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Elizabeth Campbell Fisher Clay papers, circa 1873-circa 2015, bulk 1890-1930

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1906-circa 2015
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical materials include notes and transcriptions of diaries, ephemera from a Spain trip such as a travel permit and postcards, a business card, and other miscellany.
The materials in this series are arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Ephemera from Spain Trip, 1906
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1
Notes and transcriptions of diaries, digital, 1981-2002
0.001 Gigabytes
ER01
4 computer files
ER01
Harriet Bemus Business Card, circa 2015
1
3

Series 2: Correspondence , 1897-1960
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters from artist and mentor Robert Henri dispensing advice about Clay's artwork along with information regarding his travel plans and studio visits. Other correspondents include family members such as husband Howard Clay and daughter Harriet Bemus, the artist William Rothenstein, and a few others but most of the folders only contain one letter.
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Bemus, Harriet Fisher, 1960
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4
Chaplain of Christ Church in Oxford, England, 1897
1
5
Clay, Howard, 1908-1909
Congratulations on wedding from 2 friends.
1
6
Henri, Robert, 1900-1908
1
7
Rothenstein, W., 1911
Probably the English painter William Rothenstein, letter mentions Robert Henri.
1
8

Series 3: Writings and Notebooks , circa 1898-1959
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

Writings include annotated appointment calendars, notes from an art class taught by Robert Henri, a book register that chronicles Clay's thoughts on various books she read, a notebook tracking artwork sent to be framed along with exhibition lists, and a notebook with miscellaneous lists and sketches.
Materials in this series are arranged by document type, then arranged chronologically within each grouping.
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Notes from Robert Henri Art Class, circa 1898-1909
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9
Annotated Appointment Calendar, circa 1912
1
10
Annotated Appointment Calendar, 1959
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11
Notebook, circa 1922
1
12
Notebook on Paintings, circa 1925-1957
1
13
"Book Register" Notebook, circa 1930-circa 1950
1
14

Series 4: Diaries , 1887-circa 2010
1 Linear foot
Boxes 1-2

Fifteen diaries and six travel diaries describe Smith College; feedback from Robert Henri regarding artwork; and travels to England, France, and Holland as well as to New York and California. Loose pages of notes, clippings, and occasionally objects like pressed leaves or drawings are often interleaved throughout the diaries. There are a few sketches in the diaries, but they are fairly rare. There are some diary entries that consist of loose pages. There is an audiocassette that is probably a recording of people reading selections from Clay's diaries, and digital diary entries and images. There is also a chronological list of diaries with a few notes providing context. Folders with quotation marks in the title indicate that the original diary title was retained.
Diaries and travel diaries are arranged separately and are organized chronologically within each grouping. Miscellaneous items such as the list of diaries, audiocassette, and digitized materials are grouped together towards the end of the series and arranged chronologically. "Diary entries" means there are just loose pages that are grouped together by subject and the pages are were not part of a bound diary.
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Diary, 1887
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Diary, 1889
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Smith College Diary, circa 1892
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Diary, circa 1894
1
18
Diary, circa 1895
1
19
Diary, 1896
1
20
Diary, 1897
1
21
Diary, 1900
1
22
Diary, 1901
1
23
Diary, 1902
Mentions Spain trip with William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, and other art students.
1
24
Diary, 1903
1
25
Diary, 1904
1
26
Diary, 1906
1
27
Diary Entries about Howard Clay, circa 1908
1
28
Diary, 1908
1
29
Diary, 1910-1913
1
30
"Crossing the Atlantic" Travel Diary Entries, 1894
2
1
"Trip Around England with Mother" Travel Diary, 1894
2
2
"Returning from England" Travel Diary Entries, circa 1895
2
3
Holland Trip Travel Diary, 1896
2
4
Halifax, England and Paris, France Travel Diary, 1899
2
5
New York Travel Diary Entries, 1907
2
6
"Trip to U.S. on Queen Elizabeth" Travel Diary, 1946
2
7
California and Boston Travel Diary, 1950
2
8
California and Massachusetts Travel Diary, 1953
2
9
Selections from Diaries, circa 1990-circa 2000
1 sound cassette
2
10
Transcribed Selections from Diaries, circa 1990-circa 2010
Diary entries probably transcribed by Harriet Fisher Bemus.
2
11
Chronological List of Diaries and Event Highlights, circa 1997
List probably written by Harriet Fisher Bemus.
2
12
Elizabeth Campbell Fisher Clay Photos, digital, 2005
0.016 Gigabytes
32 computer files
ER02
Elizabeth Campbell Fisher Clay Diary, digital, 2005
0.001 Gigabytes
1 computer file
ER03

