Manuscript Collections

Manuscript collections in The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library Archives consist primarily of art research files, gallery records, photographs of artists, and artists’ correspondence and personal papers that were donated to the Frick Art Reference Library. The research files of art scholars contain correspondence, photographs, notes, and printed material and include documentation of such artists as Gilbert Stuart and Gian Paolo Panini, as well as general research on early American artists and Western European art. The records of two galleries, the American Art Association, and Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc., contain sales records, inventories, correspondence, and photographs of artwork. Artists are documented through collections of photographs and letters, photographs of artists in their studios, and papers of two artists, Charles Hawthorne and Raymond P. R. Neilson.


Below is a current list of Manuscript Collections, each with a brief description and links to the finding aid and catalog record when available.



Katharine McCook Knox Research Files, 1924–1979

Drafts, research notes, and correspondence concerning Knox’s publication, The Story of the Frick Art Reference Library: The Early Years (1979). Also contains material on her book about the Sharples family, other early American artists, portraits in the White House, and Library photographing expeditions.

John Hill Morgan Research Files, 1922–1944

Correspondence, photographs, notes, printed material, and some drafts of John Hill Morgan’s writings on George Washington portraits and other early American paintings. Also contains information on the George J. Shepard/John J. Hughes/Ferdinand Danton fakes.

Raymond P. R. Neilson Papers, circa 1930s–1950s

Diaries, notebooks, and other notes regarding the work of New York City portraitist, still-life painter, and art instructor Raymond P. R. Neilson. The collection also includes some correspondence regarding portrait commissions.

Lawrence Park Diary, 1923

Lawrence Park's diary of the Frick Art Reference Library photographing expedition to South Carolina in the spring of 1923.

Lawrence Park Research Files on Gilbert Stuart, 1920–1924

Correspondence concerning the provenance and authentication of paintings by Gilbert Stuart used in Park's publication, Gilbert Stuart: An Illustrated Descriptive List of His Works (1926).

Photographs of Artists in Their Studios, circa 1885–1890

Seventy-four photographs of artists in their studios from the collection of artist Frank Stokes, including Léon Durand Bonnat, Henri-Joseph Harpignies, Anna Elizabeth Klumpke, Jean-Paul Laurens, and Madeleine Jeanne Lemaire.

J. Hall Pleasants Research Files, 1924–1959

Correspondence with Frick Art Reference Library staff and copies of the research notes of J. Hall Pleasants, an authority on early Maryland painters and their works.

William Suhr Conservation Ledgers, 1938–1957

Two ledgers recording William Suhr’s conservation work for The Frick Collection and other prominent museums, collectors, and dealers from 1938 to 1957. Each entry consists of the date work was begun, the owner’s name, the artist and title of the work, conservation treatment performed, the amount charged, and the date completed.

Juliette Tomlinson Research Files on Joseph Whiting Stock, 1976–1987

Correspondence and research of Juliette Tomlinson on the American folk artist Joseph Whiting Stock (1815–1855). The collection contains Tomlinson’s correspondence regarding paintings by Stock, photocopies of Stock’s personal documents and other biographical material, and some images.

Richard P. Wunder Research Files, 1945–1989

Research files of art historian Richard P. Wunder, containing artwork files, photographs, correspondence, writings, and notes. His research on Gian Paolo Panini forms the bulk of the collection, though Hyacinthe Rigaud, Emmanuel Leutze, and architectural and theater drawings are also featured in his research.