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A Finding Aid to the Emmet family papers, 1792-1989, bulk, 1851-1989 | Digitized Collection

Emmet family papers, 1792-1989, bulk, 1851-1989

Emmet family

This site provides access to the papers of Emmet family in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2016, and total 22,429 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by The Walton Family Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 9.1 linear feet

Summary: The Emmet Family papers document the lives and careers of two generations of the Emmet family from New Rochelle, New York and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The collection dates from 1792 to 1989, with the bulk of the material dating from 1851-1989, and measures 9.1 linear feet. Through biographical material, two diaries, correspondence, writings and notes, exhibition files, business records, printed material, two scrapbooks, artwork, and photographs of family, friends, exhibitions, and artwork, the papers provide both a rich overview and detailed insights into the daily lives, relationships, and careers of many members of the family. The collection focuses in particular on sisters Lydia Field Emmet, Jane Erin Emmet de Glehn, and Rosina Emmet Sherwood, their mother, Julia Colt Pierson Emmet, and their cousin Ellen Gertrude "Bay" Emmet, all noted painters and illustrators, whose artistic talents flourished during the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Emmet family is an artistic family from Stockbridge, Massachusetts, New York, New York, and London, England. Its members included illustrator Julia Colt Emmet, her daughters, painters and portraitists Rosina "Posie" Emmet Sherwood (Mrs. Arthur M. Sherwood), Lydia Field Emmet, and Jane Erin Emmet De Glehn, who lived in England with her husband, painter Wilfrid De Glehn. The De Glehns used the surname Von Glehn until 1919. The family also includes cousins, painters Ellen "Bay" Emmet Rand (Mrs. William Blanchard Rand) and Edith Leslie Emmet, and Rosina Emmet Sherwood's children, painter Rosamond Sherwood and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Emmet Sherwood.

Provenance

The bulk of the Emmet family papers were donated by Rosamond Sherwood, daughter of Rosina Emmet Sherwood (via Katharine Emmet Bramwell of New York), by Rosamond Sherwood's estate (via F. Douglas Cochrane, executor, from Boston), and by Rosamond's nieces, Virginia Sherwood and Julia Shipway, in 1988-1991. Additionally, one scrapbook was lent for microfilming in 1990 and subsequently donated by Mrs. Earl Maize.

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Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by The Walton Family Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Travel scrapbook, Reel 4544: Original returned to Mrs. Earl Maize, daughter of lender R. Douglas Cochrane, after microfilming.