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Barbara Latham papers, 1902-1972

Latham, Barbara, 1896-1989

Painter, Etcher, Author, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 3.5 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 4 reels)

Summary: Correspondence, diaries, writings, business records, art works, printed material, and photographs.
REELS 2839-2841: Biographical materials; correspondence from her husband, Howard N. Cook; correspondence with Amalia Schulthess, Harry Leith-Ross, Harry Pitts, Dorothy E. Brett and others; personal writings; travel diaries from North Carolina and Alabama; 3 calendars, 1942, 1943, 1957; sales account of prints, 1928-1957; sketches and sketchbooks; prints; greeting cards by Latham, Cook and Vaneil Foster; 4 oil paintings by Harry Leith-Ross; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; and photographs of Latham including one by Mildred Tolbert, ca. 1960 (a copyprint microfilmed on reel 1817, fr. 726-727) and her work; and a tribute to illustrator Helen Sewell.
REEL 3244: 11 portraits of Latham by Cook, including drawings in charcoal, ink, and pencil, and wood engravings and aquatints; and 3 self-portraits of Cook and 2 self-portraits of Latham.
UNMICROFILMED: Letters from Harriet Latham Robinson, Latham's niece, regarding family affairs, 1964-1968.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, illustrator, writer, etcher; Taos, N.M. b. 1896 in Walpole, Mass.; d. 1989, Sante Fe, N.M. Studied at the Pratt Institute, Art Students League and with Andrew Dasburg. Well known for her work as a children's book illustrator. Married to painter Howard Cook.


Donated 1972-1973 by Latham.

Related Materials

Barbara Latham papers relating to her work as a children's book illustrator Located at; Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2839-2841 & 3244 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.

Correspondence with Harriet Latham Robinson: ACCESS RESTRICTED: Written permission required.

How to Cite This Collection

Barbara Latham papers, 1902-1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.