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Collected materials on Edwin Romanzo Elmer, 1899-1977

Elmer, Maud Valona, 1879-1963



Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: REEL 124: A small childhood drawing book by Edwin Romanzo Elmer; four letters received by Edwin's neice, Maud V. Elmer, 1952-1953; a page of notes by Maud V. Elmer; a book, ELMER-ELMORE GENEAOLOGY, 1899; 14 pages of mounted clippings; three exhibition catalogs from Smith College, the Corcoran, and American Federation of Arts, 1953; one bulletin from the Corcoran; and a 22 page manuscript of Maud Elmer's biography, "Edwin Romanzo Elmer As I Knew Him." Also included are two letters from Elizabeth McCausland regarding Edwin Romanzo Elmer; eight photographs of Elmer's paintings, and five of Elmer and his family; and ca. 40 loose clippings.
REEL 2803: Two photographs, one of Edwin Romanzo Elmer and relatives, and one of a pastel by Elmer; a few pages detailing the Elmore-Elmer genealogy; and clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Buckland, Massachusetts.


Papers on reel 124 were donated by Maud V. Elmer via Mary Bartlett Cowdrey, 1957-1963. Cowdrey augmented this initial gift by adding material from her own files: the McCausland letters and eight photographs of paintings. Maud V. Elmer died in 1963, and in the course of settling her estate, Cowdrey received the five photographs of Elmer and family, and clippings from Paul Copeland, executor (?). Material on reel 2803 donated in 1977 by a relative of Elmer, William B. Elmer.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 2803: Originals retained by donor, William B. Elmer.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 124 and 2803 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Reel 2803: clippings and some of the pages of the genealogy are photocopies.

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

Collected materials on Edwin Romanzo Elmer, 1899-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.