Family

The papers of the Frick family date from the 1860s to the 1980s and consist of correspondence, photographs, albums and scrapbooks, diaries, financial records, printed material, and architectural records documenting the lives of Henry Clay Frick, his wife, Adelaide, and their children, Helen Clay Frick and Childs Frick. These materials give valuable insight into the history of the Frick family and members of their circle, which included politicians, art dealers, business leaders, university officials, fellow art collectors, and philanthropists.

 

Some notable figures represented in these papers are Andrew W. Mellon, Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie, Joseph Duveen, and J. Horace Harding. The collection also documents the family’s own art collecting and their philanthropic interests, which ranged from museums and educational institutions to hospitals and parks.

 

Below is a list of collections comprising the Frick Family Papers, each with a brief description and links to the finding aids and catalog records when available.

 

Frick Family Photographs, circa 1850s-1989, undated

Includes prints and negatives depicting family members, friends and other acquaintances, travel, pets, residences, artwork, furnishings, and building projects in New York, Pittsburgh, and Massachusetts. Encompasses a range of photographic formats and processes, including cartes de visites, cabinet cards, tintypes, cyanotypes, and albumen prints, as well as the work of many prominent studio photographers.

Online finding aid

Printed Books in the Frick Family Papers, 1621, 1881-1983

Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), was a noted industrialist and art collector. This collection consists of books acquired by both him and members of his family, especially his daughter, Helen Clay Frick, and wife, Adelaide H.C. Frick.

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Frick Family Albums and Scrapbooks, 1882-1990

Contains albums and scrapbooks bearing images of family members, friends and other acquaintances, pets, and residences in New York, Pittsburgh, and Massachusetts. These volumes also document travel by family members throughout the United States and abroad. Selected albums have been digitized and can be accessed online via the links below.

Clayton album (PS-1), 1901

Clayton album (PS-2), circa 1900

Childs Frick and Martha Frick (PS-4), 1885-1890

Italy and Switzerland (PS-7, Album 1), 1912

France, Switzerland, and Germany (PS-7, Album 2), 1905

France, Spain, and Italy (PS-16), 1909

One East 70th Street Papers, 1911–1924

Consists of correspondence, estimates, contracts, construction specifications, bills, vouchers, and inventories chiefly detailing the construction and furnishing of the Frick residence at One East 70th Street in New York. Post-construction materials relate to daily life in the house, proposed alterations to the residence, and contents of the house on the death of Henry Clay Frick.

Online finding aid | Print version (PDF) | Catalog record (FRESCO)

Eagle Rock Papers, 1903–1955

Contains proposals, specifications, estimates, and contracts relating to the construction of Eagle Rock, Henry Clay Frick's country residence in Prides Crossing, Mass. Also includes files on furnishings, alterations to the house in the 1930s, inventories and appraisals, insurance, and financial records documenting household expenses.

Clayton Papers, 1884–1982

Consists of correspondence, estimates, bills, receipts, contracts, printed material, inventories, and appraisals pertaining to the Frick family's Pittsburgh residence. These papers document two generations of ownership by the family, and include materials on alterations and improvements to the house, furnishings and redecoration, staff, and daily operation of the house and grounds.

Helen Clay Frick Papers, circa 1890s–1985

Consists of correspondence, diaries, notebooks, legal and financial papers, and printed matter pertaining to Helen Clay Frick's youth and education, personal interests, and philanthropic activities, notably her founding of the Frick Art Reference Library, the Frick Art Museum in Pittsburgh, and the Iron Rail Vacation Home.


Series I: Youth and Education, 1889-1924
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Series II: Correspondence, 1894-1996
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Series III: Iron Rail Vacation Home, 1912-1972
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Series IV: Calendars and Diaries, 1904-1982
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Series VI: Research Files on Jean Antoine Houdon, 1802?-1976
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Series VII: Frick Art Museum, 1929-1994
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Childs Frick Papers, circa 1890s–1905

Chiefly contains correspondence, letterpress books, art files, diaries, financial and property records, subject files, and estate records documenting Henry Clay Frick’s career as a businessman and art collector.


Series I: Correspondence, 1883-1901, undated
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Adelaide H. C. Frick Papers, 1874–1931

Consists of correspondence, calendars, notes and notebooks, inventories, travel-related documents, stationery, and printed material documenting the life of Adelaide H. C. Frick, wife of Henry Clay Frick.

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Henry Clay Frick Papers, 1881–1928

Contains correspondence, letterpress books, art files, diaries, financial and property records, subject files, and estate records documenting Henry Clay Frick’s career as a businessman and art collector.


Series I: Art Files, 1881–1925
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Series II: Correspondence, 1882–1929
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Series III: Voucher Files, 1892–1929
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Series IV: Receipts, 1900–1926
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Series V: Subject Files, 1848-1966, undated
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Series VI: Accounts, 1880-1942
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Series VII: Diaries, 1897-1933
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Series VIII: Letterpress Copybooks, 1881-1923
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Series IX: Secretary's Correspondence, 1902-1936
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