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Bertha Fanning Taylor papers, 1929-1972

Taylor, Bertha Fanning, 1883-1980

Curator, Painter, Educator, Illustrator, Art historian, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 0.6 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: REEL 286: Papers reflecting Taylor's activity as an American-born artist, teacher, art critic and lecturer working in France between the two World Wars and her later activities as a teacher at the Norfolk Division of William and Mary College. Included are correspondence, a typescript of her autobiography, My Fifteen Years in Paris; exhibition catalogs and announcements; and two scrapbooks of articles she wrote as assistant art critic for the Paris edition of the New York Herald, 1930-1936. Correspondents include poet Allen Tate and Jacques Barzun.
UNMICROFILMED: Typewritten drafts for memoirs, "Building Anew in a Southern City," 1953-1972.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, lecturer, teacher, museum curator and art critic; Paris, France and Norfolk, Va.; d. 1980.


Microfilmed material donated 1971 by Fanning. The unmicrofilmed memoirs were donated 1992 by her granddaughter, Claire M. Taylor.

Related Materials

Papers of Bertha Fanning Taylor, 1915-1979, are also located at Old Dominion University's Special Collections and University Archives.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 286 available 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.

How to Cite This Collection

Bertha Fanning Taylor papers, 1929-1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.