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William Wallace Gilchrist, Jr. collection M243

Title:
William Wallace Gilchrist, Jr. collection
Creator:
Gilchrist, William Wallace, 1879-1926
ID:
M243
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1886-1926
Date [inclusive]:
1861 - 2000, undated
Extent:
1.5 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Collection of materials gathered by Robert Griffin while researching and writing his book Affectionately, Wallace (about the artist William Wallace Gilchrist, Jr.) including correspondence, family materials, information concerning Gilchrist's paintings, Griffin's research materials, and images.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation note:

William Wallace Gilchrist, Jr., Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

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.

Collection of materials 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.

Organized in five series: Correspondence, 1861-1992, n.d.; Family Materials, 1878-1999, n.d.; Artwork Documentation and Ephemera, 1900-2000, n.d.; Miscellaneous Research Materials, 1880-1993, n.d.; Images, 1902-1988, n.d.

Family Name(s):
  • Gilchrist family -- Correspondence.
Geographic Name(s):
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, Juvenile.
Personal Name(s):
  • Gilchrist, William Wallace, -- 1879-1926 -- Archives.
  • Gilchrist, William Wallace, -- 1879-1926 -- Exhibitions.
  • Gilchrist, William Wallace, 1846-1916
  • Griffin, Robert -- (Frederick Robert). -- Affectionately Wallace.
Subject(s):
  • Fine Arts
  • Painters -- United States -- Biography.
  • Painting, American, -- 20th century -- Catalogs.

Arrangement:

By correspondence grouping as established by the collector, then chronologically.

Series Description:

Though some business letters are included, this series consists primarily of correspondence between family members. The earliest letters are written to William Wallace Gilchrist, Sr., while a drummer in the Civil War. Also included are letters written by the elder W.W. Gilchrist while in Europe in 1886 and the younger W.W. Gilchrist while in Europe in 1900-1901. Other correspondents include several generations of the Gilchrist family. The bulk of the business correspondence consists of typescripts from the Macbeth Gallery concerning W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.,'s paintings. Also included is a photocopy of a December 14, 1908, business letter from Maxfield Parrish to W.W. Gilchrist, Jr. The correspondence groupings, originally established by Gilchrist biographer Robert Griffin, have been retained. The letters appear in three forms: originals, photocopies, and typescripts, with some letters duplicated in different groupings.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Business correspondence (originals):

Box 1

1917-1934, letters to family members concerning library gifts, portrait payments and other business matters

Box 1 Folder 1

Business correspondence (photocopies):

Box 1 Folder

1908 Dec 14, Maxfield Parrish to W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.

Box 1 Folder 2

Business correspondence (typescripts):

Box 1 Folder

1904-1927, miscellaneous letters to and from W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., and to Mrs. Gilchrist (Lucretia) re: Gilchrist's paintings

Box 1 Folder 3

1908-1925, n.d., mainly between W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., and the Macbeth Gallery, from handwritten notes by Robert Griffin during his 1988 visit to the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art in New York

Box 1 Folder 4

Family correspondence (originals):

Box 1 Folder

1861-1864 letters to W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., during his teen years from his uncle and mother concerning the Civil War

Box 1 Folder 5

1881-1886, W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., to his wife (Maudie) and children, mainly from Europe

Box 1 Folder 6

1888-1904, n.d., W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., to his wife (Maudie) and children

Box 1 Folder 7

1900-1901 W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., to W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., from Europe

Box 1 Folder 8

1907-1920, letters to Anna Gilchrist many concerning the death of her brother, Charles

Box 1 Folder 9

1907-1983, n.d., miscellaneous family letters with the bulk from W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., to his mother (Maudie) and sister, Anna

Box 1 Folder 10

1922-1924, letters to Peg Gilchrist from her aunt, Anna Gilchrist, and cousin, James Stone

Box 1 Folder 11

1988-1992, letters to Robert Griffin. Principal correspondent, Mrs. George L. deSchweinitz ("Aunt Dorothy")

Box 1 Folder 12

Family correspondence (photocopies)

Box 1 Folder

1861-1864, letters to W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., during his teen years

Box 1 Folder 13

1881-1886, W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., to his wife and children, mainly from Europe

Box 1 Folder 14

1888-1904, n.d., W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., to his wife and children

Box 1 Folder 15

1902-1916, n.d., miscellaneous family letters, mainly to Anna Gilchrist with informal references to family history

Box 1 Folder 16

1920, n.d., letters to Anna and Ted Gilchrist, many concerning the death of their brother, Charles. Principal correspondent, Kathryn Heck, Charles' friend and business partner

Box 1 Folder 17

Family correspondence (typescripts)

Box 1

1886 Jun 16, W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., to seven year old W.W. Gilchrist, Jr. (Waddie)

Box 1 Folder 18

1900-1901, W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., to W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., from Europe

Box 1 Folder 19

1900-1950,n.d., miscellaneous family letters, many to Anna Gilchrist with informal information on family history; also contains a letter from Kenneth Sills to Mrs. Gilchrist after W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.,'s death

Box 1 Folder 20

1920, n.d., letters to Anna and Ted Gilchrist, many concerning the death of their brother, Charles.

