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Alice Kellogg Tyler papers, 1871-1932, bulk 1871-1898 dates

Tyler, Alice Kellogg, 1862-1900



Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet, (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Journals and diaries, correspondence, exhibition catalogs, photographs (1871-1898), and sketches and etchings by Tyler and her husband, Orno James Tyler, document her Chicago work and her days as an art student in Paris.
Reels 4182-4183 (frames 1-470): Writings include an 11-page journal (1886-1892), a 23-page journal, a 1900 diary, and Tyler's "Thought Book" (1875). Correspondence (1883-1893) with family and friends, including letters illustrated by Tyler and transcripts of letters, chronicling her experiences as an art student in Europe (1887-1889) and comments on French society and the role of women in art. Two exhibition catalogs (1891, 1894) are from the Butler Gallery, Hull House. Photographs show Tyler (1894-1898), her studio, Arthur B. Davies (1884), the homes of Tyler (1895), John Leonard Kellogg (1871) and her sister, Mabel Kellogg Rich, Tyler's mural in the Illinois State Building at the Chicago World's Fair (1893), and works of art. Thirty-nine color slides of works of art have not been microfilmed.
Reel 4183 (frames 471-952): Art works consist of 138 sketches and notes, 2 sketchbooks and 7 etchings by Tyler and 2 sketchbooks by her husband, Orno James Tyler. The 2 books are SINGING VERSES FOR CHILDREN (1897) and THE EXCELLENT BECOMES THE PERMANENT (1932).

Biographical/Historical Note

Alice Kellogg studied at the Academy of Fine Arts (later the Art Institute of Chicago) and in Paris at the Academie Julian and Colarossi in 1887-1889. She won distinction for her painting in the Paris Salon, the Paris Universal Exposition of 1889, and in Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.


The donor and lender, JoAnne Wiemers Bowie, is the great-grandniece of Tyler.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 4183 (frames 471-952): Originals returned to the lender, JoAnne Wiemers Bowie, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 4182-4183 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Exhibition catalogs are photocopies.

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.

How to Cite This Collection

Alice Kellogg Tyler papers, 1871-1932, bulk 1871-1898 dates. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.