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Harriet Blackstone papers, 1870-1984

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 9 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1930-1973
7 Folders
Box 1, 6

Most of the documents found here include personal information on Blackstone such as biographical writings for Who's Who and information about Blackstone's artwork, estate documents, and her passport. Biographical notes are written by Blackstone.
Description Container Select
Bibliography, circa 1938
1
1
Biographical Notes, circa 1930
1
2
Biographical Summaries, circa 1937-1973
1
3
Estate Document, 1939
1
4
Exhibitions Harriet Blackstone was Represented, 1906-1941
1
5
Passport, 1930
1
6
Oversize List of Guests, circa early 1900s
6
1

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1883-1984
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

This series contains Blackstone's personal and professional correspondence. Letters from family and friends tend to be about praising Harriet Blackstone's work, encouraging visits, or experiences of daily life. Notable correspondence is with Maria Oakey Dewing, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Alice Tisdale Hobart, Joseph Cummings Chase, Stell Anderson, Mary Landis, Esther Morgan McCullough, Booker T. Washington, among others. Professional correspondence is primarily about her artwork: coordinating with curators and museums to buy or show her work, Blackstone receiving confirmation about her artwork in competitions, and legal information.
Folders are arranged alphabetically by surname of the correspondents. Four or more letters signed by the same correspondent are housed in their own folder; three or less letters signed by the same person are housed in the alphabetical folder according to their surname.
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A, circa 1920-1937
1
7
Anderson, Stell, circa 1939-1984
1
8
B, circa 1883-1939
1
9
Blackstone, Harriet to others, circa 1930s
1
10
C, circa 1902-1937
1
11
Campbell, John A., circa 1930-1938
1
12
Chase, Joseph Cummings, 1929-1932
1
13
D, circa 1922-1939
1
14
Dewing, Maria Oakey, 1921-1924
1
15
Dudensing, Leroy, circa 1932-1935
1
16
E, circa 1917-1938
1
17
F, circa 1908-1931
1
18
Furness, Clifton, circa 1928-1932
1
19
G, circa 1922-1938
1
20
Gay, William F., 1929
1
21
H, circa 1919-1938
1
22
Heyman, Katherine Ruth, circa 1930s
1
23
Humiston, Grace, circa 1934-1937
1
24
J, 1935
1
25
Jones, C. Lansing, circa 1904-1906
1
26
Jules-Bois, H.A., circa 1938-1939
1
27
K, 1929
1
28
L, circa 1929-1938
1
29
Landis, Mary, circa 1930s
1
30
M, circa 1930-1937
1
31
McCullough, Esther Morgan, circa 1940-1943
1
32
Mechlin, Leila, 1919-1920
1
33
N, 1937-1943
1
34
O, circa 1933-1935
1
35
P, circa 1930s
1
36
Partridge, Charlotte Russell, 1930-1931
1
37
R, circa 1906-1936
1
38
S, circa 1909-1936
1
39
T, circa 1917-1930
1
40
Thorne, Louie, circa early 1930s
1
41
U, circa 1911
1
42
V, 1922-1924
1
43
Vayana, Nunzio, circa 1935-1938
1
44
W, circa 1931-1984
1
45
Washington, Booker T., 1915
1
46
Y, 1937-1983
1
47
Zetterberg, A.P., 1938-1939
1
48
Unidentified Correspondents, circa 1905-1940
1
49

