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Charles Lang Freer's correspondence with Cameron Currie, 1901-1919

In this project, you'll find letters from collector Charles Lang Freer to his friend, Detroit businessman Cameron Currie. Many of the letters are written during Freer's travels in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Join the archives of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery to transcribe and learn more about travel and even trading of stocks in these pages.

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Charles Lang Freer's letters to Frank Hecker during foreign travels, 1899-1903

Mystic visions on a storm tossed ship; luxurious respite on a Mediterranean island, and James McNeill Whistler's final days. Between 1899 and 1903, Charles Lang Freer took numerous trips to Europe, to develop his art collection, to spend time at his villa on Capri, and to meet with his most admired artist, J. M. Whistler. This is the second installment of Freer's overseas travels, as related through the numerous letters to his friend and business partner Frank Hecker.

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Charles Lang Freer's letters to Frank Hecker during foreign travels, 1904-1908

Charles Lang Freer's letters from abroad to his business partner Frank Hecker. Includes his extensive travels in Europe and the Middle East and Asia. This was Freer's first travel in Southeast Asia, and a long period of visits to Sri Lankan historical sites.

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Charles Lang Freer's letters to Frank Hecker during foreign travels, 1909

"Dear Colonel Hecker:-" Charles Lang Freer's letters from abroad to his business partner Frank Hecker feature detailed accounts of locations, art, and other observations. Join this project from the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery to learn more about Freer's extensive travels in the Middle East and Asia, including his first major foray into China.

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Chimneys Garden Journal

Garden journals are important for any garden -- recording our planting successes and, yes, sometimes failures. The Chimneys, the seaside summer home of Boston financier Gardiner Martin Lane and his wife Emma, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (son of the designer of New York’s Central Park and Chicago’s world’s fair) in 1902. Personal archives and garden journals in the Smithsonian's Archives of American Gardens document more than 80 years of gardening at The Chimney's beginning in 1903. The estate was featured in popular garden magazines and guidebooks well into the twentieth century and won many horticultural prizes including the prestigious Massachusetts Horticultural Society gold medal in 1935.

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Description of antique Chinese paintings and brass wares as well as of porcelains of different ages, undated

Assembled catalog of Chinese art objects offered to Charles Freer by the Shanghai dealer Seaouke Yue (You Xiaoxi).

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Description of antique Chinese paintings and brass wares as well as of porcelains of different ages, undated (set 2)

Join the Freer-Sackler Archives team to transcribe and explore this assembled catalog of Chinese art objects offered to Charles Freer by the Shanghai dealer Seaouke Yue (You Xiaoxi).

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Diaries: Esther McCoy's Diary, 1926

Celebrate Women's History Month by transcribing the 1926 diary of Esther McCoy. McCoy is remembered for work as an architectural historian, critic, and proponent of Southern California modern architecture of the early to mid-twentieth century. The diary documents McCoy's first year in New York City after she left the University of Michigan to begin her writing career. In New York, McCoy moved in avant-garde literary circles and conducted research for Theodore Dreiser. This, other diaries, and extensive material which documents her life and career are fully digitized and available through the Esther McCoy Papers on the Archives of American Art website.

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Diaries: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's Journal, Vol. II, 1890 September-December

Celebrate Women's History month by transcribing one of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's journals. Whitney was a sculptor, art patron, writer, and the founder of the Whitney Museum of Art. She began keeping diaries as a child, and maintained the habit into her adulthood. Whitney wrote this diary from September through December of 1980. This, and her other diaries, and extensive material which documents her life and career are fully digitized and available through the Gertude Vanderbilt Whitney Papers on the Archives of American Art website.

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Diaries: Palmer C. Hayden's Diaries, 1938-1940

Celebrate Black History Month by transcribing the diaries of Palmer C. Hayden, an African American painter from New York, New York. These notebooks document Hayden's every day life through short daily entries. Hayden was among the first African American artists to use African-American subjects and designs in his painting.
View the rest of Palmer C. Hayden's diaries in his fully digitized papers on the Archives of American Art website.

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