Subseries C. Samuel McIntire

1886-1900, 1915-1947, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries documents Kimball's writings, published and not, on the New England carver and architect Samuel McIntire (1757-1811). Documentation includes draft manuscripts, typescripts and accompanying photographs, prints and drawings, as well as clippings, notes and additional photographs that Kimball compiled as research. There is a substantial amount of correspondence filed separately within each sub-subseries as well as in many of the research files. The bulk of material pertains to the sub-subseries "Mr. Samuel McIntire, Carver, The Architect of Salem," which is also the title of the published volume. Kimball began working on this study in 1917, making it his first project about McIntire. Yet more than two decades passed before its publication. While that study focused on McIntire's work and influence on the architecture of Salem, Massachusetts, Kimball also wrote about furniture carvings by McIntire and his contemporaries. These writings were published in the magazine Antiques, and the material Kimball assembled for them comprises the next sub-subseries, "Articles re Salem furniture makers." The following sub-subseries "Other published writings" documents three much smaller works, such as encyclopedia entries. The final sub-subseries, "Furniture carved by Samuel McIntire," refers to the working title for another volume Kimball intended to publish based on his articles for Antiques magazine and his later research findings. The study was never published.

In addition to Kimball's personal scholarly interest in Samuel McIntire, he also oversaw the Museum's acquisition of some of McIntire's carvings, namely the interior architectural details to the Ezekiel Hersey Derby house in Salem.


By type of writing: namely, book; articles; other published writings; and unpublished writing.