
1 12 Hoeber, Arthur, 1909 1.0 letters
1 12 Holst, Herrmann, 1906 1.0 letters
1 12 Hornel, Edward Atkinson, 1906 1.0 letters
1 12 Hovenden, Thomas, 1882-1883 2.0 letters
1 12 Howard, Wendell Stanton, 1883 1.0 letters
1 12 Howland, Wadsworth M., 1882 1.0 letters
1 12 Hubbard, R. W., 1882 1.0 letters
1 12 Hüber, Heinrich, 1906 1.0 letters
1 12 Huntington, Archer W., 1908-1909 2.0 letters
1 12 Huntington, C. R., 1883 1.0 letters
1 12 Huntington, Daniel, 1882 1.0 letters
1 12 Hurlbert, W. H., 1882 1.0 letters
1 13 Irwin, Benoni, 1883 2.0 letters
1 13 Isham, Edwin, 1909 1.0 letters
1 13 Ives, Halsey C., 1898, 1908 3.0 letters
1 13 Johnson, David, 1883 1.0 letters
1 13 Johnson, R. M., 1908 1.0 letters
1 13 Jones, Hugh Bolton, 1883, 1904 4.0 letters
Box
2 Letters received
2 1 Kegel, Emil, 1906-1908 4.0 letters
2 1 Kennedy, William, 1903-1906, 1908 12.0 letters
2 1 Kirby, ?, 1883 1.0 letters
2 1 Kirkpatrick, Fr. L., 1883 1.0 letters
2 1 Koehler, Robert, 1883 2.0 letters
2 1 Koehler, S. R., 1883 3.0 letters
2 1 Kracht, Ulrich, 1906 1.0 letters
2 1 Kunz, George F., 1904 1.0 letters
2 2 Lamb, Charles R., 1902 1.0 letters
2 2 Lambdin, George C., 1882-1883 2.0 letters
2 2 Lanman, Charles, 1883 3.0 letters
2 2 Leavitt?, W. H., 1908 1.0 letters
2 2 Lee, Gerald Stanley, 1907 1.0 letters
2 2 Lee, Henry C., undated 1.0 letters
2 2 Lemley, 1904 1.0 letters
2 2 Lent, Frank T., 1882-1883, undated 5.0 letters
2 2 Levy, Florence L., 1907 1.0 letters
2 2 Lippincott, William H., undated 1.0 letters
2 2 Loop, Henry A., 1882 1.0 letters
2 2 Lußmann, J. Herm., 1906 1.0 letters
2 3 Mc Clelland, 1879 1.0 letters
2 3 Mc Cord, George Herbert, 1883 1.0 letters
2 3 Mc Entee, Jervis, 1883 1.0 letters
2 3 Mc Ewen, Walter, 1907 1.0 letters
2 3 Mac Leod, William, 1882 1.0 letters
2 3 Marcus, Otto, 1906 1.0 letters
2 3 Marks, Montagu, 1884 1.0 letters
2 3 Mayer, Constant, 1883-1884 2.0 letters
2 3 Mayor, 1908 1.0 letters
2 3 Merritt, Anna Lea, 1883 1.0 letters
2 3 Meyer, Annie Nathan, 1907, undated 2.0 letters
2 4 Moore, George H. (NY), 1883 1.0 letters
2 4 Moore, George H. (KY), 1883 1.0 letters
2 4 Moore, Harry Humphrey, 1883 1.0 letters
2 4 Moore, R. E., 1882 1.0 letters
2 4 Moran, Peter, 1883 1.0 letters
2 4 Morgan, E. D., 1882 1.0 letters
2 4 Morgan, William, 1881, undated 4.0 letters
2 4 Morris, Edmund, undated 1.0 letters
2 4 Morris, Harrison S., 1896 1.0 letters
2 4 Moser, J. H., 1882-1883, undated 4.0 letters
2 4 Murphy, Hermann Dudley, undated 1.0 letters
2 5 Newell, G. Glenn, 1908 1.0 letters
2 5 Nikutovski, Erich, 1906 1.0 letters
2 5 Ogden, Marion M., 1882 1.0 letters
2 5 Parrish, Stephen, 1882 1.0 letters
2 5 Parton, Arthur, 1882-1883 2.0 letters
2 5 Parton, Ernest, 1881 1.0 letters
2 5 Partson?, Emil., undated 1.0 letters
2 5 Paulus, Adolf, 1908 1.0 letters
2 5 Pearce, Charles Sprague, 1906 2.0 letters
2 5 Pearce, S. H., 1883 1.0 letters
2 6 Enoch Wood Perry, April-July 1883 9.0 letters
2 7 Enoch Wood Perry, Aug-Nov 1883, undated 10.0 letters
2 8 Potter, Henry C., 1883 1.0 letters
2 8 Preyer, D. Charles, undated 1.0 letters
2 8 Price, W. J., undated 1.0 letters
2 8 Rehn, Frank Knox Morton, 1908 1.0 letters
2 8 Reisinger, 1906 1.0 letters
Second page only.
