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Palmer, Bertha Honoré, correspondence collection, 1883-1899

Bertha Honoré Palmer (1849-1918) Correspondence Collection,

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Bertha Honoré Palmer (1849-1918) Correspondence Collection, 1883-1899

Accession Number: 00.7

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Bertha Honoré Palmer (1849-1918) Correspondence Collection, 1883-1899
EXTENT:.5 linear foot (1 box) and 1 oversize portfolio
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
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ABSTRACT:A collection of letters written primarily to and by Bertha Honoré Palmer, concerning her involvement with the Board of Lady Managers and the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893. Some letters concern the development of Bertha and Potter Palmer's art collection, which was exhibited at the Exposition.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Holograph and typescript correspondence and printed papers.
ORIGINATION: Palmer, Bertha Honoré, 1849 1918
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The provenance of this collection is undetermined.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Bertha Honoré Palmer (1849-1918) was one of the most important art patrons in Chicago. A prominent socialite and ardent collector of works by the French Impressionists, she served as the President of the Board of Lady Managers of the World's Columbian Exposition. Palmer was instrumental in organizing the exhibits in the Woman's Building which also served as the administrative building for the Lady Managers. While touring Europe between 1891 and 1892 as part of her duties as President of the Board of Lady Managers, Mrs. Palmer purchased numerous canvases guided by the advice of her friend, the artist Mary Cassatt. A longtime friend, Sara Tyson Hallowell, and the Parisian art dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel, assisted Mrs. Palmer and her husband in building a respectable and progressive collection of art. Mrs. Palmer's faith in contemporary art was reinforced at the World's Fair, where the collection was enthusiastically received; she had in effect contributed a great deal to the acceptance of modern art in the United States. Her friendship with Cassatt eventually led to the Art Institute's acquisition of an important altarpiece by El Greco in 1906. Mrs. Palmer's bequest of paintings to the Art Institute forms the core of the museum's holdings of Impressionist works. Beginning in 1902, after the death of her husband Potter Palmer, a Chicago real estate magnate and one of the most powerful men in the city, she managed the family's business affairs. By her death in 1918 she had doubled her late husband's fortune.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection includes letters to Bertha Palmer from Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Arthur Jerome Eddy, William French, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Harriet Hosmer, Sara Hallowell, Gari Melchers, Mary Fairchild Macmonnies and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent name, the letters date from 1883 to 1899 and deal primarily with the World's Columbian Exposition.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: BERTHA PALMER CORRESPONDENCE. Correspondence to and from Bertha Palmer, arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

SERIES II: POTTER PALMER CORRESPONDENCE. Correspondence to and from Potter Palmer, arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

SERIES III: MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Palmer, Bertha Honoré, 1849-1918
World's Columbian Exposition (1893: Chicago, Ill.)
Correspondence
Hallowell, Sara Tyson
Elliott, John
French, William M. R. (William Merchant Richardson), 1843-1914
Cassatt, Mary, 1844-1926
Macmonnies, Mary Fairchild, 1858-1946

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
ALSautograph letter, signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.not dated
TCtyped carbon
TCStyped carbon, signed
TLStyped letter, signed

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection, 00.20. Contains photographs of the Potter and Bertha Palmer Mansion and the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition.
D.H. Burnham Collection, 1943.1. Contains photographs of the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition.
World's Columbian Exposition Photographs by C.D. Arnold, 1989.2. Contains photographs of the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition.

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Paintings owned by Bertha Palmer are in the permanent collection of the Department of European Painting and Sculpture; drawings and prints owned by Bertha Palmer are in the permanent collection of the Department of Prints and Drawings.

