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Anna Coleman Ladd papers, circa 1881-1950

Anna Coleman Ladd papers, circa 1881-1950

Ladd, Anna Coleman Watts, 1878-1939

Sculptor

Representative image for Anna Coleman Ladd papers, circa 1881-1950

This site provides access to the papers of Anna Coleman Watts Ladd in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012, and total 6,185 images.

Collection Information

Size: 4.2 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of sculptor Anna Coleman Ladd measure 4.2 linear feet, date from 1881-1950, and document the career of sculptor Anna Coleman Ladd. Found within the papers are biographical material, letters, diaries, financial material, notes and writings, art work, a file concerning the American Red Cross Studio for Portrait- Masks, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical materials are scattered and include calling cards, biographical sketches, notes, and certificates.

Correspondence includes letters written to Anna Coleman Ladd from various family members, friends, and colleagues. Notable correspondents include William Aldrich, Gabriella Fabbricotti, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Natalie Hays Hammond, and Jessie Eldridge Southwick.

Diaries are daily diaries dating from 1903-1905 and from 1911-1912. Each diary includes short descriptions of Ladd's days.

Financial materials include receipts, stock certificates, travel materials, lists, and an account book for Dr. Maynard Ladd.

Writings and notes consists of notebooks, lists of works of art, inventories, manuscripts by Ladd, and by others.

Artworks include two sketchbooks, loose drawings, and a plaster relief by Ladd as well as several sketches by others.

American Red Cross Studio for Portrait-Masks files include correspondence, writings, a scrapbook, printed materials, and photographs. Materials concern portrait masks used to disguise the disfigured faces of World War I veterans.

Scrapbooks consists of three scrapbooks containing photographs, printed materials, and writings.

Printed materials include clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Ladd's works, books and booklets, and posters, some of which are French World War I propaganda.

Photographs include photographs of Anna Coleman Ladd with her works of art and in the studio, Dr. Maynard Ladd, friends, family, colleagues, and works of sculpture.

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in 1878 in Philadelphia to John and Mary Watts, Anna Coleman Ladd (née Watts) was educated in private schools and Europe. She also studied in America under Charles Grafly.

Provenance

The Anna Coleman Ladd papers were donated in 1991 by William Terry on behalf of Robert Edwards, a friend of Anna Coleman Ladd.

A Finding Aid to the Anna Coleman Ladd Papers,
1881-1950
, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical/Historical note
Born in 1878 in Philadelphia to John and Mary Watts, Anna Coleman Ladd (née Watts) was educated in private schools and Europe. She also studied in America under Charles Grafly.
She moved to Boston in 1905 and married Boston pediatrician Maynard Ladd with whom she had two daughters, Gabriella May Ladd and Vernon Abbott Ladd . Working in her studio on Clarendon Street, Ladd became one of the city's most prolific sculptors, creating fountain pieces, portrait busts, memorials, and reliefs in addition to authoring two novels,
Hieronymus Rides
in 1912, and
The Candid Adventurer
in 1913.
Between 1907 and 1915, Ladd had solo exhibitions at the Gorham Gallery in New York, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia. She was also invited to exhibit her bronzes at the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. In 1914 she executed a bronze statuette of Eleanora Duse for which the actress posed, and later completed portrait busts of Anna Pavlova and Ethel Barrimore.
In late 1917 in Paris, Ladd founded the American Red Cross Studio for Portrait-Masks to provide cosmetic masks to be worn by men who had been badly disfigured in World War I. Her services earned her the Légion d'Honneur Crois de Chevalier and the Serbian Order of Saint Sava.
For many years, Ladd maintained a summer studio "Arden" at Beverly Farms in Manchester, Massachusetts. In 1923, she received an honorary degree of Master of Arts from Tufts College.
Anna Coleman Ladd died June 3, 1939 in Santa Barbara, California.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 10 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1910-1950 (Box 1; 4 folders)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1895-1937 (Box 1-2; 1.1 linear feet)
Series 3: Diaries, 1903-1912 (Box 2; 2 folders)
Series 4: Financial Material, 1899-1934 (Box 2; 6 folders)
Series 5: Writings and Notes, 1888-1949 (Box 2, 6, OV 7; 0.6 linear feet)
Series 6: Artwork, 1901-1928 (Box 2, 6, OV 7; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 7: American Red Cross Studio for Portrait-Masks File, 1914-1925 (Box 2-3, 6; 0.4 linear feet)
Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1900-1940 (Box 3; 0.3 linear feet)
Series 9: Printed Material, 1889-1942 (Box 3, 6, OV 7; 0.5 linear feet)
Series 10: Photographs, 1881-1932 (Box 4-6, MGP 1; 0.8 linear feet)
Provenance
The Anna Coleman Ladd papers were donated in 1991 by William Terry on behalf of Robert Edwards, a friend of Anna Coleman Ladd.
Processing Information note
The papers were processed by Jean Fitzgerald in December 2005 and were prepared for scanning in 2012 by Jayna Hanson, with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Glass plate negatives were re-housed in 2015 with a grant provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Anna Coleman Ladd papers, circa 1881-1950. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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