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William Wallace Gilchrist, Jr., Collection 1861-2000, n.d.

1.5 linear feet

Catalog Number:M243

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Agency History / Biographical Note:
William Wallace Gilchrist, Jr., was born on March 2, 1879, to Susan "Maudie" Gilchrist and William Wallace Gilchrist, Sr., a celebrated musician and composer. Gilchrist and his siblings were raised with an appreciation for the arts, and William, Jr., showed an early affinity and talent for painting. He began his formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied under some of the period's most influential artists, including Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Anshutz, and William Merritt Chase. Gilchrist also received instruction from Winslow Homer during annual summer vacations in Maine.

Gilchrist married Lucretia deSchweinitz in 1901; they had three children: Peggy, Nelly, and Bill. The family settled in Philadelphia and spent time each year in Maine.

Gilchrist died on November 4, 1926, of heart disease. Peggy's son, Robert Griffin, wrote Affectionately, Wallace, a biography of his grandfather, published in 2001.

Scope and Content:
The collection was gathered by Robert Griffin while researching and writing Affectionately, Wallace. The collection includes correspondence, family materials, information concerning Gilchrist's paintings, Robert Griffin's research materials, and images. The correspondence is principally between family members and includes letters written to Gilchrist, Sr., while a drummer in the Civil War and a series of letters by W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., to his father during his first trip to Europe. Family materials include genealogies of the Gilchrist and deSchweinitz families, a Gilchrist family scrapbook, and a journal with poetry kept by W.W. Gilchrist, Sr. The collection also contains a comprehensive list of W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.,'s paintings with accompanying data sheets and photographs of the paintings.

Cite as: Cite as: William Wallace Gilchrist, Jr., Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

Access Restrictions: None.

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