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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.


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.