FREDERIC S. REMINGTON
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The Frederic Remington papers contain handwritten correspondence sent by Remington to publishers, friends and literary figures from 1890-1906. Recipients include Julian Ralph (travel writer), Fred Schell (editor, Harper's) and J. Henry Harper (editor, Century Magazine). The collection also includes 6 letters to various individuals written by authors whose works were illustrated by Remington. All of the correspondence is available on microfilm C MSS Mflm67) which should be used in place of the originals wherever possible due to the fragile nature of the original letters.
Magazine articles either authored or illustrated by Remington are also included in this collection. The articles were published between 1889 and 1902 in several popular magazines. Articles written about Remington and his works form part of this series as well as a commemorative stamp and first day cover.
This series contains handwritten letters written by Remington to publishers, friends and literary figures. It also contains a few letters to others written by authors whose works were illustrated by Remington. The authors include Elizabeth Bacon Custer (wife of General Custer), Edward Eggleston, Emerson Hough, Charles King and Owen Wister.
This series includes articles by or illustrated by Remington from Century Illustrated Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, New McClure's Magazine, Outing Magazine and Scribner's Magazine. Magazine articles about Remington's life and works, a commemorative stamp and first day cover are also included in the series.
The series contains the correspondence from Series 1. The microfilm should be used due to the fragile nature of the original letters.
Articles authored and/or illustrated by Remington from oversize magazines are included in this series. Also included are articles about Remington and his art.
The seventeen folios in the series contain clippings of published Frederic Remington illustrations and paintings. Most clippings are labeled with a complete publication citation, penciled on the scrapbook pages. The folios, arranged in volumes by subject, were compiled by Merle DeVore Johnson (1874-1935), an illustrator, cartoonist, bibliographer and book collector who sold these volumes to the Denver Public Library in 1932.
The collection is open for research. Due to the fragility of the original Remington letters, Mflm 67 should be used.
Records are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Frederic Sackrider Remington was an American painter, illustrator and sculptor who depicted the American West. He was born October 4, 1861 in Canton, New York to Seth Pierrepont Remington and Clara Bascom Sackrider. Remington graduated from Highland Military Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts in the fall of 1876. For awhile he attended Yale as an art student. When his father died in 1880, he returned home and took a position as a clerk.
Remington met his future wife, Eva Adele Caten, at a county fair in Canton, New York. He requested her hand in marriage but her father rejected his proposal because of his financial instability. Remington decided to go west to seek his fortune. He traveled through the Dakotas, Wyoming, Kansas and Montana spending time with cowboys, ranchers and outlaws. After a few months, Remington returned home with a portfolio of sketches. Harper’s Weekly published one of his drawing in the February 25, 1881 issue.
In the fall of 1882, he headed west again and purchased a sheep ranch in Peabody, Kansas with the money he received from his father’s estate. It was not a successful venture and Remington sold it in 1884. He spent some time wandering the Southwest ending up in Kansas City where he purchased a saloon, which was also unsuccessful. In 1884, he finally returned to New York where he convinced Eva’s father to allow them to marry. They returned to Kansas City but the frontier life proved difficult for Eva who returned East to wait for her husband to make his fortune as an artist.
Remington returned to his wife in the summer of 1885 and never lived in the West again. Harper’s Weekly published his illustration,
The Apache War, Indian Scouts in Geronimo’s Trail on the cover of the January 9, 1886, which helped establish Remington as an illustrator. Remington’s illustrations of western and military subjects were in great demand. His paintings were also attracting attention. He won two prizes at the National Academy of Design exhibition held in New York during 1888.
In 1892, Remington moved to New Rochelle, New York where he continued to illustrate magazine articles and books including Theodore Roosevelt’s book, Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail. Remington broke away from illustration and began sculpturing around 1895. His sculptures were of bronco busters, braves, cowboys and cavalrymen. In 1898, he went to Cuba as a war correspondent and illustrator. Disillusioned with war, Remington retreated to his New York home. In 1908, he made his last trip West. In December 1909, Remington died at the age of 48 after an emergency appendectomy.
In his lifetime, Remington produced over 3000 drawings and paintings, 22 bronze sculptures, a novel, a Broadway play and over 100 articles and stories. He immortalized the Western experience and popular image of the West. President Theodore Roosevelt paid tribute to Remington saying “The solider, the cowboy and rancher, the Indian, the horses and cattle of the plains, will live in his pictures and bronzes, I verily believe, for all times.”
1 folder, 17 oversize folios
1 reel ilm
Other Finding Aids
The collection was purchased from Merle Johnson, New York City, in 1932.
Number of boxes: 5
Oversize: 1 folder, 17 oversize folios
Microfilm: 1 reel
PROCESSED AND ENCODED BY:
Merrie Jo Schroeder
- Artists -- West (U.S.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Extra-illustration. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Illustrators -- United States -- Biography. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Letters (correspondence). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Magazine illustration -- 19th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Magazine illustration -- 20th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Microfilms. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Remington, Frederic, -- 1861-1909 -- Archives.
- FREDERIC S. REMINGTON
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