Charles Lang Freer was poor but ambitious and went to work at a young age. He quickly worked his way up in business from a lowly bookkeeper. Freer became a successful businessman and his meticulous nature born from his job as a bookkeeper had much to do with this. His conscientious tendencies stayed with him throughout his later life as an art collector and connoisseur. Freer kept records, receipts, journals, and notes of all his art purchases, travels, and correspondence. He was thorough and a planner, who researched the kinds of art that appealed to him and went on trips around the world to acquire it.
|The Buried Cities of Ceylon by S.M. Burrows|
|The pages from Buried Cities of Ceylon.|
|Late Qing Dynasty map of the Beijing-Fengtian (Shenyang) Railroad from the Charles Lang Freer Papers complete with Freer's marginalia (1910).|
Lara Amrod, Archivist