The archival collections of Chesterwood, the Stockbridge, Mass., home of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) and his family, have been transferred to the Chapin Library by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
French, whose best known pieces include the seated “Abraham Lincoln” (1922) at the Lincoln Memorial and “Minute Man” (1875) in Concord, Mass., resided for more than 30 years in Berkshire County. Though his home, studio and gardens long have been an historic site, the shift of the archival collections to Williams will ease research access to an array of photographs, scrapbooks, travel albums and personal papers.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation considered the Library of Congress and other institutions before deciding to deposit the Chesterwood Archives in the Chapin Library. The College’s location near to Chesterwood was one factor in the decision; another was the broad-based use to which the materials will be put, with the promise of future exhibitions, programs, publications and academic study in association with the Williams Art Department, the Graduate Program in the History of Art, the Williams College Museum of Art and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. For more information, click here.