Nancy Douglas Bowditch and Brush Family papers, circa 1860-1985

A Finding Aid to the Nancy Douglas Bowditch and Brush Family papers, circa 1860-1985, in the Archives of American Art, by Jayna M. Hanson

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Biographical Information

Nancy Douglas Bowditch (1880-1979) worked primarily in the New Hampshire area as a painter, author, and costume and set designer. Bowditch's father was painter George de Forest Brush and she was first married to painter William Robert Pearmain, who died at an early age.

Nancy Douglas Bowditch was born to Mary and George de Forest Brush on July 4, 1880 in Paris, France. Along with her siblings Mary, Jane, Thea, Gerome, Tribbie, and Georgia, she often served as a subject of her father's paintings. The family lived in the artist colony of Dublin, New Hampshire where Nancy became close friends with their neighbor Samuel Clemens' (Mark Twain) daughter Jean Clemens.

Nancy met and became close to one of her father's pupils, William Robert Pearmain while traveling through Europe in 1907. Two years later, Nancy married Robert at the Brush family farm in Dublin, New Hampshire. Together, they had one daughter, Mary Alice whom they called Polly. Robert developed a strong political interest in growing anarchist movements, gave up painting and went to Pittsburgh to work in a factory. Shortly after, he became seriously ill and, upon the advice of a doctor, moved back to New Hampshire with Nancy. He soon died from leukemia in September 1912. In 1918, Nancy married her second husband Dr. Harold Bowditch from Boston, Massachusetts. With her second husband, Nancy had three more children, Martha, Henry, and George de Forest Bowditch.

Professionally, Nancy worked as a painter, wrote plays, and designed theatrical sets and costumes. In 1971, Bowditch published a biography of George de Forest Brush entitled The Joyous Painter. Nancy Douglas Bowditch died in 1979.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of painter, author, and designer Nancy Douglas Bowditch and the George de Forest Brush family measure 6.2 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1985. The majority of the collection consists of Bowditch's correspondence with family and friends and her notes and writings, particularly concerning her biography of her father George de Forest Brush The Joyous Painter, and her unpublished biography of her husband painter William Robert Pearmain. Brush family material includes scattered correspondence of George de Forest Brush and other family members, notes, sketches, clippings, and the family home building files, five scrapbooks, including two on William Robert Pearmain, and numerous photographs of the Brush family, Bowditch, and William Robert Pearmain. There is also correspondence between William Robert Pearmain and his family and artwork by Pearmin.

Scattered family biographical materials include invitations, biographical sketches of George de Forest Brush, a ship's register, certificates, an obituary, and a sound recording of Nancy Bowditch.

Scattered personal business records include deeds of gift from various institutions and agreements from the publishing of The Joyous Painter.

One-third of the collection is correspondence with Nancy Douglas Bowditch, William Robert Pearmain, George de Forest Brush, and other members of the Brush, Pearmain, and Bowditch families. The majority of Nancy Douglas Bowditch's correspondence is from family and friends, although professional correspondence is also found. Nancy's notable correspondents include Jane Clemens, Barry Faulkner, Rockwell Kent, members of the Abbot Handerson Thayer family, and Nelson C. White. Also found are Nancy's letters to her first husband, William Robert Pearmain. Pearmain's correspondence includes letters from his parents, siblings, and his father-in-law, and a few letters from Pearmain to his family. George de Forest Brush's correspondence includes letters from friends and a few copies of letters written by Brush.

Writings and notes are primarily by Nancy Douglas Bowditch, the majority of which pertain to her biography of George de Forest Brush, The Joyous Painter, and her unpublished biography of William Robert Pearmain. Other writings are by George de Forest Brush, Tribbie Brush, Barry Faulkner, and William Robert Pearmain.

Artwork consists of approximately 78 drawings and sketches by William Robert Pearmain, 5 drawings and paintings by Nancy Bowditch, and one drawing by George de Forest Brush.

Brush family home and building files contain materials relating to a log cabin in New Hampshire, and the family home Brushwood which was built by William Robert Pearmain in 1911.

Five scrapbooks were compiled by members of the Brush, Pearmain, and Bowditch families. Two are about Pearmain, two are about George de Forest Brush, and one was organized by Harold Bowditch that contains family photographs.

Within printed materials are exhibition announcements and catalogs for George de Forest Brush, Barry Faulkner, Stephen Parrish, and Abbot Handerson Thayer.

