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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

Biographical/Historical Note

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


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.

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Location of Originals

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

Scope and Contents

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.

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

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

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