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Guide to the Papers of David Edward Cronin
1861-1910
  MS 670.9

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Container List

Series IV. Correspondence

Scope and Contents note

The bulk of correspondence is letters from Cronin to his patron and friend, Daniel Parish, Jr., 1887-1909. Letters discuss Cronin's work on Evolution of a Life, the Cavalry Album,  The Culprit Fay, his bibliography, Goldsborough's memoirs, and other endeavors, sometimes detailing the lives of particular personages found in his works and reminiscing about his service in the Civil War. A number of letters deal with his relationship with Parish, illuminating aspects of their occasionally contentious patron-artist relationship, especially financial ones. Cronin also muses on the life of the artist in his correspondence.

Letters to Parish also cover a 1901 journey by Cronin to Virginia, which include observations on the South and racial issues. In addition, a number of letters mention The New-York Historical Society, and its new building on Central Park West.

This series also contains one folder of correspondence to Cronin from others regarding his work, as well as a few letters from Cronin to others, including one to his sister written from Virginia in August, 1865, and a few letters between others.

Also included is a number of postcards and photos, mostly of Williamsburg, Va. and some notes of Cronin's (sent to Parish) entitled "Phila. May 13th 1897 Notes of a conversation held between F.A. Whitehead (Lincoln, Del.) And D.E. Cronin at the Reading Terminal Station, between trains, yesterday, May 12th. Submitted to Mr. Parish for his information and guidance in the matter of the regimental history, while reminding him that my motives are personal vindication and self defense."

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1887-1889
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1890-1891
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1892-1895
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1896-1900
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1901
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1902 Jan.-June
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1902 July-Dec.
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1903
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1904
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1905
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1906
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1907
Box: 15 Folder : 13 Letters to Daniel Parish, Jr.
1909
Box: 15 Folder : 14 Other Correspondence
1865, 1881-1909, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 15 Correspondence--fragments
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 16 Notes (sent to Parish)
1897
Box: 15 Folder : 17 Postcards and Photographs
1910, undated

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