Extensive photographs are of members of the Brush family, the Pearmain family, the Bowditch family, friends, and works of art by Bowditch, Brush, Pearmain and Douglas Volk. Included are portraits, snapshots, travel photos, wedding photos, and photos of the Brush family homes.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following index terms:

  • Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941
  • Clemens, Jane Lampton, 1880-1909
  • Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966
  • Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971
  • Parrish, Stephen, 1846-1938
  • Pearmain, William Robert, 1888-1912
  • Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921
  • White, Nelson C.
  • Authors--New Hampshire
  • Biographies
  • Designers--New Hampshire
  • Diaries
  • Notes
  • Painters--New Hampshire
  • Paintings
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sketches
  • Sound recordings
  • Women artists

Provenance

The Nancy Douglas Bowditch papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in several installments by Nancy Douglas Bowditch between 1968 and 1979. Bowditch's daughter, Mary A. Marlowe donated additional materials in 1982. In 2008, Joan Morgan, biographer of George de Forest Brush, donated additional papers she had acquired during her research.

Separated and Related Materials

Also among the collections at the Archives of American Art are the William Robert Pearmain and Pearmain family papers, 1888-1955, and an oral history with Nancy Douglas Bowditch conducted on January 30, 1974 by Robert F. Brown.

How the Collection was Processed

Portions of the collection were microfilmed in increments upon receipt on reels 2826-2831 and 3134; these reels are no longer in circulation. In 2011, all accessions were merged, including a small collection that was previously cataloged separately, and fully processed and described by Jayna Hanson and digitized in 2011 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of originals requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Nancy Douglas Bowditch and Brush family papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

This site provides access to the papers of Nancy Douglas Bowditch in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2011, and total 9,056 images.

Generally, materials not scanned include duplicates, blank pages and versos, and drafts and edits of Nancy Douglas Bowditch's biography The Joyous Painter.

How to Cite this Collection

Nancy Douglas Bowditch and Brush family papers, circa 1860-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1909-1965
7 Folders; Box 1

Found are invitations to Nancy's and Robert Pearmain's wedding, American consolate registration cards pertaining to the Bowditch family (circa 1914), biographical sketches on George de Forest Brush, a portion of a ship's register that carried the Brush family to Europe, Polly Pearmain's wedding invitation, certificates from the International Correspondent School, an obituary for William Robert Pearmain, and a sound recording of Nancy speaking of her trip to Shelbyville, TN.

This series has been scanned in its entirety, except for the sound recording of Nancy Douglas Bowditch.

Box Folder
1 1 Bowditch, Nancy Douglas, 1909, undated
1 2 Bowditch Family, 1914
1 3 Brush, George de Forest, 1941-1956
1 4 Brush Family, 1913
1 5 Pearmain, Mary Alice (Polly), 1932
1 6 Pearmain, William Robert, 1911-1912
1 7 Recording of Nancy Douglas Bowditch, 1965
Tapes runs approximately 11 minutes; Nancy speaks of George de Forest Brush and his relationships with his children, she reads a letter from Brush to a resident of Sheblyville in which the death of his mother is described.

Series 2: Personal Business and Financial Records, 1908-1974
3 Folders; Box 1

This series consists of scattered personal business records that include deeds of gift from various institutions and agreements from the publishing of The Joyous Painter. Also found are scattered bills and a lease from 1911 signed by William Robert Pearmain.

This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
1 8 Personal Business Records, 1947-1974
1 9 Bills, William Robert Pearmain, 1908-1912
1 10 Lease, 1911

Series 3: Correspondence, 1895-1979
2 Linear feet; Boxes 1-3

Found is the personal and professional correspondence of Nancy Douglas Bowditch, William Robert Pearmain, George de Forest Brush, and other members of the Brush, Bowditch and Pearmain families, including Harold Bowditch, Selma Bowditch, Mittie Taylor Whelpley Brush, Georgie Brush, Jane Brush, Mary Brush, Tribbie Brush, Mary Alice (Polly) Pearmain, and Jack Pearmain.

The series is arranged as 4 subseries:

This series has been scanned in its entirety.

3.1: Nancy Douglas Bowditch Correspondence, circa 1900-1978

The bulk of this subseries consists of the personal correspondence of Nancy Bowditch with her parents and parents-in-law, siblings, and first husband, William Robert Pearmain. Also found are letters from Jane Clemens, Barry Faulkner, and Gerald, Gladys, Emma, and Mary Thayer.

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, with the exception of professional correspondence relating to Nancy's book A Joyous Painter, which is arranged chronologically at the end of the subseries.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety. Duplicates have not been scanned.

