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Edith Emerson papers, 1839-1981, bulk 1894-1971

Edith Emerson papers, 1839-1981, bulk 1894-1971

Emerson, Edith, 1888-1981

Muralist, Painter, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 2.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter, illustrator, and curator Edith Emerson measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1839 to 1981, with the bulk of the material dating from 1894-1971. Found within the papers are biographical material; letters from friends and colleagues; writings and notes by Emerson and others; artwork, including three sketchbooks; subject files; photographs of Emerson, family, friends, and artwork; and scattered printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edith Emerson (1888-1981) was a painter, mural painter, and book illustrator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Provenance

Material on reels 1186-1187 lent for microfilming 1977 by Emerson. The unmicrofilmed material was donated 1990 by the Free Library of Philadelphia, who had received it from Emerson.

Related Materials

Location of Originals

  • Reels 1186-1187: Originals returned to lender, Edith Emerson, after microfilming.

A Finding Aid to the Edith Emerson Papers, 1839-1981, bulk 1894-1971, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical/Historical note
Edith Emerson (1888-1981) was a painter, illustrator, and curator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Born in Oxford, Ohio, Emerson studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with John Vanderpoel and Thomas Wood Stevens and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Cecilia Beaux, Violet Oakley, and Daniel Garber. She assisted Violet Oakley primarily between 1917 and 1930 and shared her studio from 1918 until Oakley's death in 1961. Emerson served on the Board of Directors of the Woodmere Art Gallery beginning in 1940, subsequently becoming Curator. She was also a founding member of the Violet Oakley Memorial Foundation.
Arrangement note
This collection is arranged as 7 series:
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1950s (Box 1; 1 Folder)
Series 2: Letters, 1916-1965 (Box 1, OV 3; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1887-1970 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)
Series 4: Artwork, 1839, 1882-1954 (Box 1, OV 3; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 5: Subject Files, circa 1865-1955 (Box 1-2; 0.9 linear feet)
Series 6: Photographs, circa 1900-1971 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1916-1981 (Box 2, 6 folders)
Provenance
Material on reels 1186-1187 lent for microfilming 1977 by Emerson. The unmicrofilmed material was donated 1990 by the Free Library of Philadelphia, who had received it from Emerson.
Location of Originals
  • Reels 1186-1187: Originals returned to lender, Edith Emerson, after microfilming.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed by Jean Fitzgerald in 1991. A finding aid was written by Carrol Park in 2012.

Additional Forms Available

The collection has been microfilmed on reels 1186-1187 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Edith Emerson papers, 1839-1981, bulk 1894-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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