Richard Murray research material regarding Abbott Handerson Thayer, 1948-2004, bulk 1994-2001

Murray, Richard, b. 1942 d. 2006
Curator, Art historian, Arts administrator
Active in Washington, D.C.

Collection size: 9.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Richard Murray research material regarding Abbot Handerson Thayer measures 9.0 linear feet and dates from 1948 to 2004, with the bulk of the material dating from 1994 to 2001. Project files primarily document Murray's work on the 1999 exhibition "Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art" and subsequent Thayer book project. Also found are extensive research files on Abbott Handerson Thayer and his specific works of art as well as photographic materials depicting Thayer, his family, studio, house, and works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Richard Murray (1942-2006) was a curator and art historian at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. who specialized in Abbott Thayer. Murray was researching to write a book about Thayer.

The collection was donated in 2011 by the Smithsonian American Art Museum via George Gurney, curator.

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The Archives of American Art holds several collections related to Abbott Handerson Thayer. These include the Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer family papers, 1851-1999; research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer and other artists, 1895-1990, donated by Thomas B. Brumbaugh; the Abbott Handerson Thayer letter and drawings to Caroline Peddle Ball, circa 1890-1893; "The Drawings of Abbott Thayer", by Elizabeth Robins Pennell, circa 1921; and the Nelson and Henry C. White research material, 1898-1978, which includes many letters, photographs, and other material originally belonging to the Thayer family.