Series 3: Writings , 1861-1979
1 Linear foot
Boxes 1-2

Writings include Harriet Blackstone's personal notes, hand written and typed, and two lectures on "Modern Art through the Ages" and "Modern Spanish Painters." This series also contains writings about Blackstone written by other authors. Esther Morgan McCullough wrote a biography about Blackstone and the first four drafts and complete typescript are included. McCullough's biography notes and chronology notes concerning Blackstone are also available in this series. A few years after Blackstone's death, Richard P. Wunder created a detailed catalog of Blackstone's work, a draft of which is also found here. Additionally, there are handwritten publicity extracts and "The Painter's Bruges" by traveling companion, Florence Holbrook, which describes a class taught by William Merrit Chase in Bruges, Belgium in 1912. The memoir is ilustrated with photographs taken by Blackstone of Chase, John Singer Sargent, and others.
Folders are arranged to represent the personal writings of Harriet Blackstone first and then writings about her. Unless otherwise noted, the writings are written by Harriet Blackstone.
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Notes, circa 1910-1930s
1
50-55
"Modern Spanish Painters" lecture and notes, 1913
1
56
"Modern Art through the Ages" lecture and notes, 1936
1
57
Writings about Harriet Blackstone, 1909-1942
1
58-59
"Harriet Blackstone: American Artist" by Esther Morgan McCullough Typescript, circa 1940s
1
60
"Harriet Blackstone: American Artist" by Esther Morgan McCullough Draft 1, circa 1941
1
61-63
"Harriet Blackstone: American Artist" by Esther Morgan McCullough Draft 2, 1977-1979
2
1-3
"Harriet Blackstone: American Artist" by Esther Morgan McCullough Draft 3, 1977-1979
2
4-6
"Harriet Blackstone: American Artist" by Esther Morgan McCullough Draft 4, 1977-1979
2
7
Biography Notes by Esther Morgan McCullough, circa late 1930s
2
8
Harriet Blackstone's Chronology by Esther Morgan McCullough, circa late 1930s
2
9
"Catalogue of Works by Harriet Blackstone" by Richard P. Wunder, circa 1960s
2
10-12
"The Painter's Bruges" by Florence Holbrook, 1912
2
13
Publicity Extracts, circa 1922
2
14
Publicity Extracts, circa 1919-1936
2
15
Publicity Extracts, circa 1935-1937
2
16

Series 4: Personal Business Records , circa 1906-late 1930s
0.2 Linear feet
Box 2

Personal business records include financial information about Harriet Blackstone's artwork and professional activities. Also included are European copyright documents, gallery invitations, lists of Blackstone's paintings in permanent collections, and Blackstone's own inventory of her artwork.
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Alphabetical List of Portraits by Harriet Blackstone, circa late 1930s
2
17
Consignment Receipts, circa late 1930s
2
18
Gallery Invitations and Memberships, 1907-1911
2
19
Harriet Blackstone's Inventory, circa early 1900s
2
20
Harriet Blackstone's Painting's Alphabetically Indexed, circa 1930s
2
21
Harriet Blackstone's Personal Record of Paintings, 1906-1921
2
22
Insurance Documents, 1929-1940
2
23
List of Harriet Blackstone Paintings, circa 1930s
2
24
List of Paintings and Price Lists, 1936-1937
2
25
List of Paintings with Notes by Harriet Blackstone, 1930
2
26
Lists of Paintings in Permanent Collections, circa late 1930s
2
27
Permission to Copy in European Galleries, 1906-1912
2
28
Stock Documents, 1925-1947
2
29

Series 5: Printed Material , 1901-1984
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3, 6

Found here are various publication documenting Blackstone's career including exhibition announcements, catalogs, and visiting cards as well as two published books Blackstone compiled. Additionally there are journals, magazines, newspaper clippings, and a museum catalog (most are written in English and a couple in French) that depict the artwork of Blackstone.
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Exhibition Announcements, 1919-1984
2
30
Exhibition Catalogs, 1910-1941
2
31-32
Visiting Cards, 1909-1934
2
33
Book,
New Pieces that Will Take Prizes in Speaking
Contests compiled by Harriet Blackstone, 1901
2
34
Book,
The Best American Orations of Today
compiled by Harriet Blackstone, 1903
3
1
The International Studio
, 1916
3
2
The Artists Guild
, 1917
3
3
Fine Arts Journal
, 1917
3
4
The American Magazine of Art
, 1918-1922
3
5
The National Arts Club
, 1933-1939
3
6
Le Nouvelle Revue
, 1937
3
7
Le Messager de New York Revue Franco: Americaine
, 1937
3
8
The Columns
, 1938
3
9
The Weekly Magazine of New York Life
, 1941
3
10
The Art Digest
, 1942
3
11
The Art News
, 1934-1941
Oversized items housed in Box 6, Folder 2
3
12
Reproduction of Harriet Blackstone's Work, circa early 1900s
3
13
Bennington Museum Catalogue, 1984
3
14
Clippings, 1908-1984
3
15-20
Miscellaneous, 1922-circa 1930s
Oversized items housed in Box 6, Folder 3
3
21-22
Oversized The Art News from Box 3, Folder 12, 1934-1941
6
2
Oversize Miscellaneous from Box 3, Folders 21-22, 1938
6
3

