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

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Joe Festa

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 19, 2014
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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.