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Handwritten is a place and space for pen and paper. We showcase things in handwriting, but also on handwriting. And so, you'll see dated letters and distant postcards alongside recent studies and typed stories. 

Pen to Paper | 1870

Letters from 1870 -1900

Frederic Edwin Church, 1870

Frederic Edwin Church letter to Martin Johnson Heade, October 24, 1870 (page 45)

James McNeill Whistler, 1891

You were good enough to say that you would convey to Mr. Allen my answer to his enquiry as to whether I had ever received the hundred pounds in question—

James McNeill Whistler letter to Charles Bowen Bigelow, 1891 (page 153)

I therefore, beg that you will kindly write and inform him that I never received from the man Ford any sum on any occasion whatever...
— James McNeill Whistler, Letter to Charles Bowen Bigelow, October 5, 1891 [above]
Do let me have one word by cable to say that Sheridan Ford is properly in “Sing Sing” or “The Tombs” or whever it is that scams tramps & jailbirds do so aspire, are safely sequestered!
— James McNeill Whistler (155), Letter to Frederick H. Allen, June 6, 1893 [below]

1830-1869          1870 - 1900          1901-1960          1961-1970          1971-1990

All images are from Pen to Paper: Artists' Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art by Mary Savig, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2016). Images courtesy of, and copyrighted by, Archives of American Art.