Mary Cassatt letters, 1882-1926

Cassatt, Mary, b. 1844 d. 1926
Active in Paris, France; Philadelphia, Pa.

This site provides access to the letters of Mary Cassatt in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2014, and total 239 images.

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

Collection size: 0.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: This small collection of sixty-three letters written by painter Mary Cassatt dates from 1882 to 1926. The bulk of these letters are to Cassatt's nephew, Robert Kelso Cassatt, and to his wife Minnie regarding family, mutual friends, and travel. The remaining letters are to friends regarding purchases of artwork, travel, and personal news. There is also one newsclipping of Cassett's obituary.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) lived and worked in Paris, France.

Items in this collection are gifts of various donors. The letters to Peter and Vollard were donated by Charles Feinberg in 1955. The letters to William T. Evans, Miss Lamb, and Miss Stillman were transferred from the National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1980. An obituary and the letters to Robert Kelso Cassatt and his wife Minnie were donated by Alexander J. Cassatt Jr., the great nephew of Mary Cassatt, in 1986.

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

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Related Materials

Letters written by Cassett to Eugene Vail and Mabel and Mathilde Valet were loaned for microfilming by Ann Donohue of the National Arts Club. Loaned material is available on reel N70-77, but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
The Archives of American Art also holds the Frederick A. Sweet research material on Mary Cassatt and James McNeill Whistler; Nancy Hale research material on Mary Cassatt; the Mary Cassatt collection (reel C1); and the Mary Cassatt correspondence with Emily Sartain (reel 3658).