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Deborah Goldsmith commonplace books, 1826-1933, bulk 1826-1832

Deborah Goldsmith commonplace books, 1826-1933, bulk 1826-1832

Goldsmith, Deborah, 1808-1836


Collection Information

Size: 2 microfilm reels.

Summary: Two commonplace books or albums kept by Deborah Goldsmith prior to her marriage to George Addison Throop containing drawings; poems, verses, passages written by Goldsmith, and by her friends; and some later annotations by descendants.

Biographical/Historical Note

Deborah Goldsmith (1808-1836) was an itinerant portrait and miniature painter in oils from New York state. After her marriage on December 27, 1832 to George Addison Throop (1810-1849), of the artistic Throop family of central New York, she gave up her profession; thus, maiden name Goldsmith appears on the artist's professional work.


The albums were passed down through the Throop family to Mrs. Olive Cole Smith, the granddaughter of Deborah Goldsmith Throop and George Addison Throop - she, in turn, gave it to her son Dan Throop Smith (the great-grandson of Deborah Goldsmith Throop), who has lent it to the Archives of American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to lender, Professor Dan Throop Smith, after microfilming.

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

Deborah Goldsmith commonplace books, 1826-1933, bulk 1826-1832. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.