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:
Bertha Honoré Palmer Correspondence Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
Preliminary processing into the three current series was completed by the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in the 1980s; this finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002. Carolyn Kinder Carr, a scholar on Sara Tyson Hallowell, provided assistance in dating several of the undated letters between Hallowell and Palmer. Her full comments are filed in the Archives' administrative files. Please contact the Archivist for more information.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: BERTHA PALMER CORRESPONDENCE
"A-B" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.1
Juliette Adam.
ALS.With typed translation. Regarding an article she will write for La Nouvelle Revue.
Monday evening 2
Box.FF 1.1
Juliette Adam.
ALS.With typed translation. Letter of introduction to her colleague, Mme. Anna Vamgrien(?)
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.1
Louis Ager.
ALS. Regarding fundraising event at The Art Institute of Chicago organized by Miss Sorbaji to benefit unnamed hospital.
Sunday afternoon, c.1892 1
Box.FF 1.1
John Arbuckle.
ALS. Requesting assistance in obtaining loan of painting, Indians Chasing a Herd of Wild Horses, by Rosa Bonheur, for World's Columbian Exposisiton.
06/08/1892 1
Box.FF 1.1
Helene Artz-Schemel.
ALS. Offering her services as a dealer of Dutch paintings.
02/22/1894 1
Box.FF 1.1
M.R. Auerbach.
ALS. Inquiring if screen sent to fair had arrived safely; with newspaper articles mounted on letter attached.
07/1893 1
Box.FF 1.1
M.R. Auerbach.
ALS. Acknowledging receipt of Bertha Honoré Palmer's letter regarding screen.
[07?]/1893 2
Box.FF 1.1
M[arie Babanine?] Bashkirtseff.
ALS.With typed translation. Announcing residency in Paris and requesting a meeting. N.B. Likely sent to Sara Hollowell. See also correspondence from Sara Hallowell and M. Durand-Ruel.
10/28/[1895] 2

"C" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.2
N.H. Carpenter, secretary of The Art Institute of Chicago.
ALS. Regarding removal of notice posted at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
03/21/1891 1
Box.FF 1.2
[Luigi Palma] di Cesnola, director of the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
TLS. Brief reply to Bertha Honoré Palmer's letter of 03/17/1892.
03/22/1892 1
Box.FF 1.2
Camille Claudel.
AL. With typed translation. Regarding Bertha Honoré Palmer's interest in supporting women artists and describing a bust of Auguste Rodin for sale.
c.09/1892 2
Box.FF 1.2
Benajmin Constan[s/t?]
ALS. With typed translation. Expressing his desire to paint Bertha Honoré Palmer, but regretting that he is unable to do so.
05/20/1892 2
Box.FF 1.2
Cosmopolitan magazine, assistant editor.
TCS. Regarding women's art and writing in Cosmopolitan magazine.
06/16/1892 1

MARY CASSATT:
See also Series III.
Box.FF 1.3
Mary Cassatt.
ALS. Explaining that her contract has been sent to Mary Fairchild Macmonnies by mistake and describing activities in her preparation of tympanum for the Womens' Building at the World's Columbian Exposition.
09/10/1892 1
Box.FF 1.3
Mary Cassatt.
ALS. Describing her work on the tympanum for the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition and her reflections on the meaning of the subject, "the Modern Woman."
10/11/1892 1
Box.FF 1.3
Mary Cassatt.
ALS. Describing her depressed emotional state and explaining why she would not ask Degas for his opinion of her design for the tympanum, also describing a recent visit of M. Durand-Ruel, and expressing hope that she will complete the mural by February.
12/01/1892 1

