Mary Cassatt letters, 1882-1926

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

Collection size: 64 items (on 4 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Letters written by Mary Cassatt from various sources.

REEL D8: A letter in response to "Peter's" request for an autograph, a letter with a typescript translation, in French inscribed "to Vollard," in which she describes her painting of a little girl seated in a blue armchair, and her upcoming plans in Paris.

REEL N70-77: A letter from Cassatt to Eugene Vail, 1921, two to her friend Mabel, 1924-1925, and an undated letter, in French, to Cassatt from Cassatt's maid Mathilde Valet.

REEL 2787: Ten letters from Cassatt, 1892-1918, to Miss Lamb of Boston, William Thomas Evans, Esq. of Montclair, New Jersey, and Miss Stillman of New York City.

REEL 3684: Forty-seven letters from Cassatt in Paris to her nephew, Robert Kelso Cassatt and his wife, Minnie Drexel Fell Cassatt; two letters from Grandmother and Grandfather Cassatt to "Robbie"; and Cassatt's obituary from a French newspaper.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Philadelphia, Pa. and Europe.

Material on reel D8 donated, 1955-1962, by Charles E. Feinberg. Feinberg was a long time friend and active donor to AAA. Material on reel N70-77 lent for microfilming, 1970, by Ann Donohue at the National Arts Club, N.Y.C. Material on reel 2787 transfered, 1980, from the National Museum of American Art. The letters on reel 3684 were donated by Alexander Cassatt, great-nephew of Mary Cassat, whose father Alexander was the brother Robert Kelso Cassatt, 1986. (The letters to Robert Kelso Cassatt were also microfilmed in 1955 on reel C1 via Frederick A. Sweet who had used them in his research on Cassatt, and returned them to Alexander Cassatt, Sr.)

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