Weems, Katharine Lane, 1899- . Papers, 1860?-1991: A Finding Aid Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
© 1991 Radcliffe College
Call No.: MC 406
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Katharine Lane Weems, 1899-1989
Title: Papers, 1860?-1991
Quantity: 18 file boxes, 1 card file box, 70 photograph folders, 12 folio folders, 6 folio+
folders, 1 supersize folder, 1 oversize volume, audiovisual material
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, home movies, etc., of Katharine Lane Weems, sculptor.
Processed: May 1991
By: Kim Brookes
Accession numbers: 89-M194, 89-M207, 91-M36
The papers of Katharine Lane Weems were given to the Schlesinger Library in October
and November 1989 by James B. Ames and Edward L. Emerson, executors of KLW's estate, and in April 1991 by KLW's cousin Anne Freeman. A portion borrowed by Anne Freeman was added in March 1991.
Copyright. Copyright is held by Anne Hobson Freeman.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Katharine Lane Weems Papers, 1860?-1991; item description, dates. MC 406, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
An eminent animal sculptor, Katharine Ward (Lane) Weems was born in Boston on February 22, 1899, the only child of Gardiner Martin and Emma Louise (Gildersleeve)
Lane. She was named for her father's sister, who had died as a young woman.
Gardiner Martin Lane (GML) was born in 1859, the son of Frances Eliza (Gardiner) and
George Martin Lane, a classics professor at Harvard College. GML graduated from Harvard
in 1881 and worked for Lee, Higginson and Company, a banking house, for several years.
He was then an assistant, and later vice-president, to Charles Francis Adams, president
of the Union Pacific Railway Company. In 1892, GML became a partner in Lee, Higginson
and Company. He was a director of several railroad and financial companies and served
as treasurer of Boston charitable funds. In 1907 he became president of Boston's
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).
Emma Louise Gildersleeve was born in 1872, the daughter of Elizabeth (Colston) and
Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve. BLG had been a school friend of George Lane's and was
a classics professor at Johns Hopkins University. Gardiner Lane and Emma Gildersleeve
were married in 1898 and built a house called The Chimneys in Manchester, Mass., on
the "North Shore." They lived in a large house on Marlborough Street in Boston, spending
summers at The Chimneys. GML died of cancer in 1914. After his death, EGL became
the financial manager of GML's estate, including the two households, nearly until
her own death in 1954. KLW donated the Marlborough Street house to the French Institute
in 1957 and in 1965 dedicated a gallery of her animal sculptures and drawings in Boston's
Museum of Science to her mother.
KLW attended Miss May's School for Girls, and learned the skills expected of wealthy,
prominent young women in Boston society. In 1915 she began to study drawing, and
later sculpting, at the MFA; among her instructors there were Frederick Allen and
Charles Grafly. In 1918, she met animal sculptor Anna Hyatt (later Huntington), who
critiqued her work and encouraged her. KLW brought her love for animals, particularly
dogs, ponies, and horses, to her work and became best known as an animal sculptor.
KLW was elected to the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors in 1925
and to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1952. She began to show her
work in 1920 and gained a national reputation when her Narcisse Noir, a whippet, won the George D. Widener Memorial Gold Medal at the Pennsylvania Academy
of Fine Arts in 1927. Rhinoceroses, brick friezes, and a bronze door (1937) at Harvard's Biological Laboratories, and
Dolphins of the Sea (1977) outside the Aquarium, are perhaps her best-known sculptures in the Boston
area. KLW also designed several medals, including the Legion of Merit and Medal for
Merit in 1942. For more information about KLW's artistic work, see Louise Todd Ambler,
Katharine Lane Weems: Sculpture and Drawings (Boston Athenaeum, 1987).
KLW led an active social life. She had her debut in Baltimore in 1918. In the late
1920s and early 1930s, she and a group of friends, which included editor Edward Weeks,
poet David McCord, and composer Edward Ballatine, gave a few benefit concerts as the
Boston Parlor Club. During World War II, KLW became a speaker and fund raiser for
the Red Cross.
The title of KLW's autobiography, Odds Were Against Me: A Memoir (as told to Edward Weeks, New York: Vantage Press, 1985) refers to the way social
pressures threatened KLW's artistic aspirations. KLW refused several proposals of
marriage because she knew wifedom and motherhood would threaten her career as a professional
sculptor. She did, however, correspond with several admirers, particularly Fontaine
Carrington Weems. Born in Houston in 1884, FCW was a Princeton graduate and worked
for J.P. Morgan and Company in New York. After a twenty-year correspondence, KLW
married FCW in 1947 and moved to New York City, living apart from her mother for the
first time; the Weemses spent summers at The Chimneys, however. Married life left
little time for sculpting, so KLW turned to drawing until her husband's death in 1966.