"D" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.4
Elizabeth D. D'Aubigney.
ALS. Regarding gold embroidery that she wished to acquire for the World's Columbian Exposition.
10/28/1892 1
Box.FF 1.4
Elizabeth D. D'Aubigney.
ALS. Expressing regrets at missing an appointment with Bertha Honoré Palmer.
11/21/1892 1
Box.FF 1.4
Elizabeth D. D'Aubigney.
ALS. Regarding loan of a collection of Oriental art to the World's Columbian Exposition.
12/01/1892 1
Box.FF 1.4
Elizabeth D. D'Aubigney.
Printed calling card. Includes description of art and artifacts for sale by Hadji Isabey on verso.
pre-1893 1
Box.FF 1.4
Sidney P. Slater
ALS. Informing Bertha Honoré Palmer of the death of Elizabeth D'Aubigney.
02/17/1893 1
Box.FF 1.4
Myriam Dentergren.
ALS.with typed translation. Acknowledging receipt of three vases intact.
02/21/1897 2
Box.FF 1.4
Myriam Dentergren.
ALS.with typed translation. Regarding a small painting lost in shipping.
07/22/1898 2
Box.FF 1.4
Myriam Dentergren.
ALS.with typed translation. Regarding difficulties in sending pastel to Bertha Honoré Palmer, also making arrangements for Bertha Honoré Palmer to see the Queen of Belgium, and expressing good wishes for Bertha Honoré Palmer's forthcoming trip to the Mediterranean.
10/13/1898 2
Box.FF 1.4
Myriam Dentergren.
ALS.with typed translation. Partial letter, regarding colonial politics and France.
06/28/1899 2
Box.FF 1.4
Theodore Durel.
ALS.With typed translation. Expressing willingness to show Bertha Honoré Palmer's colleague his Edgar Degas paintings and declining to part with his painting of Mlle. Morizot; with a postscript from Sara Hallowell expressing regret that Theodore Ruel will not sell the Mlle. Morizot painting and noting recent correspondence with M. Bashkirtseff.
10/25/1895-10/27/1895 2
Box.FF 1.4
Charles Gifford Dyer.
ALS. Requesting that Bertha Honoré Palmer loan to the exhibition two of his works that are in her posession.
03/12/1893 1
Box.FF 1.4
Charles Gifford Dyer.
ALS. Regarding British and French owners of his paintings who are unwilling to loan to the World's Columbian Exposition.
04/26/1893 1
Box.FF 1.4
Charles Gifford Dyer.
ALS. Acknowledging receipt of "notice to exhibitors" in the Fine Arts Department, World's Columbian Exposition.
06/12/1893 1
Box.FF 1.4
Louis Dyer.
ALS. Regarding publication of Viscount Merlonec's letters.
12/28/1893 1

"E" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.5
Arthur J. Eddy.
ALS. Requesting a viewing of a painting by Leonard Ochtman in Bertha Honoré Palmer's collection.
01/19/1894 1
Box.FF 1.5
Mrs. Jack Elliott.
ALS. Regarding Charles F. McKim's visit to Chicago; with letter from McKim to Elliott, ALS, 11/25/1891.
11/25/1891 2
Box.FF 1.5
John Elliott.
ALS. Requesting a photograph of Bertha Honoré Palmer in order to paint a miniature.
12/10/[1892? or 1893?] 1
Box.FF 1.5
Lydia Field Emmet.
ALS. Requesting payment for "decorations" in the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition and explaining her dire financial circumstances.
11/16/1893 1
Box.FF 1.5
Lydia Field Emmet.
ALS. Thanking Bertha Honoré Palmer for sending check of $500 in payment for work at World's Columbian Exposition.
12/15/1893 1
Box.FF 1.5
Cecilia Erskine
ALS. Introducing her cousin, C.D. Erskine, who is sketching the Fair.
06/02/1893 1