Box Folder
1 11 Notes, circa 1960s
1 12 Alden, D. W., 1971
1 13 Allison, Hildreth and Henry, 1946-1973
1 14 Barton, Bob, 1974
1 15 Beloin, Mary, 1975
1 16 Biagi, Laura, 1908
1 17 Bowditch, Harold, 1917-1921, undated
1 18-19 Bowditch, Martha, 1939-1971
1 20 Brush, George de Forest, 1905-1910
1 21 Brush, George de Forest, 1911-1915
1 22 Brush, George de Forest, 1916-1933
1 23 Brush, George de Forest, 1938-circa 1940
1 24 Brush, George de Forest, circa 1900-1940
1 25 Brush, George de Forest, 1941
condolence letters
1 26-27 Brush, Gerome, 1912-1971
1 28 Brush, Grandmother, 1909-1910
1 29-30 Brush, Jane, 1946-1952
1 31 Brush, Mary, circa 1940-1955
1 32 Brush, Mittie Taylor Whelpley, 1910-1914
1 33 Brush, Mittie Taylor Whelpley, 1918-1929
1 34 Brush, Mittie Taylor Whelpley, 1933-1941
1 35 Brush, Mittie Taylor Whelpley, 1942-1946
1 36 Brush, Mittie Taylor Whelpley, 1927-1948
1 37 Brush, Mittie Taylor Whelpley, circa 1910-1950
1 38-39 Brush, Thea, circa 1900-1935
1 40-41 Brush, Tribbie, 1910
1 42 Chantal, Bianca de, 1908
1 43 Chantal, Lya de, 1907
1 44 Childers, Molly, 1961
1 45 Clemens, Jane (Jean), 1906-1908
1 46 Clemens, Jane (Jean), 1909
1 47 Clemens, Jane (Jean), circa 1908
1 48-49 Coates, Winslow Shelby, circa 1940-1946
1 50 Coburn, Frederick, 1947
1 51 Cogswell, Kathleen, 1962-1977
1 52 Cooper, Hortense, circa 1960s
1 53 Dresser, Faith, 1917-circa 1920
1 54-55 Faulkner, Barry, 1909-1964
1 56 Faulkner, Martha B., 1908
1 57 Forbes, Grace, 1965
1 58-59 Greene, Mary, 1907-1912
1 60 Hume, Hugh, 1910-1928
1 61 Hume, Lillie, circa 1910
1 62 Henderson, C. Hanford, 1912
1 63 Henderson (?), Gerald, circa 1910
1 64 Henderson, Hilly (probably Hildegarde), circa 1900
1 65 Kent, Kathleen, circa 1910
1 66 Kidder, Homer H., 1905
1 67 Lemmi, Charles, 1910
1 68 McKittrick, Margaret, 1908-1909
1 69 McVeigh, Rogers, 1912
1 70 Proctor, A. Phimister, 1947-1949
1 71 Proctor, Hester, 1974-1978
1 72 Pumpelly, Eliza, 1909
1 73 Osgood, Hamilton, 1907
1 74-75 Osgood, Margaret (Nonna), 1912-1915
1 76-77 Pearmain, Alice, 1907-1927
1 78-79 Pearmain, John (Jack), 1907-1955
1 80-81 Pearmain, Margaret, 1909-1932
1 82-83 Pearmain, Mary Alice (Polly), 1928-1947
1 84 Pearmain, Sumner B., 1909-1929
1 85 Pearmain Family, circa 1910
1 86 Pearmain, William Robert, 1905
William to Nancy
1 87 Pearmain, William Robert, 1907
William to Nancy
Box Folder
2 1 Pearmain, William Robert, 1908
William to Nancy
2 2 Pearmain, William Robert, 1909-1912
William to Nancy
2 3-4 Pearmain, William Robert, circa 1907-1912
William to Nancy
2 5 Pearmain, William Robert, 1905-1907 September
Nancy to William
2 6 Pearmain, William Robert, 1907 October-December
Nancy to William
2 7 Pearmain, William Robert, 1908
Nancy to William
2 8 Pearmain, William Robert, 1909-1910
Nancy to William
2 9 Pearmain, William Robert, circa 1905-1910
Nancy to William
2 10 Pearmain, William Robert, circa 1910
Fragments
2 11 Pearmain, William Robert, 1912
Condolence letters
2 12 Sanger, Margaret, 1912, undated
2 13 Smith, Corina, circa 1920s
2 14 Storer, Grandmother, circa 1910
2 15 Tharp, Louise Hall, 1954-1979
2 16 Thayer, Emma Beech, 1907-1910
2 17 Thayer, Gerald (Gra), 1903-1910
2 18-19 Thayer, Gladys (Galla), 1903-1908, undated
2 20 Thayer, Mary, 1904-1907
2 21 Upton, Grandmother, 1907
2 22 Volk, Marion, 1909-1911
2 23 Vose, Robert C., 1948-1949
2 24 Whelpley, J., circa 1920
2 25-26 Whelpley, Nan, 1912-1970
2 27 Whelpley (?), Page, 1976
2 28-29 White, Nelson C., 1940-1978
2 30 Whiting, Sue, 1909
2 31 Wood, Lisa, 1908
2 32 Aunt Jay and Uncle Phil, 1904-1911
2 33 Aunt Sue, 1919
2 34 A-Z, 1911-1970s
2 35 Fragments, circa 1910-1955
2 36 First Name Only, 1909-1972
2 37 Duplicate Typescripts, circa 1960s
2 38 Illegible, Not Signed, circa 1910s
2 39 Concerning Biography of George de Forest Brush, 1947
2 40 Concerning Biography of George de Forest Brush, 1948-1949
2 41 Concerning Biography of George de Forest Brush, 1950-1958
2 42 Concerning Biography of George de Forest Brush, 1960-1968
2 43 Concerning Biography of George de Forest Brush, 1969-1971
2 44 Concerning Biography of George de Forest Brush, 1972-1978

