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Charles H. Woodbury papers, 1866-1939

Charles H. Woodbury papers, 1866-1939

Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert), 1864-1940

Painter, Teacher, Etcher, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 1.6 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, writings, sketchbooks, art works, a scrapbook, printed material, photographs, negatives and videos relating to Charles Woodbury's travels, artwork and teachings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marine painter, instructor, writer, etcher, illustrator; Ogunquit, Me. Born in Lynn, Mass. Studied engineering at MIT (1882-1886) while continuing to paint and exhibit. Upon graduation he began teaching art. Woodbury married a pupil, Marcia Oakes, in 1890 and travelled often to Europe to paint, frequently to Holland. In 1897, he built a studio in Ogunquit, Maine, and began offering summer classes in 1898. His successful school turned Ogunquit into a major art colony. Woodbury wrote three books on the subject of teaching art; one with his teaching collaborator, art patron Elizabeth Ward Perkins.


Material on reels 1255 and 1271 was lent for microfilming by Woodbury's son David in August 1977, and was subsequently donated in 1986 by his widow, Ruth, along with unmicrofilmed material, with the exception of the drawings (frames 747-775) and the scrapbook (frames 1333-1471), which she retained. The videos were donated 1989 by Woodbury's grandson, Peter.

Location of Originals

  • Drawings (reel 1255, frames 747-775) and scrapbook (frames 1333- 1471): Originals retained by Ruth Woodbury.
  • Videotape scenes from Ogunquit: Original 16mm film retained by Peter Woodbury and is currently at MIT.

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.

Restrictions on Use

Videotape "Charles H. Woodbury N.A.: Artist and Teacher": Copyright retained by MIT Museaum.

How to Cite This Collection

Charles H. Woodbury papers, 1866-1939. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.