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Guide to the Le Boutillier Family Papers
1866 - 1938
 MS 2961

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Le Boutillier Family Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1866 - 1938
Abstract: Within this collection are typescript letters and memos, as well as sketches, photographs, and prints that relate to George Le Boutillier and his wife Isabel.
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 box)
Call Phrase: MS 2961

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Biographical Note

George Le Boutillier and his wife Isabel were artists living and working in New York City and Ridgefield, Connecticut in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Aditionally, George was part owner of the general store "Le Boutillier Brothers."

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Scope and Contents

George Le Boutillier and his wife, Isabel Groshon Le Boutillier, were both artists living and working in New York City and Ridgefield Connecticut. George was also part owner of a dry-goods general store named Le Boutillier Brothers.

There is correspondence to and from George Le Boutillier, who wrote several letters of outrage at the police concerning an incident where a black man was beaten for being at a restaurant in Connecticut and the state police did very little to apprehend or punish the perpetrator. He also wrote a letter to Senator Lodge concerning a Treaty with Columbia regarding its uses of the Panama Canal and another letter to Senator Bonah warning of the dangers of encroachment by the Executive Branch on Legislative powers. There is a memorandum in the collection recounting a local event supporting the Women’s Suffrage Movement. An account book from 1878 of Ada Groshon (Isabel’s mother) that records the spending of an affluent New York City wife and mother is also included.

The collection includes sketches and paintings, which are presumably by George and/or Isabel, and a folder of family photographs featuring individuals drawing or painting in a rural setting. Also included is a small sketchbook of George Le Boutillier; pasted to the back cover of the sketchbook is a permission form signed by the Secretary of the Department of Public Parks allowing George to “take sketches in the Central and City Parks.” In addition, the collection has a copy of an etching of Boutillier Brothers Fourteenth Street storefront, and other printed material.


Correspondence is arranged chronologically. Remaining items are arranged by format.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Groshon, Ada
  • Le Boutillier, George
  • Le Boutillier, Isabel Groshon

Document Type

  • Personal correspondence
  • Prints
  • Sketchbooks

Subject Organizations

  • Le Boutillier Brothers.

Subject Topics

  • Artists.
  • Businessmen--New York (N.Y.)
  • Photographs

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Administrative Information


Donation, 2008.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to:

Library Director The New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Le Boutillier Family Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material

Related material can be found in the Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business Ephemera under the "Dry Goods / Department Stores" subject heading. A folder of Le Boutillier Brothers ephemera can be found in Box 50 of Series II, Subseries I (Loose Ephemera, small).

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 George Le Boutillier correspondence
1871 - 1936
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Miscellaneous papers and notes
1925, 1938, n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Sketchbook of George Le Boutillier, checkbook, account book of Aida Groshon (Isabel Le Boutillier’s mother)
1878, 1894, 1910-11
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Photographs
1866, 1868, n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Paintings and sketches
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Prints and published materials
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Print of Le Boutillier Brothers storefront

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