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Clarkson, Ralph E., Papers, c.1900-1941

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 2009

Ralph E. Clarkson Papers, c.1900-1941

Accession Number: 2005.5

COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Ralph E. Clarkson Papers, c.1900-1941
EXTENT:.5 linear foot (1 box)
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:Correspondence, photographs, and printed matter documenting the career of artist, Ralph E. Clarkson.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Photographs, correspondence and printed papers.
ORIGINATION: Wadsworth, Frank
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was donated to the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries by Frank Wadsworth in 2005.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Ralph E. Clarkson (1861-1942) was a painter in America in the early 1900s, known specifically for his portraits. Born in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Clarkson studied at the Boston Museum School and later at the Academie Julian in Paris, under noted artists Jules-Joseph Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger. He became an active portrait artist in Chicago, Illinois, arriving in 1896. Clarkson became an instructor and governing member of the Art Institute of Chicago. Along with Lorado Taft, Clarkson became one of the founding members of the Eagle's Nest Art Colony in Oregon, Illinois, in 1898. Portraits by Clarkson are held in collections across the country, including his "A Daughter of Armenia", held at the Art Institute of Chicago. Clarkson died in Orlando, Florida in 1942.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection sketches a broad view of the career of Ralph E. Clarkson (1861-1942). Series I, Images, consists of photographs of many of Clarkson's artworks (many of which are labeled by subject), photos of Clarkson's studio and other subjects. Series II, Printed Matter, is comprised mostly of newspaper clippings regarding Clarkson's career. Also in this collection are clippings relating to the life of Lorado Taft, Clarkson's colleague. Series III, Correspondence, contains letters addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Clarkson regarding his works and other social matters. Series IV, Manuscripts, holds miscellaneous documents, typed and handwritten.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: IMAGES. Arranged first into two subseries: Artwork and Miscellaneous. Then items are arranged alphabetically by subject within each subseries.

SERIES II: PRINTED MATTER. Arranged first into two subseries: Newspaper and Miscellaneous. Printed ephemera is filed aplhabetically.

SERIES III: CORRESPONDENCE. Arranged first alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically.

SERIES IV: MANUSCRIPTS. Arranged alphabetically.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Clarkson, Ralph, 1861-1942
Miscellanea--Ralph Elmer Clarkson
Taft, Lorado, 1860-1936
Eagle's Nest Art Colony
Impressionism (Art)--History--Sources

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
AICArt Institute of Chicago
ALSautograph letter signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
CTLcarbon typed letter
RECRalph E. Clarkson
n.d.not dated
TLStyped letter signed

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
The Art Institute of Chicago holds one of Ralph E. Clarkson's paintings, "Nouvart Dzeron, A Daughter of Armenia, 1912", in its permanent collection (Department of American Art).

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Ralph E. Clarkson Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was originally processed by Jennifer Kirmer in 2009.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: IMAGES

ARTWORK:
Box.FF 1.1
Bates, Professor Henry M., [University of Michigan Law School].
Photographs.
Before 1911 2
Box.FF 1.1
Blatchford, E.W.
Photograph.
1914 1
Box.FF 1.1
Billings, Dr. Frank.
Photographs.
c.1920s 3
Box.FF 1.1
Chamberlin, Dr. T.C., [University of Chicago].
Photograph.
1927 1
Box.FF 1.1
Dickinson, Judge Jacob McGavock, [Secretary of War under President Taft].
Photograph.
c.1910 1
Box.FF 1.1
Harper, Mrs. M. Hudson.
Photograph.
n.d. 3
Box.FF 1.1
Heckman, Wallace.
Pamphlet.
c.1908 1
Box.FF 1.1
James, President Edmund J., [University of Illinois].
Photograph.
c.1910s 1
Box.FF 1.1
James, President Alfred F., [Northwestern National Fire, Milwaukee, Wisconsin].
Photograph.
c.1900 1
Box.FF 1.1
Michelson, Professor A.A., [University of Chicago].
Photograph.
1922 1
Box.FF 1.1
"Nouvart Dzeron, A Daughter of Armenia".
Pamphlet.
1912 1
Box.FF 1.1
Salisbury, Dr. Rollin D., [University of Chicago].
Photograph.
1915 1
Box.FF 1.1
Talbot, Arthur Newell
Photograph.
c.1928 1
Box.FF 1.2
Unidentified Subject.
Photographs.
n.d. 19
Box.FF 1.1
Waldo, President Dwight B., [Western Michigan University].
Photograph.
c.1930 1