3.2: William Robert Pearmain, 1904-1912

Pearmain's correspondence is scattered and from family and friends.

Researchers should note that Pearmain's correspondence with Nancy Bowditch is arranged in Subseries 3.1.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
2 45-46 Brush, George de Forest, 1907-1910
2 47 Brush, Georgie, circa 1907
2 48 Brush, Mittie Taylor Whelpley, 1909-1910
2 49 Cable (?), J. W., 1906
2 50 Carlomagno, 1910-1911
2 51 Clemens, Jane (Jean), 1907
2 52-53 Faulkner, Barry, 1908-1910
2 54 Gaden (?), Maddalena, 1910
2 55 Gay, Arthur, 1909
2 56 Goodnow, Ruth Lois, 1910
2 57 Goodnow, W. L., 1911
2 58-59 Henderson, C. Hanford, 1909-1910
2 60 Lemmi, Charles, 1909-1910
2 61 Osgood, Hamilton, 1906-1907
2 62 Osgood, Nonna, 1910s
2 63 Pearmain, Alice, 1907-1910
Box Folder
3 1 Pearmain, Alice, circa 1907-1910
3 2-3 Pearmain, John (Jack), 1904-1908
3 4-6 Pearmain, Margaret, 1905-circa 1912
3 7-8 Pearmain, Sumner B., 1907-1910
3 9 Proell, Albert, 1910-1911
3 10 Storer, Mary L., 1907
3 11 Upton, S. M., 1906
3 12 Thayer, Gerald (Gra), 1910-1911
3 13 Thayer, Gladys (Galla), circa 1910
3 14 Agagmat (?), 1908
letter in French
3 15 Gerry (no surname), 1910
3 16 Gretchen (no surname), 1912

3.3: George de Forest Brush Correspondence, 1895-1926

George de Forest Brush's correspondence is primarily with Brush and Pearmain family members and the Thayer family.

Researchers should note that Brush's correspondence with Nancy Brush is found in Subseries 3.1 and correspondence with William Robert Pearmain is found in Subseries 3.2. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
3 17 Bowditch, Harold, 1916-1918, circa 1920
3 18 Brush, Georgie, 1907
3 19 Brush, Mary, 1912
3 20 Brush, Mittie Taylor Whelpley, circa 1900
3 21 Brush, Tribbie, 1910
3 22 Pearmain, Alice, 1908
3 23 Pearmain, Mary Alice (Polly), 1926
3 24 Pearmain, William Robert, 1908
3 25 Thayer, Gerald (Gra), 1907
3 26 Thayer, Gladys (Galla), 1903
3 27 A-Z, 1895-1924
3 28 First Names Only, Not Signed, 1904-circa 1910

3.4: Other Family Members Correspondence, 1903-1979

Found are pieces of correspondence from members of the Bowditch, Brush, and Pearmain families.

