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Alice Warder Garrett Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-GAR-035
Alice Warder Garrett was born Alice Warder in 1877. She was married to John Work Garrett in 1908. For much of their marriage, John worked as a United States diplomat, and he and Alice lived in Rome and other European cities. The collection includes personal papers, art-related material, and other items from Alice's life in Baltimore and Europe. The collection contains correspondence, travel documents and postcards, architecture notes and photographs, theater bills, scrapbooks, datebooks, address books, checkbooks, and miscellaneous.

Dates

  • 1875-1951

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Permission to access this collection must be requested in writing from the Evergreen Foundation at: The Evergreen House Foundation, Inc. 4545 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21210 410-516-0341

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.

Permission to publish from this collection must be requested in writing from the Evergreen Foundation at: The Evergreen House Foundation, Inc. 4545 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21210 410-516-0341

Extent

4.55 Cubic Feet (5 flat boxes (25 x 21 x 3 inches))

Biographical / Historical

Alice Warder Garrett was born Alice Warder, the daughter of Benjamin H. Warder, a successful business man from Springfield, Ohio. She was born in Washington DC in 1877. She was married to John Work Garrett in 1908. For much of their marriage, John worked as a United States diplomat, and he and Alice lived in Rome and other European cities.

In September of 1914 she and her husband were living in Paris when word came of an imminent German attack on the city. They managed to get out of Paris and went to the American Embassy in Bordeaux. During the First World War, Alice volunteered at several field hospitals and saw first hand the brutalities of war. In 1929, President Herbert Hoover selected Alice's husband to be Ambassador to Italy.

Alice's involvement in the arts began at an early age and continued throughout her life. She took voice lessons, and gave formal vocal performances throughout her life. She was also actively interested in painting and drawing, music, theater, architecture, and writing. During her life she was acquainted with many of the leading artists of the time including Ignacio Zuloaga, Leon Bakst, Edith Wharton, Ezra Pound, Marcel Proust, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Evergreen Mansion in Baltimore, where she and her husband lived, is decorated with an extensive collection of paintings that Alice collected, including works by Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy, and Amedeo Modigliani.

Alice was involved in philanthropic works that strove for a greater presence and accessibility to the arts in America. Alice sat on the board for the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Baltimore Society of the Friends of Art. She was heavily involved in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and she frequently gave lectures on art and history.

Scope and Contents

The Alice W. Garrett collection includes personal papers, art-related material, and other items from Alice's life in Baltimore and Europe. The collection contains correspondence, travel documents and postcards, architecture notes and photographs, theater bills, scrapbooks, datebooks, address books, checkbooks, and miscellaneous.

Arrangement

The collection has been artificially arranged into seven series - Series 1:Correspondence; Series 2:Travel; Series 3: Architecture; Series 4:Theater Bills; Series 5:Scrapbooks; Series 6: Datebooks, Address Books, Checkbooks, etc; Series 7: Miscellaneous.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is owned by the Evergreen Foundation and was put on deposit at the Sheridan Libraries in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Gabrielle Ponce, Michael Lavers in Spring, Summer 2009.

Repository Details

Part of the John Work Garrett Library (Evergreen Museum and Library) Repository

Contact:
4545 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218 USA