Series 5: Artwork , circa 1890-circa 1957
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3, OV 4

Artwork includes sketches, drawings, and paintings of people and places. There is one sketchbook that might be from a trip Elizabeth Clay took to Dieppe, France. Although a few drawings provide notes about the location, most do not include identifying information or dates.
The materials in this series are arranged in loose chronological order.
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Sketchbook, circa 1898
Possibly from trip to Dieppe, France.
2
14
Quebec Drawings, circa 1898
Oversized drawing housed in OV 4.
2
15
Ink Drawings of Houses Along Wharf, circa 1898-circa 1930
2
16
2 Small Watercolor Paintings, circa 1900-circa 1950
2
17
Pencil Drawing of House in Llanrwst, Wales, circa 1910-circa 1950
2
18
Ink Drawing of Halifax Parish Church, circa 1915-circa 1950
3
1
Assorted Sketches, circa 1890-circa 1957
3
2
Oversized Quebec Drawing from Box 2, Folder 15, circa 1898
OV 4

Series 6: Printed Materials , 1894-1957
0.1 Linear feet
Box 3, OV 4

Printed materials consist of a few clippings about Smith College, a group photograph from a newspaper of an art class trip to Spain, 2 reviews of exhibitions, and a clipping about an incident at the New York School of Art.
This series is arranged chronologically.
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Smith College Clippings, 1894-1920
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3
Clipping about New York School of Art Incident, circa 1898-circa 1905
3
4
Clipping of New York School of Art Trip to Spain, circa 1902
Newspaper group photograph of art students, including Elizabeth Clay, with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri.
3
5
Clipping of Exhibition Reviews, 1933-1957
Oversized review housed in OV 4.
3
6
Oversized Review from Box 3, Folder 6, 1933
OV 4

Series 7: Photographs , circa 1873-1987
0.2 Linear feet
Box 3

This series consists of photographs of Elizabeth Campbell Fisher Clay, family, friends, artists, travel, and houses. There are three photograph albums. There is a photo album of what looks to be the woods and land around Smith College and there is an album of travel photographs in France and Holland that are mostly sightseeing photos but also includes photographs of art students, Clay among them, painting and drawing at various locations. The third album of Paris photographs show the studio Clay shared with fellow art students, photographs of friends, and a few photographs of Robert Henri. Photographs sometimes include notes and annotations written by Harriet Fisher Bemus, Elizabeth Campbell Fisher Clay's daughter.
The albums are at the beginning of the series followed by photographs of Elizabeth Campbell Fisher Clay, family, travel, houses, and one image of a painting. Photographs are arranged by subject, then chronological order.
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Album of Smith College and Environs, circa 1894
3
7
Album of France and Holland, circa 1896-circa 1901
Mostly sightseeing photographs of places such as the Chartres Cathedral and some photographs of Elizabeth Clay and fellow art students painting and one photograph of Robert Henri.
3
8
Album of Paris, 1899-1901
Includes photographs of Paris studio, Robert Henri, Elizabeth Clay, and friends.
3
9
Elizabeth Campbell Fisher Clay Childhood Portraits, circa 1873-circa 1885
3
10
Elizabeth Campbell Fisher Clay Portraits, circa 1891-circa 1910
3
11
Mary Elizabeth Fisher, circa 1880
3
12
Clay Family Photograph, circa 1917
3
13
Art Class with William Merritt Chase, circa 1905
Class photo includes Elizabeth C. F. Clay, William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, and other students.
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14
Fisher Delivery Service Wagon, circa 1880
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15
Robin Hood's Bay, England, circa 1894
3
16
Elizabeth Campbell Fisher Clay Travelling to Bethlehem, circa 1895-circa 1900
3
17
Quebec, Canada, circa 1898
3
18
Westwood Clapboard Church, circa 1950
3
19
Joseph Fisher House in Westwood, Massachusetts, circa 1980
3
20
"House Mary E. C. Fisher built in Westwood", 1987
3
21
Painting of London, circa 1910-circa 1950
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22

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