"F" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.6
C.N. Felton.
TLS. Regarding scuplture by Alice Ridout.
11/14/1891 1
Box.FF 1.6
R.H. Ferguson.
ALS. Introducing his wife, Helen M., an artist, and asking for patronage of her work; with transcribed press articles about her work.
04/07/1892 5
Box.FF 1.6
Charles Ffrench.
ALS. Inquiring if Bertha Honoré Palmer would like to purchase Dutch and modern paintings from his collection, and requesting assistance in obtaining a journalism position, due to his dire financial circumstances.
07/05/1893 1
Box.FF 1.6
P. Fletcher-Watson.
ALS. Requesting that Bertha Honoré Palmer act as patron for an exhibition of his work in Chicago; with typeset page of press criticism on his work.
08/23/1893 2
Box.FF 1.6
W.M.R. French, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago.
ALS. Regarding correspondence with the Literary Club.
08/21/1891 1
Box.FF 1.6
W.M.R. French, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago.
ALS. Letter of introduction for Mr. J.M. Bowles of the Indianapolis Art Association.
06/20/1892 1
Box.FF 1.6
W.M.R. French, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago.
TLS. Requesting arrangement of delivery of objects for loan to the Society of Decorative Art.
12/06/1892 1
Box.FF 1.6
W.M.R. French, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago.
ALS. Letter to accompany courier of objects to be loaned to the Society of Decorative Art and requesting their release to courier.
12/10/1892 1
Box.FF 1.6
W.M.R. French, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago.
TLS. Regarding return of lace handkerchief belonging to Madame Modjeska.
12/20/1892 1
Box.FF 1.6
W.M.R. French, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago.
TLS. Regarding exhibition and return of objects loaned to the Society of Decorative Art.
12/21/1892 1
Box.FF 1.6
W.M.R. French, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago.
TLS. Making arrangements to pick up pictures to be exhibited at Society of Decorative Art.
12/26/1893 [or 1892?] 1
Box.FF 1.6
W.M.R. French, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago.
TLS. Expressing appreciation for loan of objects to Society of Decorative Art.
01/31/1893 1
Box.FF 1.6
W.M.R. French, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago.
TLS. Regarding an endowment for scholarships to The Art Institute of Chicago.
01/18/1894 1
Box.FF 1.6
W.M.R. French, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago.
TLS. Regarding return of lace handkerchief belonging to Madame Modjeska.
12/20/1892 1

"G" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.7
Isabella Stewart Gardner.
ALS. Inviting Bertha Honoré Palmer and Potter Palmer to dinner.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.7
Choiseul Grouffier.
ALS.With typed translation. Regarding sculpture for the World's Columbian Exposition.
07/18/1891 2
Box.FF 1.7
Ernest R. Graham, Assistant Director of Works, World's Columbian Exposition.
TCS. Sending watercolor of Children's Pavilion designed by Alexander Sandier.
12/06/1892 1

"H" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.8
Robert M. Harper.
ALS. Explaining that he has purchased and is sending two paintings.
09/05/1883 1
Box.FF 1.8
Kathleen M. Healy.
ALS. Regarding purchase of cathedral bazaar raffle tickets.
04/12/1893 1
Box.FF 1.8
Kathleen M. Healy.
ALS. Thanking Bertha Honoré Palmer for purchasing raffle tickets.
04/14/1893 1
Box.FF 1.8
Henry Heyman.
ALS. Expressing interest in sending exhibition, "The Doré Gallery" , to Chicago, and asking for an appointment to see Bertha Honoré Palmer.
11/13/1893 1
Box.FF 1.8
W.H. Hilliard.
ALS. Apologizing for accusing Lily I. Jackson of claiming Hilliard's work was hers.
08/30/1891 1
Box.FF 1.8
H.G. Hosmer.
ALS. Regarding art for the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition.
04/10/189[3] 1
Box.FF 1.8
H.G. Hosmer.
ALS. Regarding Browning Hands
Thusday 1
Box.FF 1.8
Charles Hutchinson.
ALS. Proposing a meeting to discuss cooperation with The Art Institute of Chicago.
11/15/1893 1

