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Letter To Mrs. Parsons

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1860, January 20
Scope and Contents note:
Concerns purchasing color and beginning to paint Laramie Peak.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter To Professor Whitney

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1873, June 12
Scope and Contents note:
Concerns Whitney's being replaced on an irrigation committee by Mr. King. Bierstadt mentions that he is going to Yosemite and invites Whitney to join him.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter to Unidentified Person

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1880s
Scope and Contents note:
Bierstadt sends an invitation to a meeting at his Tenth Street studio.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter To Mr. Coffin

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1880s, June 14
Scope and Contents note:
Inquiry written on behalf of a "quite destitute" artist, John Irving, and his family, asking Coffin if he knows of a furnished apartment available for the family.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter To Mr. Rives

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Extent:
(includes transcript)
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1880, June 16
Scope and Contents note:
Bierstadt writes from New York City, describing the opportunities available to art students in the city.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter To Bierstadt's Sister

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1884, December 1
Scope and Contents note:
Concerns a commission.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter To Mrs. Ely

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1887, April 8
Scope and Contents note:
Bierstadt invites her brother, and any of her friends, to visit him at his studio.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter To Mr. Stedman

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Extent:
(includes transcript)
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1887, November 20
Scope and Contents note:
Letter conveys the the gift of a fragment salvaged when breaking up a piece of quartz that suggested to Bierstadt "a scarf pin for some good fellow." Bierstadt writes to Stedman of the "glorious old mountains which have given me so much happiness" from which such a fragment came.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter To Mr. Jules Lévita

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1887, December 23
Scope and Contents note:
Bierstadt introduces David Wallace.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter to Unidentified Person

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Extent:
(handwritten copy)
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1888, June 28
Scope and Contents note:
Discusses commissions that may result from the fact that Bierstadt has "spent much time and money on the matters referred to in your letter."
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter To Mr. Adams

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1892, October 6
Scope and Contents note:
Bierstadt states that he is happy to show Mr. Adams's friend "the new motor."
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter To Mr. Cooke

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1893, March 7
Scope and Contents note:
Discusses financial matters.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Letter To General Miles

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Extent:
(photocopy)
Container:
Box 1 (pam), Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1900, January 6
Scope and Contents note:
Bierstadt informs General Miles that he is sending a small painting of a Swiss landscape, The Jungfrau, as a gift for the General's daughter on the occasion of her marriage.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Albert Bierstadt letter collection

Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
Date:
1860-1900
Summary:
This small collection measures 0.2 linear feet and comprises 13 letters written by renowned Hudson River School landscape painter Albert Bierstadt between 1860 and 1900. The majority of the letters were penned in the last two decades of his life and discuss his painting, the inspiration he found in nature, his studio, and concerns relating to commissions and finances.
Scope and Content Note:
This small collection measures 0.2 linear feet and comprises 13 letters written by renowned Hudson River School landscape painter Albert Bierstadt between 1860 and 1900. The majority of the letters were penned in the last two decades of his life.

Bierstadt writes specifically of his work in several of the letters and refers to two paintings, Laramie Peak and The Jungfrau. In one letter he writes of the inspiration he finds in nature through his love of the mountains. Bierstadt invites friends to his studio in New York City, mentions a trip to Yosemite in the 1870s and writes letters of introduction on behalf of friends. Two of the letters concern commissions and discuss financial matters.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection, items are arranged as one chronological series.

Series 1: Albert Bierstadt Letters, 1860-1900 (Box 1; 13 items)
Biographical Note:
Albert Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany, in January 1830. His family emigrated to the United States when he was two years of age and settled in Bedford, Massachusetts.

In 1853 Bierstadt traveled to Germany to study painting at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. In 1858, following his return to the United States, he gained national attention for organizing a large exhibition of paintings including fifteen of his own works. Bierstadt drew inspiration from the painters of the Hudson River School, and regularly visited the White Mountains of New Hampshire to make sketches for his landscape paintings.

In 1859 Bierstadt traveled to the Colorado and Wyoming territories sketching landscapes in the company of a United States government survey expedition. On his return he took studio space at the new Tenth Street Studio Building in New York City and began a series of large-scale western landscape paintings, including Yosemite Valley and Thunderstorm in the Rocky Mountains. These paintings, known for their theatrical and romantic depiction of the grandeur and drama of the American West, brought Bierstadt great popularity during the 1860s.

Bierstadt's paintings were widely exhibited in the United States and abroad and commanded some of the highest prices in American art at the time, although his reputation began to decline somewhat in the 1880s in the face of changing public tastes.

Bierstadt was a member of the Century Association from 1862-1902 and a member of the National Academy of Design from 1860 until his death in 1902.
Related Material:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Robert Neuhaus papers concerning Clyfford Still and Albert Bierstadt, 1884-1984 (bulk 1941-1984). A circa 1875 photograph of Bierstadt by Bierstadt Brothers given to the Archives by an unknown donor is available in the Archives of American Art's Photographs of Artists Collection I and online.
Provenance:
The collection was acquired by the Archives of American Art in a series of accessions between 1955 and 2001. Six letters were donated by Charles Feinberg in 1955-1957; one letter was donated by Letitia Howe in 1976; one letter was donated by Mrs. Miles Reber, grandaughter-in-law of General Nelson in 1976; two letters were purchased from Charles Hamilton Autographs in 1956; one letter was purchased from Steele in 1956; and one letter was purchased from Scott J. Winslow Associates in 2001.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Hudson River school of landscape painting  Search this
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists' studios -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bieralbe
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Albert Bierstadt Letters

Collection Creator:
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1860-1900
Scope and Contents note:
In these 13 unrelated letters written by renowned Hudson River School landscape painter Albert Bierstadt between 1860 and 1900, Bierstadt writes specifically of his work in several of the letters and refers to two paintings, Laramie Peak and The Jungfrau. He writes of the inspiration he finds in nature through his love of the mountains. Bierstadt invites friends to his studio in New York City, mentions a trip to Yosemite in the 1870s and writes letters of introduction on behalf of friends. Two of the letters concern commissions and discuss financial matters.
Arrangement note:
Letters are arranged chronologically.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Bierstadt letter collecton is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1860-1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bieralbe, Series 1
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