Elfriede Abbe Papers, 1840-2010

Collection Number: 13-7-1102

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Elfriede Abbe papers, 1840-2010.
Collection Number:
13-7-1102
Creator:
Elfriede Martha Abbe, 1919-
Quantity:
4.9 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, photographs, calendars, catalogs, manuscripts, notes, prints, sketches, pamphlets, mimeographed typescripts, news articles, and printing equipment.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Collection consists of professional papers; letters concerning a piece of her sculpture, "The Hunter," and the publication of an article on her work; photographs of her and her sculpture; appointment calendars with descriptions of her work, photographs of her works; a catalog of her sculpture; wood cut illustrations, materials for books she illustrated; sketches; wood engraving blocks; announcements of publications of her books and of her gallery shows; typescripts of lectures given; and news articles on her works of art.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Elfriede Abbe, a sculptor, printer, printmaker, and scientific illustrator, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University in 1940 and worked as an artist for the University from 1942-1974.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Collection consists of professional papers, including correspondence with persons and organizations commissioning her sculpture, suppliers of sculpture materials and casting firms, and from the publisher of her books, collectors of her books and prints, and other artists and craftsmen, admirers and well wishers, and organizations of which she was a member; also, letters concerning a piece of her sculpture, "The Hunter," on display at the 1939 World's Fair and the publication of an article on her work in American Artist in 1962; photographs of her and her sculpture; appointment calendars, annotated with descriptions of her work, methods, and activities, and including photographs of her works, 1978-1988; a catalog of her sculpture; wood cut illustrations, notes, manuscripts and page proofs for books she illustrated, printed, or translated; sketches; wood engraving blocks; prints; pamphlets; announcements of publications of her books; mimeographed typescripts of lectures given; news articles on her works of art; and announcements concerning her gallery shows. Also, a catalog from the Southern Vermont Art Center's 60th Anniversary Festival of the Arts, 1989, and correspondence related to the National Geographic Society Centennial (1988). Also paper with watermark from Dard Hunter and a Broadside printed by Jim Tyler for Elfriede Abbe's 70'th birthday, 1989.
Includes an annotated copy of The Sculpture of Elfriede Abbe; professional correspondence, 1940-2012, with Cornell Library staff and others; a holiday letter from James, Mary, and John Sumner, 1947; personal letters from Erika Pignatti, 1961-1987; a letter from Herbert Finch relating to Mary Bovier; correspondence, newsletter relating to the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine; programs and invitations; and miscellaneous biographical materials and clippings.
Also included in the collection are Abbe family papers which consist mainly of the letters (1840-1883) of Elfriede Abbe's great-grandparents, George Waldo Abbe, pioneer of meteorology and climatology and founder of the United States Weather Bureau, and Charlotte Colgate Abbe. The letters refer to concerts and lectures, opinions and incidents relating to abolition, Baptists, New Versionists, the depression of 1857, and summer visits by Charlotte Abbe and the children to "Dog Hill," Moses Cleveland Abbe's farm in South Windham, Connecticut. These letters are printed in a book annotated by Elfrieda Abbe, Letters of George Waldo Abbe and Charlotte Colgate Abbe, 1840-1883, a copy of which is in the collection. Other material consists of biographical and visual material related to Cleveland Abbe and Cleveland Abbe, Junior, particularly a large series of photographs of a European trip in 1901 by Cleveland Abbe, Jr., and photographs and other items relating to her mother Frieda Dauer Abbe.
Correspondents include Charlotte Colgate Abbe, George Waldo Abbe, Talitha Abbe, William Colgate Abbe, Harriet Allen, Edgar Anderson, Stanley Brogren, Knox F. Burnett, Cornelia Van A. Chapin, Gilmore D. Clarke, Theodore R. Dudley, Ettl Studios, John Folinsbee, Roscoe Guernsey, J.L. Hautman, Katherine Thayer Hobson, Carleton Howe, Roy A. Hunt, Arthur Jones, Norman Kent, Irvin Kerlan, Alison Mason Kingsbury, Knight and Son Metal Letters and Figures, Carolyn and Lewis Knudson, Robert D. Kohn, George H.M. Lawrence, Walter Leuba, J. Ben Lieberman, Paul Manship, Ivan Meštrović, James L. Montague, Minnie and Walter C. Muenscher, Hobart Nichols, Richard Pennington, The Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Botanical Library, Lilly and Felix Reichmann, Roman Bronzeworks, Lessing Rosenwald, Ross W. Sloniker, Lieselotta and Friedrich Solmsen, Alice and Rolla Tryon, Vermarco Lime Company, Vermont Marble Company, S. F. Vorhees, James Lamar Weygand, and Wheeler Williams.
