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Alice Barber Stephens papers, 1884-1986

Alice Barber Stephens papers, 1884-1986

Stephens, Alice Barber, 1858-1932

Engraver, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 0.3 linear ft. (on 1 microfilm reel).

Summary: Letters (1889-1974), photographs (1915-1917), printed material (1893-1986), and award certificates (1884-1895).

Letters from publishers discussing projects and fees, and by writers complimenting her work. Correspondents include Edward Bok, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Hamlin Garland, Ella Higginson, Herbert Hoover, Thornton Oakley, Howard Pyle, and Jessie Willcox Smith. Photographs (1915-1917) are of Stephens, her husband, illustrator Charles H. Stephens, and their house Thunderbird Lodge in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. There are also photographs of amateur theatrical productions and the dedication ceremony for Albert Laessle's monument "The Beaver." Stephens took many of the photographs.

Printed material (1893-1986) consists of clippings concerning Stephens' work and her husband's collection of Native American artifacts, 9 reproductions of Stephens' illustrations, an exhibition catalog for the Plastic Club (1898) and for the Philadelphia Art Alliance Exposition of Tribal Arts (1932), and a booklet about Stephens. Miscellaneous items include a manuscript "The Artist's Masque" by Charles H. Stephens, miscellaneous notes (1931), an inventory of furniture, Library of Congress receipts (1932-1933) for works of art, and 3 award certificates (1884-1895).

Biographical/Historical Note

Illustrator; Pennsylvania. Studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Eakins, Drexel Academy under Howard Pyle, Pennsylvania Academy of Design for Women, at at the Julian and Colarossi Academies in Paris. Primarily known for illustrations for HARPER'S, CENTURY and SCRIBNER'S. Married to illustrator Charles H. Stephens. Lived in Rose Valley, Pa. in Thunderbird Lodge, a barn remodelled for them by William Price. Both active in the arts and crafts community established by Price in 1901.


Donated 1988 by Stephens' granddaughter and her husband.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 4152 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Alice Barber Stephens papers, 1884-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.