MISCELLANEOUS:
Box.FF 1.3
Eagle's Nest Artist Retreat.
Photographs.
1911 2
Box.FF 1.3
Group of men in art gallery.
Photograph. REC on far right.
1910 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation of Oyster Bay, New York.
Photograph. REC, second from left. Lorado Taft, fifth from left.
1931 1
Box.FF 1.3
Mr. and Mrs. REC.
Photographs.
1915 2
Box.FF 1.3
REC.
Photographs.
c.1910 2
Box.FF 1.3
REC and others at Cliffdwellers CLub (old), Chicago, IL.
Photograph. REC in foreground.
c.1920s 1
Box.FF 1.3
REC Studio.
Photographs. Photos of REC's studio.
n.d. 9
Box.FF 1.4
Unidentified subject.
Printer Block.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.3
Unidentified subjects, unidentified location.
Photograph. Unknown significance.
n.d. 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: PRINTED MATTER

NEWSPAPERS:
Box.FF 1.5
"Changes Wrought by Decade in Hartford County Bar".
Newspaper. Significance unknown.
02/01/1919 1
Box.FF 1.5
Lorado Taft
Newspaper. Clippings relating to Lorado Taft's life, artwork and family.
1931-1932, n.d. 6
Box.FF 1.5
Ralph Clarkson
Newspaper. Clippings relating to Ralph Clarkson's life and career.
1923-1933, n.d. 6
Box.FF 1.5
Ralph Clarkson and Lorado Taft.
Newspaper. Clippings mentioning Clarkson and Taft including their connection to the Cliff Dwellers.
1913-1933 3

MISCELLANEOUS:
Box.FF 1.6
Clarkson apartment.
Printed papers. Tearsheet from The Saturday Evening Post. Written comments from Mrs. REC.
12/22/1909 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Eagle's Nest Camp, Barbizon of Chicago Artists", Josephine Craven Chandler.
Magazine. Complete issue 12.5 of Art and Archaeology.
11/1921 1
Box.FF 1.6
Eagle's Nest Colony.
Printed papers. Tearsheet. Photographs of buildings at the Eagle's Nest Colony.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.6
"In the Realm of Books", Richard Teutsch.
Printed papers. Tearsheet. Tri-Color Magazine article on REC's re-appointment as Chairman to the Library Committee.
01/1934 1
Box.FF 1.6
"List of Works of Art Owned by the University of Chicago".
Inventory. Noting works by REC.
10/1929 1
Box.FF 1.6
Paul Shorey.
Printed papers. Tearsheet. Unknown source and significance.
08/28/1931 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Ralph Clarkson Paints Dr. Frank Billings".
Printed papers. Tearsheet. The Art Digest.
02/01/1928 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Some Masterpieces in the Institute".
Brochure. Clarkson's painting, "A Daughter of Armenia", is showcased.
c.03/1934 1
Box.FF 1.6
"The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Invites You..."
Invitation. Invite to annual exhibition in New York City.
c.1930s 2






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SERIES III: CORRESPONDENCE
Box.FF 1.7
Billie Smith, Childs & Smith Architects, to REC.
TLS. In response to receiving the portrait of A.B. and I.K. Pond.
04/13/1931 1
Box.FF 1.7
Carter H. Harrison to REC.
TLS.
04/13/1937 1
Box.FF 1.7
Ethel L. Coe, artist, to REC.
TLS. Includes a magazine clipping collected by Coe.
05/08/1928 1
Box.FF 1.7
F.B. McGuire, Director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., to REC.
CTL. Regarding the return shipment of the portrait of E.G. Keith.
01/26/1909 1
Box.FF 1.7
Francis M. Arnold to REC.
ALS.
10/30/1933 1
Box.FF 1.7
G.E. Kaltenbach, AIC Museum Registrar, to Mrs. REC.
TLS. Informing of the existence of a Ralph Clarkson painting in the AIC collection.
10/31/1930 1
Box.FF 1.7
H.L. Hayward, Americana Corporation, to Mrs. REC.
TLS. In response to receiving a sketch of REC.
10/17/1930 1
Box.FF 1.7
Robbins Wolcott Bartsow, President of The Hartford Seminary Foundation, to Mrs. REC.
TLS. In response to receiving the restored portrait of Mr. Calhoun.
02/08/1933 1
Box.FF 1.7
Roscoe Guernsey, Executive Secretary of American Academy in Rome, to REC.
TLS. Extending invitation to serve as representativeat large to the Advisory Council of Fine Arts. Included is statement of purpose of the Advisory Council to the Committee on the School of Fine Arts.
06/12/1924 1
Box.FF 1.7
Walter Krawiec to REC.
ALS. Included is a hand-addressed envelope to REC at the Eagle's Nest Colony.
08/14/1941, 08/25/1941 2
Box.FF 1.7
William L. Abbott, Board Member, University of Illinois, to REC.
TLS. Commissioning a portrait of President James, University of Illinois.
03/22/1918 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES IV: MANUSCRIPTS
Box.FF 1.8
"An Interview With Mr. Ralph Clarkson, Distinguished Portrait Painter".
Manuscript. Written by Lilios S. Bill. Four pages.
07/1909 1
Box.FF 1.8
List of portraits
Hand-written lists. One made for the National Institute of Arts & Letters, includes title and location of portraits. Second made for the Encyclopedia Americana.
10/15/19??, n.d. 2







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