HALLOWELL, SARA TYSON:
See also Series II and Series III.
Box.FF 1.9
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Thanking Bertha Honoré Palmer for earlier letter.
[01/12/1891] 1
Box.FF 1.9
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Relaying news that Marquand has refused position as Art Director and recommending Mary Sherman to be assistant to the Art Director.
01/16/189[1] 1
Box.FF 1.9
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Relaying Mr. Hutchinson's agreement that Isabella notices be removed from The Art Institute of Chicago, and discussing Mr. Ives's likely appointment as Art Director and Ms. Hallowell's position as his first assistant.
[c.03/21/1891] 1
Box.FF 1.9
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding Mr. Davis and the purchase of a piece of French lace, also mentioning seeing some of Mr. Havemeyers's collection of textiles.
Sunday evening [c.03/1891] 1
Box.FF 1.9
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Letter begins: "My Dear Mrs. Palmer. The only satisfaction..." Explaining that she has resigned as chairman of artists and will sail for France the next day.
[03 or 04/1891] 1
Box.FF 1.9
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Recounting experiences while her ship was under quarantine in New York following the death of a young girl on baord, and expressing relief that the Sisley artwork she was couriering did not have to be fumigated.
09/12/1891 1
Box.FF 1.9
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding letters of Mrs. Crawford and reporting that she has written to Mrs. Castleman explaining her own inability to affect the situtation due to the restraints of her position; also metioning Mary Fairchild Macmonnies's Botticelli copies.
11/28/[1891] 1
Box.FF 1.10
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding Winslow Homer paintings, including Signal of Distress, that she has seen at dealers in New York City.
01/21/1892 1
Box.FF 1.10
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding Miss Franck, who has invitation to exhibit at Paris Salon and may prefer this to the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposisition.
07/02/[1892] 1
Box.FF 1.10
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding Mary Cassatt's contract for work at the the World's Columbian Exposistion, and general difficulties in contracting for artwork.
07/22/1892 1
Box.FF 1.10
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding payment to Miss Franck for lace.
07/30/1892 1
Box.FF 1.10
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding Mr. Davis's poor health and the delicate negotiations for Bertha Honoré Palmer's purchase of Chinese embroideries and a Troyon painting from Mr. Davis.
01/02/1893 1
Box.FF 1.10
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding arrangements for Rosa Bonheur's painting Sheep.
07/10/1893 1
Box.FF 1.10
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Apologizing for the delay in hanging pictures in Bertha Honoré Palmer's gallery and proposing that she will do the work in January.
12/20/1893 1
Box.FF 1.11
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Expressing opinion about naming women for Board of Lady Managers for the world's Columbian Exposition.
pre-1894 1
Box.FF 1.11
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regretting that she will be unable to sail to the Riviera to visit Mary Cassatt since she has been unable to find reasonably priced accomodations; and quoting from a letter written by Cassatt to Hallowell, "After all give me France—women do not have to fight for recognition here if they do serious work..."
02/06/[1894] 1
Box.FF 1.11
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Explaining that she has been able to book passage and will leave in two weeks for Genoa, and will travel to Cap d'Antibes to see Mary Cassatt and then proceed to Paris.
02/08/1894 1
Box.FF 1.11
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. reporting that they have packed the Cassatt work that morning.
03/02/1894 1
Box.FF 1.11
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding difficulties in efforts to meet with Mme. Bashkirtseff [probably Marie K's mother, Marie Babanine] in France and her efforts to obtain the Mlle. Morizot painting.
08/09/1895 1
Box.FF 1.11
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Partial letter regarding proposed purchase of Aubergine and wishing the Palmers a pleasant stay in Brussels; with newspaper article reporting sale of Gavet collection.
06/12/1897 2
Box.FF 1.11
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Expressing doubts about organization of the art department.
Saturday, [189-] 1