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
3 29 Bowditch, Harold, 1917-1944, circa 1950
3 30 Bowditch, Selma, circa 1910, 1914-1916
3 31 Brush, Georgie, 1904-1905, circa 1910
3 32 Brush, Jane, 1926-1941
3 33 Brush, Mary, 1904-circa 1910
3 34 Brush, Tribbie, 1903
3 35 Pearmain, John (Jack), 1904-1909
3 36 Pearmain, Mary Alice (Polly), 1920, undated
3 37 Pearmain, Sumner, circa 1910
3 38 Miscellaneous, circa 1920

Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1900-1975
1 Linear foot; Boxes 3-4

The majority of this series consists of drafts, editing notes, and research notes for Nancy's biography of her father, The Joyous Painter. Also found are general notes and a typescript of a biography of William Robert Pearmain which contains original photographs of the Pearmain family. Writings by others are found in a separate subseries.

The Writings and Notes series is arranged into 2 subseries:

This bulk of this series has been scanned.

4.1: by Nancy Douglas Bowditch, circa 1910-1975

This subseries contains drafts, typescripts, edits, and notes for The Joyous Painter; a typescript for A Brief Biography of Robert Pearmain; a written recollecion of when Nancy and her siblings and friends sewed a new dress for her mother, Mittie Brush, with an accompaning photograph of the event; and various notes.

The bulk of this series has been scanned. Some drafts, corrections, and proofs of The Joyous Painter have not been scanned.

Box Folder
3 The Joyous Painter
3 39-40 Typescript, circa 1970s
3 41 Dedication and Outline, circa 1970
3 42-45 Draft, circa 1970
3 46 Corrections, circa 1970
3 47-48 Edited Pages, circa 1970
3 49-50 Research Notes, circa 1970
Box Folder
4 1-4 Research Notes, circa 1970
4 5 Editing Notes, circa 1970
4 6 Layout Notes, circa 1971
4 7 Typescript (Duplicate), circa 1971
4 8 A Brief Biography of Robert Pearmain, 1888-1912, 1975
4 9 Notes on William Robert Pearmain, circa 1975
4 10 "My Mother's New Dress," circa 1950
4 11 "My Mother's New Dress," circa 1908
includes a photograph
4 12 Notes on Samuel and Jane Clemens, 1968
4 13 Notes on Paint Colors, circa 1910s
4 14 Speech Text, 1970 May 5
4 15 General, circa 1910s-1950s

4.2: by Others, circa 1900-circa 1970s

This subseries includes notes written by George de Forest Brush, Trubbie Brush and Barry Faulkner; scattered writings by William Robert Pearmain; a song dedicated to the Brush family by Gerald "Gra" Thayer; and miscellaneous lists.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
4 16 Notes by George de Forest Brush, circa 1900
4 17 Notes by Tribbie Brush, 1902
4 18 Notes by Barry Faulkner, circa 1941
4 19 Writings by William Robert Pearmain, circa 1909
4 20 Poem and Song by Gra, 1906
4 21 Concerning Various Artists, circa 1940s
4 22 Lists of Works of Art by Brush, circa 1970

Series 5: Artwork, 1898-1950
4 Folders; Boxes 4, 9-10

Artwork is by Nancy Douglas Bowditch, William Robert Pearmain, and George de Forest Brush. Nancy Douglas Bowditch's work consists of one sketch, one study, and three completed drawings of William Robert Pearmain and Alan Seeger. Pearmain's artwork comprises twenty-four sketches including one watercolor, twelve studies, and forty-two completed drawings. Also found is one pencil sketch by Brush.

This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
4 23 Nancy Douglas Bowditch, Pencil Sketches, 1912-1950
4 24 George de Forest Brush, Pencil Sketch, 1912
Oversized item housed in OV 9
4 25 William Robert Pearmain, Pencil Sketches and Drawings, 1898-1909
Oversized items housed in OV 9-10
4 26 William Robert Pearmain, Tempera and Oil Sketches, 1908
Box
OV9 Oversized Sketch by George de Forest Brush and Oversized Sketches by William Robert Pearmain, circa 1900-1912
Scanned with Box 4, F24 and F25
Box
OV10 Oversized Sketches by William Robert Pearmain, 1898-1909
Scanned with Box 4, F25

Series 6: Printed Material, 1889-1974
0.2 Linear feet; Box 4

Printed materials include clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, calling cards, and other materials concerning Nancy Douglas Bowditch, George de Forest Brush, Barry Faulkner, Stephen Parrish, and Abbot Handerston Thayer.