In the 1970s, KLW resumed sculpting, took part in animal rights campaigns, and occasionally
gave lectures about her work. She was living in Boston's Back Bay when she died in
For further information about her life and work, see Odds Were Against Me and Katharine Lane Weems: Sculpture and Drawings. For an extensive collection of diaries, correspondence, lectures, slides, photographs,
films, and exhibition lists documenting KLW's work, contact the Archives of American
Art, Smithsonian Institution, New England Regional Center in Boston.
The Weems papers consist of KLW's family and personal papers and are arranged in four
- I. Family papers
- II. Personal and professional
- III. Correspondence
- IV. Household and financial
The papers document the social life, particularly the courting, of an independent,
wealthy twentieth-century woman, and an upper-class family's European and U.S. travels
at the turn of the century. They provide information about the management of a large
household and seaside estate, and about KLW's charitable work and donations, but say
little about her professional work. There is also little material about KLW's mother
or their relationship; EGL's correspondence and other papers are at Johns Hopkins
University. Some of FCW's papers are housed at Princeton University and others are
currently in the possession of family members in Texas. Some of George Martin Lane's
papers are at the Harvard University Archives.
Bundles of letters and other items, now in #102, 216, 218, 282, 300-04, 308, 310-15,
316-18, 322, 419, were removed from a metal box labeled "Personal, old letters to
KWL. No value. To be destroyed eventually." KLW appears to have used the box to
save mementos from her debut and after. Folder titles in quotation marks were copied
from notes or headings by KLW, or by Anne H. Freeman or others who sorted the papers
after KLW's death. Notes by AHF and others are scattered throughout the collection,
particularly among the photographs.
Series I, Family papers (#1-96), consists primarily of correspondence, photographs,
photograph albums, clippings, and other papers that belonged to KLW's father, GML,
including some from other members of his family. It also includes some clippings,
menus, receipts, and correspondence kept by KLW's mother, ELG; correspondence about
KLW's maternal grandfather, BLG; and obituaries of GML. Correspondence with Charles
Francis Adams and Ward W. Briggs appears in this series.
Series II, Personal and professional (#97v-224). The personal documents, biographical
material, notebooks, photographs (loose and in albums), music, scrapbooks, home movies,
memorabilia, and other material in this series pertain to KLW's artistic and other
interests and activities. The series also contains poetry, clippings, and other items
collected by KLW. Although this series contains most of the photographs in the collection,
there are photographs in every series.
Fourteen diaries (1961-1983) were deaccessioned and donated to the Archives of American
Art, which already had longer runs of diaries. Also donated to the AAA were a guided
tour (comprised of map, audiotape, and slides) of Brookgreen Gardens and a photograph
of George Clark, with clay still adhering to it from its use in making a relief.
Series III, Correspondence (#225-356), consists almost entirely of letters to KLW,
many from admirers. Clippings or photographs were enclosed with some letters, and
there are photographs and an oversize scrapbook sent to KLW by friends. The first
part of the series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. KLW had bundled most
of these letters by correspondent and had arranged or numbered them chronologically;
the processor added several more correspondents, those from whom there were substantial
numbers of letters. Some correspondents who appear in this section may also appear
in #88-96 and #346-356. The second portion of the series is arranged chronologically.
Letters from Anne Hobson Freeman appear in #328, 335, 337-43, 349. There is some
additional correspondence in the other three series.
Series IV, Household and financial (#357-442), includes receipts, correspondence,
accounts, maps, appraisals, recipes, and menus, and falls into two broad categories:
houses and land, and expenses and donations. Similar material about houses and land
appears in series I; this is material kept by GML and EGL. After the Weemses were
married, FCW maintained many of the files about the houses, particularly repair records;
he and KLW kept some of their financial records together.
Reel Guide for Home Movies in Folder 127mp
- Reel 1: 50 ft., Bessie the live rhino
- Reel 2: 25 ft., KLW sculpting rhino. Color. "Miss Lane, original, personal, Rhino,
- Reel 3: 100 ft., "Rhino plaster extras I, Victoria."
