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Guide to the Rogers Family Papers
1614-1950 (bulk 1831-1950)
  MS 523

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Collection processed by Kaitlyn Medley & Megan Dolan

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 09, 2015
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: Papers of John Rogers, Jr., 1837-1941

Scope and Contents note

This series includes all papers created by and about John Rogers, Jr. They are arranged in three subseries that make up his personal correspondence, letters and records related to his work as a sculptor, and additional creative writings and drawings that John Rogers, Jr. created during his lifetime.

Subseries I: Personal Correspondence, 1837-1904

Scope and Contents note

This subseries primarily consists of letters written by John Rogers, Jr. dating from adolescence up until his death in 1904. John Rogers wrote mainly to siblings, particularly sister Ellen Derby Rogers, his parents John Rogers, Sr. and Sarah Ellen Derby Rogers, and later in life to his children and wife Harriet Moore Francis Rogers. Also included is correspondence from a few notable Americans who wrote to John Rogers, Jr. about his work, including Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, and Henry Ward Beecher. The letters are arranged chronologically.

Rogers' earliest letters date back to his time at grammar school in Roxbury and the Boston English High School. The letters reflect day to day life, occasionally revealing an early interest in the arts. Later letters from Manchester, New Hampshire describe his first exploits in machinery and plan to develop a career as a machinist when he later writes from Hannibal, Missouri as a Master Mechanic. Rogers wrote fewer letters during his times abroad, but returns to Chicago and New York to write many letters about his unexpected success as an artist. His letters also include the many he wrote to wife Harriet Moore Francis Rogers following their marriage in 1865.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1837-1849
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1850-1852
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1853-1855
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1856-1857
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1858-1859
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1860
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1861
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1862
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1863
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1864-1866
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1872-1878
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
1880-1894
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence, From John Rogers, Jr.
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence, To John Rogers, Jr.
1837-1873
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence, To John Rogers, Jr.
1880-1904
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence, To John Rogers, Jr.
Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence, Abraham Lincoln to John Rogers, Jr.
1864
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence, Ulysses S. Grant to John Rogers, Jr.
1868
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Correspondence, Grover Cleveland to John Rogers, Jr.
1890
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Correspondence, John Rogers to Harriet Moore Francis Rogers
1865-1873
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Correspondence, John Rogers to Harriet Moore Francis Rogers
1874-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Other Correspondence - 2 Items
1882-Undated

Subseries II: Drawings and Writings, 1849-1858

Scope and Contents note

Included are drawings of work and travels created by John Rogers, Jr. during his young adulthood, as well as poetry and prose both apart from and about his sculpture. While at the Amoskeag Corporation in New Hampshire, Rogers filled a notebook with sketches of the various machinery he used and found in the Machine Shop. Rogers' trip to Spain in 1849 due to lingering illness and inability to work produced a number of sketches of sights, such as Gibraltar and the Alhambra. The travel journal documents his daily activities, his sometimes animated experiences on board the ship, and his encounters with Spanish natives and cultural events. The creative writings of John Rogers, Jr. include short stories and poems complemented with drawings as well as numerous copies of press releases for his sculpted groups.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Drawings of Machinery from Machine Shops of the Amoskeag Corporation, Manchester, N.H.
1854-1855
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Passport, Travel Journal, Sketches and Map from Trips to Spain and Cienfuegos
1849-1858
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Poems and Writings by John Rogers, Jr.
Undated

Subseries III: Business Papers, 1848-1971

Scope and Contents note

This subseries is comprised of John Rogers, Jr.'s patents of the Rogers Groups, ledger books, bills, business correspondence, papers and articles written about his Groups, and ephemera of past exhibitions of his statues. Business papers and documents include communication about upcoming exhibitions of his works, contracts of sale or donation to the Corcoran Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other lesser known institutions, and a draft notice for the army addressed to John Rogers, Jr. just months before the end of the Civil War in 1865. The writings on John Rogers' Groups contain a lecture by Frank Adams and a collection of poems by admirer Elizabeth Schip. These materials are arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Constitution and statements, National Academy of Design
1865, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Cabinet cards, Muybridge's photographic studies of horses in motion
1878
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Patents of Rogers Groups
1874-1888
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Ledger Book and Bills
1848-1908
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Business Papers & Correspondence
1864-1905
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Descriptive catalogs and price lists, Rogers Statuette Groups
1888, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1934
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Exhibitions and Advertisments
1928-1937, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Certified Valuation List; Collectors Guide
1946, 1971
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Exhibition Ephemera
1971
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Lecture and poems about Rogers Groups
1941, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Newspaper & Journal Articles about John Rogers, Jr.
1872-1876
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Articles about John Rogers and his statuary
1910-1935, 1965
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Articles about John Rogers and his statuary
1872-1887
Box: 4 Folder : 2-3 Essex Institute Historical Collections, Vol 53, Oct 1917 (includes article about John Rogers)(4 copies)
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Biographical extracts of writing about John Rogers Jr; Documents relating to his works

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