Jervis McEntee papers, 1796, 1848-1905

McEntee, Jervis, b. 1828 d. 1891
Landscape painter
Active in New York, N.Y.

The papers of Jervis McEntee in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The bulk of the collection has been scanned, including 915 images scanned from the original documents, and 1654 images scanned from microfilm of McEntee's diaries (5 volumes, 1872 to 1890). Online access to the diaries is available through the Jervis McEntee Diaries website.

Funding for the digitization of the microfilm of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation


Collection size: 1.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of Hudson River School painter Jervis McEntee contain letters from close friends and family members to McEntee and include many from his mentor Frederic Edwin Church, and fellow artists Samuel Putnam Avery, George Henry Boughton, Sanford Gifford, Richard Henry, Eastman Johnson, Elizabeth B. Stoddard, John Ferguson Weir, Worthington Whittredge, and others. Papers relating to the McEntee family include obituaries, a family genealogy, and letters from and regarding family members. There are also papers relating to the Vaux family (McEntee's brother-in-law's family) and American architect and landscape artist Calvert Vaux, who designed a studio for McEntee. Of special significance are five volumes of diaries dating from 1872 through 1891 which provide a detailed depiction of the American art world in the 1870s and 1880s.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jervis McEntee (1828-1891) was a landscape painter from New York, N.Y. Born in Rondout, N.Y.

The diary on reel D9 was lent for microfilming 1964 by the Adirondack Museum. Many of the letters were donated in 1959 by Charles E. Feinberg, an active donor and friend of AAA. The 5 v. diary was donated 1964 by Mrs. Helen S. McEntee. Additional papers were donated by William Gaffken, director of the insurance company which acquired the McEntee family insurance firm, in 1990 and 1997.

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A diary was lent for microfilming in 1964 by the Adirondack Museum and is available on Reel D9.