"J-K-L" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.12
Miss M.P. Jones
ALS. Offering Bertha Honoré Palmer the opportunity to purchase a painting by Gilbert Stuart and a painting by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot; also asking if other art connoisseurs of Palmer's acquaintance, particularly Charles Hutchinson of The Art Institute of Chicago, would be interested in these paintings.
10/03/1891 1
Box.FF 1.12
Ada H. Keith, vice-president of Rochester (N.Y.) Art Club.
ALS. Announcing that one of their members would like to make a relief schulpture for the World's Columbian Exposition.
10/03/1891 1
Box.FF 1.12
Albert Roullier, manager, Frederick Keppel & Co.
ALS. Regarding payment for display cases and award money.
08/25/1893 1
Box.FF 1.12
Mary Littleton.
ALS. Regarding a curtain to be painted for the Board of Lady Managers' pageant.
08/15/1892 1
Box.FF 1.12
Mary Lockwood.
ALS. Asserting authenticity and originality of her research and lectures versus similar work by Professor Otis T. Mason.
04/12/1892 1

"M" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.13
Jessie McDermott.
TLS. Regarding her proposed submission of illustrations for exhibition at the World's Columbian Exposition.
08/15/1892 1
Box.FF 1.13
Walter MacEwan.
ALS. Expressing regret that he will not be able to use the ticket Bertha Honoré Palmer sent him for the Bazaar.
12/05/1892 1
Box.FF 1.13
Walter MacEwan.
ALS. Regretting that Bertha Honoré Palmer loan to the World's Columbian Exposition a painting of his from her collection.
03/16/1893 1
Box.FF 1.13
Walter MacEwan.
ALS. Expressing regret and understanding that his picture will not be included in exhibition at World's Columbian Exposition.
03/27/1893 1
Box.FF 1.13
Walter MacEwan.
ALS. Expressing regret that his work will not be hung in American Galleries at Gari Melchers's works are.
05/12/1893 1
Box.FF 1.13
McKim, Mead & White.
TC. Expressing regret for not having seen Bertha Honoré Palmer on her recent trip to New York City and announcing that Mr. McKim will call on Palmer regarding the art building during his next trip to Chicago.
03/08/1892 1
Box.FF 1.13
Charles Follen McKim.
TCS. Announcing that he will arrive in Chicago with sketches for the Art Gallery on July 25th.
07/11/1892 1
Box.FF 1.13
Gari Melchers.
ALS. Expressing dismay at misunderstanding regarding the disposition of a portrait.
04/15/189- 1
Box.FF 1.13
F[rank] D. Millet
ALS. Accepting an invitation to visit Bertha Honoré Palmer to see a picture on Sunday.
11/25/189[2?] 1
Box.FF 1.13
F[rank] D. Millet.
ALS. Expressing regrets that he is unable to leave work to visit Bertha Honoré Palmer on Sunday.
11/28/189[2?] 1
Box.FF 1.13
F[rank] D. Millet.
ALS. Expressing thanks for bazaar ticket, but regretting that he is unable to use it since he must finish work before departing for the East Coast.
12/08/189[2] 1
REST
F[rank] D. Millet.
Inscribed card with pressed flowers. Original is restricted. Please contact the Archivist for further information. A digital surrogate is available at http://digital-libraries.saic.edu/u?/mqc,1251 (RBA Digital File Name 000007.Jerusalem_card.jpg).
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.13
I. Montaignac.
ALS.With typed translation. Reporting that a Jean Charles Cazin painting was sent to New York the previous week.
06/16/1897 2
Box.FF 1.13
I. Montaignac.
ALS.With typed translation. Apologizing for misreading her earlier letter, stating the price for a painting by Claude Monet, and explaining that he expedited the shipment of the Jean Charles Cazin painting because of concerns about customs charges.
06/18/1897 2
Box.FF 1.13
A[imee?] Morse.
ALS. Requesting instructions for sending new color illustrations to be shown at the World's Columbian Exposition.
04/20/1892 1