- Reel 4: 100 ft., "Rhino plaster extras II"
- Reel 5: 50 ft., "Assembling plaster extras"
- Reel 6: 40 ft., Moving rhinos. Color.
- Reel 7: 25 ft., Rhinos
- Reel 8: 100 ft., Sculpting rhinos, and on beach. "Piccirili discards"
- Reel 9: 100 ft., KLW in studio, on beach. "N.S. Soc."
- Reel 10: 100 ft., "Picnic--Rika," horses on beach, ca.1930
- Reel 11: 100 ft., Swanboat, Manchester beach, KLW and admirer? Ca. 1930.
- Reel 12: 100 ft., "Olay? and Chang?" people on beach, ca.1930
- Reel 13: 100 ft., Man on horse, Manchester beach, ca.1931. Sent to Kodak by Walker
- Reel 14: 300 ft., "1934 Canoe trips, camp"
- Reel 15: 150 ft., "No.1, KL in garden, Yvonne playing tennis, HW." ca.1934
- Reel 16: 25 ft., "No.2," KLW and FCW. ca.1934
- Reel 17: 40 ft., KLW and dog. "Manchester June 1935, Beach, Bambi, Raner." Sent
to Kodak by FCW.
- Reel 18: 40 ft., Manchester beach and people, July 1935
- Reel 19: 50 ft., Manchester beach, people, canoe, Aug. 3, 1935. Color.
- Reel 20: 40 ft., KLW and FCW, dog (Poulette?) on beach
- Reel 21: 25 ft., "Maryland vs. Virginia cheerleading gals, Oaklley [sic]"
- Reel 22: 15 ft., KLW in hat
- Reel 23: 15 ft., KLW and man bowing
- Reel 24: 50 ft., "5th Avenue Army Parade Day," 1945
- Reel 25: 30 ft., "Williamsburg," FCW and family, view from New York City apartment,
- Reel 26: 100 ft., "Whippet races" on beach, ca.1930
- Reel 27: 100 ft., Horse races, "Uncle Frank, KWL riding" ca.1930
- Reel 28: 50 ft., Horses, goat on lawn
- Reel 29: 50 ft., "Dog show I"
- Reel 30: 25 ft., "Dog show II," Oct. 1934
- Reel 31: 100 ft., "Poulette": KLW and dog, ca.1937
- Reel 32: 50 ft., Women showing dogs, June 1940
- Reel 33: 25 ft., "Obedience, shepherd dog jumping," KLW and cat, 1944
- Reel 34: 350 ft., "I. The Fennos, goats, archery, horseshow"
- Reel 35: 300 ft., "Dogs": show on beach
- Reel 36: 100 ft., "Dogs, picnic, path, Nov. 1941"
- Reel 37: 175 ft., "Rhino installing and unveiling, extras." Poor quality; not transferred
- Box 1: 1, 8-11, 15-18v
- Box 2: 19-23, 25, 28-33, 35, 39-42, 49, 52-54, 64-65
- Box 3: 66-69, 71-74, 78-81, 83v-87
- Box 4: 88-99, 101-103
- Box 5: 104v-122, 124-125, 167
- Box 6: 168-170, 172m, 174, 176-180v, 182-189, 191, 193, 199-200
- Box 7: 201-203, 205-208, 210, 212-218, 220-227
- Box 8: 228-243
- Box 9: 244-261
- Box 10: 262-271, 273-286
- Box 11: 287-296, 299-304, 306-316
- Box 12: 317, 319, 321-340
- Box 13: 341-343, 345-356, 358v-364
- Box 14: 365-368, 370-372, 375-381, 383-388
- Box 15: 389-402
- Box 16: 403-414
- Box 17: 415-429v
- Box 18: 430v-442
- Box 19: 7m, 12m, 24m, 34, 100m, 171m, 173m, 190m, 195m, 211m, and from #329, 416
- Series I. FAMILY PAPERS
- 1-68: Lane family.
See also #182, 184-85.
- 1. Jane L. Lane (KLW's great aunt?): correspondence ("Debtors promises to pay") and
See also #22.
- 3-7m: Photographs of GML's sisters, brother-in-law (KLW's aunts, uncle).
FILED IN PHOTOGRAPH DRAWER.
See also #46, 56-59, 61, 134f+.
- 3-4f: Katharine Ward Lane
- 5. Louisa G. Lane van Rensselaer, 1862-1930s? William Bayard van Rensselaer, n.d.