2 8 Rhodes, Charles Ward, 1902, 1904 2.0 letters
2 8 Richards, J.?, 1909 1.0 letters
2 8 Richards, T. Addison, 1883 1.0 letters
2 8 Rondel, F., 1883 4.0 letters
2 9 Sartain, William, undated 1.0 letters
2 9 Satterlee, Walter, 1883 1.0 letters
2 9 Schaus, William, 1883 1.0 letters
2 9 Schulke?, Emil, 1906 1.0 letters
2 9 Schutz, L. H., 1906 1.0 letters
2 9 Sely, George Carliss, 1883 1.0 letters
[Missing.]
2 9 Shellman, Harry J, 1882 1.0 letters
2 9 Shiras, George C., 1881 2.0 letters
2 9 Shurtleff, Roswell Morse, 1883 1.0 letters
2 9 Skarabina, Franz, 1906 1.0 letters
2 9 Smillie, George H., 1883 1.0 letters
2 9 Smillie, James David, 1882, 1884 3.0 letters
2 9 Sonntag, William Louis, 1883 1.0 letters
2 9 Springer, Reuben R., 1883 1.0 letters
2 9 Struck, Hugo, undated 1.0 letters
2 9 Sorolla-y-Batisda, Juan, 1908 1.0 letters
2 10 Tarbell, Edmund C., undated 1.0 letters
2 10 Thurber, Caroline, 1906 1.0 letters
2 10 Tozetti, Virgilio, 1883 2.0 letters
2 10 Trotter, Newbold H., 1882 2.0 letters
2 10 Tryon, D. H., 1908 2.0 letters
2 10 Turner, C. Y., 1882-1883 2.0 letters
2 10 Turnure, Arthur B., 1883 1.0 letters
2 10 Tyler, James Gale, 1883 1.0 letters
2 11 Vanderhoof, P., undated 1.0 letters
2 11 Von Reden, Ido, 1906 1.0 letters
2 11 Wadsworth Bros. & Howland, 1882 1.0 letters
2 11 Walker, Henry Oliver, 1883 1.0 letters
2 11 Waller, Frank, 1883 3.0 letters
2 11 Watrous, Harry Willson, 1904 1.0 letters
2 11 Weir, Robert Walter, 1883 1.0 letters
2 11 Weldon, Charles Dater, 1883 1.0 letters
2 11 Wenke, Sophie, 1906 1.0 letters
2 12 Whitering, Richard, 1884 1.0 letters
2 12 Wiggins. J. Carleton, 1883 1.0 letters
2 12 Wiles, Lemuel Maynard, 1883 2.0 letters
2 12 Wilson, K. De N., 1908 2.0 letters
2 12 Wolfe, Jno., 1883 1.0 letters
2 12 Wood, George B., 1882 1.0 letters
2 12 Wood, Thomas Waterman, 1883 1.0 letters
2 12 Wuerpel, Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Henry, 1902 1.0 letters
2 12 Wyand, Alexander Helwig, 1883 1.0 letters
2 12 Wyatt, Alexander Helwig, 1883 1.0 letters
[Missing.]
2 12 Yelland, R. D., 1883 1.0 letters
2 12 Yewell, George Henry, 1883 1.0 letters
2 12 Zugel, H., 1907 1.0 letters
Carl Rustner.
Box
3 Letters received, letters sent by Kurtz, ephemera, and notebooks
3 1 Letters received regarding the Crabbe sale catalogue, 1890 19.0 letters
From J. J. Albright, F. S. Barbarian, William Buchanan, John T. Davis, C. H. De Silver, Durand-Ruel, Abe Falmerloeb?, James R. Hatmaker, James H. Lockhart, Loeb, D. C. Lyall, Charles Sannin?, Charles Sedelmeyer, Quincy Shaw, Albert Smith, James B. Townshend, Will L. Van Kirk, W. C. Van Sloane and G. H. Wynkoop.
