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Edward Wales Root papers, 1896-1968

Root, Edward Wales, 1884-1956

Art teacher, Collector


Collection Information

Size: 3 Reels Ca.3500 items (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Biographical material; files on Alexander Brook, Charles Burchfield, George Luks, Peppino Mangravite, Henry Lee McFee, Maurice Prendergast, Eugene Speicher, Theodoros Stamos, and others whose work Root collected, containing correspondence, catalogs, checklists, clippings, receipts, and notes; correspondence with Harris K. Prior and Joseph Trovato of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Lydia Powell, William Roerick, Carl Zigrosser, galleries, dealers, and museum officials; inventories, correspondence, notes, catalogs, and clippings relating to Root's collection; writings; diaries; sketches by Root; files on the Utica Art Society; and photographs of Root, his home, his art collection and exhibitions.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art collector and instructor; Clinton, N.Y. Collector of predominately American avant-garde art. Taught art at Hamilton College. Edward is the son of Elihu Root.


Lent for microfilming by the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1981.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2376-2378 available for use 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.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from Director, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute.

How to Cite This Collection

Edward Wales Root papers, 1896-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.