- 6. Tintypes of GML's sister(s), 1860s?
Filed in Z box.
- 7m. Two framed portraits of GML's sisters, 1880s?
Filed in box 19.
- 8-68: Gardiner Martin Lane (KLW's father)
- 8-9: Diaries
- 8. 1866, 1877-1878, 1883, 1891
- 10-15: Education
- 10. Cambridge High School and Harvard College: essays, report cards, etc., 1875-1881.
School notebook; includes partial paternal genealogy.
- 11. Oedipus playbook, n.d.
- 12m. Insignia from academic societies, including Hasty Pudding Club, ca.1881.
Filed in box 19.
- 16-21: Personal and family correspondence.
See also #74.
- 16. 1868, 1877, 1884-1894. Includes some from Charles Francis Adams.
- 17. From father, George Martin Lane, and sister Katharine, 1884-1888, n.d.
- 18v. Letter book, 1884-1891. Includes letters to Charles Francis Adams.
- 20. Among other family members?, 1887, n.d. Perhaps circulated via GML.
- 21. From KLW, 1905, 1910-1914, n.d. Includes stitched picture of shark.
- 22-27: Professional/financial
- 22. Lane family business: receipts for dividends, lease, 1884-1890; some re: Jane L.
Lane, George M. Lane, Union Pacific.
- 23. Correspondence, legal agreements, receipts re: Union Pacific, J.P. Morgan, etc.,
1881, 1885-1890, n.d. Includes some re: Charles Francis Adams.
- 24m. Railroad pass (medallion), Silverton, 1890.
Filed in box 19.
- 25. Notification of partnership in Lee, Higginson, and Co., 1892; letters from Lee, Higginson,
and Co., August 1914.
See also #52, 68.
- 28-34: Household/personal
- 29. Book plate design, calling card, n.d.
- 30. Prescriptions, receipts, 1904, n.d.
- 31. Clippings re: work for Museum of Fine Arts, opera house, 1907-1911
- 32. "Memoranda regarding wines," 1909-1914
- 33. List of silver and china for 53 Marlborough St.
- 34. Alphabetical card file of addresses and phone numbers.
Filed in box 19.
- 35-54: Travel (arranged chronologically)
- 35. "Bills, England, Belgium, Holland, July 20 - September 9, 1901"
- 37. Photo album of trip to the West coast, 1903?
See also #44.
- 38. Photo album: "Hot Springs, Virginia, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Charleston.
- 39-43: European trip, 1904
- 39. Letters to GML, some to EGL, KLW
- 40. From bundle marked "Bills, etc., England and Europe, Italy, Venice"
- 42. Map, tourist information, tickets, etc.
- 44. Scenes from family trips, ca.1903, 1909, 1914
- 49. "Bills while abroad, summer of 1908"
- 52. Account of outbreak of WWI in Europe during vacation, 1914.
See also #25.
- 53. "Summary of coaching trip in Devon," n.d.
- 54. Notebooks re: travel, including some finances, n.d.
- 64-68: Post mortem tributes to GML
- 64. Biography prepared by Harvard classmates, 1892; memorial booklet, and ts. copy, 1915.
- 65. Newspaper obituaries, Oct. 3-16, 1914
- 66. U.S. Steel Corporation Board of Directors, 1914
- 67. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Harvard, 1914. Also MFA, 1922.
- 68. Howard Elliot correspondence re: GML and memorial booklet, 1914-1918. Also correspondence
from GML's desk at work, sent by HE to EGL, 1906, 1914.
See also #25, 64.
- 69-96: Gildersleeve family.
See also #46, 61.
- 69-72: Basil L. Gildersleeve (KLW's maternal grandfather).
See also #217.
- 69. Letter to KLW, 1918; tribute, 1924; clippings, 1901, 1930; report (by BLG?), n.d.
- 71. KLW's correspondence re: BLG, mostly with Ward W. Briggs, Jr., 1958, 1979, 1984-1987,
n.d. Includes photocopies of BLG letters, 18??. See Briggs, ed., The Letters of Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987).
- 72. Correspondence, lists of libraries, 1956-1964, re: distribution of "Selections from
the Brief Mention of Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve."
- 73-96: Emma Louise (Gildersleeve) Lane (KLW's mother)
- 73. Clippings re: EGL, 1899, 1908 1990 Sewing Circle: programs, 1949-1952
- 74. Correspondence, 1899-1951 (scattered), n.d.; some from GML, KLW, and some re: EGL
and KLW's membership in Colonial Dames. Includes lock of GML's hair, poetry.
