A Guide to the Julia Sully Papers, 1854-1940 Sully, Julia, Papers, 1854-1940 26567

A Guide to the Julia Sully Papers, 1854-1940

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 26567


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession number
26567
Title
Julia Sully Papers, 1854-1940
Physical Characteristics
1.35 cubic feet plus 1 oversized folder
Physical Location
Personal papers collection, Acc. 26567
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Julia Sully. Papers, 1854-1940. Accession 26567, Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

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Biographical/Historical Information

Julia Sully (d. 1948) of Gordonsville, Virginia, was the great-grandniece of Thomas Sully, the distinguished painter, and grandaughter of Robert Sully, an eminent artist. She built a career around the arts, and was prominent in Richmond, Va., social and cultural life. She wrote a weekly column, entitled "The Camera and the Pen Recall Bygone Days: A Weekly Pictorial Series of Events and Places in Richmond's Past", for the RICHMOND NEWS LEADER during the mid-1930's, and served as director of the Art Index Division of the Virginia Commission on Conservation and Development from 1937-1940. She also served as chairman of the Richmond Branch of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform in 1932.

Scope and Content Information

Papers, 1854-1940, of Julia Sully of Richmond, Virginia, including catalogs, clippings, correspondence, literary manuscripts, pamphlets, notes, and photographs. The majority of these papers are Sully's articles written for her weekly column "The Camera and the Pen Recall Bygone Days,", for the Richmond News Leader, on artists and their works, as they concerned Virginia. The newspaper copies of the articles are not included with these original typescripts.

Topics include the style of such artists as Thomas Eakins, George Fuller, Winslow Homer, Robert Mills, Claude Monet, Virginia's William L. Sheppard, Robert Sully, and Thomas Sully, the controversy over Mordi Gassner's murals on display at the Richmond Academy of Arts in 1936, Charles Hoffbauer's Confederate murals at the Confederate Memorial Institute, the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia, and an exhibition at the Richmond Academy of Arts for Leslie Bolling. Sully also wrote about the Frick collection of art in New York, John D. Rockefeller's folk art collection at William and Mary College, the artists of Spain and the Netherlands, and covered numerous openings at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.

Of note in the collection are materials relating to the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in Atlanta, Georgia. Included are correspondence and telegrams from the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, to Julia Sully, regarding the controversy over the memorial which eventually led to Borglum's abandoning the project and destroying his models. Also included is a founders roll, an invitation to the unveiling of the Robert E. Lee carving in 1924, a report of the financial account with Borglum, a photograph of the memorial, and oversized editions of the Stone Mountain magazine, Volume 1, No. 3.

Another item of note are the collection of letters regarding Sully's work as chairman of the Richmond branch of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform, 1932. These letters concern the organizations work with the Virginia Democratic party to repeal the eighteenth amendment of the Constitution.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.


Contents List

Box 1
Folder 1
Bayeux Tapestry
Box 1
Folder 2
Bolling, Leslie
Box 1
Folder 3
Book of the Dead
Box 1
Folder 4
Cabell collection (Richmond, Va.)
Box 1
Folder 5
Clippings, 1919-1940
Box 1
Folder 6
Dutch art and artists, 1934
Box 1
Folder 7
Eakins, Thomas
Box 1
Folder 8
Fake art, 1935-1936
Box 1
Folder 9
Frick collection (NY, NY)
Box 1
Folder 10
Fuller, George
Box 1
Folder 11
Gassner, Mordi, 1936
Box 1
Folder 12
Hart, Joel
Box 1
Folder 13
Hoffbauer, Charles
Box 1
Folder 14
Hoffman, Malvina
Box 1
Folder 15
Homer, Winslow, 1936 May 15-17
Box 1
Folder 16
Hopkinson, Charles
Box 1
Folder 17
Huntington, Anna Hyatt
Box 1
Folder 18
Ironwork porches
Box 1
Folder 19
Japanese art and artists
Box 1
Folder 20
Jefferson, Thomas
Box 1
Folder 21
Jewish art and artists
Box 1
Folder 22
Joeutt, Matthew Harris, 1936 June 6 and 13
Box 1
Folder 23
LaFarge, John, 1936 April 4
Box 1
Folder 24
Manship, Paul
Box 1
Folder 25
Mariners Museuem (Newport News, Va.), 1934-1936
Box 1
Folder 26
Mason, George
Box 1
Folder 27
Melchers, Gori
Box 1
Folder 28
Mellon collection (Washington, D.C.)
Box 1
Folder 29
Mills, Robert
Box 1
Folder 30
Miniatures
Box 1
Folder 31
Miscellaneous articles, lectures, etc., 1934
Box 1
Folder 32
Monet, Claude
Box 1
Folder 33
H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College
Box 2
Folder 1
Notes, misc.
Box 2
Folder 2
Notes, misc.
Box 2
Folder 3
Notes, misc.
Box 2
Folder 4
Notes, misc.
Box 2
Folder 5
Notes, misc.
Box 2
Folder 6
Notes, misc.
Box 2
Folder 7
Notes, misc.
Box 2
Folder 8
John Payne collection (Richmond, Va.)
Box 2
Folder 9
Peale, C.W.
Box 2
Folder 10
Playing cards, 1934
Box 2
Folder 11
Portrait painters, 1936 February 15
Box 2
Folder 12
Printed material, 1914-1939
Box 2
Folder 13
Rembrandt
Box 3
Folder 1
Rockefeller collection (Williamsburg, Va.), 1935
Box 3
Folder 2
Saint-Memin, Charles
Box 3
Folder 3
Sheppard, William L., 1923
Box 3
Folder 4
Smibert, John, 1936 December 11
Box 3
Folder 5
Society of Washington Artists, 1936 March 25
Box 3
Folder 6
Spanish art and artists
Box 3
Folder 7
Statues, equestrian
Box 3
Folder 8
Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial (Atlanta, Ga.), 1923-1930
Box 3
Folder 9
Stuart, Gilbert
Box 3
Folder 10
Sully, Robert Matthew, 1854-1855
Box 3
Folder 11
Sully, Thomas, 1936 July 22
Box 3
Folder 12
Summer in Holland
Box 3
Folder 13
Vicarious research
Box 3
Folder 14
Virginia Historical Society, 1934
Box 3
Folder 15
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- History
Box 3
Folder 16
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Opening, 1936 January 18
Box 3
Folder 17
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Romantic School Portrait Painters
Box 3
Folder 18
Walker, Duglad Stewart
Box 3
Folder 19
West, Benjamin
Box 3
Folder 20
Whistler, James Abbot McNeill
Box 3
Folder 21
White, Theodore
Box 3
Folder 22
William and Mary College- Portrait Library, 1935
Box 3
Folder 23
Williamsburg, Va.
Box 3
Folder 24
Wollaston, John
Box 3
Folder 25
Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (Va.), 1932
Folder Oversized folder
Stone Mountain magazine, Volume 1, Number 3