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Wyeth Family Correspondence

 Collection — Container: MS Am 1030
Call Number: MS Am 1030

Scope and Contents

This collection contains eighty four letters written by members of the Wyeth family between 1902-1929 and relate family activities, news, and trips. The majority of the letters are to Andrew Newell Wyeth (1853-1929) and Henriette Wyeth (1858-1925) from their sons the N.C. (Newell Converse) Wyeth (1882-1945), Nathaniel (1888-1954), Edwin (1886-?), and Stimson (1891-1970). Also included are 19 letters by N.C. Wyeth discussing his activities, family, and projects for the Federal Bank and the Massachusetts Art Commission.  In addition to the correspondence, there are four pencil sketches by N.C. Wyeth and seven family photographs.

Dates

  • 1902-1929
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/00/1968

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

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Biographical or Historical Information

American artist N. C. (Newell Converse) Wyeth (1882-1945), was born on a farm in Needham, Massachusetts on October 22, 1888. Wyeth’s father, Andrew Newell Wyeth, II (1853-1929), was from a family whose ancestors came from England to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1645 and fought in the Revolutionary War. The family of Wyeth’s mother, Henriette  Zirngiebel Wyeth (1858-1925), immigrated from Switzerland to America in 1855. The Wyeth’s married in 1881 and had four children: N.C. Wyeth, Nathaniel (1888-1954), Edwin (1886-?), and Stimson (1891-1970).  N.C. Wyeth began his artistic career by illustrating books for Scribner Classics, among them Treasure Island. Nathaniel Wyeth was an inventor and started the Wyeth Motor Car Company located in Waltham, Massachusetts. Edwin graduated from Harvard and was a landscape designer and worked at the American Forestry Company. Stimson also graduated from Harvard where he studied languages and was the principal of Stoughton High School. N.C. Wyeth is the grandfather of artist Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth’s great-grandfather.

Extent

84.00 Items

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains eighty four letters written by members of the Wyeth family between 1902-1929 and relate family activities, news, and trips. In addition to the correspondence, there are four pencil sketches by N.C. Wyeth and seven family photographs.

Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased from Goodspeeds Book Shop in 1968.

Related Materials

Wyeth, Nathaniel Jarvis, 1802-1856. Letter book, 1854-1856. MS qAM 1412

Processing Information

Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff.
Title
Wyeth Family Correspondence
Date
12/03/2014
Description rules
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2014-12: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds,  December 2014.

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