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Constance Richardson letters from E.P. Richardson and others, 1935-1957

Constance Richardson letters from E.P. Richardson and others, 1935-1957

Richardson, Constance Coleman, 1905-2002


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Summary: Letters to Constance Richardson, most from her husband E.P. Richardson (unmicrofilmed), 1942, and condolence letters she received upon his death in 1985. The remainder relate to Richardson's own painting career.

UNMICROFILMED: 41 letters and 5 postcards from E.P. Richardson to Constance, whom he refers to as "Dearest treasure," My Darling," or other terms of endearment, 1937-1950, written while travelling in his capacity as curator and director at the Detroit Institute of Art, from Holland, Massachusetts, Ottawa, London, Michigan and other cities. Many are from 1942 while Richardson resided in the Hotel Bellevue in Beacon Hill, Mass., regarding painter Washington Allston. In addition to Allston, he mentions Amy Lowell, Coleridge, Carlos Lopez, Sadakichi Hartmann, the Bertoias, among others. He also reflects on the war with Japan and other current events of the 1940s, but most letters are of a personal nature concerning their relationship or his remarks on his colleagues. Richardson mentions many of the paintings he was trying to acquire for the Institute. The 1985-1986 correspondence consists of letters of condolence to Constance. Some letters enclose clippings; most envelopes are annotated by Constance regarding their contents.

REEL 267: Letters mostly from Hazel J. Lewis of Macbeth Gallery concerning the sale and exhibition of Richardson's paintings. Also included are catalogs; financial records; and clippings.

REEL 3470: Letters to Richardson from: the Hoosier Salon Patrons Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, requesting her painting "Hot Sun"; from Edith Wilkinson, daughter of Sanford Gifford, May 18 and 31, 1952; and from Lloyd Goodrich, October 19, 1955 and Robert O. Parks, November 4, 1955, commending her exhibition at Wildensteins.

REEL D10: A letter from Sigfried F. Aram, written on a menu for Cafe Geiger, undated; and an extra dinner menu from Cafe Geiger, New York City.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Detroit, Mich. Married Edgar P. Richardson, who was a director of the Detroit Institute of Arts (1945-1962) and founder of the Archives of American Art.


Donated 1960 and 1986 by Constance C. Richardson.

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels D10, 267, 3470 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION IS BEING PROCESSED AND IS CLOSED TO RESEARCHERS. 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

Constance Richardson letters from E.P. Richardson and others, 1935-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.