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A Finding Aid to the Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams papers, 1887-1984 | Digitized Collection

Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams papers, 1887-1984

Williams, Esther Baldwin, 1867-1964

Painter

This site provides access to the papers of Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012, and total 2,938 images.

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

Collection Information

Size: 2.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Boston and New York area painters Esther Baldwin Williams and daughter Esther Williams measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1887 to 1984. The scattered papers of both women include biographical information, personal business records, correspondence, writings and notes, two diaries, four sketchbooks, printed materials, photographs, and one photograph album.

Biographical/Historical Note

Esther Baldwin Williams (1867-1964) and her daughter Esther Williams (1907-1969) were painters active in Boston, Paris, and New York City. Esther Baldwin Williams was born Esther Mabel Baldwin, Dec. 11, 1867. She studied painting under Maurice Prendergast and became his friend and patron. Her daughter was married to museum director Roland McKinney (1898-1971).

Provenance

The Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams papers were donated in two installments by Peter McKinney, step-son of Esther Williams in 1974 and by Nadia Williams, Esther William's daughter-in-law in 1985.

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Funding

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