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Author/Artist Frick, Childs, 1883-1965.
Title Childs Frick Papers, Series I: Correspondence, 1883-1901, 1925, undated.
Description 2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Arrangement Materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  HCFF.4.1    AVAILABLE BY APPT
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Summary This series consists of incoming letters to Childs Frick chiefly from family members and friends. Items date from 1883 to 1901, with one item from 1925, and a small amount of undated material. The bulk of these letters were written by his mother, Adelaide H.C. Frick, during the period of 1893 to 1896 while Childs was attending boarding school in Cambridge, Mass. Her letters contain news regarding family members, pets, local events, and social engagements, including visits from Andrew Carnegie and his wife. Other correspondents represented in these papers include Henry Clay Frick, Helen Clay Frick, Martha H. Childs, Henry Clay Frick's secretary George Megrew, two of Helen Clay Frick's governesses, and the Frick family's coachman, gardener, and chef at their Pittsburgh residence. Letters from several correspondents pertain to Childs Frick's activities as a stamp collector, and one folder includes an invitation to the wedding of Andrew W. Mellon and Nora McMullen.
Biographical/historical note Childs Frick (1883-1965) was the eldest son of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick and his wife Adelaide. Born in Pittsburgh, Childs Frick graduated from Princeton University in 1905. From an early age, Childs showed an interest in natural history, and later achieved recognition for his work as a paleontologist. He led or sponsored a number of scientific expeditions around the world and donated trophies to both the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he also served as a trustee. Childs Frick married Frances Shoemaker Dixon in 1913, and they had four children: Adelaide (1915-1956), Frances (1916-1971), Martha (1917-1996), and Henry Clay II (1919-2007). The family lived at Clayton, an estate located in Roslyn, N.Y., which was a gift to Childs and his wife from Henry Clay Frick. Childs Frick died at Clayton in 1965.
Cite as Childs Frick Papers, Series I: Correspondence. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Source of acquisition Gift of the Helen Clay Frick Foundation, 2015.
Related collections For additional correspondence of Childs Frick, see the Childs Frick Family Papers in this repository.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
LC subject Frick, Childs, 1883-1965.
Frick, Adelaide Howard Childs, 1859-1931.
Frick, Henry Clay, 1849-1919.
Frick, Helen Clay, 1888-1984.
Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919.
Frick family -- Homes and haunts -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
Stamp collecting.
Genre/Form Correspondence.
WorldCat no. 785428149

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