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The Chester Beach papers measure 7.32 linear feet and date from 1846 to 1999, with the bulk ot the material dating from circa 1900 to 1999. The work and professional activities of Beaux Arts sculptor Chester Beach (1881-1956) and his family's efforts to exhibit and sell work from the estate are documented by project files, business records, correspondence, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs. The papers also include many artist-designed Christmas cards sent and received by the Beach family, and artwork by Chester Beach and others.
Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk circa 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Materials loaned for microfilming are available on microfilm reels N727-N729 and N68-11 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Also in the Archives of American Art are papers lent by Eleanor Beach Fitchen in 1967 and 1968 for microfilming (reels N727-N729 and N68-11) including passports, genealogical materials, photograph albums, travel sketches, travel diaries of Mrs. Beach, and business and family correspondence. Loaned obituary letters on reel N68-11 are also referenced in a scrapbook in Series 8.
Chester Beach (1881-1956) was a sculptor and medalist in New York, N.Y.
The Chester Beach papers were donated in 2009 by the estate of Eleanor Beach Fitchen, Chester Beach's daughter, through her grandson and executor, John Fitchen.
This site provides access to the papers of Chester Beach in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2017, and total 6,572 images.
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