Wood panel carving titled "Edge of the Pond"; Mahogany sculpture of Ptolemy displayed in Reference Room of Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
SUBJECTS

Names:
Abbe, Elfriede Martha, 1919-
Anderson, Edgar.
Brogren, Stanley.
Burnett, Knox F.
Chapin, Cornelia Van A.
Clarke, Gilmore D., 1892-
Dudley, T. R. (Theodore R.), 1936-
Folinsbee, John Fulton, 1892-1972.
Guernsey, Roscoe.
Hautman, J. L.
Hobson, Katherine Thayer.
Howe, Carleton.
Hunt, Roy A.
Jones, Arthur, 1889-1979.
Kent, Norman, 1903-1972.
Kerlan, Irvin.
Kingsbury, Alison Mason, b. 1898.
Knudson, Carolyn.
Knudson, Lewis, 1884-1958.
Kohn, Robert D., 1870-1953.
Lawrence, George Hill Mathewson, 1910-
Leuba, Walter, 1902-
Lieberman, J. Ben.
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966.
Meštrović, Ivan, 1883-1962.
Montague, James L.
Muenscher, Minnie Worthen.
Muenscher, Walter Conrad Leopold, 1891-1963.
Nichols, Hobart.
Pennington, Richard.
Reichmann, Felix, 1899-
Reichmann, Lilly, 1909-
Rosenwald, Lessing J. (Lessing Julius), 1891-1979.
Sloniker, Ross W.
Solmsen, Friedrich, 1904-
Solmsen, Lieselotte.
Tryon, Alice F.
Tryon, Rolla Milton, 1916-
Vorhees, S. F.
Weygand, James Lamar.
Williams, Wheeler, 1897-1972.
Cornell University.
Ettl Studios.
Knight and Son Metal Letters and Figures.
Roman Bronzeworks.
Vermarco Lime Company.
Vermont Marble Company.

Subjects:
Art.
Sculpture.
Artists.
Printers.
Printmakers.
Sculptors.
Women artists.

Form and Genre Terms:
Sketches.
Insignias.
Photographs.
Woodcuts.
Illustrations.
Diaries.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Elfriede Abbe papers, #13-7-1102. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence
1939
Box 1 Folder 2
Correspondence
1940-1949
Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence
1950-1951
Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence
1952-1954
Box 1 Folder 4
Dard Hunter watermark on sheet of paper and envelope
1952-1954
Box 1 Folder 5
Correspondence
1955-1957
Box 1 Folder 6
Correspondence
1958-1959
Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence
1960-1962
Box 1 Folder 8
Correspondence
1963
Box 1 Folder 9
Correspondence
1964-1965
Box 1 Folder 10
Correspondence
1966-1967
Box 1 Folder 11
Correspondence
1968-1969
Box 1 Folder 12
Correspondence
1970-1976
Box 1 Folder 13
Correspondence
1977-1979
Box 1 Folder 14
Correspondence
1980
Box 1 Folder 15
Correspondence
1981
Box 1 Folder 16
Correspondence
1982
Box 1 Folder 17
Correspondence
1983
Box 1 Folder 18
Correspondence
1984
Box 1 Folder 19
Correspondence
1985-1987
Box 1 Folder 20
Correspondence
1988-1990
Box 2 Folder 1
The Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Botanical Library
1960-1965
Box 2 Folder 2
Harriet Allen correspondence
1921-1924
Box 2 Folder 3-5
Correspondence
n.d.