This bulk of this series has been scanned.

Box Folder
4 27 Archives of American Art Publications, 1967-1973
4 28 Articles Concerning Nancy Douglas Bowditch, 1965-1971
4 29 Articles Concerning George de Forest Brush, 1889-1971
4 30 Book Reviews, The Joyous Painter, 1971-1974
4 31 Calling Cards, circa 1900
4 Clippings
4 32 Files Kept by William Robert Pearmain, 1910-1912
4 33 Concerning Nancy Douglas Bowditch, 1970
4 34 Concerning George de Forest Brush, 1923-1941
4 35 Concerning Cornish Colony Artists, circa 1970s
4 36-37 General, 1913-1973
4 38 Dust Jacket, The Joyous Painter, 1970
4 Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements
4 39 George de Forest Brush, 1930-1971
4 40 Barry Faulkner, 1956-1967
4 41 Stephen Parish, 1970
4 42 Abbot Handerson Thayer, 1923, undated
4 43 Mark Twain Quarterly, Winter 1957, 1957
4 44 Miscellaneous, 1912, undated
4 45 Reproductions of Artwork, by Nancy Douglas Bowditch, circa 1960s
4 46 Reproductions of Artwork, by George de Forest Brush, circa 1960s

Series 7: Brush Family Home Building Files, 1910-1971
10 Folders; Boxes 4, 8

This series contains materials relating to two homes of the Brush family: Brushwood, built by William Robert Pearmain, and a logcabin in Dublin, NH. Materials include plans, a map of Dublin, New Hampshire, Stave Church inspirations used by Pearmain to design the house, photographs, and a watercolor of Brushwood by Nancy.

This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
4 Brushwood
4 47 Plan of Brushwood, 1910
photograph of original
4 48 Map of Dublin, New Hampshire, 1970 September 18
4 49 Examples of Stave Churches, circa 1910, undated
4 50 Photographs of Home, 1911 October
4 51 Photographs of Home, 1923-1924
taken by Harold Bowditch
4 52 Photographs of Interior, circa 1910s
4 53 Watercolor of Brushwood, by Nancy Douglas Bowditch, circa 1910s
Oversized material housed in Box 8
4 Log Cabin
4 54 Sketch, circa 1970s
photocopy
4 55 Photographs of Construction, 1971 August-November
4 56 Photographs, after 1971
Box Folder
8 1 Oversized Watercolor, circa 1910s
Oversized item scanned with Box 4, F53

Series 8: Scrapbooks, circa 1907-circa 1985
0.7 Linear feet; Boxes 5, 8

Found are five scrapbooks compiled by members of the Brush, Pearmain, and Bowditch families. The majority of the albums consist of photographs and reproductions of works of art by George de Forest Brush and William Robert Pearmain. There are also photographs of exhibitions of Brush's art and of installations. One scrapbook contains family photographs organized by date by Harold Bowditch.

This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
5 Scrapbook Owned by Lo. Halaby
5 1 Letter, circa 1985
5 2 Photographs of Works of Art by George de Forest Brush, circa 1930s
5 3-4 Reproductions of Works of Art by George de Forest Brush, circa 1930s
loose materials tucked into album
5 Scrapbook by William Robert Pearmain
5 5 Fragments, circa 1911
5 Scrapbook of Works of Art by William Robert Pearmain
5 6 Album Cover, circa 1960s
5 7 Photographs and Obituary, 1916, circa 1950s
5 8 Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1960s
5 9 Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1960s
loose materials tucked into album
5 10 Sketch, circa 1907
5 Album of Exhibition of Works of Art by George de Forest Brush
5 11 Album Cover, 1968
5 12 Printed Material, 1968, undated
5 13 Photograps of Works of Art and Installations, 1968, undated
5 14 Photographs of Reception, 1968
5 15 Photographs of Installations, 1968
Polly Pearmain's photos
5 16 Photographs of Reception, 1968
Polly Pearmain's photos
5 17 Photographs of Works of Art, 1968
Polly Pearmain's photos
5 Scrapbook by Harold Bowditch
5 18 Scrapbook, circa 1920s
Oversized items housed in Box 8
Box Folder
8 2 Oversized items from Harold Bowditch Scrapbook, circa 1920s

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1860-1979
1 Linear foot; Boxes 5-7, 11

Found are family photographs of the Brush family, snapshots, vacations, portraits, interiors, studios, buildings, pets and animals, family events, and of works of art. Among those photographed include George de Forest and Mittie Taylor Whelpley Brush and their children; Nancy Bowditch's children and grandchildren; the Pearmain family; the wedding of Clara Clemens with her father Samuel Clemens; and the Thayer children, their homes, and sleeping huts. A portrait of Nancy as a young woman was taken by Jean Clemens and has a love letter written by Robert Pearmain on verso. Also found are copies of photographs used in a biography of George de Forest Brush by Joan Morgan entitled George de Forest Brush, 1855-1941: Master of the American Renaissance (1985).

