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Manuscripts – Papers of Cadwallader L. Washburn, 1878-1898
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
Washburn, Cadwallader L., 1866-1965
Papers of Cadwallader L. Washburn, 1878-1898
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 121
Title: Papers of Cadwallader L. Washburn, 1878-1898
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2008 February 7.
Acquisition Information: The Cadwallader L. Washburn collection was purchased from a dealer between November 1999 and January 2000.
Processed by: Michael J. Olson. 2002.
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:
Cadwallader Lincoln Washburn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 1866, and became deaf at age five due to 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 Bachelor of Arts degree. He went on to study art at the Art Students League in New York City and took private lessons with a well-known painter, William Merrit Chase. Also, 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 transformed to painting due to the strain on his eyes etching caused. He was well known as a drypoint etcher and an oil painter; currently, his work is displayed worldwide. Washburn was a member of several organizations such as the American Federation of Arts and New York City’s National Arts Club. He passed away at age 99 on December 21, 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 includes approximately 100 items. The majority of his collection are correspondence with several artists and family. There are also information about his work and exhibitions.
Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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