Everett Shinn collection, 1877-1958

Shinn, Everett, b. 1876 d. 1953
Painter, Muralist, Illustrator, Designer
Active in New York, N.Y.; Westport, Conn.; Pa.,

This site provides access to the papers of Everett Shinn in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2011. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 2,220 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Collection size: 3.0 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The collected papers of Everett Shinn measure 3.0 linear feet and date from 1877 to 1958. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with friends and colleagues; personal business records; art work, including two sketchbooks of designs for Belasco's Stuyvesant Theatre; notes and writings; eight scrapbooks; printed material, and numerous photographs of Shinn, his colleagues, and his work.

Biographical/Historical Note: Everett Shinn (1876-1953) was a painter, muralist, illustrator, and theatrical scene designer who worked primarily in New York City. Shinn was a member of the group, "The Eight."

The bulk of the Everett Shinn collection was acquired via purchase from art dealer Thurston Thatcher between 1958-1964. Art collector Howard Lipman donated additional material in 1962. Five negatives of Shinn's work were donated in 1969 by Dr. Milton Luria, an acquaintance of Shinn's son, Davidson. The photograph of Everett Shinn, John Sloan, and Robert Henri was donated on an unknown date by an unidentified donor. The handwritten draft of Shinn's play, "Hazel Weston or More Sinned Against Than Usual" was acquired via auction purchase in 2011.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Additional Everett Shinn papers are available at the Helen Farr Sloan Library, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Del.