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Emily Hall Tremaine papers, 1890-2000

Tremaine, Emily Hall, 1908-1987


Collection Information

Size: 8.9 linear feet

Summary: The papers of art collector Emily Hall Tremaine measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1890 to 2000. Found within the papers are biographical materials on the Hall, von Romberg, and Tremaine families, including a sound cassette on the Tremaines; personal correspondence; art collection files, which include inventory binders, records of sales and donations, artist files, exhibition loan files, and reproduction request files; 2 scrapbooks documenting Tremaine's first marriage to Baron Maximilian von Romberg; and photographs of Tremaine, her family and friends, and works of art from her collection. There are also materials related the 1984 exhibition "The Tremaine collection: 20th Century Masters at the Wadsworth Athenaeum," including a video recording of Philip Johnson's exhibition lecture.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art collector Emily Hall Tremaine (1908-1987) lived in New York City and Madison, Connecticut and was known for having assembled one of the most noteworthy collections of post-World War II art focused on modernist, pop, and contemporary artists.


The papers were donated in 2005 by Tremaine's step-grandson, Burton G. Tremaine III.

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Emily Hall Tremaine conducted by Paul Cummings, January 24, 1973.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Brent R. Harris Charitable Fund.