Mary Margaret Sittig research material on Louis Prang, 1860-1978

Sittig, Mary Margaret

Collection size: 3.5 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Art historian Mary Margaret Sittig's research material on Louis Prang dates from 1860 to 1978 and measures 3.5 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material for Louis Prang and for Mary Margaret Sittig, collected letters from various members of the Prang family, and scattered letters to Sittig from friends. Additional collected research materials include scattered personal business records for Louis Prang and his wife, notes and writings, art work, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Louis Prang (1824-1909) was a lithographer, wood engraver, and educator from Boston, Mass. With Julius Mayer, Prang founded the lithographic business, Prang & Meyer in 1856, which reproduced paintings by noted 19th century painters and introduced the Christmas card in the 1870s. The firm is considered as the founder of the greeting card industry in the U.S. It later became L. Prang & Co.

Donated 2001 by James C. Sittig, Mary Margaret Sittig's brother, in memory of Charlotte, Edgar, and Mary Sittig.

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