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Christian Brinton papers, 1874-1967

Brinton, Christian, 1870-1942

Curator, Collector, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 12 Linear feet, (on 8 microfilm reels)

Summary: Biographical information, including passports, marriage and divorce papers, a copy of Brinton's will, diaries, 1922, 1925, 1926, and 1928, and an autobiography; correspondence with artists and museums; a Chester County Art Association file containing correspondence, catalogs and a scrapbook; and a file containing research notebooks kept by Brinton on art and artists including personal observations; artist files containing notes and printed material; exhibition files from exhibitions Brinton curated or helped curate; writings, manuscripts, and typescripts of Brinton's work; and invitations, printed material and manuscripts from various lectures given by Brinton.

Biographical/Historical Note

International curator, art critic; West Chester, Pennsylvania. Born 1870. Died 1942. Co-founded and was the first president of the Chester County Art Association.


Microfilmed in 1987 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in Chester County Historical Society.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 4002-4009 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and at the Chester County Historical Society.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Christian Brinton papers, 1874-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.