The bulk of this series has been scanned. Photographs of works of art have not been scanned.

Box Folder
5 Portraits
5 19 George de Forest Brush, 1898-1926
5 20 Mittie Taylor Whelpley Brush, 1870-1912
5 21 Mary Brush and Children, 1897-1898
5 22 Brush Children, 1898-1908
5 23 Georgia Brush, circa 1908
5 24 Jane Brush, 1908-1918
5 25 Mary Brush, 1898-1918
5 26 Nancy Douglas Bowditch, circa 1898-1905
Nancy Douglas Bowditch as a Child
5 27 Nancy Douglas Bowditch, circa 1910
Includes photographs taken by Jean Clemens of Nancy as a young woman. Verso contains love letters written to Nancy by William Robert Pearmain.
5 28 Nancy Douglas Bowditch, circa 1920s
Nancy with a child, probably Polly Peamrain
5 29 Nancy Douglas Bowditch, circa 1930s-1964
Nancy as an adult
5 30 Tribbie Brush, 1898-1909
5 31 Nancy and William Robert Pearmain, 1907 August
5 32 Nancy and Harold Bowditch, 1940
5 33 Mary "Polly" Pearmain Marlowe, circa late 1920s
5 34 Clifford Seymour Brush and Gerome Brush II, 1957 December
Gerome Brush's children
5 35 Harold Bowditch, 1944
5 36 Lillie Brush, circa 1890s
George de Forest Brush's sister
5 37 Dr. James Davenport Whelpley, circa 1890s
copyprint
5 38 William Robert Pearmain, 1892September, circa 1895
5 39 Pearmain Siblings, 1888-1904
Margaret, Jack, Edward, and William Robert with their mother, Alice
5 40 Gladys Thayer (Galla), circa 1909
5 41 F. L. W., 1936 or 1937
5 42 Unidentified, circa 1890-1900
5 Weddings
5 43 Clara Clemens (?), 1910
Clara Clemens, Samuel Clemens, Jarvis Langdon, Jean Clemens, Mr. Twitchell
5 44-45 Nancy and Robert, 1909 September 11
5 46 Nancy with Bridesmaids, 1909 September 11
Margaret Pearmain and Tribbie Brush
5 47 Gerald Thayer and Alina Wallerman, before 1916
5 Graduations and Reunions
5 48 Wellsley, 1935
5 Snapshots
5 49 George de Forest Brush with Children and Grandchildren, 1892-circa 1930s
5 50 George de Forest Brush with Children and Grandchildren, 1931
framed photograph
5 51 George de Forest Brush with Sons-in-Law, circa 1930
5 52 George de Forest Brush Painting Outside, 1900
5 53 Mittle Taylor Whelpley Brush with her Children, 1909-1930s
5 54 Nancy Douglas Bowditch, 1969-1972
5 55 Nancy Douglas Bowditch (?) as a Young Child, circa 1890
5 56 Nancy Douglas Bowditch with her Children, 1911-1969
with Polly and George
5 57 Nancy Douglas Bowditch with Family and Friends, 1966-1973
5 58 Harold and Nancy Douglas Bowditch, 1919-1948
5 59 Harold and Nancy Douglas Bowditch with Their Grandchildren, late 1930s
5 60 Harold Bowditch, 1923, undated
5 61 Harold Bowditch with his Children, early 1920s
5 62 Bowditch and Pearmain Children, 1920s-1930s
Polly, George, Henry and Martha
5 63 Brush Sisters, 1907-1911, circa 1915
Mary, Thea and Jane
5 64 Mary Brush in World War I Service Uniform, 1918
5 65 Clifford and Gerry Brush, circa 1950s
5 66 Faith Lea Storer, circa 1900
5 67 Philip Whelpley, circa 1909
standing in front of Thayer family home
5 68 Whelpley Family Members, circa 1900-1952
5 69 Pearmain Family Members, circa 1909
5 70 Bowditch Family Members, 1964
likely Harold Bowditch's mother, Selma Bowditch
5 71 Hildegarde and Gerard Henderson, 1905
5 72 Gerard Henderson, Georgie Brush, and Unknown, circa 1900
likely Hildegarde Henderson
5 73 Thayer Family, 1904-1909
Mary, Gladys, Gerald and Abbot Handerson