See also #242.
- 78. Re: finances, will, estate, 1932, 1950, 1970
- 79. "1920s work on furniture and furnishings"
- 80. "Work on houses," 1920s. Also correspondence with Ropes and Gray re: deed for 53
- 83v-86v: Menus.
See also #396v-398v.
- 85v. 1948. Some written by KLW?
- 86v. n.d. Some written by KLW?
- Series II. PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL
- 98. Telegram from GML to Gildersleeve grandparents re: KLW's birth, 1899 Birth certificate
(copy) KLW's hair, 1900
- 100m. Medal for prize in French from Miss May's School, 1917.
Filed in box 19.
- 101. Clipping, calling cards, list re: KLW's debut, ca.1920
- 102. Clipping re: KL in Baltimore, "dance list" of names, calling cards, ca.1920. From
- 103. List of wedding gift givers?, marriage certificate (copy), 1947.
See also #395.
- 104v-115v: Notebooks. Include notes re: finances, tasks, conversations, sculpture, recipes,
- 107. Pages from notebook, 1974 (most pages were blank)
- 116. KLW's notes for speeches, quotations, n.d.
- 117-118: Membership certificate, cards, nametag, calling and identification cards.
See also #175f-176.
- 117. 1923-1943, 1950-1951, 1966
- 119-121. Address books, n.d.
- 122-124: KLW's autobiography, Odds Were Against Me
- 122. Partial drafts, publicity, correspondence, 1983-1985, n.d.
For photograph see #123.
- 124. Vantage Press publicity, 1985
- 125. Program from memorial service for KLW, obituary, 1989
- 126f+. Map of Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va. Also certificate from #210.
- 127mp. Home movies of KLW and others, some re: her sculpting. 37 reels of Kodak Kodachrome
and Panchromatic, and Agfa Plenachrome 16mm film. Dates were taken from notes on film
boxes, the dates developed, or the suggested expiration dates of films. Most were
sent to Kodak by KLW, some by FCW.
Shelved as MP-28.
For viewing copy of reels 1-36, see #128vt.
See also Reel Guide for Home Movies, above.
- 129-166: Photographs of KLW.
FILED IN PHOTOGRAPH DRAWER unless otherwise noted.
See also #36-38, 43-48, 50-51, 60-61, 77, 123, 192f, 194, 197, 209, 298, 320, 344.
- 129. 1899, one with mother, EGL
- 130. With others, mostly children, 1900s
- 131. 1900-1901, one with nurse
- 132. 1902-1904, one with EGL?
- 134f+. 1905? (photograph of a sketch), 1907, ca.1912, 1917. One includes EGL, another includes
Louisa van Rensselaer.
- 136. Glass plate negative of children on saw horses labelled "Bullfight, North Haven.
Mary Weld, Hope Gaston, KWL. Mary on the bull. July 24, 1910."
Filed in Z box.
- 137. Autochrome in presentation case of KLW with Katharine Horsford?, ca. 1911.
Filed in Z box.
- 138. Autochrome, ca.1911.
Filed in Z box.
- 140. In theater garb, and staged portrait, 1920s-1930s?
- 141f+. 1925?, 1930s?, some with sculpture
- 142. 1920s-1930s? One with sculpture. Includes negative without print, ca.1925.
- 143. FCW, some with others, 1920s?-1960s
- 144. 1940s-1970s. One in Red Cross uniform.
- 145. KLW and FCW, 1940s-1960s, some of Christmas season
- 146. With others, 1940s-1980s
- 147. FCW, probably with family, 1950s
- 148. Slides of KLW, one with others, 1985.
FILED IN SLIDE BOX.
- 162-166: Other photographs.
See also #181, 196-198.
- 162. Identified friends and others, 1913-1970s; includes George Clark.
- 163f. Joseph Coletti (sculptor), 1944; "David," unidentified man, n.d. Also, one of Townsend
Heard and horse from #298.
- 164. Events, trips, etc., 1940s?-1970s
- 165. Beach parties and other gatherings, 1920s-1940s?
- 166. Unidentified people, including sculptor, 1927-1975, n.d.
- 166af+. Unidentified women, one in wedding gown, n.d. Also one from #135f.
- 167. Silhouettes of KLW, 1983, n.d.
- 168-183: Sculpture and other artistic work (arranged chronologically).
