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Edmund Quincy papers, 1891-1955, bulk 1935-1955

Edmund Quincy papers, 1891-1955, bulk 1935-1955

Quincy, Edmund, 1903-1997

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.7 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter, Edmund Quincy, measure 0.7 linear feet and date from 1891-1955, with the bulk of materials dating from 1935 to 1955. Quincy was born in Biarritz, France and educated in the United States, spending time in New England and Europe throughout his life. Quincy was the descendant of three Boston mayors and was related to John Quincy Adams, the 6th president of the United States. Quincy's painting career is documented by photographs of his artwork, printed material concerning exhibitions, and some writings and letters. There also are vintage family photos and scapbooks concerning his career and his father's politial life in Boston.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edmund Quincy (1903-1997) was a painter working in France, Italy, and Boston, Mass.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2011 and 2014 by Hirschl & Adler.

A Finding Aid to the Edmund Quincy papers, 1891-1955, bulk 1935-1955, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Harriet E. Shapiro
Biographical/Historical note
Edmund Quincy (1903-1997) was a painter who lived and worked in New England and abroad. Born in Biarritz, France, and educated in the United States, Quincy was the descendant of three Boston mayors and related to President John Quincy Adams. He had solo exhibitions in Paris, London, New York, and other American cities. Quincy's work is in the permanent collections of the Grenoble Museum (France), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and University of Arizona.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged in 8 series. Materials are generally arranged by record type and chronologically thereafter.
Series 1: Biographical Materials, circa 1911-1936 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 2: Letters, circa 1942-1946 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 3: Writings, circa 1935 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 4: Personal Business Records, circa 1935-1943 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1930-1955 (Box 1; 0.1 liner feet)
Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1891-1947 (Boxes 1-2; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 7: Photographs, circa 1892-circa 1940s (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)
Series 8: Addition to the Edmund Quincy papers, circa 1930s-circa 1950s (Box 2; 0.1 linear feet)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of painter Edmund Quincy measure 0.7 linear feet and date from 1891-1955, with the bulk of materials dated 1935 to 1955. In addition to biographical materials, letters, price lists, printed items, and a scrapbook documenting his painting career, Quincy's papers also include family photographs and a scrapbook concerning the political career of his father, Josiah Quincy, Mayor of Boston. Also included are a diploma and drawings.
Biographical materials include travel documents, student IDs and scattered personal items relating to Quincy and his father. Letters concern exhibitions and the sale of artwork. Quincy's writings are about the process of painting and research on Mexican painters Jose Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera. Printed material includes items related to exhibitions, newspaper clippings, and publicity materials. The scrapbooks of clippings relating to Mayor Josiah Quincy provides insight into Boston politics during the period 1891-1913. Photographs are of Quincy, family and friends. Artwork consists of sketches and student work. The 2014 addition to the papers includes a diploma and assorted drawings.
Provenance
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2011 and 2014 by Hirschl & Adler.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Harriet E. Shapiro in 2013. Minimal processing included arrangement to the series, subseries, and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. Folders within boxes were not numbered. The collection was housed in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed. Additional materials were accessioned and processed in 2014, the finding aid updated accordingly.

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Edmund Quincy papers, 1891-1955, bulk 1935-1955. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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