Box 2 Folder 6
Diary of trip to Europe
1960
Box 2 Folder 7
Diary of trip to Europe
1961
Box 2 Folder 8
"An Artist Looks at the Georgics" - summary, drafts of purpose of essay
Box 2 Folder 9
Talks by Elfriede Abbe
1964-1965
Box 2 Folder 10
"Walter Conrad Muensche" - reprint
1965
Box 2 Folder 11
Receipts and bills
Box 2 Folder 12
Certificates
1957, 1965, 1987
Box 2 Folder 13-16
Miscellaneous: newsletters, announcements, articles, releases, exhibit catalogs, invitations
Box 2 Folder 17-18
Newspaper clippings
Box 2 Folder 19
Photographs - Elfriede Abbe at sculpting work
Box 2 Folder 20
Photograph - Abbe at printing work
Box 2 Folder 21-22
Portraits of Elfriede Abbe
Box 2 Folder 23
60th Anniversary - Festival of the Arts, Manchester, Vermont
1989
Box 3 Folder 1
George Waldo Abbe and Charlotte Colgate Abbe correspondence
1840-1850
Box 3 Folder 2
George Waldo Abbe and Charlotte Colgate Abbe correspondence
1851-1855
Box 3 Folder 3
George Waldo Abbe and Charlotte Colgate Abbe correspondence
1857-1903
Box 3 Folder 4
Cleveland Abbe biographical material
1916-1917, 1963
Box 3 Folder 5
Cleveland Abbe, Jr. account books; biographical material
1895-1900, 1931, 1935
Box 3 Folder 6
Journal of European trip - geological notes and sketches, and expense account of Cleveland Abbe, Jr.
1902
Box 3 Folder 7
Abbe biographical information
Box 3 Folder 8
National Geographic Society Centennial
1988
Box 3 Folder 9
Tata, Hungary - Count Tege von Konkoly
ca. 1909-1914
Box 3 Folder 10
Two portfolio covers for Abbe letters given to Cleveland Abbe, Jr. by Harriet Colgate Abbe
1969
Box 3 Folder 11
Abbe miscellany
Box 3 Folder 12
Albrecht Penck
1917
Box 3 Folder 13
Abbe family - Cleveland Abbe
Includes Cleveland Abbe's 1901 US Passport for trip to Pulkova Observatory
Box 3 Folder 14
Cleveland Abbe photos and 1922 passport
ca. 1898-1922
Box 3 Folder 15
Frieda Dauer Abbe
1903-1981
Box 3 Folder 16
Abbe family
ca. 1903
Box 3 Folder 17
Misc. programs, certificates, articles
1884-1944
Box 4 Folder 1
Correspondence re: Letters of George Waldo Abbe and Charlotte Colgate Abbe
1969
Box 4 Folder 2
Volume - Letters of George Waldo Abbe and Charlotte Colgate Abbe
1968
Box 4 Folder 3
William Colgate Abbe correspondence
1852-1867
Box 4 Folder 4
William Colgate Abbe correspondence
1870-1879
Box 4 Folder 5
Talitha Abbe correspondence
1856, 1875
Box 4 Folder 6
Photograph of Cleveland Abbe, Jr.
Box 4 Folder 7
Photograph of Cleveland Abbe, Jr.
1898
Box 4 Folder 8
Photographs (2) of Mrs. Cleveland Abbe, Jr.
1905
Box 4 Folder 9
Photograph of Mrs. Cleveland Abbe, Jr. and Elfriede Abbe
ca. 1921
Box 4 Folder 10
Photograph of Ernst Cleveland Abbe and parents
1907
Box 4 Folder 11
Photograph of Dog Hill Road (Moses Cleveland Abbe's farm estate was called Dog Hill)
Box 4 Folder 12
Photograph of Mt. Abbe, Johns Hopkins Fiord, Glacier Bay, Alaska, named for Cleveland Abbe, Jr.