See also #127mp, 219mp.
- 168. Notices, catalogs, brochures, articles re: exhibitions and sales of sculpture, 1928-1981
- 169. Articles and clippings re: KLW and her work, 1931, 1937, 1970-1985, n.d. Invitation
to speech by KLW, 1982
- 170-174: Honors, awards for sculpture
- 170. 1930-1946, 1977, n.d.; includes correspondence and exhibition catalog.
- 171m. Boston Tercentenary Fine Arts Exhibition bronze medal, 1930.
Filed in box 19.
- 172m. Pewter dish: "Junior League, Katherine [sic] Lane, First Prize, 1931"
- 173m. Helen Foster Barnett Prize plaque for Narcisse Noir, 1932.
Filed in box 19.
- 174. American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, tribute by Hugo Weisgall, 1991
- 175f-176: Memberships
- 175f. National Academy of Design: associate and academician certificates, 1935, 1939
- 176. National Sculpture Society: directories, newsletter, 1939, 1971, 1982. Some re:
- 177. Correspondence, articles, etc. re: medals and seals designed by KLW, 1937-1945
- 178. Greeting cards and bookplate using KLW drawings, 1967, n.d.
- 179. Correspondence re: work, including copyright, bronzing, 1967-1987 (scattered)
- 180v. Guestbook, 1977, probably for Dolphins opening
- 181. Photographs of KLW sculpture, some in Anne Freeman's house; includes negatives without
- 182. Probably by KLW: figures cut from photographs, etc., drawings, Lane? family crest,
- 183. Harvard Biological Laboratories paper napkin imprinted with rhinoceros, n.d.
- 184-200: Ponies, dogs, and other animals
- 184-185: Correspondence, clippings, charts, etc.
- 184. 1904, 1912, 1932-1939. Includes family correspondence re: ponies.
- 186. Printed re: birds, 1903, 1929
- 187-189: Items from discarded scrapbooks
- 187. Clipping. Discarded: scrapbook, 1911-1912, given to KLW by Frida Jaques; contained
"Kennel Notes," pictures, articles re: dogs, horses, polo, racing from Country Life, perhaps other magazines.
- 188. Correspondence, clipping, pamphlet. Discarded: scrapbook "begun 1913 finished June
1914"; with articles and poems re: dogs, horses, from Country Life and other magazines; also photos from Adirondack Farms, Glens Falls, N.Y.
- 189. Clippings re: George Lane. Discarded: scrapbook, 1915-1916, with clippings re:
ballet, dog shows, horse racing, Billy Sunday, opera, wedding of Ruth Gaston and John
Kenneth Howard; also from Grotonian re: Francis Lothrop and K.M. Van Rensselaer, football captains at Groton and St.
Discarded: three black notebooks of animal pictures (clippings and photos), n.d.,
including wild and domestic animals, some from New York Zoological Society
- 190m-191: Ribbons
- 190m. Horse show, 1912.
Filed in box 19.
- 191. Dog show prizes, 1934-1942, 1950, n.d. Includes judge's badge.
- 193. Clipping of KLW and friends on horseback, 1933.
For photograph see #194.
- 195m. Medallion, n.d. Dog tags, 1940, 1942, n.d.
Filed in box 19.
- 199. Clippings, poems re: dolphins, 1970s?
- 200. Re: work against testing on animals, 1980
- 201-205: Music
- 201. Boston Parlor Club (KLW was a singing member): programs, invitation, ticket, 1929,
- 202. Exercise books (scales, etc.), ms. of various Mongolian songs, n.d.
- 203. Edward Ballantine, "Four Lyrical Satires for Voice and Piano," dedicated to KLW, 1945
- 204f. "The Sand," "The Starfish," by David McCord and Ballantine, n.d. "K" by Ariel Hall,
- 205. List of KLW's phonograph records?, song sheets, n.d.
- 206-207: Red Cross War Fund.
See also #144, 406.
- 207. Speakers' instructions, Women's Special Gifts Committee canvassers' packet, 1944-1945
- 208. Harvard University, Overseers' Visiting Committee on Semitic and Egyptian Civilization,
Fogg Museum, 1949-1951
- 209-211m: Re: 1966 "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite" award to KLW.
- 211m. Medal.
Filed in box 19.
- 212. From trip to Great Britain, 1967. Includes telegram from Stella.