MACMONNIES, MARY FAIRCHILD:
See also Series III
Box.FF 1.14
Mary F. Macmonnies.
ALS. Regarding specifics of contract payments and completion dates for work that Mary Fairchild Macmonnies and Mary Cassatt are doing for the World's Columbian Exposition; and expressing indignation at Frank Millet's unfamiliarity with the customary contractual process.
08/22/1892 1
Box.FF 1.14
Mary F. Macmonnies.
ALS. Apologizing for earlier letter [sent 08/22/1892], discussing contract, advising that Mary F. Macmonnies will send a small sketch of work in progress, and relaying news of Sara Hallowell's recent visit.
08/27/1892 1
Box.FF 1.14
Mary F. Macmonnies.
ALS. Expressing great displeasure at learning of Mary Cassatt's changes to the proportion and scale of the murals for the World's Columbian Exposition; and expressing reluctance to alter her completed work to accomodate the new requirements; and suggesting that the uniqueness of individual murals at the Pantheon in Paris be used as a guide to resolve the situation.
10/07/1892 1
Box.FF 1.14
Bertha Honoré Palmer to Mary F. Macmonnies.
TC. Relaying news that hall where Mary Fairchild Macmonnies's mural was to be painted will be unheated and suggesting an alternate gallery; also urging Macmonnies to clothe all figures sufficiently because some visitors to World's Columbian Exposition may be discomfited by nudity in art; also relaying news of Sara Hallowell's travels; also describing construction of Mr. Macmonnies's fountain; and also discusssing concerns about pairing Mary Fairchild Macmonnies's mural with that of Mary Cassatt.
01/04/1893 3
Box.FF 1.14
Mary F. Macmonnies.
ALS. Announcing that Mary Fairchild Macmonnies will return to Chicago within the week and accepting an invitation to call on Bertha Honoré Palmer.
03/14/1893 1

"P-R" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.15
Bertha Honoré Palmer to Antonin Proust.
ALS.With typed translation. Thanking Proust for his assistance in promoting the American Dames project in Europe.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.15
Jean-François Rafaëlli.
ALS.With typed translation. Invitation to dinner and confirming arrangements to view an exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris.
[06]/189[4?] 2
Box.FF 1.15
Jean-François Rafaëlli.
ALS.With typed translation. Invitation to meet French notables at a lunch in Bertha Honoré Palmer's honor.
[05/04/1896 2

"S" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.16
Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
ALS. Expressing grave dismay with choices made in designing a medal.
04/18/189[?] 1
Box.FF 1.16
Maria L. Scannon.
ALS. Requesting loan of Bertha Honoré Palmer's portrait by Anders Zorn to Society of Decorative Art exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago.
12/09/[1893] 1
Box.FF 1.16
Rosina Emmet Sherwood.
ALS. Inquiring if she can submit color illustrations as well as black and white.
06/07/1892 1
Box.FF 1.16
Rosina Emmet Sherwood.
ALS. Expressing hope that Bertha Honoré Palmer will arrange a way to pay Sherwood for her panel for the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition.
07/06/1892 2
Box.FF 1.16
Rosina Emmet Sherwood.
ALS. Relaying her understanding of payment arrangements to be made for her work at the World's Columbian Exposition and urging that her painting and one by her sister be paid for by the World's Columbian Exposition; with enclosed ALS to Mrs. Wheeler.
07/01/1893, 1893 2
Box.FF 1.16
Julia K. Simpson, art critic for the Chicago Times.
ALS. Requesting a few words written by Bertha Honoré Palmer on the "Nude in Art" in light of recent movements against it.
03/17/1891 1
Box.FF 1.16
Mathild Smedley.
ALS. Describing her work and future plans for a school of Music and Art for young women in Paris, and requesting financial assistance from Bertha Honoré Palmer for same.
08/01/1893 1
Box.FF 1.16
Theodore Stanton.
ALS. Wishing to invite Comédie Française to the World's Columbian Exposition.
08/24/189- 1

