Catharine Willson photographs and clippings, 1895-1964

Willson, Catharine
Active in Or.; Ill.

Collection size: 48 items (on a partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: A scrapbook, clippings (1911-1964), a photograph album, and photographs (1895-1918) illustrate life at the Eagle's Nest art colony.

Twenty-seven photographs and a photograph album document family events and Willson's summers with her uncle, painter Ralph Clarkson, at Eagle's Nest art colony in Oregon, Illinois (1895-1963). Subjects include costume pageants, artists' cabins, Rock River scenes, Taft's statue "Black Hawk", Willson with Clarkson, and artists Charles Francis Browne, J. Spencer Dickerson, Horace Spencer Fiske, Oliver Dennett Grover, and Loredo Taft. The album also contains 10 Christmas cards (1943-1963) and 12 clippings, including an obituary for Wallace Heckman (1927) and 4 articles about Mrs. Vernon Thomas (1928). A second scrapbook contains 49 picture postcards, primarily of Colorado scenes, and a clipping about Eagle's Nest (1911).

The Archives of American art retained copy prints of some of the photographs lent by Catharine Willson.

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  • Microfilm reel 3990 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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