Boston Art Commission records, 1890-1959


Boston Art Commission records, 1890-1959


Commission charter, "Act to Create an Art Commission for the City of Boston," 1890; handwritten minutes of staff meetings, 1890-1959; annual reports and related correspondence, 1899-1953; minutes of a joint meeting of the Boston Art Commission, the Park and Recreation Commission, and the City Planning Board, 1914; 3 files maintained by the Boston Art Commission: monument files, 1890-1957, regarding the signing, erecting, and restoring of monuments, including estimates, proposals, contracts, sketches, printed materials, and photographs; operating and general files, 1890-1957, on statues, tablets, busts, paintings, monuments, and memorials in Boston public schools, Faneuil Hall and others locales; correspondence files, 1895-1953, for Boston Public Art Under the Curatorship of the Boston Public Library; 3 clippings, 1934-1947; and 2 brochures, "Some Statues of Boston," 1946, and "Other Statues of Boston," 1947, by Allan Forbes and Ralph M. Eastman. Correspondents included among the monument, general, correspondence files include members of the Boston Art Commission, mayors of Boston, sculptors, and architects. Among the correspondents are Herbert Adams, Thomas Allen, Paul Bartlett, Robert Bellows, Patrick Collins (mayor), John Templeman Coolidge, James M. Curley (mayor), George Harold Edgell, Daniel Chester French, Henry Hudson Kitson, Alexander W. Longfellow, Charles D. Maginnis, J. Harleston Parker, Josiah Quincy (mayor), Arthur Shurtleff, C. Howard Walker, Samuel D. Warren, and others.

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Edgell, George Harold, 1887-1954 (person)

Edgell (1887-1954) graduated from Harvard in 1909 and taught fine arts at Harvard. From the description of Papers of George Harold Edgell, 1929-1935 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76973020 ...

Shurcliff, Arthur A. (Arthur Asahel), 1870-1957 (person)

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Allen, Thomas, 1849-1924 (person)

Walker, Charles Howard, 1857-1936 (person)

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Bellows, Robert Peabody, 1877-1957. (person)

Parker, J. Harleston (person)

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The Boston Art Commission was founded in 1890. From the description of Boston Art Commission records, 1890-1959. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122291232 ...

Adams, Herbert, 1858-1945 (person)

Bartlett, Paul, 1881-1965 (person)

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Quincy, Josiah, 1802-1882 (person)

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Maginnis, Charles Donagh, 1867-1955 (person)

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French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931 (person)

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Kitson, Henry Hudson, 1863?-1947 (person)

Sculptors; Boston, Mass. Henry Hudson Kitson's actual name was Harry Kitson. Theo(dora) Alice Ruggles became his student in 1886 at the age of 15; in 1893 they were married and were notable monumental and portrait sculptors by the turn of the century. They had three children: Theo (also known as Babsy or Babbins), Dorothy and John. Three years after Theo's death, in 1935, Henry married Marie Hobron. From the description of Henry Hudson and Theo Alice Ruggles ...

Coolidge, J. Templeman 1888-1945. (person)

Collins, Patrick A. (Patrick Andrew), 1844-1905 (person)

Patrick A. Collins was born on March 12, 1844, in Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland. After the death of his father he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1848 and settled in Chelsea, Massachusetts. With limited formal education, he worked his way up in the upholstery trade, became involved in union activities and began to study the law. He graduated from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1871. In 1873, he married Mary E. Carey, and they had three children, Paul, Marie, a...

Longfellow, A. W. (Alexander Wadsworth), 1854-1934 (person)

Architect, of Portland, Me.; b. Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow, Jr.; son of A.W. Longfellow (1814-1901) and nephew of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. From the description of A.W. Longfellow scrapbook, ca. 1890-1915. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 226720896 Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow, Jr., was the son of Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow, Sr., a U.S. Coast Survey topographer, and nephew of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Anne Longfellow Pierce. After...

Warren, Samuel D. (Samuel Dennis), 1852-1910 (person)