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Frances and Mary Virginia Greer papers relating to Grandma Moses, 1913-1982

Greer, Frances, 1885-1978


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (100 items on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters to Frances and Mary Greer from Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses), and later letters from daughters-in-law, Mary, and Dorothy Moses; correspondence between Frances Greer and writer Allen H. Eaton regarding Grandma Moses; photographs; newspaper and magazine clippings, and other printed material.
Included are 14 cards and letters from Grandma Moses in Eagles Bridge, New York; 16 letters from Molly, or Mary B. Moses [Mrs. Forrest Moses]; and 11 letters from Dorothy [Mrs. Hugh Moses]. Most of the correspondence was written during the Christmas holidays and recounts family news. Other letters mention Grandma Moses's growing reputation as an artist and books written about her after her death. Also included is an exchange of six letters between Frances Greer and Allen H. Eaton, regarding Eaton's prospective biography of Grandma Moses.
Photographs, include three images of Mt. Nebo, the Moses house in Eagle Bridge, New York, a photograph of Grandma Moses, and various people and places. Clippings and miscellaneous printed material concerning Grandma Moses, her family, and their art work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sisters Frances and Mary Greer lived near Staunton, Virginia, where Anna Mary Robertson [Grandma] Moses and her husband settled in 1887. When the Moses family moved back to New York in 1905, Grandma Moses and daughters-in-law Mary and Dorothy corresponded with the Greers. Grandma Moses, a self-taught, "modern primitive" painter, began painting in the thirties after arthritis forced her to give up yarn needlework.


Donated 1988 by Miss Frances G. Brown, the niece of the Greers.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4131 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

Frances and Mary Virginia Greer papers relating to Grandma Moses, 1913-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.