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Edward H. Dwight papers, 1950-1977

Edward H. Dwight papers, 1950-1977

Dwight, Edward H., 1919-1981

Art historian, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 19.2 linear ft.

Addition: 2.0 linear ft.

Summary: Research files containing correspondence, writings, business records, sketches, printed material, and photocopies of documents and art work, concerning Dwight's research on John James Audubon, Victor Gifford Audubon, John Woodhouse Audubon, Robert S. Duncanson, Aaron H. Corwine, Daniel Drake, Raphaelle Peal and the Peale family, and others.

The Audubon files include photocopies of correspondence, 1788-1852, of the Audubon family; photographs and reproductions of paintings by them; lists compiled by Dwight of paintings by the Audubon family; and printed material.

ADDITION: Research material on Raphaelle Peale and the Peale family for Dwight's record of the complete works of Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825). Included are correspondence, transcripts of nineteenth-century letters and other documents, research notes, exhibition records, articles, photographs, transparencies, and slides. Research consists of compilations of paintings, scholarly attributions and opinions, and examples of signatures.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian and museum director. Born in Cincinnati, Dwight held posts at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Center, and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute. He was particularly interested in American painting.


The Audubon materials were donated 1982-1983 by Mrs. Edward (Ruth R.) Dwight, the widow of Edward H. Dwight. The Peale material was donated in 2002 by the Barra Foundation, Inc., which had received them from Ruth R. Dwight, as they relate to the Foundation's mission to support scholarship in cultural history in the Philadelphia area. In 1983, the Barra Foundation loaned the documents to Dr. William H. Gerdts, an art historian, who was to continue Dwight's work on a catalog raisonne of Raphaelle Peale. Dr. Gerdts made limited use of the materials and the Barra Foundation then transferred the materials to the Archives of American Art in 2002.

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