Papers, 1878-1916.


Papers, 1878-1916.

The majority of the collection contains Terry's correspondence, arranged in alphabetical order by writer. Many of the letters deal with collecting and researching ceramics, particularly Staffordshire. Plates, pitchers and other pieces discussed often contained historical scenes of the United States and universities in blue. He often corresponded with Edwin Atlee Barber, another noted collector of porcelain. Additional letters pertain to Terry's collecting of books and bookplates. Several of the documents make reference to items from George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, including a letter from Amy Townsend inquiring about Washington's banquet table. Some of the correspondence is accompanied by photographs. One folder features information on china manufacturers with depictions of delft. Another document with the heading, Isaac B. Farrar, traces the history of a Vermont pottery. Also included in the collection are manuscript catalogs of the James Terry Collection. One is entitled: "A Descriptive Catalogue of a portion of the contents of my Colonial Dining Hall at my house 78 Wethersfield Avenue, compromising historical furniture, silver, prints, portraits, and historical china." Another is a descriptive catalogue of items in the Terry Collection loaned to the Mattatuck Historical Society by Mira E. Terry in 1916. Finally, the collection contains a phrenological description of Terry by L.N. Fowler, done on March 10, 1848 in New York.

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SNAC Resource ID: 6854913

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Fowler, F. N. (person)

Barber, Edwin Atlee, 1851-1916 (person)

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Terry, James, 1844-1912 (person)

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