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Elizabeth Nourse sketchbooks and scrapbooks, 1880-1932

Nourse, Elizabeth, 1859-1938



Collection Information

Size: 10 Volumes, (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: 8 sketchbooks; and 2 scrapbooks containing photographs, sketches, printed material and biographical information.
REEL 2709: 2 scrapbooks, 1880-1932, containing photographs of Nourse, her art work and her studio; biographical information; letters and postcards; clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements; sketches and prints; and lists of paintings.
REEL 2758: Eight sketchbooks containing charcoal, chalk and watercolor sketches, titled as follows: "1885-1886/ Cincinnati/ Mt. Nebo-Tennessee/ Mountains"; "1887 Enroute to Paris/ Steamer/ Antwerp/ Paris/ Villa des Dames"; "1888 May - October/ Paris and Barbizon"; "1888-1889 December - May/ Russia"; "1889 - Paris/ Lille/ Auvers/ Etaples/ Le Portel/ 1890 - Italy"; "1890. Italy/ Florence/ 1891 - Borst - Austria and Nurenburg"; "1897 St. Leger-en-Yvelines, 1896 St. Leger, 1897-1899"; and "1909 Paris/ Alsace-Lorraine/ Oberelsass."

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Paris, France. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Studied at the Cincinnati School of Design and the Academie Julian. Member: Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1901, Paris American Women's Art Association, and the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. Received a medal at the Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893.


Sketchbooks on reel 2758 and scrapbook on reel 2709, fr. 171-410 lent for microfilming by Patricia Niehoff, 1983, through the national Museum of American Art, who exhibited them in a Nourse exhibit. Scrapbook on reel 2709, fr. 3-165, lent for microfilming by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thomas, 1983, through Mary Alice Burke, guest curator for the exhibition.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Scrapbook, reel 2709, frames 3-165: Original returned to the lender, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Thompson, after microfilming.
  • Sketchbooks, reel 2758, scrapbook, reel 2709, frames 171-410: Originals returned to the lender, Patricia Niehoff, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2709 and 2758 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.

How to Cite This Collection

Elizabeth Nourse sketchbooks and scrapbooks, 1880-1932. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.