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Wallace Nutting Collectors' Club - MS 658

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

Introduction

Records of the Wallace Nutting Collector's Club include photocopies of correspondence, subject files, newsletters, articles, interviews, catalogs, and other printed material related to the artist Wallace Nutting and the activities of the Club.

The records were donated to the Center for Archival Collections in February 1993 through the cooperation of Ann Coffman of Albany, NY, the collector of this material. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. The register was prepared by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in April 2004.

Agency History/Biographical Sketch

The Wallace Nutting Collector's Club was established in 1973 as a means for collectors and other interested individuals in the United States and Canada to learn more about the artist, his work, to communicate with each other, and to organize events of interest to collectors of Nutting related material.

Wallace Nutting (1861-1941) was an artist specializing in photographs, which he had hand-tinted, depicting New England scenery and colonial themed domestic situations. He also was involved in the study, collection, and reproduction of traditional American furniture of the colonial period, producing a multi-volume set, "Furniture Treasury" on the subject. Trained as a minister, he turned to art late in life when failing health curtailed his pastoral duties.

Scope and Content

The Wallace Nutting Collector's Club collection covers the period from 1973 until around 1996. Donated by a club member, it only represents a limited period in the life of the group, which is still active. The contents cover some of the typical club activities such as the exchange of information, independent research, personal contacts and convention gatherings.

Series Description

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE - NUTTING
1930-1940
Arranged chronologically
Handwritten and photocopies of letters from Nutting provided by Club members in the course of personal research

CORRESPONDENCE - CLUB MEMBERS
1974-1990
General club notices, membership cards, and inquiries, many centered on activities of Ann Coffman, donor of the material.

SUBJECT FILES

NUTTING BIOGRAPHICAL/GENEALOGICAL FILE
n.d.
General personal and family information on Nutting and his ancestors

OTHER BIOGRAPHICAL BACKGROUND
n.d.
Biographical and other information on Mildred Hobbs and Esther Svenson

INTERVIEWS
1975-1983, n.d.
Excerpts of interviews with a variety of people having a connection with Nutting, including Hugh Griswold, Sarah Dunn, Margaret Hennessy, J.C. Esty, Ruth Frasier, Everett Nutting, Gertrude Brown, and Hilda Cushing

DEALER CATALOGS/SALES BROCHURES/PRICE LISTS
1915-1949, 1984-1995, n.d.
Dealer catalogs, auction lists, and brochures of Nutting materials available, including from Michael Ivankovich and other dealers; also copies of ads, brochures and other promotional literature

MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECT FILES
1923-1985, n.d.
Topical files on such subjects as furniture, homes restored by Nutting, and the Nutting collection at Berea, Kentucky.

PRINTED MATERIAL

NEWSLETTERS
1973-1996 scattered
Arranged chronologically.

ARTICLES, SERMONS, SPEECHES BY NUTTING
1896-1940
Copies of selected sermons and speeches during his pastoral career and afterwards, as well as excerpts from various books

ARTICLES ABOUT NUTTING
1902-1996
Photocopies and reprints of articles about Nutting and his work from various publications

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS - WALLACE NUTTING COLLECTORS CLUB
1979, 1986, 1989, 1990
Photos and information from WNCC & conventions

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS - WALLACE NUTTING MISCELLANEOUS
n.d.
Various photos by W. Nutting of his staff and area, miscellaneous

Inventory

Box 1

Folder

  1. W. Nutting's correspondence, letters (copies), 1930-1940
  2. Nutting Collector's Club correspondence (scattered), 1974-1990
  3. W. Nutting biographical and genealogical data, n.d.
  4. Mildred Hobbs - poet used by W. Nutting in the photobooks, n.d.
  5. Ester Svenson - head colorist, later owner of W. Nutting studios, n.d.
  6. Interviews, 1975-1983, n.d.
  7. W. Nutting's office order book listings, Nos. 1 - 3, 1995, n.d.
  8. W. Nutting's Antique Dealers - Michael Ivankonch, 1984-1997
  9. W. Nutting's Antique Dealers - Diamond Press, James Echert, Green Bean, James Julia, Nelson's Nuttery, Rudy Parent Antiques, Helen Winter, Sharon Lacasse, Jim & Eleanor Buskirk, 1981-1995
  10. W. Nutting catalogs, price lists and advertisements, 1915-1949, n.d.
  11. W. Nutting catalogs, price lists and advertisements, 1922-1982, n.d.
  12. Prints by Ernest Donnelly, n.d.
  13. Homes restored by W. Nutting, n.d.
  14. Berea College (Kentucky), W. Nutting collection, n.d.
  15. Miscellaneous material on furniture of W. Nutting, n.d.
  16. Miscellaneous material on photo collections of W. Nutting, n.d.

Box 2

Folder

  1. Newsletters, 1973-1975 scattered
  2. Newsletters, 1973-1978 scattered
  3. Newsletters, 1978-1983 scattered
  4. Newsletters, 1984-1991 scattered
  5. Newsletters, 1992-1993 scattered
  6. Newsletters, 1994
  7. Newsletters, 1995
  8. Newsletters, 1996
  9. Wallace Nutting Collector's Club membership list, 1996

Box 3

Folder

  1. Articles, sermons, speeches of W. Nutting, 1896-1940
  2. Photographic Art Secrets by W. Nutting, 1927 - 1928
  3. Text and photos from Florida Beautiful by W. Nutting, 1923
  4. Copies of book Old New England Pictures, photocopied for W. Nutting's club members (Pgs. 5-7, 8, 10-64), 1913
  5. Articles about W. Nutting from various journals/magazines, 1902-1989
  6. Articles about W. Nutting from various journals/magazines, 1902-1989
  7. Articles about W. Nutting from various journals/magazines, 1902-1989
  8. Articles about W. Nutting from various journals/magazines, 1902-1989
  9. Article, Wallace Nutting: Pictures, books and furniture (Hudson Valley Antiquer)Nov. 1996
  10. The World of Wallace Nutting (Greenwich CT Times), Nov. 14, 1996
  11. The Furniture of Wallace Nutting (A-Plus Art/Antiques/Design), June 1996
  12. Collecting Wallace Nutting, by Kathleen Cook (Antique Review), 1995
  13. Recollections of Wallace Nutting, by William Bowers, 1974
  14. Collecting Wallace Nutting memorabilia, by Michael Ivankovich, 1995
  15. Photos and information from WNCC & conventions, 1979, 1986, 1989, 1990
  16. Various photos by W. Nutting of staff and area, miscellaneous, n.d.

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