Finding aid created by: -
Date: Jan 1967
|1 Nov 2006||converted to EAD (AMCon)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Huntington, Arabella Duval, 1850 or 51-1924.|
|Title:||Arabella Huntington Papers|
|Quantity:||1.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American philanthropist and collector. Her first husband was financier Collis P. Huntington; her second husband, Henry E. Huntington. Correspondence (1892-1923); inventories of paintings, jewelry, and real estate; bills and receipts from art dealers, galleries and stores, including Joseph Duveen, J. Seligmann, and Tiffany & Co.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Arabella Duval Huntington was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1851. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Yarrington, raised Arabella in Virginia where she remained until her marriage at the age of eighteen. She married a Mr. Worsham of New York City in 1869 and returned there with him. However, he died a year later, leaving Arabella with an infant son, Archer Milton.* The next fourteen years were spent raising her son and educating him herself. In 1884, she married Collis P. Huntington, railroad builder and financier. Mr. Huntington legally adopted Archer. They lived a very happy life together until his death in 1900.
For the next ten years, Mrs. Huntington tried to carry on her husband's interests, visiting his shipyards and supporting charities in his name. In 1913, she remarried once more. Mutual interests in art attracted her to Collis P. Huntington's nephew, Henry E. Huntington, and after their marriage they traveled extensively in Europe, gathering the materials for what was to be the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery in California. She divided her time between New York and her husband's home in California. She remained active in numerous charities and good works until her death in 1924.
*This history has been questioned. A. Hyatt Mayor, Arabella's nephew, has suggested that Archer Milton was in fact the illegitimate son of Collis Huntington. [RR]
The papers of Arabella Huntington contain correspondence, subject files, bills and receipts, and manuscripts.
Correspondence includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, and correspondence to and from others. The incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author. The outgoing correspondence if filed chronologically. (Dates: 1892, 1901-1902, 1905-1919, 1922-1923.)
Subject files contains accounts, blueprints, inventories, legal papers, material pertaining to the Roadside Mine, and related items. These materials are arranged alphabetically by type or subject. (Dates: 1891, 1897, 1909, 1912, 1920, 1923-1925.)
Bills and receipts consists of bills or receipts sent to Mrs. Huntington by various firms, merchants, charities, etc. These are arranged alphabetically by name of the firm or individual. (Dates: 1888-1889, 1902-1925)
Manuscripts includes three articles by others, all typescript. These are undated.
Correspondence is divided into incoming and outgoing; within this it is arranged alphabetically. The other three series are arranged alphabetically by subject, name, and title respectively.
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.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
See also the following:
Anna Hyatt Huntington Papers
Archer Milton Huntington Papers
Collis P. Huntington Papers
Huntington Estate Records
Duveen, Joseph Duveen, Baron, 1869-1939.
Huntington, Arabella Duval, 1850 or 51-1924.
Seligmann, Jacques, 1858-1923.
Tiffany and Company.
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States.
Art -- Private collections.
Women philanthropists -- United States.
Upper class -- United States
Genres and Forms
Bills of sale.
Receipts (financial records)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Arabella Huntington Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Bills and receipts
|Box 1||A, B, D|
|Box 1||Duveen, Joseph 1907-1909, 1913, 1916, 1923|
|Box 1||F-G, I-K, M, V, unidentified|
|Box 1||1901-02, 1905|
|Box 1||Correspondence to and from others|
|Box 1||Throggs Neck, New York|
|Box 1||Kanawaha Co., W. Va. and New York City (Throggs Neck)|
|Box 1||Exhibition catalogue 1909|
|Box 1||"Additions to Inventory of Things at Beauregard" 1920|
|Box 1||Furnishings 1897, 1912, 1920, 1923, undated|
|Box 1||Real estate|
|Box 1||Legal papers 1897|
|Box 1||Roadside Mine 1923-1925 - correspondence, blueprint, photographs (3 folders)|
|Bills and receipts|
|Box 2||Anderson Galleries 1916, 1920, 1922-24|
|Box 2||Baumgarten & Company 1917, 1919-22|
|Box 2||Black, Starr, & Frost 1906, 1924|
|Box 2||Blakeslee, T.J. 1910-1913|
|Box 2||Brandeis, Edward 1911|
|Box 2||Camerino, J.G. 1903, 1907-1909, 1912-1915, 1921|
|Box 2||Cartier 1907-1914, 1918, 1921, 1923|
|Box 2||Cattadori, Pietro 1922-1923, undated|
|Box 2||Clark, Thomas B. 1919-1920, 1922-1923|
|Box 2||Crichton Brothers 1912, 1914, 1916, 1920|
|Box 2||Duveen, Joseph 1906-1908, 1910, 1911-21, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Ehrich Galleries 1906-1907, 1909, 1911-1913, 1919, 1923, undated|
|Box 2||Fischer Art Galleries 1911-1912, undated|
|Box 2||Fischhof, Eugene 1898-1899|
|Box 2||French, P.W. & Co. 1909-1923|
|Box 2||Gould, Raymond C. 1918, 1922-1924|
|Box 2||Gump, S.&G., Co. 1922-1924|
|Box 3||Harper, Donald 1915, 1921|
|Box 3||Langweil, Madame F. 1910-1911|
|Box 3||"The Little Shop" 1902-1907|
|Box 3||Los Angeles Museum 1923|
|Box 3||Marsh, G.F. & Co. 1920-1923|
|Box 3||McCarthy, A.E. 1917, 1921, 1923|
|Box 3||McGough, P.J. 1920, 1923-24|
|Box 3||Partridge, Frank 1910-1911, 1913-1915, 1920, undated|
|Box 3||Rosenbach Co. 1924|
|Box 3||Schaus, Wm. 1907|
|Box 3||Seligmann, J. 1907-1916, 1918-1920, 1922-1923 (3 folders)|
|Box 3||Smith, H.H. 1912|
|Box 3||Tiffany & Co. 1902, 1904, 1910-1912, 1919|
|Box 3||Tiffany Studios 1907, 1919-1920|
|Box 3||Wunderlich & Co. 1906-1909, undated|
|Box 3||Articles by others|