John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1987, bulk 1900-1956.

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Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956. John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1987, bulk 1900-1956.

John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1987, bulk 1900-1956.

The papers of sculptor, painter, and printmaker John Henry Bradley Storrs measure 19.3 linear feet and date from 1837 to 1996, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1900 to 1956. The collection documents Storrs' career as an artist and his personal life through biographical material, correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues, personal business records, forty-eight diaries and other writings, printed material, photographs of Storrs and his family and friends, artwork, scrapbooks and audio visual material. There is also a substantial amount of Marguerite Storr's correspondence as well as scattered correspondence of other members of the Storr's family. Biographical material consists of chronologies detailing the life of John Storrs, identification records, certificates, Storrs family documents, and records of John and Monique Storrs' French resistance activities during World War II. Correspondence within this collection is divided into John Storrs Correspondence, Marguerite Storrs Correspondence, and Storrs Family Correspondence. The bulk of correspondence is John Storrs with friends, colleagues, art critics, patrons, art organizations and galleries. Correspondents of note include artists, architects, and writers such as Hendrick Andersen, Sherwood Anderson, Edward Bennett, George Biddle, Jerome Blum, Georges Braque, Louise Bryant, William Bullitt, Alexander Calder, Walter Cole, Paul Phillippe Cret, Katherine Dreier, Marcel Duchamp, Max Eastman, R. Buckminster Fuller, Marsden Hartley, Jane Heap, Jean Helion, Fernand Leger, Jacques Lipchitz, Man Ray, Charles Sheeler, Gertrude Stein, Joseph Stella, Maurice Sterne, Alfred Stieglitz, Leopold Survage, and William and Marguerite Zorach. There are also many letters to his wife Marguerite. Marguerite Storrs' correspondence is with friends, family, colleagues, and others, including many letters to her husband. The letters are about general and family news, social activities and invitations, her work as a writer, and her husband's career. Storrs' family correspondence includes John and Marguerite's extensive correspondence with their daughter Monique as well as Monique's correspondence with others. Additional family correspondence is between John, his sister Mary ("Mae") and their parents David William and Hannah Storrs, much of it dating from 1900 to 1913. Personal business records include address books, records regarding the sale and loan of Storrs' artwork, commission files regarding major public sculptures by Storrs, contracts, appraisals, financial records, and other documents regarding his professional activities. Of note are several files documenting Downtown Gallery's representation of Storrs' work during the 1960s, including correspondence between Edith Halpert and Monique Storrs. Various other documents include records of the L'Ecole de la Loire artists group (all in French). Forty-eight diaries contain scattered documentation of John Storrs' daily activities. Other writings by Storrs include four volumes of his memoirs that detail family history and his life from birth to 1906, notebooks, poetry, and personal accounts including the death of Auguste Rodin. Writings by others include poetry by Jessie Dismorr, essays by Zoltan Hecht and Maurice Raynal, and notebooks belonging to Storrs family members. Printed material consists of books, art bulletins, brochures, invitations, announcements, and programs for art and social events. Also found are catalogs for exhibitions of Storrs' work and work by other artists; magazines, including a bound volume of the first ten issues of The Liberator; and clippings which include news about Storrs, his family, and friends. Photographs depict John Storrs, his family, friends such as Arthur Bock and Gertrude Lambert, travels, residences and his works of art. Included are photographs of Storrs in his studio and in art classes. Also found are three photograph albums documenting his time in Europe from 1905 to 1907, and exhibition photographs and numerous photographs of works of art. Original artwork includes a portfolio of artwork created by Storrs as a youth, loose sketches, one sketchbook, 31 lithographs, and drawings for mural projects. Four scrapbooks and a portfolio kept by John and Marguerite Storrs contain newspaper and magazine clippings of articles and illustrations as well as printed material from exhibitions, social events, and professional activities. Also found is a portfolio containing scattered items regarding the publication of Song of Myself with original wood engravings by John Storrs. Two additional scrapbooks contain photos of a young Storrs and his family on various outings, and appears to date from around 1910. The second scrapbook, compiled by John Storrs, dates from the 1940s and includes material regarding the service of Storrs' daughter Monica as a nurse during World War II. This scrapbook contains photographs from the war, correspondence, and printed material. An additional 1.4 linear feet of papers was accessioned in 2011 and is unprocessed. This accretion, 1920-1996, contains biographical information including and an autograph book signed by visitors to Storrs' estate in France, Chateau de Chantecaille, 1925-1984, with notable autographs that include Marsden Hartley and George Biddle; Correspondence, mostly posthumous, that deals with the sale and exhibition of Storr's work as organized by his family; personal buiness records relating to Chateau Chantecaille, an estate purchased by Storrs in the early 1920s as his primary residence and studio; exhibition and loan files consisting of correspondence between Storrs' family and various galleries and museums, photographs, printed material, price lists, and sales records (mostly posthumous); photographs of Storrs and his works of art; two scrapbooks (one from Storr's youth containing photographs of Storrs and family during various outings, and the second, compiled by John Storrs, dates from the 1940s and includes photographs, correspondence and printed material and relates to the service of Storrs' daughter Monica as a nurse during World War II); a few loose works of art; and audio visual material including 3 VHS cassettes transferred from an unknown reel format containing footage, mostly personal in nature, that documents Storrs family life at Chantecaille and in Chicago, Illinois.

18.1 linear feet.ADDITION 1.4 linear feet.

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