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Washburn, Cadwallader L., 1866-1965
Papers of Cadwallader L. Washburn, 1878-1898

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Descriptive Summary
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 121
Creator:
Title: Papers of Cadwallader L. Washburn, 1878-1898
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Abstract:
Note: This document last updated 2008 February 7.
Administrative Information
Acquisition Information: The Cadwallader L. Washburn collection was purchased from a dealer between November 1999 and January 2000.
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 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

No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
01 01 Calling card – Smith, Mrs. Edwin B. 1888
01 02 Envelopes 1885-1898
01 03 Invoices 1885-1896
01 04 Letter – Aunt Julia and Johnnie 1878
01 05 Letter – Brace, A. 1898
01 06 Letter – Chase, Alice (with photographs) 1896
01 07 Letter – Dean, W. E. 1885-1887
01 08 Letter – Fay, Frederic H. 1897
01 09 Letter – Frey, Charles 1885
01 10 Letter – Garrido, L. R. 1898
01 11 Letter – Groubery, Louise 1897
01 12 Letter – Heshingsen, H. J. 1896-1897
01 13 Letter – Hodgson, Edwin A. and Fox, Thomas F. 1892
01 14 Letter – Meyer, Ernest n.d.
01 15 Letter – Morris, R. K. 1885
01 16 Letter – Munich Art Association 1897
01 17 Letter – Noyes, Jonathan L. 1885
01 18 Letter – Page, Adelheid 1896-1897
01 19 Letter – Page, Fred H. 1898
01 20 Letter – Royal Academy Exhibition – Notice 1897
01 21 Letter – Ryan, James W. 1884
01 22 Letter – Schroeder, Anton 1898
01 23 Letter – Spear, Anson R. 1887
01 24 Letter – Straube, Gustave 1885
01 25 Letter – Strong, Elizabeth 1898
01 26 Letter – Strutinge, F. W. 1897
01 27 Letter – Van Cittert Zonen, P. 1897
01 28 Letter – Van Hooer, W. C. 1898
01 29 Letter – Vreugdenhil, Henry C. M. 1896
01 30 Letter – Washburn, Chas. L. D. 1885
01 31 Letter – Washburn, Edwin Chapin 1890
01 32 Letter – Washburn, Elizabeth (Little Muzzy) 1884-1898
01 33 Letter – Washburn, Elizabeth 1889-1898
01 34 Letter – Washburn, Mary C. 1881-1898
01 35 Letter – Washburn, William Drew 1880-1897
01 36 Letter – Washburn, William Drew Jr. 1885
01 37 Letter – Williams, G. C. 1889
01 38 Letter – Williams, J. M. 1888
01 39 Letter – Winsor and Newton, Ltd. 1897-1898
01 40 Letter – Receipt 1888

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