- 213. Re: KLW's other activities, 1939-1986
- 214-224: Collected by KLW
- 214. Book of Chinese costumes, and Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit given to KLW by Professor
- 215-217: Poetry
- 215. From notebook marked "I. Poetry 1917"
- 216. Poetry by, for, or collected by KL, n.d. From metal box.
- 217. Poetry and quotations collected by KLW, 1923-1979 (most n.d.), some by grandfather
Gildersleeve, friends, KLW?, some for KLW. Includes clipping re: KLW.
- 218. Postcards of naked women (catalog for pin-up posters?), 1921-1922. Also Morse code
and scout semaphore signal disk. From metal box.
- 220. Scrapbook of clippings, 1934, n.d.; includes loose clippings.
- 221. Miscellaneous typescripts, clippings, 1940-1974? Includes "'This is Number Nine'
or Recover Course for G.P.G.," and ms. copy of letter to editor.
- 222. Obituaries, memorial service programs, 1932, 1971, n.d.
- 223. Restaurant menus, 1978-1979
- 224. Sketch, exercise list, personality analysis, n.d.
- Series III. CORRESPONDENCE
- 273. From FCW to KLW, 1927, 1932-1939, 1945, n.d. Includes telegram to Louis Mauro re:
moving clay model.
- 274. Letters to FCW and KLW, 1932
- 275-320: To KLW from friends and admirers; includes some from her. Arranged alphabetically.
For enclosed photographs see #320.
For other photographs, see #146, 149f-166.
- 275. James Alley, 1928, 1930-1931, n.d.
- 276-281: Norman S. ("Jim") Archibald
- 276. April-May 1938, May-Aug. 1940
- 277. Oct. 1940 - Nov. 1942
- 278. Dec. 1942 - Aug. 1943
- 279. Sept. 1943 - Apr. 1944
- 281. June-Aug. 1945, n.d.
- 282. David K. Estes Bruce, 1923, n.d. From metal box.
- 283. Col. Francis T. Colby, 1942-1946, n.d.
- 284. Fairman Dick, 1927-1928, n.d.
- 286. Walker Hancock, 1983-1987, n.d.
- 299. KLW to TH, Aug.? 1946
- 300-303: Charlie Higginson. From metal box.
- 302. Oct.-Nov. 1922, July 1923, 1926, n.d.
- 303. Sketches, one of Martin Pippin; by Charlie Higginson?
- 304. Anna Hyatt Huntington and Della Hyatt, 1923, n.d. From metal box.
- 305vo. Scrapbook, "The Chimneys--Summers 1929, 1930," by Richard Malaby, for KLW.
- 306. Lt. C.W. ("Wick") Moore, 1943-1946, 1974, 1983?
- 308. Raphael Seu_____, May 1920, n.d. From metal box.
- 309. John William ("Bill") Vinson, 1968-1979
- 310-315: Charlie ("Tala") Weston. From metal box.
- 310. Nov. 1921 - May 1922
- 315. June-Oct., n.y.; n.d.
- 316-318: Ross T. Whistler. From metal box.
- 317. Sept. 1917 - Feb. 1918, n.d.
- 319. Agnes Yarnall, 1978-1979, 1981, n.d. Includes poetry.
- 321-344: From other friends and relatives; includes some from KLW. Arranged chronologically.
For photographs, see #344.
For other photographs, see #146, 149f-166.
- 321. Postcards, 1913-1914?, 1921. Includes 1861? TINTYPE of GML mounted on 1913 postcard
(same as one of tintypes in #55).
- 322. Bill, Gaeten, Henry, et al., 1921-1922, n.d. From metal box.
- 328. "What It Means to be a Southern Girl," by Anne Hobson Freeman, 1966?
- 329. 1970-1974. Walrus pin from Dar Smith filed in box 19.
- 345. From KLW to friends, relatives, doctor, etc., 1962-1983, n.d.
See also #74.
- 346-356: Condolence letters re: FCW's death, 1966. Full names were copied from KLW's notations
on envelopes (discarded); letters left in her rough alphabetical order.
- Series IV. HOUSEHOLD AND FINANCIAL
- 357-387: Houses/land
- 357-361: Re: houses (in some cases not clear which).
See also #79-80.
- 358. Guestbook, 1926-1931
- 359. "Housefurnishings, Marlborough St. and Manchester, 1940s-1960s"; also 1982. Some
re: EGL's accounts.
- 360. Instructions for moving furniture, rugs, etc. from Boston to Manchester, n.d.
