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Berta Briggs papers, 1930-1976

Contents and Arrangement

The collection has been arranged as 7 series. Documents within each series are arranged chronologically.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1932-1975
3 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material consists of curriculum vitae and awards.
Description Container Select
Curriculum Vitae, circa 1932-1943
1
1
National Association of Women Artists Award Medal, 1954
1
2
National Association of Women Artists Award Certificate, 1975
1
3

Series 2: Letters , 1932-1961
2 Folders
Box 1

Letters primarily discuss Briggs's activities with various arts organizations, and include one letter signed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mabel Conkling, Gail Sherman Corbett, Elisabeth Sturtevant Theobald, and other artists.
Description Container Select
Letters, 1932-1961
(2 folders)
1
4-5

Series 3: Notes and Writings , 1950-1954
19 Folders
Box 1

This series includes two notebooks concerning Briggs's book Charles Willson Peale: Artist and Patriot (1952) and one notebook concerning her other book To the Shores of Tripoli (1955). Additional writings describe Briggs's artwork and consist of typescripts by Briggs and others.
Description Container Select
Notebooks Concerning Book Charles Willson Peale: Artist and Patriot, 1950-1954
(11 folders)
1
6-16
Notebooks Concerning Book To the Shores of Tripoli, 1954
(6 folders)
1
17-22
Writings by Briggs, undated
1
23
Writings by Others, 1953, undated
1
24

Series 4: Artwork , 1931-1942
6 Folders
Boxes 1-2

Artwork by Briggs includes three sketchbooks of birds drawn at the Bronx Zoo, the San Diego Zoo, and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Also included are miscellaneous undated drawings, and a block print.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook of Birds in Bronx Zoo, 1931-1936
1
25
Sketchbook of Birds in San Diego Zoo, 1940
1
26
Sketchbook of Birds in Washington Zoo and Bronx Zoo, 1941-1942
1
27
Miscellaneous Drawings, undated
(see also Box 2)
1
28
Block Print of the Crucifiction, undated
1
29
Oversized Drawing of a Cat, undated
(see also Box 1)
2 (sol)
30

Series 5: Scrapbooks , 1908-1968
7 Folders
Boxes 1-2

Scrapbook 1 contains letters, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs and miscellaneous programs. Scrapbook 2 consists of only a few pages containing clippings. Scrapbook 3 concerns Briggs's books Charles Willson Peale: Artist and Patriot and To the Shores of Tripoli and contains letters, clippings, a press release, and an exhibition announcement.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1, 1908-1963
(2 folders; see also Box 2)
1
31-32
Scrapbook 2, 1931-1939
1
33
Scrapbook 3, 1950-1968
(3 folders)
1
34-36
Oversized Scrapbook 1, 1908-1963
2 (sol)

Series 6: Printed Material , 1932-1976
12 Folders
Box 1

This series contains clippings including Briggs's obituary, press releases, and exhibition announcements and catalogs that document Briggs's career.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1932-1976
(8 folders)
1
37-44
Press Releases, 1932-1943, undated
1
45
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1932-1963
(2 folders)
1
46-47
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1939-1956, undated
1
48

Series 7: Photographs , 1929-1943
4 Folders
Boxes 1-2

All photographs are of artwork.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Landscape Paintings, undated
1
49
Photographs of Paintings of Birds, undated
(2 folders)
1
50-51
Photograph Album of Artwork, 1929-1943
2 (sol)

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.