Box 4 Folder 13
Photograph of decorations of the U.S. Geological Survey for Roosevelt inauguration
1905
Box 5 Folder 1-2
Photograph of Prof. and Mrs. Cleveland Abbe
Box 5 Folder 3
Daguerreotype of William Colgate Abbe
ca. 1860s
Box 5 Folder 4
Daguerreotype of Talitha Waldo Abbe
Box 5 Folder 5
Daguerreotype of Moses Cleveland Abbe
Box 5 Folder 6
Photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland Abbe, Dr. and Mrs. Cleveland Abbe, Jr., "Aunt Harriet"
ca. 1903-1908
Box 5 Folder 7
Hand-colored lantern slide of Charlotte Colgate Abbe
Box 5 Folder 8
Photograph of George Waldo Abbe
Box 5 Folder 9
Photograph of Ernst C. Abbe
Box 5 Folder 10
Photograph and news clipping of Mary "Aunt Mollie" O'Toole, godmother of Elfriede Abbe
Box 5 Folder 11
Photographs re: Elfriede Abbe
Box 5 Folder 12
Photograph of Walter Conrad Muenscher plaque
Box 5 Folder 13
Photographs of family and friends
Box 6 Folder 1
Original wood engravings which were reproduced as illustrations for Plants of Virgil's Georgics (3 matted prints in map case)
Box 6 Folder 2
The Georgics of Virgin - English translation
Box 6 Folder 3
The Plants of Virgil's Georgics - page proofs, notes, etc.
Box 6 Folder 4
The Plants of Virgil's Georgics - draft
Box 6 Folder 5
Christmas Card 1954 - wood engraving
Box 7
3 matted prints
Box 7
3 original prints
Box 7
1 blueprint of location and pedestal for sculpture "The Hunter" by Elfriede Abbe
1939
Box 7
Wood engraving titled “Stronghold”, pictures from “The Revelation of St. John the Divine” panels, pencil sketch of mother and self-portrait
Box 7
Certificates and awards
1939-1985
Box 8
Photographs taken in Europe by Cleveland Abbe, Jr.
1901
Box 9
Volume - Garden Spice and Wild Pot-Herbs
1955
Box 10
Miscellaneous catalogs and publications
Box 11
Elfriede Abbe engagement books (11)
1978-1988
Box 12
6 wood printing blocks
Box 12
3 framed prints
Box 12
Printing block: Seal of Gardner, Maine
Box 13 Folder 1
pictures of art work with correspondence
1970-2008
Box 13 Folder 2
Abbe Museum
Box 13 Folder 3
Letters, student project
Box 13 Folder 4
Art
Box 13 Folder 5
Publications with art
Box 13 Folder 6
Exhibitions
Box 13 Folder 7
Programs, etc.
Box 13 Folder 8
Magazines
Box 13 Folder 9
Swann Galleries
Box 13 Folder 10
City of Carcassonne
Box 13 Folder 11
Clippings
Box 14 Folder 1
Biographical information and clippings
1972-1997
Box 14 Folder 2
Invitations, programs, etc
1978-1994
Box 14 Folder 3
Abbe Museum
1980-2001
Box 14 Folder 4
Professional correspondence
1940-1960
Box 14 Folder 5
Professional correspondence
1970
Box 14 Folder 6
Professional correspondence
1980's
Box 14 Folder 7
Professional correspondence
1990's
Box 14 Folder 8
Professional correspondence
2000's
Box 14 Folder 9
Professional correspondence
n.d.
Box 14 Folder 10
Letter regarding Mary Bovier
1968
Box 14 Folder 11
Pignatti, Erika and Sandro
1961-1987
Box 14 Folder 12
Sumner letter
1947
Box 14 Folder 13
"Valley Forge" loss
1968-1985
Box 14 Folder 14
"The Sculpture of Elfriede Abbe" (annotated)
Box 26
Folder of Ivan Mestrovic letters in MSS file
Box 46
Broadside of Geoffry Chaucer's prologue to "Tales of Canterbury", printed by J. Tyler for Elfriede Abbe's 70'th birthday, in MSS file
1989
MU-1313
Mahogany sculpture of Ptolemy, by Elfriede Abbe, displayed in Reference Room of Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
MU-1314
Wood panel carving "Edge of the Pond", by Elfriede Abbe