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Beatrice Whitney Van Ness papers, 1883-1985

Beatrice Whitney Van Ness papers, 1883-1985

Van Ness, Beatrice Whitney, 1888-1981


Collection Information

Size: 1.6 linear ft.

Summary: Letters, writings and notes, art works, printed material and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, educator; Chesnut Hill, Mass. Founder and head of the Art Department at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill (1921-1949). She studied child and adolescent behavior as applied to art education practice. Through articles, essays and presentations she advocated a more vital and integral role for art education in overall curriculum strategy.


Donated 1983 by Van Ness's daughters Mary Crocker and Silvia Martin.

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

Beatrice Whitney Van Ness papers, 1883-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.