Box 1 Folder 21

Arrangement:

Alphabetical by material type.

Series Description:

This series includes genealogies of the deSchweinitz and Gilchrist families, a family scrapbook kept by Anna Gilchrist, a journal with entries and poetry by W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., and household expense books kept by W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.,'s wife, Lucretia. Also included are memorial materials for Anna Gilchrist, W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., and W.W. Gilchrist, Sr.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Genealogies of the Gilchrist and deSchweinitz families

Box 1 Folder 22

Genealogy - "Summary History of the Schweinitz Family 1350-1975"

Box 1 Folder 23

Handwritten poems, n.d., most by W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.

Box 1 Folder 24

Household expense books, 1927-1938 kept by Lucretia Gilchrist

Box 1 Folder 25

Journal and poetry of W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., 1882-1890, n.d.

Volume 1

Memorial material for Anna Gilchrist and W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., 1932-1953, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 26

Memorial material for W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., 1916, 1999, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 27

Musical material re: W.W. Gilchrist, Sr., 1915-1925, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 28

Scrapbook of the Gilchrist family, 1878-1946, n.d. [extremely fragile]

Volume 2 Folio

Arrangement:

Alphabetical by material type.

Series Description:

This series contains information and documentation specific to W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.,'s career. Copies of correspondence from the Archives of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, newspaper clippings concerning Gilchrist's exhibits and influences on his work, and exhibit catalogs are included. There is also a ledger of W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.,'s paintings kept by his sister, Anna, as well as lists of his paintings and exhibitions compiled from various sources. Also included is a comprehensive master list of Gilchrist's paintings, with accompanying data sheets and color photographs for most of the ninety-three paintings on the list.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Career information for W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., 1904-1920

Box 1 Folder 29

Career information for W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., 1923-2000

Box 1 Folder 30

Career information for W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., n.d.

Box 1 Folder 31

Exhibition catalogs, 1912-1916

Box 1 Folder 32

Exhibition catalogs, 1917-1923

Box 1 Folder 33

Exhibition catalogs, 1926-1930

Box 1 Folder 34

Exhibition catalogs, 1984-1986

Box 1 Folder 35

Ledger of W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.'s, paintings kept by his sister, Anna Gilchrist

Box 1 Folder 36

Lists compiled from various sources, of W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.'s paintings and exhibitions where they were shown

Box 1 Folder 37

Master list of W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.'s paintings, numbered 1-93, with accompanying data sheet for each painting. A color photograph (most are 3x5 or smaller) of each painting also accompanies the list, with the number on the photo envelope corresponding to the number of the painting on the master list

Box 1 Folder 38

Master list photographs ref# 1-93

Box 1 Folder 39-52

Miscellaneous photographs of paintings

Box 2 Folder 1

Negatives of miscellaneous photographs of paintings

Box 2 Folder 2

Photocopies of miscellaneous Gilchrist paintings

Box 2 Folder 3

Postcards of European art and scenes, postmarked 1900, n.d. (miscellaneous, some annotated)

Box 2 Folder 4

Prints of European art and scenes (miscellaneous, not Gilchrist)

Box 2 Folder 5

Arrangement:

Alphabetical by material type.

Series Description:

This series contains materials collected by Robert Griffin, W.W. Gilchrist, Jr.,'s grandson, in the course of his research for "Affectionately, Wallace", his biography of W.W. Gilchrist, Jr., published in 2001. Includes handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and extensive notes from the "Brunswick Record", 1915-1927.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Miscellaneous notes and clippings, 1880-1993, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 6

Notes from the Brunswick Record, 1915-1927

Box 2 Folder 7

Arrangement:

Alphabetical by subject.

Series Description:

Images include family photographs of both the Gilchrist and deSchweinitz families as well as a full-size and a pocket-size photograph album of the Gilchrist family.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

deSchweintz family members, n.d., photographs

Box 2 Folder 8

deSchweintz and Gilchrist family members, 1902-1920, n.d., photocopies of photographs (annotated)

Box 2 Folder 9

Gilchrist and Cox family members, 1906, 1935, n.d.: including a photograph of Redelia Ann Cox Gilchrist

Box 2 Folder 10

Gilchrist family photograph album, 1902-1935, n.d.

Volume 1 Folio

Gilchrist family photograph album (pocket-size), n.d.

Box 2 Folder 11

Miscellaneous photographs, 1911, 1960, 1988, n.d. with subject unidentified in most of the photos

Box 2 Folder 12
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