5 74 Miss Lyons, Mr. Paine and Gerome Brush, 1906
Samuel Clemens' secretary and biographer
5 75 Ilka Howells, circa 1890
5 76-77 Miscellaneous, circa 1900-1976
Identified photographs, relationships to the Brush family unknown
5 78-79 Miscellaneous, circa 1900-1950s
Unidentified photographs
5 Gravestones
5 80 George de Forest Brush, 1969 August
5 Animals
5 81 Family Dogs and Chickens, 1902-circa 1920s
5 Cars
5 82 Cars, circa 1930
5 Studios
5 83 George de Forest Brush's Italian Studio and Garden, circa 1908
5 84-85 Pearmain's Paris Studio (?), circa 1905-1908 March 21
5 86 George de Forest Brush in his Studio, circa 1910s
5 Interiors
5 87 Russels Camp, circa 1900
5 88 44 Harvard Avenue, Brookline, MA, circa 1920s
Harold and Nancy Bowditch's Home
5 89 12 Pine, circa 1965
Includes Baha'i art and portraits
5 90 Unidentified, circa 1905-1969
5 Theatrical Costume
5 91 Brush Family and Friends in Italy, 1908
5 92 Gerome Brush in Soldier Girl, circa 1906 or 1907
play written by Gerome Brush
5 93 Mary and Jane Brush, circa 1910s
5 94 Harold Bowditch in School Play, circa 1905 or 1915
5 95 Unidentified, circa 1900s
probably Pearmain family in Medival costume
5 96 Nancy Douglas Bowditch in Colonial and Post-Civil War Dresses, 1961-1962
5 97 Nancy Douglas Bowditch and David Marlowe as Mr. Haseltine, 1964 June 13
5 98 Nancy Douglas Bowditch in Native American Dress, circa 1963
5 99 Polly Marlowe, circa 1960s-1979s
5 100 Polly Marlowe and Kathleen Bowditch, 1960s
5 101 Alina Thayer and Mary Brush, 1909
5 102 Unidentified, circa 1909
Box Folder
6 Buildings and Homes
6 1 George de Forest Brush's Birthplace, circa 1860
print of original
6 2 Brush Home in Florence, Italy, circa 1907
6 3 Farm in Dublin, New Hampshire, 1910-1920s
6 4 Putnam Camp, 1941
6 5 295 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, circa 1900
William Robert Pearmain's family home
6 6 Groton School Dormitory, circa 1952
6 7 Thayer Home and Sleeping Huts, circa 1900
6 8 Douglas Volk's House in Lowell, ME, 1911 August
6 9 Churches and Baha'i Temples, 1952-1969
6 10 Unidentified, 1908-1950s
6 Outdoors
6 11 Crawford Notch, New Hampshire, 1911 August
White Mountains
6 12 Dublin, New Hampshire, 1911 October
6 13 Bedford, MA, circa 1900s
view of Charles River
6 Travel
6 14 Paris, France, circa 1908
6 15 Gibraltar, circa 1908
6 16 Cyprus, Greece and Aegean Sea, 1909
6 17 Florence, Italy, 1908, undated
6 18 Naples, Italy, 1908
6 19 Palermo and San Reggio, Italy, 1907-1909
6 Works of Art
6 20 Polly Pearmain Marlowe with Works of Art by her Parents, 1969 August
6 21 Bust of Nathaniel Bowditch by Ball Hughes, circa 1900
6 22-25 by Nancy Douglas Bowditch, circa 1900-1970s
6 26-32 by George de Forest Brush, circa 1900-1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 11
6 33 by William Robert Pearmain, 1909-1910
6 34 by Douglas Volk, 1909
6 35 Unidentified, circa 1920
6 Miscellaneous
6 36 Miscellaneous, circa 1910s
6 37 Duplicates, 1888-1939
Box Folder
7 1 Duplicates, 1950s
7 2-7 Negatives and Slides, circa 1910s-1980s
7 8 Notes and Photo Enclosures, 1969
7 George de Forest Brush, 1855-1941: Master of the American Renaissance (1985), by Joan Morgan
7 9 Prints Used in Book, 1980s
Box
11 Oversized Photograph of Work of Art by Brush, circa 1900
Material from Box 6, F26