Paul Bransom papers, 1862-1985, bulk 1904-1979

Bransom, Paul, b. 1885 d. 1979
Painter, Illustrator
Active in Calif.; Wyo.

The papers of Paul Bransom were digitized in 2007 by the Archives of American Art. The bulk of the papers in the collection have been scanned in their entirety, and total 11,397 images. Types of materials that have not been digitized include duplicates, copies, certain printed materials, personal items of limited research value, and certain items related to others, as noted in the folder lists for each series.

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


Collection size: 10.1 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Almost half of the collection is comprised of Bransom's correspondence, which is particularly rich in documenting his early career as an illustrator, and his relationships with authors, art editors, and publishers from the 1900s to the 1940s. Correspondence also contains a wealth of cards, many of which bear reproductions or original artwork by his many artist friends. Also found in the papers are biographical essays, certificates and awards, memorabilia, writings and notes, business files, bibliographies, an artwork inventory, exhibition catalogs, clippings, printed illustrations, pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, and original artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note: Paul Bransom (1885-1979) was an animal painter and illustrator from New York, N.Y.

Material on reel D254 was lent for microfilming 1966; portions were subsequently donated along with additional material by Bransom, 1972-1975, by his nephew's wife Althea Bond, 1980, and by the curator of the Bransom collection, Mario Romero, 1983. James Zayicek donated 11 sketches and 8 greeting cards in 1985, and an additional 2 ft. was donated 1986 by Romero.

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

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  • The bulk of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Duplicates, copies, certain printed materials, personal items of limited research value, and certain items related to others have not been digitized, as noted in the container listing. The microfilm of 17 items from the 1966 loan by Bransom, most of which was later donated, is also available on 35 mm microfilm reel D254 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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Related Materials

A 1966 loan by Paul Bransom was microfilmed on reel D254 and later returned to Bransom. Some of this material was later donated to the Archives, portions of which were then transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library and are available in their vertical file on Bransom. Loaned material is not described in this finding aid.
The Archives of American Art holds the Helen Ireland Hays papers related to Paul Bransom, which contains 36 audio cassette recordings of Hays interviewing Bransom, among other materials. The Special Collections Division of the Stewart Library at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah holds the Paul Bransom Collection, a collection containing artwork, books from Bransom's personal library, manuscript material and photographs donated by Bransom in 1972 and 1974.