Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931

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William Keeney Bixby was born in Adrian, Michigan, in 1857. His career in the railroad industry began with a job as baggageman and concluded with his position as president and chairman of the board of the American Car and Foundry Co. He retired from that company in 1905 at the age of 48. After retirement he pursued his interests in traveling and in collecting first editions, original manuscripts, and works of art. He continued to be active in the community as board member and officer of a number of companies, organizations, and institutions. He was the first president of the Board of Control of the City Art Museum, serving from 1909 until his death in 1931. In 1920, following a trip to Asia, Bixby made a bequest to the Art Museum which established a fund for the purchase of Oriental art. This fund continues to be a source for many of the musuem's Asian art acquisitions.

From the description of William K. Bixby Collection: primarily correspondence collected by Bixby for signatures of artists and other individuals 1899-1917. (Saint Louis Art Museum). WorldCat record id: 81410047

American industrialist and collector.

From the description of Typed letter signed : St. Louis, Mo., to H.I. Miller, Dec. 16, 1902. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 728642748

From the description of Papers, 1678-1931. (Washington University in St. Louis). WorldCat record id: 26089210

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creatorOf Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836. ALS : to Benjamin Edwards, [1779 or 80] Aug. 5. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931. Papers, 1678-1931. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf B.F. Stevens & Brown, Ltd. Typed letter signed : London, to W.K. Bixby, 1901, Oct. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Kennerley, Mitchell, 1878-1950. Mitchell Kennerley papers, 1902-1940. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
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referencedIn Rosenstock autograph collection, 1800-1950 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
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creatorOf Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894. Robert Louis Stevenson collection of papers, [1873]-[1944] bulk (1881-1917). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Bankhead, Ada Pyne. ALS : Memphis, Tenn., to William K. Bixby, 1915 June 9. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Widener, Eleanor Elkins,. Letters to Eleanor Elkins Widener from collectors and libraries : manuscript, 1914-1915. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Birge, Julius. William Keeney Bixby : octopus of book collectors. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf William Keeney Bixby list of manuscripts, undated New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931. William K. Bixby Collection: primarily correspondence collected by Bixby for signatures of artists and other individuals 1899-1917. Saint Louis Art Museum, Richardson Memorial Library
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creatorOf Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931. Letter : St. Louis, Mo., to B.H. Ticknor, Boston, Mass., 1906 22 Jan. Brown University, Brown University Library
referencedIn Charles Lang Freer Papers, 1876-1931 Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931. Letter, 1915, Dec. 28, St. Louis, to Harry Lyman Koopman. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Tudor and Stuart Club collection, 1896-1956. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
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creatorOf Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931. Journal, 1921-1922. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. Letter, 1915. American Primers
creatorOf Fiske, John, 1842-1901. The discovery and Spanish conquest of America : Cambridge, Mass. : autograph manuscript signed, 1891 Oct. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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referencedIn Robert Louis Stevenson collection of papers, 1873]-[1944, 1881-1917 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931. Typed letter signed : St. Louis, Mo., to H.I. Miller, Dec. 16, 1902. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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referencedIn Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927 (inclusive), 1910-1925 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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referencedIn Charles Lamb collection of papers, 1797-1934, 1797-1836 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
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creatorOf Freer, Charles Lang, 1854-1919. Charles Lang Freer selected papers, 1876-1931. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Widener, Harry Elkins, 1885-1912,. Letters to Harry Elkins Widener : manuscript, 1911-1912. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
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associatedWith Bankhead, Ada Pyne. person
associatedWith Basse, William, d. ca. 1653. person
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associatedWith Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820. person
associatedWith Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861. person
associatedWith Browning, Robert, 1812-1889. person
associatedWith Burns, Robert, 1759-1796. person
associatedWith Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836. person
associatedWith Burroughs, John, 1837-1921. person
associatedWith Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881. person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
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associatedWith Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
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associatedWith Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930. person
associatedWith Dryden, John, 1631-1700. person
associatedWith Field, Eugene, 1850-1895. person
associatedWith Fiske, John, 1842-1901. person
associatedWith Freer, Charles Lang, 1854-1919. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Alexander, 1712-1756 person
associatedWith Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928. person
associatedWith Herder, Johann Gottfried, 1744-1803. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906. person
associatedWith Irving, Washington, 1783-1859. person
associatedWith James, Henry, 1843-1916. person
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. person
correspondedWith Kennerley, Mitchell, 1878-1950. person
associatedWith Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936. person
associatedWith Koopman, Harry Lyman, 1860-1937, person
associatedWith Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. person
associatedWith Lemaire, Etienne, d. 1817. person
associatedWith Locke, John, 1632-1704. person
associatedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. person
correspondedWith Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 person
associatedWith Miller, H. I., person
associatedWith Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863. person
associatedWith Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727. person
associatedWith Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809. person
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associatedWith Rhodes, Cecil, 1853-1902. person
associatedWith Rosenstock, Fred A., b. 1895 person
associatedWith Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. person
associatedWith Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. person
associatedWith Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. person
associatedWith Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. person
associatedWith Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891. person
associatedWith Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894. person
associatedWith Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933. person
associatedWith Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863. person
associatedWith Thompson, Slason, 1849-1935. person
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associatedWith Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. person
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associatedWith Varick, Richard, 1753-1831. person
associatedWith Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915. person
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799 person
associatedWith Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892. person
associatedWith Widener, Eleanor Elkins, person
associatedWith Widener, Harry Elkins, 1885-1912, person
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Africa, East
Rhode Island--Providence
Mozambique
Great Britain
Woodstock (Cape Town, South Africa)
India
Uganda
Zanzibar
Kenya
Victoria, Lake
France
Zimbabwe
Subject
Safaris
Manuscripts--English
Maasai (African people)
Kikuyu (African people)
Kavirondo (African people)
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
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Birth 1857

Death 1931

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