Manuscripts

MSS 122
Washburn, Cadwallader L., 1866-1965
Papers of Cadwallader L. Washburn, 1866-1975
 


Gallaudet University Archives



Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 122
Creator:
Title: Papers of Cadwallader L. Washburn, 1866-1975
Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)
Abstract:
Note: This document last updated 2008 February 8.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Cadwallader L. Washburn collection was given to the Gallaudet University Archives from Dr. Sprinkle through Dr. I. King Jordan in 1996.
Processed by: Michael J. Olson. 2002.
Processing Note:
Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.

Related Material in the Archives:

Photographs

  • Cadwallader L. Washburn. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits

Vertical Files

  • Cadwallader L. Washburn. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch

Cadwallader Lincoln Washburn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 13, 1866 and became deaf at age five as a result of scarlet fever and spinal meningitis. Washburn later mentioned that "deafness may sometimes be an inconvenience but never a handicap." He attended Gallaudet College and graduated in 1890 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. He went on to study art at the Art Students League in New York City and took private lessons with well known painter, William Merrit Chase, enabling Washburn to travel internationally studying art work. Washburn studied in Madrid and in 1904 became a war correspondent with his brother, Stanley, in Japan and Manchuria for the Chicago Daily News. Washburn was significant as an etcher but he made the transformation to painter due to the strain etching caused on his eyes. He was a well known dry point etcher and oil painter, currently his work is displayed worldwide. Washburn was a member of several organizations such as American Federation of Arts and New York City's National Arts Club. He passed away at age 99 on December 21st, 1965. His legacy continues to be honored by the Deaf Community, on May 18, 1969, Gallaudet University renamed their art building "The Washburn Art Center".

Scope and Content

The Cadwallader L. Washburn Collection is composed of 3 boxes. The collection consists of articles, diaries Washburn penned while traveling, numerous correspondence, published and unpublished manuscripts and biographies of Washburn. His letters and diaries add depth to Washburn's struggles and triumphs, as well as background information on his artwork, such as, location, subjects and duration. The collection spans from 1866 to 1975.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
01 01 Articles on Cadwallader L. Washburn 1946-1969
01 02 Biographical Sketch of Cadwallader L. Washburn 1952
01 03 Diaries 1927-1931
01 04 Emge, Dr. Ludwig A. 1936-1971
01 05 Exhibit - Washington, DC 1926
01 06 Exhibitions 1913-1975
01 07 Genealogy n.d.
01 08 Graphic Work of Cadwallader Washburn, The - by J. Nilsen Laurvik 1916
01 09 Lists and Descriptions of Etchings n.d.
01 10 List of Etchings by Washburn n.d.
01 11 Magazine - Harper's Weekly 1916
01 12 Newspaper clippings 1909-1975
01 13 Notes and Synopsis of a Diary re: Mexico 1912
01 14 Notes of An Etcher in Mexico and Maine by Cadwallader Washburn 1911
01 15 Poems 1941
01 16 Print-Collector's Bulletin Catalogue, The - by Keppel 1908
01 17 Siamese Architecture by Washburn n.d.
01 18 Sketches 1920-1922
01 19 Synopsis of Diaries 1912-1916
01 20 Letters 1901-1951
01 21 Letter - Chase, William 1907
01 22 Letter - Christy, Howard Chandler n.d.
01 23 Letters - Collins, Robert M. n.d.
01 24 Letters to Davis, Frederick W. 1909
01 25 Letters - Davis, Frederick W. 1935-1959
01 26 Letters - Emge, Ludwig 1941-1965
01 27 Letters - Ferris, Eleanor A. 1951
01 28 Letters - Fowler, Gene 1946-1947
01 29 Letters - Fraser, James Earle 1949
01 30 Letter - Frederick Keppel and Company 1904-1910
01 31 Letter - Freer, Charles L. 1908
01 32 Letter - Galsworthy, Ada 1938
01 33 Letter - Grosvenor, Gilbert 1951
01 34 Letter - Hall, Dr. Percival 1938
01 35 Letter - Sorolla, Joaquin 1906
01 36 Letters - Van Horne, Sir William 1905-1908
01 37 Letters - Weitenkampf, Frank 1951-1956
01 38 Letters - Winslow, Thomas H. 1939-1941
02 01 Letters - Baldwin, Mary (Sister of Cadwallader) 1898-1900
02 02 Letters - Family 1866-1953
02 03 Letters from Washburn, Stanley 1900-1917
02 04 Letters - Washburn, Stanley re: Japan 1905
02 05 Letters - Washburn, Stanley re: Russia 1914-1916
02 06 Letters from Washburn, Stanley re: Introduction letters for Cadwallader 1917
02 07 Letters to Washburn, Stanley 1939-1942
02 08 Letter - Wright, Elizabeth (Sister of Cadwallader) 1899
02 09 Letters re: Holland 1896
02 10 Letters re: Venice, Italy 1903
02 11 Letters re: Cuba - Japan 1904
02 12 Letters re: Japan 1904
02 13 Letters re: Mexico 1908
02 14 Letters re: Mexico 1912
02 15 Letters re: Mexico - to Mother 1912
02 16 Letters re: Mexico - to Mother and Father 1912
02 17 Letters re: Mexico - to Mother 1913
02 18 Letters re: Mexico and California 1913-1914
02 19 Letters re: Panama Canal Pacific Expo 1914
02 20 Letters re: Bermuda 1916
02 21 Letters re: Arizona 1917
02 22 Letters re: Siam 1917
02 23 Letters re: Siam 1918
02 24 Letters re: California 1919-1920
03 01 Letters re: Mexico - Bull Fight Series 1921-1922
03 02 Letters re: Atuona, Hira - Oa (Tahiti) 1922-1923
03 03 Letters re: California - Morro Bay 1924
03 04 Letters re: California - Morro Bay 1925-1926
03 05 Letters re: California - Morro Bay and France - Riviera Series 1927-1928
03 06 Letters re: Tunisia and New Jersey 1929-1930
03 07 Letters re: Spain - Mallorca 1931-1933
03 08 Letters re: Barbados and New Jersey 1934
03 09 Letters re: New Jersey - Canary Islands 1934
03 10 Letters re: Canary Islands 1935
03 11 Letters re: Canary Islands (Tenerife) 1936
03 12 Letters re: Canary Islands (Tenerife) - New Jersey - Massachusetts 1937
03 13 Letters re: New Jersey - Mexico 1938
03 14 Letters re: Mexico - Canary Islands (Tenerife) 1939
03 15 Letters re: Canary Islands (Tenerife) 1940
03 16 Unpublished manuscripts n.d.
03 17 Manuscripts n.d.
03 18 Manuscripts - Jesse James - Northfield Raid n.d.
03 19 Manuscripts - G. A. R. Reunion in Minneapolis n.d.
03 20 Manuscripts - Cuba and Japan n.d.
03 21 Manuscripts - Mexico 1911-1912 n.d.
03 22 Manuscripts - Mexico 1922 n.d.
03 23 Manuscripts - Adventure on Riffian Coast - Sorolla 1922-1923 n.d.
03 24 Manuscripts - Atuona (Tahiti) 1922-1923 n.d.
03 25 Manuscripts - Washburn's dry point portrait of the Judge n.d.

 

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