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Edward Everett Oakes papers, [undated] and 1915-1960

Oakes, Edward Everett, 1891-1960

Silversmith, Jeweler


Collection Information

Size: 2 Reels, ca. 500 items (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence, writings, sketches, financial and business records, photographs and printed material.
REEL 2805: Correspondence with Frank G. Hale, Jerome Johnson, Henry P. Macomber, Humphrey J. Emery, Beatrice Fox Griffith, Ralph Adams Cram and others; writings for an unpublished text book; lecture notes; sketches; priced sales catalogs; two stock record books; financial records; printed material; and photographs of Oakes, his studio and works of art.
REEL 4599: An album containing sketches for jewelry and other designs, some highlighted with watercolor, and some with prices, notes and customers' names. The album was compiled by Hilda Thompson, Oakes' secretary and chief salesperson from ca. 1932-1960.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jewelry maker and silversmith; Boston, Mass. Oakes was an active member of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston. In 1918 he opened his own shop at 44 Bromfield St., Boston.


Material on reel 2805 lent by Susan Oakes Peabody, 1983, Edward Oakes' granddaughter. Album of designs on reel 4599 lent 1993 by Jacqueline Wendt, who purchased it from a yard sale at the home of Hilda Thompson, who was Oakes' secretary and chief salesperson, circa 1932-1960.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 2805: Originals returned to the lender, Susan Oakes Peabody, after microfilming.
  • Reel 4599: Original returned to lender, Jacqueline Wendt, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2805 and 4599 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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

Edward Everett Oakes papers, [undated] and 1915-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.