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Ellen Hale and Hale family papers, circa 1860-1952

Hale, Ellen Day, 1855-1940


Collection Information

Size: 3.0 linear feet

Summary: The papers of the Hale family of artists measure 3 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1952. Found within the papers are biographical material for Ellen Day and Edward Everett Hale; personal correspondence from Ellen Day and Lillian Westcott Hale; diaries by Ellen Day and Susan Hale; an appraisal of the Hale estate and personal business records for Ellen Day and Edward Everett Hale; printed material; sketchbooks and sketches by Ellen Day and Herbert Dudley Hale; and travel photographs of the Hale family.

Biographical/Historical Note

Artist and teacher Ellen Day Hale (1854-1939) was the eldest of the Hale children. Writer, publisher, and clergyman Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) and his wife, Emily Perkins Hale, were well regarded members of Boston society. Massachusetts family of artists; active circa1850-1940.


Donated 1978 and 1984 by Nancy Hale Bowers, the neice of Ellen Day Hale, and the grand-daughter of Edward Everett and Emily P. Hale.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds two collections related to the Hale family, including the Philip Leslie Hale papers and the Edward Everett Hale letter to an unidentified person. Smith College's Sophia Smith Collection also holds papers of the Hale family, including Nathan, Sr., and Sarah Preston Everett Hale; Edward Everett and Emily Perkins Hale; Ellen Day Hale; and Philip and Lilian Westcott Hale.


Processing of this collection was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.