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Weir family papers

 Collection — Box: 8
Identifier: Vault MSS 511

Scope and Contents

Contains the papers of various members of the Weir family, including Robert Walter Weir (1803-1889), John F. Weir (1841-1926), and Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919). Contains correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, manuscripts, speeches, artwork, clippings, and published material relating to the family, dating from between 1765 to 1929. The bulk of the collection relates to Julian Alden Weir.


  • 1765-1929


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use original materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patron should use microfiche copy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Copyright resides with the Weir family.

Permission to publish material from Weir family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

The Weir family were artists and educators in New York and New England. Prominent family members included Robert Walter Weir (1803-1889), professor of drawing; his first wife Louisa Ferguson (d. 1845); his second wife Susan Martha Bayard; and their children, especially John Ferguson Weir (1841-1926), director of Fine Arts, Yale; and Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), artist.


6 boxes (3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 18 series: 1. Robert Weir papers, 1765-1863. 2. John Brinkley Weir correspondence, 1859. 3. Robert Walter Weir papers, 1825-1879. 4. Lewis Pintard Bayard correspondence. 5. Bayard family papers. 6. Rufus L. Baker correspondence, 1821. 7. Susan Martha Bayard Weir papers, 1875-1892. 8. Louisa Weir Seymour papers, 1877-1880. 9. Anna Bartlett Dwight Baker correspondence, 1891-1897. 10. William Bayard Weir papers. 11. John Ferguson Weir correspondence, 1920. 12. Carrie M. Weir diary, 1884. 13. Scrapbook on Gulian Verplanck Weir, Harry Weir Casey, William Bayard Weir. 14. Julian Alden Weir papers, 1873-1952. 15. Anna D. B. Weir correspondence, 1882-1891. 16. Ella Baker Weir correspondence, 1919-1929. 17. Weir family clippings and other material. 18. Weir family papers.

Other Finding Aids

Folder-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The Weir family papers, along with paintings, drawings, and prints, came to the university following the death of Mahonri Young in 1957. They were filed together with the Dorothy Weir Young papers (MSS 1291) and the Mahonri M. Young papers (MSS 4) as the Weir-Young Collection until 1977, at which time three separate collections were created.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1957.


Arts and Communications archives.

Separated Materials

A book written by Robert Fulton Weir entitled Personal Reminiscences of the New York Hospital from 1865 to 1900 was transferred to Special Collections. A clipping of an article by Esther Julia Pels entitled "Art for Whose Sake?" The American Legion Magazine, Oct 1955, was discarded. All photographs were transferred to the Photoarchives, where they are available as the Weir family photograph collection, MSS P 78.

Two scrapbooks containing sketches by J. Alden Weir were transferred to the BYU Museum Collection, where their contents were added to an extensive and much larger collection of Weir sketches. A detailed inventory of their contents compiled by the museum staff is available in the register file for this collection.

Processing Information

Processed; Dennis Rowley and Loretta Trentman; March 1989.

Register of Weir family papers
Dennis Rowley and Loretta Trentman; Revised by Katelin Tanner
March 1989
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States