- 361. Floor plans, notes, clippings re: kitchen remodeling, n.d.
- 362-363: Correspondence etc. re: Marlborough St.
See also #80.
- 362. Letter to FCW from Ethel Daly re: repairs, 1957
- 363. Interested donees, 1959-1960. Mostly from/re: Center House (for former mental patients).
- 364-369: French Institute
- 364-366: Correspondence, most with Charles Sumner Bird or Russell S. Codman, Jr.
- 366. 1962-1963, 1966-1982 (scattered), n.d.
- 367-368: Legal and financial correspondence, most with Ropes and Gray (especially James Ames)
- 370. FCW file re: Essex Country Club, 1956, 1963
- 371. 825 Fifth Avenue Cooperative, 1957-1960, 1972
- 400-442: Expenses and donations
- 400-412: "Household accounts": receipts for groceries, clothes, laundry, car repairs, hotels,
contributions, medicine, magazine subscriptions, etc. Also some for house repairs,
or re: sculpture.
- 400-401. 1904-1941 (mostly 1930s)
- 408-409. Late 1940s - early 1950s
- 413-417: Alphabetical file, 1979-1980, re: finances, some re: medical, organizational activities.
Includes bills, receipts, correspondence (including thanks for donations).
- 415. F-L; includes 1978 contributions list.
- 416. M. Shark's tooth filed in box 19.
- 418. Alphabetical file, 1981-1982, A-Z. Personal correspondence removed to III.
- 429v-432v: Guaranty Trust Co.: Account books
- 429v. Dec. 1947 - Jan. 1952
- 430v. Jan. 1952 - Apr. 1956
- 431. Loose material from #430v
- 432v. May 1956 - Sept. 1960
- 433. "1966 FCW check lists"; includes KLW's, 1965-1967.
- 434. FCW's? account balance sheets, 1967-1968
- 435. Account sheets, 1967-1973
- 436. Accounts for KLW's 1971 trust, 1982
- 437-439: Trustee accounts for EGL's estate
- 437. Correspondence with Ethel Daly (lawyer?), including account for KLW's Charitable Remainder
Trust, 1950s-1980s. Probably re: EGL's estate.
- 440-442: Check registers
- 440. Oct. 1979 - Feb. 1980
The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented
in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information
System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases.
Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915
Archibald, Norman, 1894-
Ballantine, Edward, 1886-1971
Boston Parlor Club
Briggs, Ward W.
Bruce, David Kirkpatrick Estes
Fraser, Laura Gardin
Freeman, Anne Hobson, 1934-
Gildersleeve, Basil L. (Basil Lanneau), 1831-1924
Hancock, Walker Kirtland, 1901-
Huntington, Anna Vaughn Hyatt, 1876-1973
Lane, Emma Louise Gildersleeve, 1872-1954
Lane, Gardiner Martin, 1859-1914
Lane, George Martin, 1823-1897
Vinson, John William
Weems, F. Carrington (Fontaine Carrington), 1884-1966
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Capitalists and financiers
Europe--Description and travel--1800-1918
Lee, Higginson and Company
Manchester (Mass.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Manchester (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Upper classes--Homes and haunts--Massachusetts
World War, 1939-1945--War work--Red Cross
The following items have been removed from the collection and deposited in the Archives
of American Art, Jan. 1991 and May 1991, respectively:
- Diaries: 1961-1962, 1964-1965, 1966 (calendar format), 1967-1976, 1978, 1981-1983
- Clay covered and pin pricked photograph of George Clark. Audiotape, slides, and map
for guided tour of Brookgreen Gardens.
The following items have been removed from the collection and returned to Anne Hobson
Freeman, May 1991:
- Selected scrapbooks, photographs, volumes of recipies and menus, 1910s-1940s
The following items have been removed from the collection and given to Fontaine Carrington
Weems (nephew of FCW), May 1991:
- Weems family photographs, 1886-1947, correspondence, 1890-1947. 16mm home movies:
15 reels of Dulaney and Weems children, 1930s-1940s; 1 reel of FCW's trip to Alaska,
n.d. FCW's menu, 1917.
The following items have been removed from the collection and deposited in the Harvard
Archives, May 1991:
- Harvard College: valedictory sermon, 1881; commencement batons, 1892, n.d.; photograph
of painting of Hasty Pudding Club, 1949.
The following items have been removed from the collection and discarded, May 1991:
- Harvard College Class of 1881 Secretary's Reports