Series 6: Scrapbook , circa early 1900s
0.2 Linear feet
Boxes 3, 6

Found here is a large scrapbook that contains clippings, cards, announcements, notes, and photos of Harriet Blackstone. One folder contains a page of the scrapbook that was separated from the main document.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook Pages, Undated
3
23
Oversize Scrapbook, circa early 1900s
6
4

Series 7: Photographs , 1870-early 1900s
1.7 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4, 6, BV 7, 8-9

Photographs of Blackstone, her family, and friends can be found here as well as photos of other artists whom had an influence on her including William Merrit Chase, Jean Paul Laurens, and John Singer Sargent. There are travel photos of Blackstone's experiences in Belgium, New Mexico, New York, and Illinois as well as photos of the studios Blackstone worked in, a subject she worked with, and photos and negatives of her own artwork: paintings, sketches, and drawings. A photo album with separate descriptions can be found here.
Glass plate negatives are housed in separate containers and are closed to researchers.
Glass plate negatives have been digitized.
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Harriet Blackstone, 1877-circa early 1900s
3
24-25
Family, 1870-1883
3
26
Others, circa early 1900s
3
27-28
William Merritt Chase, 1910
3
29
John Singer Sargent, circa early 1900s
3
30
Places, circa early 1900s
3
31-32
New Hartford, New York, circa early 1900s
3
33
Taos, New Mexico, 1918
3
34
Bruges, Belgium, circa early 1900s
3
35
Studio in Glencoe, Ilinois, 1908-1920
3
36
Studio on 15 West 67th Street, New York City, circa 1920
3
37
Brooklyn Museum Exhibit, 1929
3
38
National Arts Club Studio, circa early 1900s
3
39
Studio in Hotel Chelsea, circa early 1900s
3
40
Subject: A Soldier of the Crimea, circa early 1900s
3
41
Sketches of G.K. Chesterton, circa early 1900s
3
42
Self-Portraits, Drawings, and Sketches, circa 1920
3
43
Artwork, circa early 1900s
3
44-47
Artwork, circa early 1900s
Oversized items housed in Box 6, Folder 5
4
1-3
Artwork, Mounted on Glass, 1881
4
4
Artwork, Mounted on Wood, circa early 1900s
4
5
Negatives, circa early 1900s
4
6-9
Harriet Blackstone's Photo Album Descriptions, circa early 1900s
Oversized items housed in Box 6, Folder 6
4
10
Oversize Artwork, circa early 1900s
6
5
Oversize Harriet Blackstone's Photo Album Descriptions from Box 4, Folder 10, circa early 1900s
6
6
Oversize Photograph Album, circa early 1900s
9
Glass Plate Negatives of Artwork, circa early 1900s
7
Glass Plate Negatives of Artwork, circa early 1900s
8

Series 8: Artwork , 1870-1929
0.2 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5

This series contains original artwork by Harriet Blackstone including framed paper dolls she made when she was five years old, loose sketches, and four of her own sketchbooks that contain pencil sketches of people. There is also a silhouette of Blackstone created by another artist and a framed pastel self-portrait.
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Paper Dolls, circa 1870
4
11
Sketchbook, 1907
4
12
Sketchbook, circa 1909
4
13
Sketchbook, circa early 1900s
4
14
Sketchbook, 1912
4
15
Sketches, 1929
4
16
Silhouette of Harriet Blackstone by Webster, 1917
4
17
Pastel Self-Portrait of Harriet Blackstone, circa early 1900s
5
4

Series 9: Artifacts , circa early 1900s-1939
0.4 Linear feet
Box 5, Artifact

Found here are objects Harriet Blackstone used in her studio to create her artwork. Included are two palettes, a brush with fine hair, glasses, a calligraphy ink holding case, and various small art tools. Each item is placed in an envelope and foldered with similar objects. The original envelopes that contained the objects are included and remain close to the artifacts they originally held.
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Artifacts found on Easel, 1939
5
1-3
Palettes, circa early 1900s
Artifact

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