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Charles Warren Stoddard Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909.
Title: Charles Warren Stoddard Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1868-1901
Quantity: 39 items (SC)
Abstract: Collection of correspondence addressed to the American author, novelist, poet. Incoming letters from archbishop of St. Louis Peter Richard Kenrick, landscape and figure painter John La Farge, and American artist F.D. Millet. The bulk of the letters (1875-1900) is from Millet, many originating from the various American and European cities in which he worked as a painter and interior designer. A friend of Henry Adams, Henry James, Mark Twain, and a number of minor figures, Millet, in a series of 36 multi-paged letters which are of a highly personal nature, illuminates the contemporary American artistic and literary scene. The letters also contain many references to both Stoddard’s and Millet’s work.
Language: English (use iso 639.2 for @langcode)
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://scrc.syr.edu

Biographical History

Charles W. Stoddard (1843-1909) was a 19th century American author. Born August 7, 1843, in Rochester, NY, he was a travel writer, poet, and journalist. Among other things, he acted as secretary-companion to Mark Twain in England in 1873, worked as an editorial writer for a Honolulu newspaper in the 1880s, and was a professor in English and American literature at the University of Notre Dame (1885-1886) and chairman of English literature at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. (1889-1902). He died in 1909 in Monterey, California.

Born in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, Francis D. Millet (1846-1912) was a respected teacher, and an academic painter and muralist known for historical genre including scenes from Alaska and Sioux Indians of Minnesota. He was President of the Guild of Boston Artists, a member of the Society of American Artists and the National Academy of Design, a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a Director of the American Academy in Rome. In addition, he sat on the advisory committee of the National Gallery of Art and was decorations director for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois in 1893. He died in the sinking of the Titanic, April 15, 1912.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Charles W. Stoddard Collection consists of 38 incoming letters, written between 1868 and 1901, and one photograph. The bulk of the letters are from artist Francis D. Millet, many originating from the various American and European cities in which he worked as a painter and interior designer from 1875 to 1901. A friend of Henry Adams, Henry James, Mark Twain, and a number of minor figures, Millet, in a series of 36 multipaged and highly personal letters, illuminates the contemporary American artistic and literary scene. In a letter from Paris (21 Feb 1877), Millet declares:

The most I can find time to write you in the hurry of apartment hunting is that "I want you." Why don't you come up here? We are here in a crowd. My cousin, her two daughters and son and myself keeping a house a la Bohemia in a little furnished apartment. We shall on the 15th April take a suite of rooms with a studio attached and there I shall probably stay one year if nothing happens. Won't you come up and be near us? For the moment I am very much unsettled. I worked in American up to the very day I sailed. The last job I did was to go to Hartford and paint Mark Twain's portrait. I lived in his house two weeks had a stunning time.

Two other letters to Stoddard are from the Archibishop of St. Louis, Peter Richard Kenrick, and from landscape painter John La Farge. The collection also contains a photograph of Millet.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Kenrick, Peter Richard, 1806-1896
La Farge, John, 1835-1910
Millet, Francis Davis, 1846-1912
Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909

Subjects

American literature, Catholic authors
Artists, United States
Authors, American
Gay artists, Correspondence
Gay authors, Correspondence
Gay men's writings
Gay men, Correspondence
Painters, United States

Places

United States, Intellectual life, 19th century
United States, Social life and customs, 19th century

Genres and Forms

Correspondence.
Photographs.

Occupations

Artists.
Authors.
Painters.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Charles Warren Stoddard Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: KM
Date: Oct 1990
Revision history: 3 Oct 2006 - converted to EAD (MRR); 13 Jun 2007 - updated inventory to SC format (MRC)

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Inventory

Correspondence (incoming)
SC 106 Kenrick, Peter Richard 11 Aug 1868
SC 106 La Farge, John 29 Aug 1901
SC 106 Millet, Francis Davis 1875-1878, 1884-1887, 1892-1893 1900
Memorabilia
SC 106 Photograph

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