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Guide to the Kitson Papers
1887-1934
(Bulk 1902-1909, 1920-1931)
  MS 354

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 26, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series 1: Correspondence, 1892-1934

Scope and Contents note

This series includes letters to, and from, Henry or Theo Kitson, as well as letters between other correspondents.

Correspondence received by Henry Kitson is arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent, then chronologically. Correspondents with five or more letters in the collection have a folder of their own. The correspondence received by Theo Kitson is foldered separately from the letters received by Henry Kitson.

For the most part, envelopes are housed with their enclosed letters. Bulky envelopes were removed to the Envelopes folder, and either a photocopy of the envelope or a separation sheet was inserted in its stead. Envelopes for which no corresponding letter could be determined were placed in the Envelopes folder.

The letters to Henry Kitson are primarily from individuals and organizations who commissioned work from him. These letters often contain commentary by the correspondents regarding the pace of work and their level of satisfaction, as well as their specifications or suggestions for the works-in-progress. Certain correspondents are found much more frequently than others in the collection and, therefore, the related subject projects are more strongly represented. Among these correspondents are Blewett Lee (re: the Lt. Gen. Lee memorial), Thomas Bradley (re: the H Company sculpture), L. L. Conant, Wendell Endicott, and officers of the National Society of New England Women (re: the Pilgrim Maiden statue). Also in this series is considerable correspondence with Mead, Mason & Co. (re: the Iowa Memorial), Roman Bronze Works and other providers of materials and services for Kitson's projects.

There is little correspondence in the collection from the Kitsons, numbering only five pieces, all of which appear to be written by Henry Kitson. These are foldered separately from correspondence received.

Also included are a few items between people other than the Kitsons (a librarian, a merchant) that are related to sculptures and memorials, and letters to unidentified recipients. Two pieces of correspondence are in French.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letters Received: A - C
1892-1932
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Letters Received: D - M
1901-1934
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Letters Received: N -- R
1896-1932
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Letters Received: S -- Z
1894-1930
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Letters Received: Bradley, Thomas W.
1904-1906
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Letters Received: Cole, Katharine H.
1920
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Letters Received: Conant, L. L. and S. M.
1903-1909
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Letters Received: J. J. Cuddihy Stone Co.
1902-1905
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Letters Received: Endicott, Wendell
1921
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Letters Received: Lee, Blewett
1908-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Letters Received: Mead, Mason & Co.
1905-1906
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Letters Received: Mississippi Agricultural & Mechanical College
1909
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Letters Received: National Society of New England Women
1920-1922
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Letters Received: Patten, Freeman F.
1921
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Letters Received: Roman Bronze Works
1904-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Letters Received: Troy White Granite Co.
1905-1906
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Letters Received by Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson
1908-1930
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Letters Sent: Kitson(s)
[1900-1947]
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence; Other Correspondents
1925-1929
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Empty Envelopes
1896-1930

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