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Emily and Jean Paul Selinger papers, 1882-1918

Selinger, Emily Harris Mcgary, 1848-1927

Painter, Writer, Poet


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence, photographs, hand-made greeting cards, and printed material.
Reel 3768: Jean Paul and Emily Selinger's business card; their wedding announcement; 2 letters from Emily and Mrs. Remington; 6 original greeting cards painted and signed by Emily Selinger; 8 clippings regarding Jean Paul, Emily, and Emily's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Payne McGary; and 1 photograph of Emily's studio on Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
Reel 3814: A photograph of Jean Paul Selinger and his niece, Marie Selinger (Warren). [microfilm title, Elizabeth Field photograph]
Unmicrofilmed material: correspondence of Jean Paul and Emily with niece Marie Selinger Warren; sister-in-law Mary McGary; cousin Joseph Selinger; and Mr. and Mrs. Merrill (proprietors of Crawford House); a poem by Emily; photographs of Jean Paul and of Williams and Everett Galleries; and a St. Botolph's Club membership booklet.

Biographical/Historical Note

Emily: still life and floral painter, writer, poet; Jean Paul: landscape and portrait painter; Boston, Mass. and New Hampshire. Emily was originally from Wilmington, N.C. and was instrumental in establishing the Normal Art School, Louisville, Ky. Both worked in Providence, R.I. and Boston. Toured Europe 1882-1885. Opened summer studio in Glen House, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in mid 1880s. From 1894 occupied Crawford House in White Mountains as summer studio.


Unmicrofilmed papers donated 1982 by Charles and Gloria Vogel when acquired through research on White Mountain artists. Materials on reel 3768 donated 1982 by Marion C. Keaney, through her grandparents, the D. H. Remingtons, who were neighbors of Emily Selinger's mother, Mrs. McGary.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3768 and 3814 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Emily and Jean Paul Selinger papers, 1882-1918. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.