Weir family papers
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.
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.
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.)
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. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/VMSS511.xml
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
Arts and Communications archives.
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.
Processed; Dennis Rowley and Loretta Trentman; March 1989.
- Artists -- United States
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Home and Family
- Manuscripts, American
- Printed ephemera
- Social Life and Customs
- Speeches, addresses, etc., American
- Weir family
- Weir, John F. (John Ferguson), 1841-1926
- Weir, Julian Alden, 1852-1919
- Weir, Robert Walter, 1803-1889
- 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