3 2 Letters received by E. Wood Perry, 1883 19.0 letters
regarding the American Art Union; from W. H. Appleton, Jno. W. Britton, George William Carter, F. E. Church, John Jay Cisco, Robert Collifer?, Charles P. Daly, Noah Davis, William de Leftwich Dodge, William Dorsheimer, Joseph W. Duxel, Horace Fairbanks, Charles Franz?, Parke Godwin, Robert Gordon, John H. Gourdie, Joseph W. Harper, Jr., and Abram S. Hewitt.
3 3 Letters received by E. Wood Perry, 1883 18.0 letters
regarding the American Art Union; from Percy Ives, H. E. Howland, John Jay, John Taylor Johnston, A. A. Low, Seth Low, H. H. Marbury, D. O. Mills, O'Connor, N. Oercaran?, F. A. Otis, William Page, J. W. Pinchot, D. H. Powers, Roosevelt, George I., Henry F. Spaulding, A. Webb, and unknown.
3 4 Letters from Kurtz to his parents Julia Maria and Davis Brooks Kurtz, 1881-1886 6.0 letters
With 2 clippings and a few ephemeral items.
3 5 Letters from Kurtz to his parents Julia Maria and Davis Brooks Kurtz, 1887
Four letters, with invitations and descriptions of Munkacsy's "Christ Before Pilate" and 3 press clippings.
3 6 Letters from Kurtz to his parents Julia Maria and Davis Brooks Kurtz, 1895-1905 10.0 letters
1 letter to Kurtz's wife Julia Stephenson Kurtz and daughter, 1909; 1 letter addressed to "Dear President," 1903; 1 letter to Laura Sedgwick Collins, 1901 (duplicate); 2 letters of introduction copied by Kurtz, 1879, undated
Series II. Manuscripts, ephemera, notebooks, and address books, 1873-1909 ca. 210 items
Series II contains 3 short manuscripts and typescripts, including an article criticizing "L'Art Nouveau" (4 pp., undated). The ca. 200 ephemeral items consist of gallery catalogues, exhibit and social invitations, material pertaining to the American Union of Art, business cards, press clippings, images cut from publications, and material from the Glasgow School and School of Denmark exhibits organized by Kurtz. The notebooks kept by Kurtz are a diary (1908), 4 address books, an exhibition notebook, and a curatorial notebook from the Southern Exposition, Louisville KY, 1885, which contains lists of artists and 25 sketches of gallery plans (1885). Also included is one published sale catalogue of Kurtz's art collection (1910).
Box Folder
3 7 1 manuscript, 2 typescripts, 1908, undated
"Art Notes," handwritten manuscript, undated "Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Report of the Art Director," typescript, 13 pp., 1908; "L'Art Nouveau," typescript, 4 pp., undated
3 8 Ephemera, 1873-1899
Ca. 40 items, including exhibit invitations, small catalogues of paintings, and material regarding the American Art Union and Munkacsy's "Christ Before Pilate."
3 9 Ephemera, 1890-1899
Ca. 45 items regarding the Glasgow School of Painting Exhibit and the Artists of Denmark exhibit, receipts, and exhibit invitations.
3 10 Ephemera, 1900-1904
Ca. 20 items, including programs, small exhibit catalogues, and exhibit and social invitations.
3 11 Ephemera, 1905-1906
Ca. 12 items regarding the sale of paints at the Glasgow Art Exhibit, a petition, receipts, and exhibit invitations.
3 12 Ephemera, 1907-1909
Ca. 30 items, including a program, small exhibit catalogues, receipts, exhibit invitations, a list of paintings for exhibit, and 1 copy of Academy Notes (1909).
Box
4 Ephemera, notebooks and address books, 1880-1910
4 1 Ephemera, 1880, 1901, undated
Ca. 50 items, including exhibit invitations, 2 lists of paintings for an exhibition at Buffalo, 25 business cards from Kurtz and his associates, and ca. 3 press clippings.
4 2 Images from publicatons, undated
20 black & white images, some with annotations by Kurtz.
4 3 Curatorial notebook for the Southern Exposition, Louisville, KY, 1885
With lists of artists, paintings, prices and 25 detailed sketches of gallery plans.
4 4 Diary, 1908
with a few pages of addresses. 1 press clipping tipped in.
4 5 Address book, ca. 1900
With a few ephemeral items tipped in.
4 6 2 address books, undated
4 7 1 address book
4 8 "Illustrated Handbook," undated
Contains lists of artists by nation (from an exhibition?) and notes on specific paintings.
4 9 Catalogue of the Oil Paintings, Water Colors, and Drawings of the late Charles M. Kurtz, Ph.D. 1910
178 pp.,


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