Edward Gay and Gay family papers, 1852-1975.


Edward Gay and Gay family papers, 1852-1975.

Correspondence, photographs, sketchbooks, printed material, writings, and biographical material on Edward, Martha Feary, Duncan, and Ingovar Gay. Letters to Edward Gay from artists and others, concerning activities of the Artists Fund Society, New York Art Guild, exhibitions, travel and business; sketchbooks; photographs; a marriage certificate, 1864, lease and mortgage; exhibition catalogs and clippings; business papers and clippings on the Artists Fund Society; and art criticism written by Martha Fearey Gay, Edward's wife, for the Albany Evening Journal, 1885-1887. Among the correspondents are American Art Union, William J. Arkell, M. Deforest Bolmer, George H. Boughton, John G. Brown, Andrew F. Bunner, Jasper F. Cropsey, John H. Dolph, A. Duprat, Theodore F. Dwight, John M. Falconer, Seymour J. Guy, James M. Hart, William Hart, Daniel Huntington, George Inness, Eastman Johnson, H.R. Latimer, Oliver I. Lay, William H. Lippincott, Frank J. Mather, Thomas Moran, Levi P. Morton, James C. Nicoll, Erastus D. Palmer, Gardner A. Reckard, T. Addison Richards, David P. Secor, Lars G. Sellstedt, Charles E. Smith, Watson C. Squire, James F. Sutton, J.M. Toucey, Townsend & Evans, William Winter, and A.H. Wyant. Edward's correspondence with Martha and Duncan Gay, Oliver I. Lay, George H. Boughton, Bayard Taylor, Henry Wolf, and George H. Smillie; legal documents; photographs of Edward (one by Giles Bishop and Son, 1912); exhibition catalogs and clippings; an essay "Potatoes and Point" and a book "The Social and Cultural Development of Mount Vernon, New York" by Dorothy Gay Gordon. Biographical material, ca. 1901-1970, on Duncan, Edward, and his wife Martha and his daughter Ingovar; legal documents, ca. 1890-1915, including Edward's citizenship papers and will; family correspondence, ca. 1863-1974, consisting of letters to and from Edward, ca. 1863-1914, letters from Duncan to his parents from St. Augustine, Fla., ca. 1882-1883, a letter to Duncan from Louis C. Tiffany, Feb. 27, 1891, letters to Ingovar from Martha, ca. 1888-1931, relating to family matters; and correspondence, ca. 1965-1974, from collectors, museums, and historical institutions concerning ownership of Edward's paintings. Also found are clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs; a portion of Martha's journal, undated; three small oil on canvas sketches of apple blossoms by Edward; an article from "The Graphic," January 13, 1894, with a reproduction of a painting by Edward; Duncan's sketches and drawings of his trip to St. Augustine, 1882-1883, a sketchbook from his trip to Japan, China, and Indonesia, 1909, a watercolor sketch for a stained glass memorial window, and drawings for his house; and slides of Duncan's artwork. Photographs, undated and 1901-1902, include Edward and Martha in their homes and studio in Mt. Vernon, Stoneridge and Cragsmoor, New York, family members, Duncan and his trip to Asia, several family snapshots of Edward's children, Dorothy, Helen, Ingovar, Ruth, William and their families, family trips to Italy, Canada, Connecticut, and New York. Photographs from June 29, 1880 trip to the Erie Canal depict Edward and other members of the New York Artist Fund Society.

2.4 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)


SNAC Resource ID: 6803820

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