"U-W" CORRESPONDENTS:
Box.FF 1.17
C. Estelle Uhler.
ALS. Summarizing her background and training as an artist, including training under William Adolphe Bouguereau and Puvis de Chavannes, and giving some exhibition history on her painting, The Gleaners, shown at the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition.
03/05/1894 1
Box.FF 1.17
Charl[s/t?]on H. Way.
ALS. Requesting that Bertha Honoré Palmer consider exhibiting work by his female relative at the World's Columbian Exposition.
11/26/1892 3
Box.FF 1.17
E.M.C. White.
ALS. Regarding portrait of Henry Ward Beecher.
03/04/1892 1
Box.FF 1.17
A.E. Wilson.
ALS. Inquiring if Bertha Honoré Palmer would be interested in purchasing two "very old valuable paintings."
11/03/1892 1
Box.FF 1.17
George W. W[u?]rts.
ALS. Confirming Bertha Honoré Palmer's appointment to visit Palazzo Antici-Mattei.
Thursday 1






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SERIES II: POTTER PALMER CORRESPONDENCE
Box.FF 1.18
Sara Hallowell.
TLS. Reporting that she viewed a painting by Jean Charles Cazin with a dealer, I. Montaignac, who intends to buy it and will offer it to Mr. Palmer; also requesting that Palmer inform her if he still does not want a painting by Claude Monet, as Monet's work is in great demand and prices are increasing; also attributing Monet's difficult mood to his forthcoming marriage to Alice Hoschedé
07/09/189[2] 1
Box.FF 1.18
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Explaining her efforts to contact Mr. Ives and to visit the homes of Claude Monet and Jean Charles Cazin.
08/15/189[2] 1
Box.FF 1.18
Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Reporting on her visit to Jean Charles Cazin and his work, and a visit to Mary Fairchild and Frederick Macmonnies, where Mary is working on the World's Columbian Exposition fountain.
09/29/189[2] 1
Box.FF 1.18
Sara Hallowell.
TLS. Regarding a payment owed to Bertha Honoré Palmer and various other matters.
12/12/1892 1
Box.FF 1.18
H. Bolton Jones.
TLS. Requesting the loan of Eastman Johnson's painting The Husking Bee, Nantucket, to the World's Columbian Exposition.
12/31/1892 1






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SERIES III: MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE
Box.FF 1.19
Mary Cassatt to Sara Hallowell.
ALS and black and white copy  photographic prints. Contract for artwork unacceptable; with postscript from Hallowell to Bertha Honoré Palmer.
07/24/[1892] 3
Box.FF 1.19
Mary Cassatt to Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding size of figures in design for murals in Woman's Building at World's Columbian Exposition.
Wednesday [1892] 1
Box.FF 1.19
Lydia Field Emmet to Mrs. Wheeler.
ALS. Requesting payment for her painting in the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition.
04/26/1893 1
Box.FF 1.19
Sara Hallowell to Mrs. Starkweather.
ALS. Regarding medals awarded to women artists at Paris Salon.
05/04/1891 1
Box.FF 1.19
Elizabeth Gardner to Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding painting panels for the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition.
03/14/1892 1
Box.FF 1.19
R. Hery to T. Allison Bowen.
ALS.With typed translation. Regarding payment for work on wax seals for Board of Lady Managers.
06/28/1892 2
Box.FF 1.19
Mary Fairchild Macmonnies to Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Regarding news from Bertha Honoré Palmer that gallery in Woman's Building at World's Columbian Exposition is to be unheated, and her plans to come to Chicago to finish her paintings in-situ.
01/20/1893 1
Box.FF 1.19
Mary Fairchild Macmonnies to Sara Hallowell.
ALS. Expressing congratulations to Hallowell on organizing the art to be shown at the World's Columbian Exposition, and also informing Hallowell of her responses to Bertha Honoré Palmer's letter regarding heating of hall and nudity.
01/230/1893 1
Box.FF 1.19
Arthur M. Sherwood to F.D. Millet
ALS TLS Requesting dimensions of panel that Mrs. Sherwood is to paint; with cover letter from F.D. Millet to Bertha Honoré Palmer.
08/03/1893, 09/03/1892 2







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